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Grap Luva – Neva Done EP

January 30, 2012

I wonder how many beats Grap Luva ghost produced back in the day? Pete Rock’s little brother is a man that has been around a long time,  but released almost nothing except for the INI LP. His very few appearances were always dope and believe it or not, but this is his 1st solo releases. On the A side is a a few collabs with the likes of Damu & Kev Brown, where the flip is just a heap of instrumentals from his vaults. Out now on Slice Of Spice records……

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As the story goes…

Back in 1994 K-Def was working on some beats out of the B Room in Marley Marl’s House Of Hits when LL Cool J walked in on his session and said “let’s make some tracks together”. Uncle L had always wanted to rhyme on a track using the famous ESG breakbeat ‘UFO’, so he had Def lay it down with some scratches and then went to town with the mic. Both thought they had a sure fire hit on their hands but unfortunately it was never used.

The DAT tape of the studio session was feared lost for several years before it eventually turned up stuck behind a radiator! Now, 17 years later, K-Def and Slice-of-Spice are proud to present ‘Year Of The Hip Hop’ in all its vinyl glory.

The recording has been restored/touched up by K-Def in 2011. Joe Buck has done a fine job with the artwork and Slice Of Spice have cut no corners with the bright orange pressing, gold numbering and overall mind blowing end product. What suprises me most is how such a dope track can go missing….

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K-Def – Night Shift

January 13, 2012

It’s great to hear some hip hop producers from the 90’s that still have some petrol left in their creative tank. K-Def dropped a few classics,  but I really think now is the time he is shining, the Night Flight album is a perfect example. The LP conists of 8 track of which 6 are instrumental, they are not dull tracks made for an MC to toast, but more wholesome musical adventures. The standout track for me is the collab with InI’s MC – Rob O,  a remake of Pete Rock & CL’s Escape. The album is available digitally/cd/vinyl on Redefinition. As I mentioned before this is one of the finest Hip Hop releases from 2011.

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A couple of extremely limited pressings from one of my favourite producers, Damu the Fudgemunk on his wonderful Redef inprint. Faster Rhyme for Self catches that early 90’s uptempo vibe. On the other slab he has remixed Colorful Storms, which was originally by Panacea (a group he is a member of with Raw Poetic & K Murdock). Both tracks were pulled from the Damu’s vaults & include the instrumentals . Only a couple hundred of each of these were made available for the public.   

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A little scoop from Discogs a few weeks back for €12 including post. I have been after this a while now but wasnt prepared to give 25 notes as the only track on it I love is the Rhinestone Cowboy remix. I got a feeling that Madlib is gonna fire up again this year.

Slice of Spice records in conjunction with Underboss Entertainment have pulled this mix out after recently raiding the Lord Finesse vaults. The funk soul brother has dropped an ecentric selection of breaks, samples and simply just good music. If your gonna buy a mix CD this year then I would recommend this …….

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More boom bap, jazzed up & experimental hip-hop instrumentals straight of of Köln courtesy of Hulk Hodn and Hubert Daviz. These cats always come through. You don’t have to sport some 3 Stripe Lederhosen to get into this. Cop it via ENTBS……

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Freddy Fresh put these books together a few years ago & they are basically a comprehensive guide for any beat digger who needs some assistance with sample sources. I used to rely on sites like Encyclopedia Breakanica, The Breaks or just mix tapes from my favorite DJs for education but now I have these!!! The Re:Sampling Dictionary is ordered by the original artists that were sampled (eg. James Brown) & the Sampling Dictionary is by the actual artist that sampled someone else (eg. The Pharcyde). These books are pretty mind blowing and although they don’t have everything, I will definitely be packing them when I hit any record fairs or 2nd hand stores in the future. There are only a small amount remaining that Freddy brought back with him from a recent trip to Japan, so hit him up ASAP to secure a copy …

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There isn’t much info to be to found on New Jersey’s Down n Dirty Tribe except they put out this and another 12″ in the mid 90’s. I am generally not a big collector of this 90’s indie Hip Hop as its generally extremely expensive, though this one takes me we back to the hazey days when I feel in love with the music. The local Hip Hop radio show used to spin this one and until recently the hook came back into my head (I never knew the track or group name) . The joys of the internet made it relatively easy to track down and a friendly seller down in Vienna hooked me up with a NM copy. Inna Cipher is the joint…..