Tuesday, June 29, 2010
From what I gather, the streets is hungry for more classic mixes by the original techstep don - the UK's (and mid-90's Philly transplant) DJ Trace. I've been a long time fan of the master both as a DJ when I first got hold of his Don FM pirate radio sets from 1993/94, as well as a huge fan of his many incredible productions over the years.
During his stint in my hometown, not only did I get to regularly check Trace (known as Duncan to his mum) play excellently on many massive rigs, I've also been extremely lucky to be on occasion witness to this turntable monster throw down some of the freshest, nastiest dubplates in some of the most intimate settings: on decks set up on kitchen counters in 4am apartment ragers, off the back of a truck behind some abandon warehouse in North Philly, and of course the dark, smokey, extremely loud confines of the upstairs back room @ 1415 Locust (blunts, break-dancing and bass, anyone? Those were the days!).
This mix from 1999 - landed via mp3 in my email box recently. I don't actually own a copy, though I do remember it's release and it making the rounds among friends. It's an excellent selection recorded at GFS studios (big up Joe & Justin!) with a nice little intro by the recently elusive Dub 2 MC. Expect a heavy neurofunk vibe, loads of Bad Company, Ed Rush & Optical, Johnny L, Ram Trilogy, Trace, Fierce, and more. The quality is very questionable at times so forgive me it is out of my control. This is the problem with encoding cassette tapes. Enjoy!
DJ Trace - The Philadelphia Sessions (1999) Side 1
DJ Trace - The Philadelphia Sessions (1999) Side 2
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Here is just a little thing I threw together for some friends, more or less a recreation of an old anonymous mixtape that made the rounds of our circle during the mid 90's Philly rave scene by an unknown DJ.
The beauty of the mix is absolutely the track selection , a stinky, stuttering ragga funk that gives way to roughneck future business. Cause of its plain and simple awesomeness I recreated it, using my vinyls and some recently obtained mp3's, attempting to recreate as much of the vibe and punch of the original mix. Hope you enjoy.
Andy C & Randall - Feel It
DJ Buz - Slave Special
D'Cruze - Chronic Breaks
DMS & Boneman X - Strength
Family of Intelligence - Keep Pushin
The Dubster - Zigzawya
Leviticus - Burial
DMS & Boneman X - Sweet Vibrations
New Blood - Worries In The Dance
Red One - The Futurist (Ant Miles Remix)
DJ Crystl - Groundhog Day
Photek - Move Yourself
Red One - Alive & Kickin (Ant Miles Remix)
DJ Rap & Aston - Get Rushed!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Check out this wicked mini-doc about Pirate Radio in London - one of the driving forces in the development of early Jungle and Drum n Bass music in it's earliest days!