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Even Tapes

January 4th, 2020 Comments off

And now it is over. I was forced to sell my double-deck?

Then I found this sweet Sony CFD-S50 CD/Tape-deck in the trash? Perfect for the beach and I got a cassette by: Lootpack, that I’ve wanted to play for a long time. And how I can.

The challenge is on. One-to-one. Playing? I’ll hold my ground. That’s a promise.

So-Long-Run-Out

December 31st, 2019 Comments off

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December 30th, 2019 Comments off

You betta’ believe it!

By pure chance this is the 950th post on record (there are more: some are hidden, in draft or simply deleted…).

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Wild Sampling

December 28th, 2019 Comments off

I thought it would be easy assemble the 1991-1994 list… I was surely mistaken.

So, I’m just going to do my best:

  • Black Sheep
  • Gangstarr
  • Nice & Smooth
  • Grand Puba
  • Brand Nubian
  • Group Home
  • Mobb Deep
  • E-40
  • Eric B. & Rakim
  • Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
  • Showbiz & A.G.
  • Tha Alkaholiks
  • Digable Planets
  • The Roots
  • NAS
  • A Tribe Called Quest
  • N.W.A
  • Public Enemy
  • Diamond And The Psychotic Neurotics…

AS always, it got a bit more complicated than expected, lots and lots are missing now. I forgot about… it’s dedicated to does who know and to the original fiend: my beloved and long lost Tina!

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I Want To B Digital

December 21st, 2019 Comments off

ODB? You need to understand, the genius of the Old Dirty Bastard. Kiss of a black widow off the Bobby Digital album.

RZA tries really, really hard (lyrically/craziliy) to keep up with ODB… what happens next?

[RZA] “- I’m not doing it right?”
[ODB] “- Do I lock on beyond the break.”

What to say? What to say? What to say? …that is waaaaay past the break.

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Not That Many Days Left Of This Year?

December 15th, 2019 Comments off

No noise 2019?

Not even the mighty Fabio & Grooverider are playing it? Oh, well, it is by far the best dumb’n’bass* this year and for some years and some years to come. Why? It is plain to see, why…?

For one thing, if an album contains one instant classic then that is enough in itself. That will suffice in any given situation. And this one contains more than one, several more songs than one. I mean that “Meridian” warrants the whole thing by itself and then there’s some…

And the context. Was this a foreseeable event in any way what so ever? Does this even closely resemble something that you would assume would actually appear in 2019? No, it does not! So now I’m confused, a bit scared and I feel like laughing and crying at the same time.

In from the sideline?! J Majik on Infrared “suddenly feeling the vibes” after 20 years…? There’s no room left for discussion or debate and even though I get a hard time breathing I simply feel gratitude.

Not that I never doubted, but if there was ever a testament? Surely this must be it: J Majik ‎– Full Circle – Infrared ‎– INFRALTDLP 001 WUT? Relentless breaks, mercilessly constructed by an elder, definitely not holding back on this one, breaking it hard. I mean in a: Rack em’ and stack em’! – I need more power! kind of style.

I feel forced [sic!] to mention/give a shout out to: the entire dB Crew (were ever you are), Blito, Cicci Moon, Lucho, and Yallow. The unimaginable DJ Krazy (The Jazz Clan), DJ Norman Bates (The Kid), MC Sandor (Papa Don) and everybody else, so many more.

– Did you not forget? Each and everybody else?
– But, there are too many to mention individually and plz don’t get offended if your name is not mentioned explicitly.

It does say “Each and everybody”, right? If it does not suffice? Simply write me a little something and you’ll get included (explicitly), it is not personal and I’m an easy going person; Traffic Crew, Under Ten Hurtz, Unknown Factor, Celestial. Manos, Lotek and the mighty Seba too! Everyone involved and loving bass, the music and the scene!

I’m lost for words. The eternal love; the bass, music, sounds, boys and girls, collective, soldiers, crew and the army that was lost.

In one word it is just Magic!

* It has specifically been refered to as dumb’n’bass by one and blipp-blopp by another, but they are both (obviously) misinformed, misguided and simply lacking basic musical insight as are everyone else questioning the drum and the bass.**

** It is a coincidence, temporarily it can’t be. and there’s really no reason to to. The phrase, the name was coined by someone many, many years before the actual music existed. It is truly a state of mind and it shares commons wuth other similar lines of thoughts, to my mind…

*** Nothing but love, I’m just playing.

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You Would Have Thought Or Bringin’ It?

November 17th, 2019 Comments off

That the subject was depleted by now?

Helas, I’m still wondering, thinking and trying to understand how this is this possible? How and by what means did Aphex produce this: Selected Ambient Works 85-92.

– What do you mean?
– Literally I do not understand how or by what means “Xtal + Tha” could ever have been produced at the time. On what hardware? It is the same thing with æ. And if you listen closely , the similarities are unsettling. And that is the seed to drum’n’bass and breaks? It is not Model 500… but how was this feat achieved?

Is is in fact Alien?

Just now. I heard something that I never heard before. In a track that I’ve listened to many, many, many times… literally uncountable times. I think the transcription is: “Bringin’ it” and variations.

Honestly? I’ve never realized that until now and I bought it when it was released… that’s disturbing. Autechre ‎– Anti EP

Apart from the superiority? I loved then and I love it now. Technological pressure. It’s brutal enforcement and there’s no way out. Ever. “Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated!”.

It was like that then (25 odd years ago) and it still is. Musically? It is so futuristic and I’m not getting younger. I don’t like that at all! The more I listen to music and the older I get?

The references, it gets.. impossible. Excel? Right, sure. Is there even any point? Is it worth even trying? It is so technical and funky. It is superior and love/HATE it. It is my life and it is so quintessential UK. They are the worst of the lot. And it never stops.

In the end, if you happen to listen then you know/realize that it will not ever get better. Ever… and that will upset you. Are you still trying to create something (making music) after the fact?

I have nothing but the utmost respect and I wish that I had that determination. I have and am still supporting the effort though! I’m blessed, my friends.

I have said it before many a times… from Scandinavia, Sweden, Finland, Åland, through Scotland via England, Denmark, France, Balkan (twice) and the rest of Europe (almost).

On top off it all I need to change the title of this text as well… damn you!

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There’s Another Track

November 16th, 2019 Comments off

Possibly superseding the best track ever produced. What? It is a track that may supersede: Shadow Boxing! I’m not telling… not for a good year. I’ve heard it and that’s enough for me. I never, ever thought that would happen in my life-time.

It did and I know what it is. Someone, please call the coppers now! “- Killed it.” Oh, My Lord! Now. I’ve heard it and it cannot be undone. We will never hear the end of it. Groove’s very own theme song. That’s the end of it.

I know… we’re not talking about impossibilities. But, I’ve never heard the like and now I’m upset. Fabio & Groove. Or rather… in this case… Groove. And I’m really upset!

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My 3rd Copy

November 11th, 2019 Comments off

I had two copies on vinyl previously, this one is the third and it is the CD version. I also found these (y’all need to stop throwing things…) in the trash.

I remember one night I was jamming in a chili house on Seventh Avenue between 139th and 140th. It was December 1939. Now I’d been getting bored with the stereotyped changes that were being used all the time used all the time at the time, and I kept thinking there’s bound to be something else. I could hear it sometimes but I couldn’t play it. Well, that night, I was working over ‘Cherokee,’ and, as I did, I found that by using the higher intervals of a chord as a melody and backing them with appropriately related changes, I could play the thing I’d been hearing. I came alive.

Charlie Parker in "Hear Me Talkin' To Ya"

I cannot help to notice that neither Kenny Clarke nor Max Roach made it to the front cover of this release and even though I’m more than partial to drums it is still somewhat surprising. The first name became quite famous…, but so did the two not mentioned.

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Disturbingly Good

November 11th, 2019 Comments off

This is work in progress… I’m dazed and confused by Shitkid.

It just seems wrong. Why in the name of the Lord would you ever make a cover of My Favorite Thing? The short and simple answer? You would not ever do that.

On top of it all I’ve been and I still am a haunted man, haunted by the music of the 68:s (it’s not a typo, not 60’s music, but the music of the 68:s); “Nous sommes les soixante-huits?!” – that would be my parents self-proclaimed credo!

A statement, something which there will never be any; contesting/argument or reasoning applied to, ever. An absolute truth if you will.

For the record and the very last time; if you listen to the Stones or Hendrix you do not under any circumstance listen to the Beatles. Ever. Why? Because that is the definition of a contradiction… and it goes on and on.

Pink Floyd will automatically cancel other time specific groups/songs etc. In as many words: I’m going to be haunted for an eternity by one specific year and month. Mai soixante-huit (May 68) and I wasn’t even born at that time.

I need to get the references right. “- Please be gentle with me. I’m not as tuff as I seem.”. Give me a minute will you.

Cut to the chase anytime soon? Right…, the “This is it” EP is excellent! Minimal and with a raw, ruthless and a honesty that is unusual these days. It’s simply not possible to resist the vocals and the un-shameful sampling of earlier works.

If you happen to know anything or have listened to any contemporary music made the last decades or so. I mean Minneapolis, AFX or is it æ in the same song? That’s a wild thing right there. And I love it!

…a very brightly shining star is born. Let’s name her: Shitkid (the name in itself deserves a text. But, I’m just going to let it be, that’ll be one for the road). Excellent.