If you are a hip hop fan of a certain age (and probably male), Ice-T's second album "Power" probably means a fair bit to you.... You certainly won't have forgotten the album cover, particularly Darlene Ortiz....
The images here are nabbed from the links below and are well worth a visit...
Hot off the presses, here's another chance to catch last night's show, it's a game of two halves although the tracks are not in any kind of rigid order.... As always, feedback is very welcome... Enjoy!
Afternoon to y'all, tonight's show promises to be a stormer, expect tunage from (but not limited to) the following;
Kool & The Gang, Ike Turner, Eddie Kendricks, Bill Withers, The Temptations, Zapp, Herbie Mann, The Dub Pistols, Big Daddy Kane, Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Wilson Pickett, The Average White Band, The O'Jays, Run DMC, Asaviour, Blood Sweat and Tears, Graham Central Station and KRS One.....
Look again at what you have just read. Now, just imagine all that and then some, lovingly squeezed into 2hrs of quality radio and garnished with yet more funky stuff....
We are LIVE on air from 10pm GMT on NE1 FM 102.5 in the Newcastle Upon Tyne area and if you can't pick the station up live, fret not. Come back tomorrow for the chance to listen again via the power of the interwebs.
BTW, the image of the audio set up above is (very unfortunately) not mine, check out this page for more.... the lucky sod!
Why not have a game of Asteroids over at http://www.thebottomlesscrates.com/ where you will also find a link to our facebook group (feel free to join, the more the merrier!) and more stuff to come soon....
Meanwhile, Monday will be our 10th show on NE1 FM and promises to be a cracker, keep it locked!
Hello again, sorry for the lack of action here recently...
The Bottomless Crates radio show is about to kick off again, re-born as a 2 hour weekly show and looking like Wednesday 9 till 11 at the moment. All we are waiting for is the start date so we should be on air again within a couple of weeks, hold tight!
In the meantime, here's a big, fat selection of big, fat tunes that have been played over the last weeks to give a taster of what to expect sonically once we return....
In no particular order and not selected as a "best of", just some good tunes.... Enjoy.
Hello, still alive but mighty busy so apologies for the lack of tunage of late.
The 3rd radio show missing from last week should finally be in our hands on Monday alongside the 4th show from Thursday just gone... We unexpectedly did a bonus 2nd hour on the 4th show so that's 3hrs of Bottomless Crates goodness on it's way, hopefully up for d/l Monday evening....
We are next on air Thursday 20th in our drive time slot of 5-6PM, let us know if you want a shout out!
Just a reminder that The Bottomless Crates are live on NE1FM 1(102.5) from 5-6 PM this evening. The show will be available for download here tomorrow and also available from 7 this evening via the facebook group!
++++ Friday - As an update, we were unable to get a copy of last night's show, the studio has changed premises and the recording takes place at the old site still. All being well, the link will be up early next week. +++++
From the 1988 "Where's The Party At?" LP, here's Cash Money & Marvelous with Ugly People Be Quiet...
DJ Cash Money was one of my heroes as a kid and a lot of it was down to the following video.
I remember staying up till 2 or 3 in the morning to record Westwood's N-Sign Radio on ITV's "Night Network" (this was before the days of 24 hour TV) and must have subsequently watched it a thousand times... Having just watched it again now for the first time in about 18 years it's still damn fresh. For the record, Cash tears up The Mighty Hard Rocker then one of the Ultimate Lessons. This is on a 20 year old Gemini mixer and Stanton 500 carts, no special kit at all and he absolutely tears shit up... It almost brings a tear to the eye....
The second radio show went out live last night on NE1FM and went pretty well (there was an interesting 3 min gap at the start of the show when the syndicated news feed failed) starting with some Public Enemy and going on from there.... As always though, judge for yourself and download it here.
We'll be back on air next Thursday, the 6th of August between 5 and 6 PM, providing a somewhat differentdrivetime radio experience!
Both Korperayshun and MC Dashy D were to turn up again some years later on the superlative Kold Sweat label (Dashy D having renamed himself The Drunken Master) but all the above tunes were featured on the 1988 Hardcore One compilation LP released on BPM records. The album showcased the rising stars of UK hip hop at the time and is WELL worth seeking out... Enjoy!
So, the first ever Bottomless Crates show went out live yesterday and went pretty well. We didn't burn the studio down and there was no loss of life (a success in my book).
We'll be better prepared next time (a lot of the tunes didn't load up in time and we deviated from our planned playlist a fair bit as a result) but you don't have to take our word for it, have a listen yourself....
We return to the airwaves in 2 weeks time, again between 6 and 7 on Thursday July 30th. The blog will still be updated in the meantime of course and if you want to show your support while waiting why not pay the official facebook group a visit? Anyone can join and say hello....
Lou Donaldson - "Peepin' "from the 1967 "Mr Shing-A-Ling" album.
Minnie Riperton - "Inside My Love". Taken from the 1974 Album Perfect Angel. If you do not like this track, visit your doctor, something is very wrong with you. You will have heard covers of this before, this is the original and best by far.
Maynard Ferguson - "Mister Mellow" from the 1977 Conquistador album, features a quality bassline as previously used by Showbiz & A.G and is uber chilled throughout... nice. Quite surprising as Maynard himself looks like Jon Pertwee on PCP on the back cover... As a bonus-bonus, here's Maynard's covers of the "Rocky" theme and "Star Trek" theme, both from the same album.
Two Bacharach and David classics given the 1988 Bristol rinse now....
Kicking off Friday with Smith & Mighty's "Walk on By" and creeping across the lounge to The Wild Bunch's "The Look Of Love". As usual, all tunes are GM free although they were produced in an environment containing nuts.
Just a quick shout to announce that The Bottomless Crates will be live on NE1 FM (102.5) next Thursday between 6 and 7 PM, providing radio listeners in the Newcastle Upon Tyne area that are blessed with bonafide taste an alternative late drivetime/early evening show.
Expect a serious dose of who knows what coupled with the usual standard of tunage.
Good afternoon to y'all, back again with a few dusty treats after a sparse weekend and today, it's about the female UK rappers and a couple of belters for those who liked a dance.
All of today's tunes are brought to you by the year 1989.
Kicking us off with the laydees, we have the She Rockers with "On Stage", MC Martay & DJ DBM's "Beyond Control" plus "Female Force" and then a bit of the Cookie Crew's "Black Is The Word" (produced by Stetsasonic's Daddy-O and DBC). Then, we'll have a slice of DJ Mink's "Hey! Hey! Can U Relate" and for dessert, Shut Up And Dance with "5,6,7,8" which I'm delighted to reveal, samples George Kranz, not Steps.
Bringing the Friday funk to a close now with one of many, many covers of Lee Dorsey's "Get Out My Life Woman". An undisputed classic covered by well over 20 artists and sampled by hundreds more since it's original release date of 1966 on Lee's debut album "The New Lee Dorsey".
This version is from Grassella Oliphant's 1967 debut album "The Grass Is Greener" and keeps it instrumental, letting the horns wail over the totally expected sweet, sweet drums and bassline.
Enjoy your weekend, more tunes are on the horizon and it's not that far away.....
PS, talking of multiple covers of this track... this is what I mean!
More breaks for your general perusal and horizon-broadening now.
In 1970, Junior Mance released his 3rd album "With A Lotta Help From My Friends". The final track on here was "Don't Cha Hear Me Callin' To Ya", an absolute gem of an instrumental with a killer piano hook (as you'd kinda expect).
Secondly, another final album track, this time from Earth, Wind and Fire's self titled 1971 debut album, "Bad Tune". You may recognise this from a couple of places, either as the break from Brand Nubian's "Dance To My Ministry" or more likely, from the GTA 4 soundtrack (if I remember rightly).
So, as mentioned literally minutes ago, we are exploring other avenues while gazup is gazdown and reckon that mediafire may be one way forward, there is much less jumping through hoops for a start.
As it's a glorious summer's day here, how about a track that is a cover of an all time classic and a killer break to boot?
Peggy Lee first released her cover of "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay" as a track on her 1969 album "A Natural Woman" and it's featured on quite a few breaks compilations since then. If you haven't heard the track before, chances are you will know at least one other tune that samples it.... enjoy.
If, however, the sun does not have his hat on in your neck of the woods, here's a darker tune for you.... Taken from Ryuichi Sakamoto's 1998 Anger/Grief 12" on Ninja Tune, have a piece of "Anger (Rare Force 2 Meg Mix)".
Gazup.com is still down, the following message is currently on the site;
On Tuesday the 30th of June Gazup.com was hacked by a group of hackers residing in the middle-east for no apparent reason but to spread political propaganda about western governments; completely unrelated to our service. They decided it would be fitting to delete our entire site as well.
Since then we have taken our service off line whilst we carefully reconstruct our system to patch any vulnerabilities and ensure the site was working how it was. We deeply apologize for this disruption and we're doing the best we can. Unfortunately there will be roughly 4-5 days worth of uploads and member data lost. We will try to make as much of this up as possible by steaming ahead with new features ensuring we remain the best mirroring website online.
The site should be back online Thursday evening / early Friday morning GMT.
Thank you for your patience.
So, we can expect restoration of service imminently but we are also exploring other mirroring/upload sites in the meantime. In fairness to Gazup, they were attacked without any real reason and we can't really have a go at them, their service is, after all, free of charge. However, we don't want to deprive you of the ever-growing backlog of funky gems that is growing and growing so expect news sooner rather than later on how we are moving forwards.
Which brings us to the next update..... The Bottomless Crates are about to be dropped onto both FM radio in our local area and web streamed for those of you living further afield (Google Analytics indicates that we have many repeat visitors from the USA, Japan and throughout Europe)!!
Once we have dates confirmed you will be the first to know.... There are some other substantial improvements in the pipeline also, stay tuned for more news.
Incidentally, you may have been pointed here via Facebook in the last couple of days, if so, thanks for dropping by and checking us out. Things may seem quite basic at the moment but hold tight, as mentioned above, big things are coming soon.
Looks like gazup.com has been hijacked for the time being by some Iranian protest or other (apparently there is nothing wrong with their recent election and it's above 100% turnout)..... I would like to add that that The Bottomless Crates does not wish to get involved in politics other than taking this chance to say FUCK THE B.N.P.
I'm sure they'll have it back up soon, so apologies in the meantime.
1990 saw W.B.I Red Ninja release their 2nd 12", the War Bytes E.P.
Buying it at the time I was a touch disappointed, the production seemed overly dense and muddy and I didn't really feel the direction it was going in. Happily, going back to it now, 19 years later I'd say it's improved with age...
The rap on "X The Unknown" doesn't sound too great but the production is interestingly ahead of it's time and more electronic in feel than the other tracks.
"Bad Horsemen" benefits greatly from being an instrumental with some booming dub bass, nice horns and a killer piano break.
"Return To The Scene Of The Crime" chugs along nicely with oodles of dub and a few well chosen familiar loops. Again though, the vocal hasn't kept up with the production in the aging stakes, bonus point for spotting the Hijack sample.
Lastly, we have "Bad Testament". As with the other tracks here, it sports a confident amount of movie dialogue samples but Bugsy Malone?? A curious drum pattern contributes to the growing doubt but all is not lost... a generous portion of the Ohio Player's "Funky Worm" underpins the whole shebang and just about saves the day (everyone loves that funky, funky worm).
Hmmm, back from a weekend away and time for something a touch more obscure.
This white label E.P is credited to Chad Jackson, the 1987 DMC winner don't you know... and the man behind "Hear the Drummer Get Wicked". Even former world champion DJs have to pay the mortgage I guess, although getting snippets of Hijack vocals into the charts raises a eyebrow or two.
I'll have to guess at around 1987/88 for this, as the 5 mins I have spent thoroughly researching it have yielded no release details. It might not actually be Chad Jackson at all (Feel free to identify if it isn't).
Sounding delightfully amateurish in places, conjouring up images of Fostex four track recorders, ST's, Amigas, UK 12"s for £2.98, leather shoulder holsters and jumpers for goalposts etc.
Anyway, no problem with the selection of tracks, we are brought....
Plus some house track that means nothing to me....
As I haven't posted for a little while I'm also going to include two bonus tracks, neither from vinyl regrettably but both essential breakbeats.
Firstly, as used above by BDP, Stanley Turrentine's "Sister Sanctified" from 1972 (featuring Bob James, which is nice). Also from 72, Babe Ruth's "The Mexican", which you can hear parts of in the Paid In Full remix (particularly on the cheeky run-out).
Saving the best to last with this one. Taken from Kid Sensation's 1990 album "Rolling With Number One", "Emergency" is indeed the best and the last track on the L.P...
Bearing an uncanny similarity to Eric B & Rakim's "Lyrics Of Fury" in places (seems to be pretty much identical in terms of the way Funky Drummer has been compressed), the track seems totally different from the rest of the album in that it's pretty good.
By all means go and grab a copy of the album and then please feel free to argue with me regarding how the style was cool for the time and fitting for where Kid Sensation came from. In my opinion, "Emergency" is where it's at and the rest of the album is 33 & a 1/3 kinds of meh.
Moving further away from hip-hop but retaining the theme of the previous post, we bring you a couple of tunes from the back catalogue of Dub Syndicate. Firstly, 1991's "Stoned Immaculate". Taken from the album of the same name, the choice of track name and album cover art seems unusual- when was the last time you heard of dub being associated with spliff??
Going back to 1984, taken from "Tunes From The Missing Channel" we have "Ravi Shankar" (PT.1). No prizes for guessing the instrumentation that supplies the backbone of this one.
With the early nineties seeing an explosion of reggae themed "ragga-hip hop" and the seemingly somewhat liberal attitude of Jamaican copyright it was unsurprising to find white labels appearing with chatting over hip hop instrumentals. As with traditional dancehall, the instrumental (version) of the day was hastily re-recorded with new vocals and released asap while the track could still guarantee a busy dancefloor.
As a prime example of this, have a listen to Major Popular let loose over an instrumental even your grandmother will have heard a billion times... "Don't Stop".
While we are at it, let's also have a bit of "Supa" by Kenny Dope Presents The Mad Racket. Slighty different this, take a well known vocal (Don Dada) and remake it as a hip-hop crowd pleaser. While listening, why not award yourself a biscuit for every hip-hop track you can identify that's been plundered? Possibly because you are watching your weight?
Finally, completing this trio with a hip-hop remix of a big dancehall tune, have a gander at the Main Attraction remix of Cutty Ranks' "The Stopper"... Continuing the theme of well known instumentals and breaks, you may well recognise more than a touch of "Ashley's Roachclip" here....
Staying in '89 for the time being, here's III Most Wanted with two tracks from their self titled album. Chances are that you will have heard "Calm Down" at some point, especially the last verse which has featured in several DMC sets over the years... "Most Wanted" is another dancefloor friendly track that's typical of the era.
As you may well expect, there was a hip-house track on the album also but I'm not going there...
Two well known US crews get re-visited now with five tracks that need to be acquired if you slept on them at the time....
Firstly, Lords Of The Underground with "Psycho" and "Sleep For Dinner"... Both tracks are from the Psycho 12" released in 92. The version of Psycho itself included here is the "Rubber Room Mix" and Sleep for Dinner is the L.P version (the chorus sports an obvious Biz Markie sample from "Pickin Boogers"... as they say - NOBODY beats the Biz).
Secondly, The Pharcyde with extended versions of "Runnin'" and "Drop". Surely there's no need to explain any further regarding The Pharcyde, quite simply, phresh as phuck.
And all that.
And then some.
P.S, almost forgot to add a little bonus, the Rae and Christian remix of "Runnin'" featuring Mark 1 and Funky Fresh Few.... enjoy!
Back to the UK again and time to revisit both 1993 and MC Mell-O.
This time we bring you "Buss A Verse" from the I Teach You , You Teach Me EP. IMHO this is the best track on the 12". The title track veers into the introspective and conscious territory visited by Mell-O previously on tracks such as "Open Up Your Mind" and, while I'd never dream of dissing the chap or the folks who appreciate such tracks.... it just doesn't do it for me.
More UK hip hop from 91 now. Dominant Force released their Raptivity E.P and "Criminals" was the stand out track. Using Amen and heavy bass with no small enthusiasm, it was a nice little find at the time and still sounds good today...
Sounding rather different altogether from the same year, "Juvenile Delinquintz" teamed up with Terminator X for their self titled track. It was first released on the B-side to "Homey Don't Play Dat", both tracks appearing on "Terminator X & The Valley Of The Jeep Beets album". Production is credited as being supervised by The Bomb Squad and it shows. Which is nice.
Firstly, Alphabet Soup with "Take A Ride", I have included 2 versions from the 12", the original album mix and a nice alternative from A-Plus (well known from his work with Souls of Mischief and Hieroglyphics).
BTW, this is a different Alphabet Soup than the crew responsible for "A Sunny Day In Harlem" which conveniently explains the change in style and sound...
Also today, from 91, Two Kings In A Cipher with "Definition Of A King". A stompy, conscious rap effort, not atypical of it's time and not too shabby at all.
The mystery of the unheard of artist on white label....
First track is from 1991, Construction with "It's Time To Get Raw", plenty of uptempo and familiar jazz breaks and scratching, good clean harmless fun.
Secondly, a selection of tracks from Sirus, taken from the "The One And Only Sirus" EP. This six track EP was released without a label in 91 and would appear to be rare as feck. Sirus would later be heard from as a member of Bushkiller alongside Gemini from Hardnoise (this should give you a rough idea of what to expect).
I have included 4 of the 6 tracks.... if you want the other two, have a gander at Discogs - some dude is selling a copy for £65....
A lovely slice of classic but lesser heard US hip hop now, 1990's "We Don't Play" from Freshco & Miz coupled with it's A side partner "Ain't U Freshco?". Both dudes were highly acclaimed at the time, I'll not go on, they can explain all about it for their selves....
Some of the best eighties and nineties UK hip hop came from London's Ladbroke Grove area. Here's a couple of slightly lesser known examples for your leisurely perusal...
Firstly, N.S.O Force Organisation with "Give It Up", released on 12" in 1989 and produced by J Saul Kane (better known as Depth Charge amongst other names...).
Secondly, The Mighty Ethnicz with 1990's "Murder", going some way to proving that any hip hop track that samples The Meter's "Just Kissed My Baby" is going to sound good enough or thereabouts without much more effort.
If you have good taste, you may well own the 12" single of "The Badman is Robbin" with both tracks featuring on the B-Side.
However, were you to own the original 1988 12" on Music of Life, you would already know that the original mixes of the tracks are infinitely superior to the later re-edits.... and you wouldn't need to bother downloading the tracks again...
As I've been searching through the crates I've listened to some tracks that I haven't heard in more than 10 years... In the case of UK Hip Hop, some tracks haven't aged too well whereas some, particularly the following selection still sound fresh today...
Rae and Christian lovingly re-roll Nightmares On Wax's "What I'm Feelin'" from 1996, served on a bed of funk and garnished with a hint of turntable.
Then, it's back to 1990 and one time fastest rapper in the world MC JC-001 does his thing all over Al Green, leaving us with the lesser heard curiosity "Alone" by PartE Unknown (which I'm assuming was just JC001 and D-Zire being bored with their names).
Now, when I were a young whippersnapper, you only ever heard the occasional hip hop track on radio (bear in mind that this was years ago, outside London) and it was only ever the weakest, commercial nonsense masquerading as the real deal..
Nowadays of course, you hear hip hop everywhere, unfortunately, it's mainly still boll*cks commercial nonsense... even the stuff that is regarded as true hip hop (ahem, just my opinion, feel free to criticise, ultimately, I AM right).
Going back to 1992, we have J Blast and 100% Proof and their PM Dawn diss "2 Break the Dawn". No punches pulled and a heartfelt attack on idiots besmirching the good name of hip hop.
So, the weather has been surprisingly pleasant of late, until today when it actually feels like April... The sun has got his hat on, but also appears to have buggered off to the pub...
A couple of happy bits and bobs now to keep the mood up...
The first of todays tracks is kind of sunshine related, being the B side of Alex Reece's "Feel the Sunshine" from 1996. Austrian knob-twiddlers, Kruder and Dorfmeister, work their magic over "Jazz Master" and justify adding an umbrella to your pint.
The second is one of my favourite breaks of all time and just an outstanding song in it's own right, from 1972 it's Al Green with "I'm Glad You're Mine".
That first link wasn't entirely indicative of the bulk of posts to come, so here are two gems from way back. As already stated elsewhere, I'm concentrating on posting individual tracks that don't appear to be commonplace on the web as far as I can tell.
Firstly, Hardnoise with "Serve Tea Then Murder", an undisputed heavyweight classic piece of UK hardcore hip hop from 1991. Ripped from the promo 12" on Music Of Life. Sampling both Lalo Schifrin's Dirty Harry score and the noise a ZX Spectrum made whilst loading... class.
Secondly, Black Sheep's "Strobelite Honey" from 1992. It's the No We Didn't mix from the 12" release. Love those horns.....
It's Easter Monday and what better way to celebrate than by hearing something good for the first time?
I'm starting off with a track from Howie B's "Another Late Night" compilation. It's ripped from vinyl, so apologies to our younger viewers who may notice additional snap, crackle and pop.
The crates contain some other Spacer stuff which is pretty nice (and may well appear here in time), but this track is probably more of a curiosity for Goldfrapp fans. Alison Goldfrapp lends her voice to proceedings here with not unpleasant results. The tune was originally released on Howie B's Pussyfoot Records in 2000.
More stuff to come soon, enjoy, and comments very welcome...