Monday, March 30, 2009

Frankie Knuckles Radio Mix

Over the past 20 years I have accumulated an extensive collection of NYC radio show mixes. Most of them I have recorded from a friend who taped religiously in New York in the 80's/90's and for a time I had an aquaintance who taped weekly for me as well, and then mailed me the recordings. I have Red Alert from his glory days on Kiss FM(including his last broadcast on the station!), as well as mixes by Marley Marl, Chuck Chillout, Pete Rock, the legendary Tony Humphries, Merlin Bobb, John Robinson and Frankie Knuckles. Today I am featuring a recording of Frankie Knuckles on Hot 97 circa 1994. Lots of progressive sounds in the mix, with a little of the trademark Knuckles vocals as well. I had the opportunity to see Frankie spin live around this time in Las Vegas and I have to say I have always been impressed with his ability to not only produce standout dance classics, but also work the ones and twos as well - a feat few manage to do well. I am planning on posting more of these radio show mixes in the upcoming months, but would appreciate your comments/suggestions to help guide me in my decision as to what to post. Should also mention that I also have a large selection of radio shows from Chicago as well(early stuff from the hot mix 5 and later mixshows on B96). Let me know your thoughts!

Spoonie Gee-That's My Style 12"

Friday, March 27, 2009

Fresh Force - She's A Skeezer 12"

Before Kid N' Play broke out into the mainstream hip hop consciousness, they released the track "She's A Skeezer" under the alias Fresh Force. Firmly based around the structure of "My Adidas" by Run DMC, this became a bit of a novelty hit for the duo...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Scorpio-(Go Michael)Air Jordan 12"

Just ripped this tasty rap gem from a 12" test pressing I recently aquired. A nice tribute to the man Micheal Jordan done in fine style by Scorpio. Jazzy Jay on the cuts....

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Bionic Boogie Thursdays @ Earl's

I have finally found a home to spin the type of funk, hip hop and boogie that can cause serious neck damage if one is not careful..."Bionic Boogie" kicks off this Thursday in Bacchus Lounge at Earl's and is set to become a great regular night here in the city. Everything from James Brown and Parliament to Run DMC and Herbie Hancock. Expect an eclectic mix of the well known, paired with obscure funk and boogie tracks too - all on vinyl. Can't wait! Happy to announce that this event will be sponsored by the fine folks @ . Hope to see you out!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Jellybean - The Mexican 12"

Based on the b-boy classic by Babe Ruth, Jellybean made this electro tinged remake in 1984 which features bass guitar work by the legendary Marcus Miller...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Brooklyn Zoo - The Year 2000/The New Shit 12"

Just ripped a nice little 12"rap rarity from Brooklyn Zoo - one of the mid-nineties lost treasures. For the download and some background info on the release go check out my man Dom's blog: essential elements. Dom has been running his blog for some time now and has a crazy selection of videos, rare mixes and a wealth of info pertaining to the hip hop scene in general. Check his blog frequently, as he usually updates on a daily basis. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

MC Holiday - Gucci Man 12"

I remember first hearing this track on the Marley Marl "Rap Attack" radio show back in the day and came across a 12" copy a few years back. This came out on Fever Records in 1986 - back in the glory days when rappers were braggin' about their fine clothes and dope kicks....

Monday, March 2, 2009

Roy Ayers - Poo Poo La La 45"

I have always been a huge fan of Roy Ayers' music. Decided to switch things up a bit and post some of his later work from the 80's. Here is a piece from his "In The Dark" LP, which was released on Columbia records in 1984. The man never fails to bring smoothness and sophistication to the table...