Halloween Mix Special

With Halloween just a few dyas away we thought we'd bring you a couple of scary mixes (not scary mixing) to help you get into the mood for a fright night of beats and screams.

First up is New York's Definitive Jux label and Juggaknot's DJ Boo are nixing the trick and delivering just the treat this Halloween. Boo compiled a spooked-out party-rockin' mix of the labels' recent underground hits from EL-P, Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic and more.


Aesop Rock, 'Citronella'

El-P, 'Smithereens'

Rob Sonic, 'Rock The Convoy'

Junk Science,'Do It Easy'

Hangar 18, 'West Wing'

Rob Sonic, 'Dead As Disco'

Junk Science, 'Hey!'

Hangar 18, 'Bakin' Soda'

Junk Science, 'Jerry McGuire'

Hangar 18, 'Thing Big'

Rob Sonic, 'Fat Man & Little Boy'

El-P, 'Flyentology'

Aesop Rock. 'None Shall Pass'

Next up is Dr Rubberfunk's Funky Halloween mix featuring a good cross section of old skool funk and hip hop alongside a few other oddities - enjoy.

Dr Rubberfunk's Funky Halloween(Things That Go Funk In The Night)

Lalo Schifrin and David McCallum - 'Dracula Meets The Human Fly'

The Witch Doctor - 'Over Night Low'

Albert King - 'Born Under A Bad Sign'Booker

T & The MGs - 'Born Under A Bad Sign'

Run DMC - 'Back From Hell' (Remix)

Cypress Hill - 'How I Could Just Kill A Man'

Spoonie Gee - 'Monster Jam'

Howlin' Wolf - 'I Ain't Superstitious'

Yesterday's New Quintet - 'Superstition'

Tony Joe White - 'Stud Spider'

4th Coming - 'Dead Don't Die Alive'

Maceo Parker - 'Doin' It To Death'

BT Express - 'Devil's Workshop'

Grant Green - 'Walk In The Night'

Mongo Santamaria - 'Night Crawler'

Marie Queenie Lyons - 'Fever'

Howlin' Wolf - 'Killing Floor'

Uptight's Band - 'Devil's On The Run'

Buddy Rich - 'Sneakin Up Behind You'

Ken Nordine - 'Black'

Albert King - 'Angel Of Mercy'

Bill Cosby - 'Martin's Funeral'

Mr Güder - 'The Horror'


Tat's Tribute to Electro Volume 1

No not the electro of post 2000, but the sounds from back in the day (whenever that was - email us with the answer). This is a mix of some of the finest moments from the early to mid 80s when the sounds coming out of New York and London ruled the underground hip hop scene. Please note, I did this mix about 10 years ago, and never tracklisted it, so I've compiled it from memory - apologies for any mistakes. Now get that lino out and show us some fresh moves.
Whodini - Five Minutes Of Funk
Man Parrish Featuring Freeze Force - Boogie Down (Bronx)
Mantronix - Needle To The Groove
Captain Rock - Cosmic Blast (Dub)
Z-3 MC's - Triple Threat
Boogie Boys - Zodiac
D.St. & Jalaludin M. Nuriddin - Mean Machine
Newcleus - Let's Jam
Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force - Looking For The Perfect Beat
Newcleus - Jam On It
Newtrament - London Bridge Is Falling Down
Willesden Dodgers - Gunsmoke Breakout
High Fidelity Three - B-Boys Breakdance


From Delaware to Derbyshire (Radiophonic Workshop)

A little 35 minute mixup of our fave Workshop tracks

Tracklisting :

1 David Cain - Radio Sheffield

2 John Baker - Festival Time

3 Paddy Kingsland - The World of

John Baker - Milky Way

5 Malcolm Clarke - Romanescan Rout

6 Dick Mills - Major Bloodnok's Stomach

7 John Baker - Accentric

8 Glynis Johns - Schlum Rooli

9 Dick Mills - Adagio

10 Delia Derbyshire - Blue Veils and Golden Sands

11 John Baker - Structures

12 Glynis Johns - Nenuphar

13 Malcolm Clarke - Bath Time

14 Glynis Johns - Veils and Mirrors

15 Delia Derbyshire - The Delian


Zior - Self Titled (1971)

Zior's 1971 debut album got immediate attention when it was released because the band used the same artist that Black Sabbath had used on their first album (an artist called Keef). This first album is a knockout of fantastic heavy rock and is still one of my favourite albums of that year.Zior had their roots in Southend's early sixties R&B scene. Kevin Bonsor had previously been in a local R&B outfit, The Essex Five, and then classical/rock fusion outfit, Cardboard Orchestra. Pete Brewer had been in another Southend R&B band, The Night Riders. He and Bonsor were Zior's founding members recruiting Truba and Skeels (who'd once played in a London band called The Bum) via a 'Melody Maker' advert.Zior did have a reputation as a wild live band. They were heavily into Black Magic and Satanic Masses etc. They recorded an album on the Beacon label, later in 1971, which was credited to Monument, though in fact it featured all four members of Zior.

Track Listings:

01. I Really Do

02. Za Za Za Za Zilda

03. Loves Desire

04. New Land

05. Now I'm Sad

06. Give Me Love

07. Quabala

08. Oh Maria

09. Your Life Will Burn

10. I Was Fooling

11. Before My Eyes Go Blind

12. Rolling Thunder

13. Dudi Judy [Bonus]

14. Evolution [Bonus]

15. Cat's Eye [Bonus]

16. Strange Kind Of Magic [Bonus]

17. Ride Me Baby [Bonus]


UFO - Flying/One Hour Space Rock (1971)

The first two albums by UFO featured an odd mix of crisp, focussed songs alternating with meandering electric guitar-led soundscapes.Flying starts off with perhaps their best of the former category, "Silver Bird." This story of a primitive islander seeing an airplane for the first time begins with a pleasant little acoustic guitar melody and builds into a soaring full-band musical expression of the wonder of flight. The next cut, all 19 minutes of it, conjures up the vaster expanses of space. To complain that "Star Storm" rambles is to miss the point; sometimes Mick Bolton's guitar is used as a pure sound effect rather than to convey any kind of rhythm or melody, and if you're patient, then listening can be an enjoyable, even absorbing, experience.The relatively tight instrumental "Prince Kajuku" and the harder rocking "Coming of Prince Kajuku" follow, and are interesting as almost the only songs of this period to remain in the band's live repertoire for years afterward. The album is capped with the title track, 26 and a half minutes of strange guitar wizardry. "Flying" was the soundtrack to many an acid trip when it first appeared, and to some people it is UFO's crowning achievement.It's fairly obvious that if Bolton had stayed at the helm then UFO would have never had the pop fame that they later achieved, but it can be interesting to try to imagine what kind of music they might have made as they grew even more accomplished.


1. Silver Bird (06:55)

2. Star Storm (18:59)

3. Prince Kajuko (03:57)

4. The Coming Of Prince Kajuko (03:56)

5. Flying (26:32)

Possessed - Exploration (1971)

This is the story of a band whose tragic legacy could never have been predicted. Possessed were born out the thriving underground West Midlands Rock & Blues scene of the mid to late ‘60’s. This was a scene in which band- leader, Vernon Pereira, had been a key figure.The band were formed in late 1969 when Vernon teamed up (after a spell playing next to Robert Plant in The Band Of Joy) with Mick Reeves, who had been playing in (amongst other bands) Sugarstack with Al Atkins. This was the band that would eventually evolve into being the first incarnation of Judas Priest. Exploration was originally intended for releases in 1971. Due to various reasons the album never saw the light of day.The band were finally on the verge of signing a major deal, when tragedy struck. Whilst returning home from a gig in 1976, the bands van drove into a stationary petrol tanker, taking the lives of three band members :O This wouldnt have sounded out of place on Vertigo in 1971. On a heavy dark prog vibe like Necromandus and Black Widow. Not to be confused with west coast death metal band of the same name from the 80's this is better :)

Tracklist :

01. Darkness Darkness

02. The Love That You Gave

03. Exploration

04. Climb The Wooden Hills

05. Dream06. All Night Long

07. Disheartened & Disillusioned

08. Thunder & Lightning

09. Love 'Em & Leave 'Em

10. Exploration Pt. II

11. Reminiscing

12. I See The Light



Tales from the Forest
Acidfolk Companion 1

Its that time of year again folks,the leaves are falling and its getting colder so what better time to pull out from the archives "Tales from the Forest" a acidfolky companion for fireside weaving and wicker man building. Raise your glass of real ale and rejoice my woodland friends !

Tracklisting :

1.Mushroom - Early One Morning
2.Fairport Convention - Reynardine
3.Espers - Dead Queen
4.Circullus - Willow Tree
5.Vashti Bunyan - Diamond Day
6.Emtidi - Saat
7.Callinan Flynn - The Old Man
8.Magnet - Gently Johhny
9.Sol Invictus - Our lady of Wild Flowers
10.Woven Hand - Swedish Purse
11.Comus - The Herald
12.Fresh Maggots - Rosemary Hill
13.The Trees - The Garden of Jane Delaney
14.Subway - I am a Child
15.David Crosby - Tamalpais(At about 3)
16.Espers - Dead King


2600 Recordings presents
"Kosmische Zeit 1"

I was asked by Chris from 2600 Recordings if i would like to do some kraut flavoured shows for their Podcasts and i was more than happy to oblige :D Here's the first of these shows and whilst your at 2600 you should check out all the great music that is on there as well as buying the forthcoming LP "Home Entertainment"(Review coming soon on RB) its all good !!

Kosmische Zeit Pt 1 :

1.Agitation Free - Looping
2.Kraftwerk - Tongebirge
3.Gila - Night 8
4.All Repro
5.Cluster - In der Fabrik
6.Mobius/Plank/Neumeier - Avanti
7.Cluster/Eno - Fur Luise
8.Agitation Free - Soundpool
9.Tangerine Dream - Birth of Liquid Plejades
10.Popol Vuh - Dream #49
11.Harmonia - Sehr Kosmische
12.Cluster - Kekse

Heavy Stylus - Mix

No frontin Y'all we have an hour long mix from the man like Heavy Stylus dropping the breaks with maximum funk . He's doing it like this

Tracklisting :

01 – MC Lyte – Cold Rock A Party (Upstate Peace Mix)
02 – Beatconductor – Crazy In Kingston
03 – Amerie – One Thing (Krivit Vocal Edit)
04 – Pablo – Get Some Of This
05 – Nextmen – Amongst The Madness
06 – Red Astaire – Salsa NYC
07 – Tightrack – Black Samba
08 – Tuff Love Vs Jurassic Five – What’s Golden? (Hoop Mix)
09 – Red Astaire – Hazlo Correcto
10 – Neanderthal Youth – You Oughta Promote
11 – The Bamboos Feat. Ohmega Watts – Get The Scene
12 – Usher - Caught Up (Soul Snaps Mix)
13 – Nas - Made You Look (Jay Soul Remix)
14 – Sunshine Anderson – Heard It All Before (Quantic Soul Orchestra Remix)
15 – Pete Rock & CL Smooth - They Reminisce Over You
16 – Breakestra Feat. Choklate - Take My Time
17 – Bombs – My Definition
18 – Keno 1 – Ghetto Fly
19 – Speedometer – Am I Your Woman?



Classic Hip Hop Mix

Mixed somewhere at the end of the last century, that's a scary thought, anyway rather than ramble on about the merits of the 'golden age of hip hop' we think it's best you listen to the mix and decide whether it was so much better 20 years ago. (Please note that we appreciate that many of the below tracks are not 'golden era' hip hop and some are from the 1990s - shock horror!)

There's no doubt that there's still a decent amount of hip hop coming out these days, but whether much of it is original in merit or whether it's just a collection rebuilds from peeps brought up on PE, BDP and De La Soul trying to emulate sounds from a previous era is the question - I'd hazzard a guess that it's both. This of course is no bad thing as long as the scene moves forward and as long as people understand that the stars of today are less likely to do this than the top dogs from the late 80s we'll be OK. Like the early days of hip hop on wax it was all about scratching the surface, digging deeper and not accepting second rate product.
1 - Marden Hill - Come On (Mo Wax)
2 - Naughty By Nature - Hip Hop Hooray (Big Life)
3 - Eric B and Rakim - Paid in Full (Coldcut rmx) (Cooltempo)
4 - BDP - Sound of the Police (Jive)
5 - Q Tip - Breathe and Stop (Arista)
6 - Eric B and Rakim - I know You Got Soul (Cooltempo)
7 - LL Cool J - Mama's Gonna Knock You Out (Def Jam)
8 - Public Enemy - Rebel Without a Pause (Def Jam)
9 - Sugar Bear - Don't Scandalise Mine (Coslit)
10 - Think Tank - Hack One (Tommy Boy)
11- Mantronix - King of the Beats (White)
12 - Paradox - Jailbreak (Ronin)
13 - X-Clan - Funkin Lesson (4th and Broadway)
14 - Run DMC - Sucker MCs (Profile)
15 - Big Daddy Kane - Set It Off! (Cold Chillin')
16 - Ace and Action - Letter to the Better (Cold Chillin')
17 - De La Soul - A Roller Skating Jam Called Saturdays(Tommy Boy)
18 - Steinski - Lesson 2 (RPM)

Sir Ibu of The Divine Force - I'm The Peacemaker

One hell of a stuttering blast first explosion of a hip hop track, which dropped at a time when rap was leaving the comfort of the predictive sampling of James Brown and co.
I'm The Peacemaker defines the end of an era when hip hop was no longer the sole domain of the East Coast of America and infact belonged to the world. Tracks such as this were ten a penny at the time, but along with previous posts including The Dismasters, alongside other cuts that came out at the time by the likes of Tuff Crew, ED O'G and The Bulldogs and De La Soul
this has most def stood the test of time.


JVC Force - Strong Island (B Boy)

Apart from the lame name, JVC Force did release a few gems at the back end of the 1980s, most notably Strong Island on the seminal B-Boy Records which was also home to Boogie Down Productions. The name stands for "Justified By Virtue of Creativity For All Reasons Concerning Entertainment". This acronym was devised to reduce the risk of legal action from the mighty Japanese electrical company JVC.

Despite several fairly lame releases on the B Boy imprint, there were a few high points including tracks by Kay Gee The All, The Cold Crush Brothers and of course DJ Scott La Rock and KRS1 AKA BDP - Fresh for 87 you suckers!

Hashim - We're Rocking the Planet (Cutting Records)

In terms of short but sweet output, Jerry Calliste Jr AKA Hashim produced some of the finest electro of it's time. Signed to the seminal Cutting Records out of New York, Hashim first appeared on the hip hop radar back in 1983 with Al-Naafiysh (The Soul). Other offerings followed including Primrose Path, but it's this beauty we turn our attention to. Taking all the good bits from the electro scene of the time tinged with what was happening in the UK with bands such as John Foxx and Gary Numan and flashbacks to Kraftwerk, Hashim carved out some era-defining moments.

Dimples D - Sucker DJS

Real name Crystal Smith (surely a country and western name if ever I heard one) she was chosen to provide the rap to the track by Marley Marl, a New York DJ and aspiring producer.

Released on the Party Time label in 1983 which also brought forth such gems by The Awesome Foursome - seriously try and track down their Funky Breakdown - which is an highly underrated B Boy jam and none too expensive.

It was a year before Marley Marl's breakthrough on Roxanne Shanté's "Roxanne's Revenge", one of many answer records on UTFO's "Roxanne, Roxanne" and more importantly one of the first wave of female rappers to come out guns blazing.

The track was often sampled by Marl himself, and radically reworked in 1990, with the addition of a sprightly sample lifted from the I Dream of Jeannie theme song that earned it chart success in Europe.Sucker DJ's (I Will Survive)" by Dimples D. was one of Marley Marl's first successes, a hip-hop one-shot that made little noise upon release in 1983 but charted across Europe when a remix was released seven years later.


Netlabel - Kyoto_Digital

There's no shortage of netlabels out there these days, even myself and Fatty have one. Not only is it a great way to get your musical masterpieces out in the real world (the Internet is the real world by all accounts - the old world is ruled by chavs apparently); it's a way to create an identity, forge a style, have collaborations and meet like-minded peeps.

Out of the all the labels, one has grabbed me more than others in recent months - as they put it; "Kyoto_digital is a netlabel based in Denmark. The aim of kyoto_digital is to release deep minimal music, where sound aesthetic and function are merged into an entity of hypnotic movement and form"
If you like the deeeeep sounds of Basic Channel, Monolake and Chain Reaction you'll be in the right place.


Diggin' in the Crates

And this is how the story goes!

The dirty carpets
Being told off for going in boxes we shouldn't
Hanging with Scruffy single blokes
Putting Boy George records in other people's piles of tunes
Aching knees, siezed up ankles and bad backs
Just one last look
Missing that last bus and having to walk back swapping the heavy bags from hand to hand
Having to decide which out of the 36 tunes you've picked up has to go back into the quid box
Asking the guy for double bagging
Leaving your bag upstairs
Asking the missus to stay in Habitat for another 30 mins
Trying to keep your tunes between your legs so no one nicks your finds
Trying to stay one box ahead of the other guy
Working from the back as that's where other junkies stash them
Going all wierd as you haven't eaten all day and the blur of tune flicking makes it worse
Resting your tunes on another box to stop the next guy from looking in it
Having some prune start flicking through the box you're flicking through - because you're pilling tunes on the box by the side of you
Spending hours going through soul box after soul box for that elusive Jackson Sisters lp only to see Mica Paris 12s and Fatback lps
Looking in the one pound hip hop box in the hope they fucked up to find out that it's full of Derek B 12S
Actually finding a shop where they have cocked up and were sent loads of B12 and Black Dog whites but didn't know what speed to play em on
Getting records that you were sure they sounded good in 1996 to find out that they started sounding suspect in 1997.
Building up gaps in your Nu Groove collection, even though they only made about six good 12s
"It's got no writing on but a pic of a breaker - must be good"
"This ones Norwegian - must be abstract"
"This one ones in a paper sleeve - oh fuck Basic Channel 2"
Switching sleeves to get all the nicely coloured ones instead of just plain black or paper white
Ahhhh smell the dampness and cat tiddle
Wondering if the guys behind the counter will ever actally get proper jobs
Feeling embarrassed about taking a one pound 12 inch from the bargain box and saying 'yes' when asked; "Do you want a bag for this mate?"
"The rush of blood as you get nearer the shop - only to find out it's
1) Closed.
2) Gone out of business.
3) Only stocks hard house.
Buying tunes with a knowing smile only to get them home to find it's the other mix you wanted -clue, that's why it was cheap.
Spending hours getting down a street as you check every charity shop only to find Jim Davidson and Fleetwood Mac lps in the boxes.
Finding that a dj has actually donated his whole collection to your local Oxfam, who then go and charge £2.99 per 12 inch - er?
Getting lovely 10 inches on obscure labels that actually sound very good.
Playing records on headphones whilst trying to scan what everyone else is buying - it's called tune rubbernecking.
Going shopping with mates and then trying to win the battle of the bargains - it'll all end in tears.
Is it signed ? Ahhh no its someones address


They Came From the Stars I Saw Them - (it's always) boomtime, part one

A very old buddy of mine and Fatty's, Horton Jupitor and his collection of the wierd and wonderful - under the bannor of They Came From the Stars I Saw Them - have been around for some time, and most of that sadly under the populist radar.
My earliest memory of Horton is when we used to play together as kids in Chesterfield and the fated day his parents brought him round to mine aged about six-years-old to show my parents his bruised testicles - which I kneeded him in - oh how we laughed. I could go on about various parties, club nights and medicine cabinets, but modesty prevents me....that and an impending court case.
To make up for such bad bwoy behaviour I think it's only fair that we host their stupedous video for the track (it's always) boomtime, part one. And you know that.


The KLF - Trancecentral Archives Volume Three

Volume 3

1.Waiting (42:40)
2.The Rites of Mu, narration by Martin Sheen (30:00)

The KLF - Trancentral Archives Volume Two

Volume 2

1.Aurora Borealis pt 1
2.Aurora Borealis Pt 3
3.Disco 2000 - I gotta CD
4.Disco 2000 - Uptight
5.The Timelords - Gary in the Tardis (Minimal)
6.The Jamms - Its Grim up North (Pete Wylie Version)
7.The Jamms - Its Grim up North (Omsk)
8.Disco 2000 - Mr Hotty loves You
9.The Jamms - Prestwich Prophets Grin
10.The Jamms - The Porpoise Song
11.The Jamms - Kingboys Dream

The KLF - Trancentral Archives Volume 1

Compiled from my own archives, 3 volumes of pure trance that are in demand since the deletion of their entire back catalog but get em quick as im only making them available for 2 weeks after the posting date the first goes up tonight followed by Volume 2 later and i have a nice suprise for
Volume 3 on Sunday :)

Volume 1

1.3am Eternal (KLF vs ENT)
2.3am Eternal (Blue Danube Orb Mix)
3.Go to Sleep (Original)
4.Kylie said to Jason (Harder)
5.Kylie said to Jason (Pure Trance)
6.Madraguda Eterna (Club Mix)
7.Madraguda Eterna (Minimal)
8.What Time is Love ? (Virtual Reality Mix)
9.What Time is Love ? (Live @ The Land of Oz)

10.What Time is Love ?(Moody Boyz)
11.What Time is Love ?(Techno Slam)

Dark - Round the Edges (1971 Private Press)

One of the most expensive and rarest records ever produced,in the 70's you could press up to 99 copies of a record and not have to pay tax on them :) so loads of small bands expoited this fact like the Itacha,Agincourt,etc... Lps but in the process they have become the most sought after of all the proggy heavy fuzz psyche albums. This Lp is incredible the guitar playing is some of the best ive heard,great vocals,long tracks,great bass and drumming and its HEAVY and FUZZY as well as having some chilled folky passages. This and the Lps below have made this year a fantastic summer for music for me and id like you to hear this lost classic :)

Tracklisting :

3.Live for Today
5.The Cat
7.In the Sky
8.Wasting your Time
9.Could have Sworn
10.Maypole (Live)