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Recent vinyl purchases, Sunday 28 April 2013

Posted in Music on April 28, 2013 by thebigsmoke

I’ve kept it pretty hardcore this weekend.  I wasn’t sure whether to post up all my purchases or just the a selection of the best tracks.  In the end, I thought fuck it and am going to post them all.  You be can be the judge of which were worth buying (if any).

Smooth But Hazzardous: We Are The Creator

My most expensive purchase this weekend.  The sample is from the first Star Trek movie.  Love this one.

The b-side isn’t too shabby either:

Smooth But Hazzardous: Push Up The Levels

Those are Ice-T vocals, by the way.  The sample’s from ‘I’m Your Dealer’.

Anyway, moving on, I also got this awesome track:

Secret Squirrel: The ‘X’ Men

It’s weird, I only heard this one for the first time about a month ago listening to one of the pirates.  I assumed it was some nu skool production and couldn’t have been more wrong.  It was only when shopping for records that I stumbled across the original vinyl.  I was very, very happy when I got that ID!  Honestly, I love all the Bogwoppa and Dance Bass releases (especially the Secret Squirrel and Undercover Elephant releases), but somehow this one had managed to completely pass me by.  I have absolutely no idea how I missed it before.  The ‘Boogie Down Bronx’ sample makes it an instant winner for me.  I also love that little MC sample before the breakdown, the same one that Dance Conspiracy used on this track:

Dance Conspiracy: Dub War (Chapter 2)

Not too sure what event the sample came from.  It might have been the UK Soul All Dayer Of The Century back in 1987.  “Shout to all the Forest Gate fly girls” anyway.  That was an awesome event.  I recommend listening to the available recordings on YouTube.

Vibes & Wishdokta: Sweetest Love

Another bit of hardcore plastic.  On a happier tip, with a big Anita Baker sample in the middle.

Finally, some drum ‘n’ bass:

Dope Skillz: Controlled Freak

I got this one for peanuts.  It’s part of a double pack by DJ Zinc under his Dope Skillz alias.  I was listening to some of DJ Hypes old shows and he was playing this, promoting the Tru Playaz label as he tends to do.  For whatever reason this track never became particularly popular, hence the low price tag; but it caught my attention.  It’s got a nice bubbling techno type of sound that I like.


Recent vinyl purchases, Thursday 11 April 2013 (Part 2)

Posted in Music on April 11, 2013 by thebigsmoke

The spending spree continues.  This one is great, though: the ‘Poney EP’ by Vitalic.  I discovered this EP through DJ Speedy’s video mixes.  I’m posting the best two tracks, and the first one even has its own official video.  Enjoy!

Vitalic: Poney Part 1

Vitalic: You Prefer Cocaine

Recent vinyl purchases, Thursday 11 April 2013 (Part 1)

Posted in Film, Music on April 11, 2013 by thebigsmoke

Now I know that based on my recent posts I am going to look like I do nothing but buy vinyl, but there have been a few things which have caught my attention recently.

First up is this track by Kavinsky:

Kavinsky: Nightcall (feat. Lovefoxxx)

I already own some other Kavinsky stuff, but this one you may have heard in Nicolas Winding Refn’s brilliant Drive.  Why didn’t I ever post a review of that one?  I don’t know.  I’m an idiot.  Anyway, great movie and I’m a big fan of his soundtrack choices.  The Drive soundtrack is especially good and features some great music, but I also love Glass Candy’s ‘Digital Versicolor’, which was used in Bronson:

Glass Candy: Digital Versicolor

Glass Candy and Kavinsky are both worth checking out.

But wait, that’s not all.  I have also purchased a copy of this drum ‘n’ bass track, which is something completely different:

Original Sin: Therapy (Remix)

I’m not sure which is the best mix of this track, but whatever.  I have purchased this one, which is the musical equivalent of falling through a cloud of feathers and landing in a washing machine filled with rocks.  Or something.

Recent vinyl purchases, Wednesday 10 April 2013

Posted in Music on April 10, 2013 by thebigsmoke

DJ Excel: Just When You Thought It Was Safe

Keeping it old skool.  I had to get this one, recently repressed by 7th Storey Projects in conjunction with Ninety Two Retro (well done, guys).  It’s a gimmicky, sample-heavy track and definitely not for everyone, but the original pressing is highly sought after by collectors and a personal favourite of mine (I already own a copy of the original white label for which I paid a lot of money).  The repress comes with some modern remixes which I’m not so sure about; they lack the crude charm of the older mix in my humble opinion.

Recent vinyl purchases, Monday 8 April 2013

Posted in Music on April 8, 2013 by thebigsmoke

My most recent purchase is an obscure piece of old skool hardcore by DJ KP.  Never heard of him?  You’re in the majority, but I’ve been after his second EP for a long time.  I paid £10 for my copy and was very, very happy with that purchase.  All three tracks on the EP are featured on an awesome mix by Jody Sublove, called ‘Intelligent Breakbeat Techno’. I managed to find it on for you, posted by some random guy:

I love this mix and used to listen to it continuously on the way back and forth from work.  I wish I could post up all the DJ KP tracks in their entirety, but they’re not all on YouTube and I’m took lazy to rip them.  You’ll have to settle for this one, which is probably my favourite anyway:

DJ KP: Off The Ground

If you’re wondering why it’s not credited to DJ KP on YouTube, it’s because the track was credited to Dance Ritual on some compilations.

If you don’t like this type of dance music, it’s because you suck.  Not really.  Everyone’s entitled to their own tastes.  Except you.  Just kidding (I’m not).

Recent vinyl purchases, Monday 25 March 2013

Posted in Music on March 25, 2013 by thebigsmoke

Ebony Dubsters: Ra (Original Mix)

I have wanted this for a while. Not particularly rare, but never got around to buying a copy until now.

Cool stuff I want, Part 100,000,006-10

Posted in Books, Comics, Film, Music on December 2, 2012 by thebigsmoke

Pretty soon it’s going to be Jesus’ birthday and what better way to celebrate that than asking our friends and loved ones for awesome shit to clutter our lives with.  In no particular order, here are five things on my Christmas list this year.

1. Two-Lane Blacktop, Masters of Cinema limited edition steelbook (Blu-ray)

Although I don’t actually have a blu-ray player except on my laptop, I have a fetish for blu-ray steelbooks.  This one from Eureka is really a beautiful-looking object.  They have used the original movie poster for the cover art and I thnk it looks great.


The movie, directed by Monte Hellman is a bit of a classic and I haven’t seen it yet myself.  Here’s the trailer:

2. Russ Meyer Collection (boxset and booklet) (DVD)

Er, because I am interested in the impact of Meyer’s fascinating directorial style within the context of modern cinema.  I look forward to exploring its continued relevance.  And not looking at big boobs.  Nope, that’s not it at all.  It’s not the big boob thing.


3. Parker: The Martini Edition (Hardcover) by Richard Stark and Darwyn Cooke

I love the Parker novels and ever since I started reading them people have been recommending the Darwyn Cooke adaptations.  To be honest, I’m not a huge Darwyn Cooke fan and did not immediately warm to this particular work.  However, this edition is just too beautiful.  It collects The Hunter and The Outfit.


4. Bernie Rhodenbarr series (Paperback) by Lawrence Block

There are ten books in this series about a professional thief based in New York City.  He’s a bookstore owner by day, a catburglar by night.  I have been meaning to read some of Lawrence Block’s huge bibliography and this seems like a great place to start.

Unfortunately I think most if not all the series is out of print, but I’m determined to read them anyway.  Plus I like the old editions.

5. Ladytron – Seventeen (Vinyl)

There are always plenty of records I want, but right now this is top of the list.  It’s not particular rare or obscure, but I love this track and need it badly.

Here’s the awesome video:

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