Yall So Stupid burst onto the scene from Decatur, Georgia way before the Dirty South became its own sub genre within Hip Hop. The title track off the album is armed with tongue in cheek lyrics, an irrelevant title and references to ecstasy, I mean whom other than Justin Warfield who else at that time was rapping about drugs outside of pot and crack? Before Cube was doing Hollywood and P. Diddy was doing it up in the Hamptons, just mentioning a white kid’s drug like ecstasy was leftfield for Hip Hop. Then YSS just disappeared with no follow up to the A Van Full Of Pakistans album. The album itself is solid; nothing for the Hip Hop annals, but the title track single still sounds amazing 15 years later. (Insert your own joke about how dated other Decatur bred rapper Lil’ Jon’s music will sound 15 years from now, then yell “What!?” & repeat it again). I could not find an MP3 or Youtube of The Crusaders “Mosadi”, which a lot of the song is built around. Nevertheless, here is the Honeydrippers “Impeach The President”, which was used for the beat.
Also off topic but… next time Safeway has Budweiser 18 pack of cans for $9.99 I think I will pass. The flavor is so weak it tastes like the can and I have like 12 left. What am I going do with them? Maybe the guy in the van likes Budweiser.
For those of you who do not know who Doc Martin is he pretty much is an institution in the Los Angeles Deep House scene. The guy was big when I got into Electronic music and the underground scene the end of 1991 and he's still huge today. His resume pretty much reads like an LA history lesson. I'll spare the details for those who do know. Now S.U.N. unfortunately I don't know much about. All I do know is this album sounds pretty dated now all but this remix which according to Discogs is Doc's first. We are lucky it made it onto the album. I wish I had some awesome story about how I heard him drop this at Flammable Liquid, More, Citrusonic or another legendary spot where he played back in the early 90's, but the truth is I first heard this track after picking up the CD used at a Wherehouse sometime in the mid 90's. Sorry to dissapoint. I do have great Doc stories, but you know what they say, writing about music is like dancing about architecture blah blah blah. So I'll deal in the facts. This remix is Dubbed out Tribal stomper that is pretty much like a lot of what Doc has played over the years but by no means a complete picture of what Doc can lay down. You pretty much have to experiance at least 4 hours of an 10 hour set to even scratch that vast surface. So completely different than the original it's one of those remixes that pretty much is it's own track. I love the flute towards the end, reminds me a lot of what Underworld did a year later on thier classic dubnobasswithmyheadman. I have no idea what Dracula has to do with any of this but S.U.N. decided to put that pic of, I think Bela Lugosi on the back cover. (insert corny Dracula as raver joke here) User wrote a good bio for S.U.N. Sublevel Doc bio
I'll let you figure this one out yourself. If you're a Househead there's more than enough here to clue you in.
Singer, poet, proto-rapper, political activist Gil Scott-Heron recorded one of the 70's most criminally underrated album "Pieces of A Man". Home Is Where The Hatred Is is a bitter sweet tale of a junkie. How can a song about such a depressing subject be so damn beautiful? I always thought the strumming guitar at the very begining sounds like something a D+B producer would've sampled sometime in the mid 90's & the bridge is something Moodymann would sample. But ironically a quick scan of the-breaks.com found plenty of Gil Scott-Heron songs used in samples, but not Home Is Where The Hatred Is. Either way chances are you will get more Gil Scott-Heron here such I'm such a fan. Accoring to Wikipedia Scott-Heron is back in prison & is HIV-positive. A very sad story from a very talented artist. Gil Scott-Heron @ Soulwalking Gil Scott-Heron @ Wikipedia Gil Scott-Heron @ The Breaks
Colourbox has got to be one of the more mysterious act's out of the UK in the 80's. Started by brothers Martyn and Steven Young, who thern went out & added vocalist as needed. But they were more will known for the side projects, M/A/R/R/S & This Mortal Coil, that 4AD label head Ivo Watts-Russell recruited them into. Yes, the Young brothers were involved both "Pump Up the Volume" & "Song To the Siren". But after one album & a handful of singles they dissapeared. Even with the huge sucess that "Pump Up the Volume" garnered them on both sides of the Atlantic they did not reunite with the members of A.R. Kane to record anything else as M/A/R/R/S. Colourbox like a lot of the UK in the 80's were very into samplers & brought a cross of genres, but this track is the main one that worked.
I first heard "Looks Like We're Shy One Horse" on a Scott Hardkiss mixtape, "Live From Room Zero", that I bought at the old Dr Freeclouds record store I wanna say in 94. This was back when the Hardkiss brothers were a very eclectic bunch, last I herad they were playing Trance, Progressive or Progressive Trance not really sure. I loved the track but didn't know the name of it till Scott released the commercially available "Yes - A Scott Hardkiss Mix" in 1996. The mix CD featured a lot of the same tracks but didn't come close to matching the magic of "Room Zero". By the time that two years had passed I had entered the world of both classic Jamaican & new school UK Dub. But ironically didn't know the name of one of the key tracks that pushed me that direction. So finally finding it was a real coup. I also have a story that I'll post later about a classic Acid Jazz track that I had & loved for years before finally finding the name.
This track is so amazing there's so much to like about it. But of course everyone is curious about the vocal samples which I think if isn't drawn totally from at least mostly from Once Upon A Tme In the West. Even the gunshot that morphs into a train whistle at 2:34 is from the Leone classic. I just love music that brings a cinematic feeling be it Depth Charge or The Cinematic Orchestra, both of whom I will post on later, or this track.
I edited out the ambient outro for this version slimming it down to 4:40 from what was almost 8 minutes. The full version is available from both Andrew Weatherall's Post Punk/ Funk/ Reggae/ Dub/ early UK Electronic comp 9 O'Clock Drop and Colourbox Best Of
Colourbox @ 4AD Fistful of Leone
Whenever I go to TT Lab the first two vinyl bins I look in is G.A.M.M & Detroit. G.A.M.M is mainly re-edits many of which are boots based in & around Funk, Soul, Jazz & Hip Hop. You might be aware of the first release Red Astaire "Follow Me" which got a lot of hype. And from what I understand G.A.M.M releases are limited & go fast. 7 Samurai is actually Marc Frank of Les Gammas fame. As 7 Samurai he has made some amazing remixes of Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder & Marvin Gaye among others. You have to admire anyone bold enough to take those legends on & give respect when they make the remixes worth while. Marlies & Marcus is a remix of the title track off D'Angelo's "Brown Sugar". Marc turns into the song you'd want playing at the roller skating rink when you see your first crush for the first time. Imagine your 6th grade crush. Now imagine this song blasting as they glide across the rink & into your life kidnapping your childhood and dropping you off in hormone land. Yeah, it's pretty much what it sounds like. 7 Samurai at Discogs Great interview with ?uestlove of the Roots. The last paragraph on page 2 he starts talking about hooking up D'Angelo & the Voodoo sessions continueing on page 3. The whole interview is worth a read (or podcast both formats are available