Archive for August, 2010

Krafty King Of The Breaks!

August 27, 2010

As I am doing a set alongside the legendary Krafty Kuts this saturday night I have decided to share some classic material and a little background info about the man himself! As a young Dj shopping for records my earliest recollection of Krafty Kuts was seeing the Finger Lickin imprint in local record shops although he did not have many releases with the label it was his collaboration with A-Skillz which initially brought my attention to this great producer.

I recall very well playing this record to death back in my hip hop days.

This record led me to discover earlier material from Krafty and to start following his output in the future which to this day is still consistently brilliant. Here is a little ditty from earlier in Krafty’s career released on Southern Fried records “Gimme The Funk” samples Kurtis Blow “The Breaks”

Krafty Kuts went on to release his first full length album “Freak Show” on his own imprint Against the Grain records in 2006 this seen more collaborations from the likes of Scratch Perverts, Dynamite MC, Ashley Slater and the legendary Tim Deluxe who helped to give the album its biggest hit in the form of “Bass Phenomenon”. Being a fan of Krafty Kuts and Tim Deluxe I can remember seeing this before I heard it and was instantly excited. The bassline grinds hard and the percussion will have you bouncing. The synth are very funky yet there is still something very dark yet very uplifting about this record.

Recently Krafty Kuts has been touring the festival circuit and has been preparing a new show with long time pal A-Skillz which will hit the road sometime around September. He has also invented this Krafty little app for iPhone users where you simply plug the phone into your mixer and you can drop added effects into your sets.

Krafty Kuts iPhone App

Apoligies for the shortness of my post this month but I need to go practise my set for tomorrow night can’t have this dude showing me up heres what I have to compete with.

Krafty Kuts Live @Klub K4 31/1/2009



All About Me

August 20, 2010

This time around, I’m choosing a pretty vague subject to do my posting about – my favourite songs over the years. There’s a simple reason – I’m ludicrously busy with work and then I’m going to New York for a week, and so I haven’t got time to put any real thought into a themed post! So I am just going to post some personal classics that have been in my crate over the years!

Where to start? Well, I guess it would make sense to start with the first 12″ record I ever owned, 808 State’s Extended Pleasures of Dance EP, gifted to me by an older sibling. This included the absolutely massive Cubik and Cobra Bora.

Around the same time I discovered Ice T, and became a huge fan of the Iceberg LP, which in truth hasn’t aged all that well, regardless of brilliant an MC he was.

The one track that leaps out for me as having stood the test of time is You Played Yourself – jocking the James Brown “The Boss” sample, and one of those tracks that I learnt the lyrics to so thoroughly as a kid that I doubt I’ll ever forget them.

Ice T – You Played Yourself

Then followed a period where I was into angsty lyrics and loud distorted guitars, generally referred to as Being A Teenager. My absolute favourite in this time was Hüsker Dü, closely followed by Pixies, who incidentally famously cited Hüsker Dü when originally advertising for band members (“Wanted; musicians into Peter, Paul & Mary & Hüsker Dü”.

Later, when I first bought my 1210’s I took a trip to the sadly defunct Selectadisc records and bought 6 D&B tracks, one of which was Intense – Positive Notions, On LTJ Bukem’s Good Looking Records

It wasn’t long before I was into much heavier D&B, my favourite track in that period was probably this beauty, from Grooverider’s Prototype Records…

Ed Rush – Locust

Around this time I also became fixated on DJ Hype, and inparticular the fact that he was pretty much the only D&B DJ at the time to make a feature in his sets of scratching.

From here I got into buying battle records, and from the beats on these rediscovered my passion for hip hop.

One of the artists that I got most heavily into around this time was Dee-Jay Punk Roc, with his muddle of hip hop, big beat, house, Miami bass and more. These two MP3s are easily the 2 tracks of his that saw the most use, and were conveniently on the same 12″

Dee-Jay Punk Roc – Far Out

Dee-Jay Punk Roc – My Beatbox (Les Rhythmes Digitales Remix)

When I started one of my favourite nights I’ve ever been involved with, Thursdays at The Market Bar, one track stands over all others as a staple of my sets there – DJ Shadow’s Organ Donor.

DJ Shadow – Organ Donor (Extended Overhaul)

Hip hop ruled my DJ life for the following few years, but what this taught me was the links between different genres, and to open my mind musically in a way that I hadn’t been prepared to while into D&B. I realised virtually anything can be good if you take 2 copies and the best 3 seconds and loop it yourself on the decks. But gradually I moved more and more back towards the dance music that I had started my vinyl journey on.

I’m going to leave it here with few of my favourite dance tracks of the last few years, and look forward to seeing you all next month.

Jesse Rose – It\’s So

Chris Korda – Save The Planet, Kill Yourself

Daniele Papini – Church Of Nonsense

Laidback Luke & Lee Mortimer – Blau! (Noob Remix)

James Harcourt – Call/Response

James Flavour – Da Ride (Jimpster Remix)

John Arnold & Ty – Style & Pattern

And finally, a cheeky plug for my forthcoming EP on Sugarbeat



August 6, 2010

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 6 months, chances are you’ll have heard this man’s name floating around at some point during the summer. Signed to the Sweat It Out! label, Dcup, along with label mates Yolanda Be Cool, is responsible for the massive summer smash “We No Speak Americano”. He’s one of my favourite producers around at the moment, and with the  nu-disco style in full swing right now, I thought it was only right to delve into his back catalogue for this week’s post

Dcup’s first original release, 2009’s “Style” EP, is four tracks of slamming retro funk-pop, bouncing basslines, and just a hint of hip hop styles. That’s pretty much all there is to say about it. Oh yeah, and it’s wicked, mustn’t forget that. I think “Shake Dat” is my favourite from this release. A remix EP was also released.

Dcup – Shake Dat (160 kbps)

After the release of the Style EP, Dcup went on to deliver a handful of storming remixes for several Sweat It Out! artists, as well as a few friends from different labels. Here are a few of my favourites 🙂

Killa Kela – Everyday (Dcup Remix) (160 kbps)

Phonat – Love Hits The Fan (Dcup Remix) (160 kbps)

Yolanda Be Cool – Afro Nuts (Dcup Remix) (160 kbps)

And finally, we come to That Tune That Everyone’s Heard. I won’t bother posting the original since you’ll most likely have heard every DJ and their dog and their dog’s newborn litter playing it this summer. Instead, keeping with the disco theme of this post, I’ll leave you with this amazingly funky bootleg from Britain’s own Go Go Bizkitt!.

Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup – We No Speak Americano (Go Go Bizkitt! Remix) (320 kbps)

See you next month,
AY! x