Apologies for the lack of a ToT last week, I was in Toyko on my hols and was suffering from a dearth of wi-fi access – or at least reasonably priced wi-fi access – I wasn’t going to pay the £20 a day the hotel wanted to charge me - I blame my Scottish heritage for the ‘deep pockets & short arms’ nature of this excuse
Never fear though, normal service has been returned, and to make up for the emotional trauma of missing a week, I’ve dropped a double dose of tunes on you below …
The award for ‘Best Use Of a Beastie Boys Acapella’ this week goes to Roast Beatz for the rather lovely Hick Stick. Taking the vocals from Brr, Stick ‘Em Up and dropping them over a Dirty South style beat, complete with more harmonica than I’ve heard outside of a Dan Akroyd interview.
Dropping soon on the Homemade Bullets Vol 5 EP on Booty Fruit in the not too distant future – well worth picking up the entire series in my opinion, as a load of the tracks have become dancefloor catnip.
Next up this week is new artist on me, Major Look. Hush Ya Gums is a *monsterously* filthy drum and bass tinged breakbeat, complete with a whopping bassline and properly grimey vocal, covering the old topic of ‘Emcee on the way up and back down again’. The video well worth a watch too. Can see this causing some serious speaker damage!
Nova is an uber-chilled little track, with Burials trademark mumbled and murmered atmospheric vocals and Four Tet‘s off kilter keys and beats giving it a really organic feel, skittering and sliding all around the shop.
Aceness in late night form, check it.
Oooh, whats this, more than three tracks in a Three on a Thursday?
Bonus #1 is a cover of a Johnny Clash classic. This Kid Named Miles – the alter-ego of Miles Tackett from Breakestra – has taken the Country standard, Ring of Fire and turned it into a properly summery reggae number. I defy you not to smile when listening to this.
Hat tip to Smoove for putting me onto this.
Bonus #2 this week is another summery number – who would guess I’ve just got back from three weeks of Australian sunshine eh?
Gentlemans Dub Club’s High Grade is full bore two step ska-hop burner, drenched in wicked horn lines. You can just hear the band wearing sharp suits in this one, it’s a stunner. I’ll be keeping ‘em peeled for their Open Your Eyes EP, which should be landing soon.
Last up this week is Bonus ’3, a classic hip-hop cut tweaked and revoxed by one of the big boys of UK Hip-Hop, Mystro. The Eric B & Rakim original of I Know You’ve Got Soul is a 100% stone cold hip-hop classic, and Mystro & DJ DSK do the beat proud, with a quality set of bar seeing how many different streetwear and sneaker brands he can fit in – hence the tracks name change to “I Know You’ve Got Sole“… can’t wait to snag a copy of this to play out.