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.[vimeo 37582817]