First beats and pieces this week come courtesy of one of the UKS finest hip-hop DJs, Mr Thing. Many of his sets turn up on Mixcloud, and he’s dropped one from Leeds and there are some total classics on there.
Talk about being influenced by Dilla, eh …
I tend to run a mile from a hip-hop done by American ‘artists’ with names that read like txtspk or that include random characters in their name making it look like a cat has walked on their keyboard, as it tends towards the overly thugged out autotuned crap that sullies the good name of hip-hop, but at the urging of Bristol Hip-hop’s bad-touch uncle, B’Tilla, I had a listen to the latest Joey Bada$$ album, and it ain’t half bad
Standout track for me is Like Me, featuring the slightly unfortunately named BJ the Chicago Kid, which has a definite boombap feel to it and some nice soulful strings and horns to lift it from the norm.
Last one this week is a classic piece of funky soul. I know ‘Hard to Handle’ from the recent reboot by The Captain and from the original by Otis Redding, but didn’t know the un-fiddled-with Patti Drew version. Have a listen – it’s pretty damn tidy