Four Mixtapes, Four Different Styles

Science dropped by Martini & Jopparelli. Apr-25-2008

Once again we’re going to blog about other blogs…hey Martini & Jopparelli, would you please stop leeching the net? ;-) … The fact is that the internet is full of nice mixtapes and this week I’m checking out some serious stuff… I want to tell the people how damn good it is!

Remember back in the days, when it was so diffucult to get a good mixtape cassette with your favourite music? Now it’s so damn easy, and there’s some dope stuff around. Respect to all the bloggers, DJs and artists who put online such good music

As usually, we got different flavours and different ages, but The Sound Of The Funky Drummer is the least common denominator:

  • (Style: Breakbeat, Age: 2008 ) Check out this spectacular BoomBox mix session by Skool Of Thought, partner in crime of the unstoppable Krafty Kuts. They developed a personal sound, which is characterised by that loud “buzzsaw” synth bassline which became contagious among other producers and right now is cutting ears into little pieces in the clubs all over the globe. I like how he drops a couple of Dubstep anthems at the beginning of the set, creating a very interesting interaction between two different styles. Powerful contemporary beats. Plus, he’s from Brighton so big respect! Love Brighton…the mecca of djs… (Download link and playlist here: ) School of Thought Boombox mix Sessions

  • (Style: Hip Hop, Age: 80′s and 90′s) Last week DJ Evil DEE dropped a killer party selection on his podcast. He did a very enjoyable Old School selection of extra-classic joints from Run DMC, Kool G rap, Biz Markie, Slick Rick, EPMD, Chubb Rock, the infamous Rakim remix by Coldcut, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, plus a brand new Busta Rhymes joint (not bad after all, I didn’t expect it! ;-) ). What can I say, Boot Camp Click has always been my fav hip hop act, and Beatminerz are my fav producers, so…let’s get Back to the good old days: Check it out… Evil Dee is On The Mix Come On Kick It!!!!!!

  • (Style: Dub and Dubstep, Age:2007) Heard him for the first time in Skream’s Essential mix, and I recently bought his Babylon EP. Well, Rusko is now one of my fav new producers. On Rinse FM, he did a series of excellent podcasts mixing Dub, Reggae and of course Dubstep. It’s a very interesting trip into the roots of his music. The dubstep scene is still young and hungry, producers are coming out every time with new ideas, re-defining the canons of the style, a very very interesting ground. I heard Rusko’s been called to collaborate with Lee Scratch Perry, the godfather of dub. This tells a lot about his talent…We’ll see. Meanwhile, listen to this killer set: Rusko Live at RinseFM 19/12/2007

  • (Style: house, Age: 1997-2008 ) I’m very much into “the French Touch” since 1999, when the classic Cassius album came out. Why do I like that sound so much? Probably because i really dig the background it comes from. French house samples usually come from 70′s and 80′s Disco and Funk, while the beats are influenced by classic Chicago and Detroit House music. Alan Braxe is a genius, you can find a million tunes around that bite his style, but they always sound commercial. He doesn’t. He sounds classy and “polished” but never commercial. Recently he started djing also, as you can hear in this live set. The mixing style is not perfect yet, but I forgive him because he threw in some freshly produced stuff, plus his classic bangers and some old tracks that influenced him. Enjoy! Monsieur Alan Braxe live from the Viper room 2008

Ok, that’s it, as usual we got different styles, different sounds…let me know what you like most, let me know if you already knew some of this stuff, if you discovered it now, if you like it or you don’t … let me know something!!


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  1. says:

    I found this on but he found this somewhere else too. I thought I’d pass this on to you guy. Peace Bird.

    The L Brothers vs. The Herculords @ Bronx River Center
    The L Brothers at 123 Park 1979
    Grandmaster Flash & The Four MC’s at Jackson Projects 1978
    Breakout, Barren & Funky 4+1 at T-Connection 1980
    Breakout, Barren & Funky 4+1 at T-Connection 10/25/80
    part 1:
    part 2:
    Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel @ Christ The King High School – 1980 w/ Cipher
    Of Sounds
    Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force at T-Connection 1980
    part 1:
    part 2:
    DJ Daryll C. & The Crash Crew at T-Connection 1980
    Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5 at T-Connection 1981
    Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5 – Flash It To The Beat (Live)
    “New York At Night” @ Harlem World 1981
    Charlie Chase, Tony Tone & The Cold Crush Brothers
    Kool DJ AJ with Busy Bee and LA Sunshine of Treacherous Three
    Cold Crush closes the show
    Grandwizard Theodore & The Fantastic 5 at Audobon Ballroom 1981
    Universal Zulu Nation 6th Anniversary at Bronx River Center 1981
    Cosmic Force, Jazzy 5 MC’s, Soul Sonic Force & Afrika Bambaataa
    Christmas Rapping Contest @ Harlem World 1981
    Dr. Rock & The Force MC’s
    Johnny Wa
    DJ AJ & Busy Bee
    DJ Easy Lee with Kool Moe Dee & LA Sunshine
    Charlie Chase, Tony Tone & The Cold Crush Brothers
    Kool DJ Herc & Whiz Kid with The Herculoids @ T-Connection 1981
    part 1:
    part 2:
    DJ Easy Lee & Treacherous Three @ Club Negril 1982
    The Fearless Four at Harlem World 1982
    MC Convention at Harlem World 1982
    Grandwizard Theodore & The Fantastic 5
    Charlie Chase, Tony Tone & The Cold Crush Brothers
    Dr. Shock & The Force MC’s – Unknown Venue 1982
    This is a short tape of the Force rocking with alternate DJ Dr. Shock.
    Charlie Chase, Tony Tone & The Cold Crush Brothers Vs. Dr. Rock & The Force MCs in Patterson, NJ 1983
    Charlie Chase, Tony Tone & The Cold Crush Brothers
    Dr. Rock & The Force MCs
    This battle was controversial in that Cold Crush was allegedly not told that
    the show was being advertised as a battle and just did their regular set. The Force MCs had prepared routines dissing Cold Crush and won over the crowd. Words were exchanged between the crews later.
    New Music Seminar Beatbox and MC Battle 1985

    Beatbox Warmup
    Erroll Holleman (sp?) Vs. Wise of Stetsasonic part 1
    Erroll Holleman Vs. Wise part 2
    Ikey C. Vs. Busy Bee
    Buff’s Beatbox Interlude
    Roxanne Shante Vs. Frukwan of Stetsasonic/Gravediggaz
    Erroll Holleman Vs. Eugene Edie (sp?)
    Roxanne Shante Vs. Busy Bee

    In my opinion, Shante got robbed.
    New Music Seminar MC & DJ Battle 1986
    Grandmaster Caz Vs. T La Rock Vs. Robert S. with Mantronik on the 808
    DJ Jazzy Jeff Vs. Chad Jackson Vs. Barry B
    This is all I have of this battle, although I’m pretty sure a complete
    recording exists. Kool Keith was a contestant this year.
    Some Jazzy Jeff DJ set

    New Music Seminar MC & DJ Battle 1987
    Mr. Mixx Vs. Vandy C.
    Melle Mel Vs. MC Breeze
    Cutmaster D.C. Vs. Joe Cooley
    Grandmaster Caz Vs. Bango
    Mixmaster Ice Vs. Easy G.
    King Sun Vs. Disco C.
    Cash Money Vs. Jazzy Joyce
    Grandmaster Caz Vs. Melle Mel
    Mr. Mixx Vs. Joe Cooley
    Cash Money Vs. Easy G
    Melle Mel Vs. King Sun Vs. Caz
    Cash Money Vs. Joe Cooley

    The greatest Hiphop battle ever? Quite possibly. As I said, I haven’t heard
    the entire ’86 battle, but how are you gonna beat Melle Mel Vs. Caz… twice! Plus, King Sun admirably holds his own, and the DJ competition is stocked with legends.

    New Music Seminar MC & DJ Battle 1988

    All-Star Fresh Vs. D-Nasty
    Kane Vs. Bango
    Battlecat Vs. Cutmaster Swift
    Eazy T Vs. Paul Ever Fresh
    Jonny Vee Vs. Johnny Juice
    Malik O Love Vs. King Sun
    M Rock Vs. Miz
    Mr. X Vs. Mikey D
    Pogo Vs. Richie Rich
    Devastator Vs. Raven T
    Melle Mel Performs
    Ronan Vs. Serch

    this one’s not quite as great as the ’87 battle, but we still get to hear MC Serch battle pre-3rd Bass and Mikey D of the LA Posse and later of Main Source who took the belt this year.

    The Juice Crew In The UK 1988

    The Juice Crew DJs
    Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
    MC Shan
    Big Daddy Kane
    Biz Markie
    Biz Markie, Tragedy, Big Daddy Kane & MC Shan On Capitol Radio 1988
    WBLS – Mr. Magic’s Rap Attack 12/23/88

    This is one of the best Rap Attack tapes in circulation. Marley Marl on the wheels.
    1. Glamorous – Good To Go
    2. Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud – I Got A Good Thing
    3. Deuces Wild – Five Times The Rhymer
    4. Tony Tee – Get Physical
    5. Boogie Down Productions – Jack Of Spades
    6. Kevy Kev & Ak B – Listen To The Man (Instrumental)
    7. Slick Rick – Mona Lisa
    8. Positive K – Step Up Front
    9. The Boys – Dial My Heart
    10. Kurtis Blow – Only The Strong Survive
    11. Big Daddy Kane – Ain’t No Half Steppin’ (Remix)
    12. Queen Latifah – Wrath Of My Madness
    13. Princess Ivori – Crackpipe (Changed It All)
    14. Latee – No Tricks (Instrumental)
    15. Levert – Just Coolin’
    16. Biz Markie – Something For The Radio
    17. Kevy Kev & Ak B – Keep On Doin’ (Acapella)
    18. Run DMC – Sucker MCs (Instrumental)
    19. Guy – I Like
    20. MC Lyte – Paper Thin (Remix)
    21. Craig G Freestyles over Izzy Ice – Soul Man
    Marley Marl In Control – 7/14/89

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