Radio Days – DV#8

#Radio Hip-Hop headz rejoice, it’s DV#8 and a whole heap of goodness we played on the radio back in 2005

Well and truly into our stride after two months on the air, we whipped up a hip-hop frenzy in November 2005 with a mix courtesy of the enigmatic Fitz.

Playlist

Mark B & Blade / Superior Mind State
Blak Twang feat. Est’elle / Trixta
Fugees / Vocab (Refugees Hip Hop Remix)
Q-Tip / Vivrant Thing
Hi-Tek feat. Common & Vinia Mojica / The Sun God
Radio City feat. Bajka / The Hop
Slum Village feat. Dwele / Closer

[HECTIC HIP HOP MIX – FITZ]

Mos Def / Umi Says (Zero 7 Remix)
Roy Ayers / Can’t You See Me
Moonstarr / Greed (Moonstarr Remix)
DJ Gregory / Block Party
Rednose Distrikt / Sunshine (Kam’s Edit)

* Fitz is an enigma, he doesn’t do tracklists.

Radio Days – DV#2

Here we are again people with that (not so) fresh Sunday playlist. You’ll enjoy the nostalgia, we promise.

We featured a young DJ IQ and his ‘Class is in Session’ mix as our guest mix that week. He was a pretty talented chap back then and is doing pretty well for himself these days too.

Playlist

Gorillaz / Dirty Harry
Nas / Nas Is Like
DJ Format / Ill Culinary Behaviour
N*E*R*D / Bobby James
Basement Jaxx / Oh My Gosh (Bugz Remix)
Kano / Nobody Don’t Dance No More
Charles Wright & The Watts / Express Yourself pt.1
7 Samurai / Save Deir Soulz
Quantic Soul Orchestra / Take Your Time Change Your Mind

[DJ IQ – CLASS IS IN SESSION]
Janeiro Jarell / Big Bounce Theory
Kaimbr feat. Kev Brown / Changes
Oh No feat. J Dilla / Move
Amerie / 1 Thing
Foreign Exchange / Nic’s Groove
Frank ‘n’ Dank / Move
Percee P / Untitled
Rapheal Saadiq feat. Q-Tip / Get Involved
Raekwon feat. Busta Rhymes / Baggage Handlers
Sa Ra Outro / IQ Kuts *
Yungun / Freestyle

Roy Ayers / Tarzan
Kenny Dope / Ill Out
Róisín Murphy / Sow Into You
Mandy feat. Booka Shade / Body Language
RJD2 / Clean Living
Jazzy Jeff / We Are
Tiombe Lockhart / G.P.
Four Tet / A Joy
Killa Kela / Rave of the Future
Roni Size Reprazent / Dirty Beats

* Couldn’t find this one, soz!

A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service

Yesterday saw the vinyl release of the sixth and final A Tribe Called Quest album, ‘We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service’. What a way to go out! Much has been said already about this album since it’s release in November 2016 but we thought we’d throw our thoughts in the ring too now that we’re able to spin it on vinyl and enjoy.

Musically the soundscapes created are varied but always appropriately to the feel of the tune. The smattering of purposefully picked samples, some of them quite extensive (see Gene Wilder’s rant as Willy Wonka at the end of ‘The Space Program’), others more subtle (pretty sure that’s Rotary Connection’s ‘Memory Band’ on ‘Enough!!’) accentuate the tracks but never distract from the core message. Nothing sounds out of place in the album and the flow track for track is simply beautiful, oozing intent as we journey through.

Lyrically the subject matter of the 16 tracks (we didn’t get sold short on this releases that’s for sure) seek to challenge the status quo and highlight modern day issues, with tongue in cheek style at points. Whilst this is par for the course for ATCQ, some may fear that the poignancy of what they have to say may have faded over time. Na mate, they’re as on point as ever.

The guests are plenty (André 3000, Busta Rhymes, Elton John, Talib Kweli, Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, Kanye West and Jack White to name but a few) and again like the samples always complimentary. This still remains an ATCQ album in its style and delivery throughout.

We know that this will be the last offering we get from ATCQ as we have known them for the past 25+ years, due to the untimely death of MC Phife Dawg last March. What he and his co-conspirators have left us with to enjoy since his passing is nothing short of excellent. So it just leaves us to say thank you for your service and R.I.P. Phife Dawg.