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Archive for September 2007

Rammellzee

September 25, 2007

Rammellzeewas born in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York in 1960. He started off writing graffiti in the 70’s, painting alongside the now world renowned artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Rammellzee was also a rapper, a small part in the classic hip hop film Wild Style in 1982 exposed him to a wider audience. In the same year he released the single “Beat […]

Diggin’ In The Crate pt.8

September 24, 2007

First up we have “You Can’t Turn Me Away” by Sylvia Striplin. This track was first released as a b-side of the single “Give Me Your Love” in 1980, and featured on the album also called “Give Me Your Love” . This was Sylvia’s only solo album, although she was also a member of  Aquarian […]

Linton Kwesi Johnson

September 24, 2007

Born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Brixton, London, Linton Kwesi Johnson was a major figure in the late 70’s early 80’s UK reggae scene. He invented what is known as Dub Poetry, mixing his political and socially aware poetry with the heavy bass lines of dub reggae. This set him apart from many reggae […]

Michael Bundt

September 12, 2007

I first heard of Michael Bundt through a compilation called “More Psychedelic Jazz and Soul” a compilation of Atlantic Records more out there releases from the late 60’s and 70’s. Here is what the cover notes say – “The bassist in German progressive rock outfit Nine Days Wonder, Michael Bundt recorded a solo album in 1977 (“Just Landed […]

The Egyptian Lover

September 12, 2007

The Egyptian Lover, real name Greg Broussard, first came onto the LA electro scene with his breakdance classic, “Egypt, Egypt” in 1984. His sound is heavily influenced by Kraftwerk and Afrika Bambaataa as well as Prince, Zapp and other electronic black soul artists. He went on to have a string of hits, including the track […]

Silver Bullet

September 9, 2007

Before his solo releases, Silver Bullet was a member of the UK hip hop group Triple Element, who released one single, “What’s Dat Sound” in 1988. Then in 1989 he released his debut solo single “Bring Forth The Guillotine”, which became a dance hit due to the remixes by Ben Chapman and Norman Cook.   Following […]

Diggin’ In The Crate pt.7

September 2, 2007

For the latest installment of crate diggin’ action, I thought I’d do a dance music special. So here we have 4 tracks sampled by dance music artists. First up we have Chicago’s “Street Player” taken from their 1979 album “Chicago 13” . The track was later sampled by The Bucketheads on their hit, “Da Bomb”. […]