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Chris Cairns/Beardyman >> Holographic Performance

Saw this about a month ago but I couldn’t quite figure out how to lift it.   Not even the geekiest of my super geek friends could work it out.   What’s the point of wasting your time with dweebs if they can’t even help you out with the stuff you’re too cool to learn yourself.

Sort yourselves out lads or I’ll trade you in!

Anyway, I got there in the end.

It’s another instalment from the boy Cairns after this sensational Scratch Perverts stuff I bought you a while back.

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It’s pretty mind blowing.  He’s a clever boy inhe.  Yes he is




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Swizz: Jay-Z / Justice Remix

A lot of producers, when turned on to something new, will take it literally, chunking whole pieces under a beat and acting like they just broke music open. Swizz did the exact opposite with Justice’s “D.A.N.C.E.,” taking a lyric snippet out of its context, hearing something no one else would and making something weirder than anyone else tried in mainstream rap production last year. And it’s not even a big deal because he does weird shit all the time.

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Gang Starr – Guru get well

When I was about 16 I remember going to Fopp and buying every Tribe Called Quest and The Pharcyde album.  They were in the £5 section.  I even think The Low End Theory and People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm were £3.  Probably the best money I’ve ever spent!

I didn’t think you could beat those guys.  Then I splashed out £7 on Gang Starr’s Step in the Arena and it absolutely blew me away.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’d been listening to a lot of Jazz around that time and that’s the first thing that hit me with Gang Starr.  It was like nothing I’d heard before.  Guru’s delivery and DJ Premier’s Swing influences were/are pretty incredible.

Guru had a heart attack this week and is in a coma.  He’s only in his mid 40’s.  I’ve been listening to alot of them the past couple of days.  I forgot how many amazing tracks they have.

Anyone out there who dismisses Hip Hop out of hand has no idea about music in my opinion, and they’ve certainly never given any time to Gang Starr.

For dealing with difficult social issues eloquently and with poise, for incorporating their influences from some of the deepest roots of black American music, and for creating something genuinely original they achieved something truly memorable.

At their best they are more relevant and insightful than anything else I can think of.

Take some time to give them a listen if you haven’t before.




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My boy MCA’s got a beard like a billy goat….and cancer.

As I’m sure most people are aware, Adam Yauch from the Beastie Boys has recently been diagnosed with a cancer of the neck.

He doesn’t appear to be making a big deal out of it. In typically flippant style he’s described it as “set-back” and a “pain in the ass”.  With this has also come the announcement that the release of their latest album Hot Sauce Committee Pt 1 will be delayed.

I’ve heard a few tracks and with appearances from Nas and Santigold it certainly has the potential to be a belter. I’ll leave commenting on it further until it’s release but with a this sad news and a re-mastered 20th anniversary version of my favourite BB’s album Pauls’ Boutique released a few months back, I thought it’d be fitting to doth my cap to the kings of kitschy hipedy hopedy.

I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to see them a few years ago at the once amazing, now corporately bum fucked, Connect Festival in the Scottish highlands.  What struck me most was that, far from being just a 3 guys in outrageous suits putting on a bit of a novelty act, they were all incredibly talented musicians.  Each picking up several instruments throughout their set to complement the raucous Mixmaster Mike lead hits.

For the past 20 odd years they’ve given us some of the illest lyrics, samples, suits, hair do’s and video’s featuring intergalactic robots and Sasquatch. 

Shake your rump is the perfect example of what the early Beastie Boys were all about for me.  Obscure lyrical references, intricate, fat beated (it’s a word!) and most importantly…..fun fun fun.  Top all that off with the maddest fish eye video with a cat on some decks and what do you get.  The best single from their best album.

Give it a listen and Shake your Rumpaaaaaah!!!



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