Posts Tagged ‘hip hop’

Stump Juice presents: Alvin Davis & Friends

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Searching through my archives during another digitsing session & I came across this gem.

Stump Juice presents: Alvin Davis & Friends, Feb 1995 by Alph on Mixcloud

This is the first appearance of Alvin Davis & his collaborators the MC’s Moose & Dr Funk.

This was also one of the earliest recordings from Stump Juice. This was only a few months after we opened. This is significant as this is the earliest live guest recording. It is also the first upload to Mixcloud without a tracklist.


Alvin has forged a successful career, particularly Stateside, where he has made a number of high profile appearances on US TV, as well as working with some incredible artists. Check out his Myspace page here.

We were lucky as they almost didn’t make it; traffic breakdowns & technical problems (radio mics, dropout from the desk) seemed to be against all of us.


The sound quality probably isn’t as good as normally, but I’m sure the energy & vibe more than comes across and makes up for this.

From the improvising of Alvin over our instrumental selections to dropping breaks for the MCs to do their thing, this captures the spirit of the club & what we did.

We were so into we forgot to turn the tape over!


We were blessed with several more appearances form Alvin & the gang; each time was unique & special. Those that remember can attest to the fun we all had back then.


Regarding the tracklist (or lack of one), normally I wouldn’t as I’m very picky about following rules, but as this is the anniversay year, I thought it’d be worth it. Also, in order to presumably to keep record companies & rights holders happy, the site now uses recognition software, identifying popular tunes.

Hopefully, I’ll get the tracklist properly sorted; in the meantime – enjoy!

Big fun In The Big Town

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Just seen in the Metro free paper, this documentary from 1986 is now out on DVD.

I must admit, I’ve never seen it, although I heard about it.

Although, not as acclaimed as Henry Chalfont’s earlier ‘Style Wars’, it nonetheless is a fascinating cultural time capsule

Although, much of this is available online – you can now own a bit of hip hop history yourself, without having to wait for your PC to buffer.

A glimpse into an emerging culture, where expression & talent was still at the core, with future stars in their (much) younger days.

There’d better be extras & unseen footage – now where’s my fat laces……….

…and That’s All…….

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

People of a certain age will have been saddened by the death of Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch of the Beastie Boys, after a long battle with cancer.

Whilst the group has an enviable back catalogue, stayed ahead of the game by re-invention & diversification (Grand Royal record label & magazine to name a few), I think their true legacy has been making legitimate for white kids (often, but no way exclusively middle class) to like & listen to rap music.

Now, before anyone starts having a go or making race-based accusations, let’s not forget, there has been previous precedent; there has long been a phenomenon those in the music industry have tried to exploit which I call ‘The Elvis Effect’, that is to say finding white artists that can make or front music that is or originates in the black community (some now call it ‘Urban’ for the sake of political correctness, but you get the point).

I call, it the ‘Elvis Effect’ after the often repeated story of a record producer prior to finding Elvis looking for a ‘White guy that sings like a Negro’.

Regardless of the accuracy of this anecdote, from Elvis, to Eminem & beyond, the juxtaposition, combining ‘white marketability with black credibility’ has been seen by certain industry bods as a bit of a ‘holy grail’ & when it happens, can be hugely profitable. Indeed, Eminem was well aware of the ‘Elvis Effect, often making reference to it on his early singles & parodying it in his videos.

Now like Elvis, The Beastie Boys were actually quite talented, their change to a raucous, ‘frat-boy’ image proving to be a shrewd move (although many Volkswagen owners at the time would disagree) They themselves have inspired many artists, black as well as white, notably Jay-Z as well as Eminiem citing the group as touchstone.

I still remember hearing ‘Hold It Now (Hit It)’ and trying to get hold of a copy for ages, only to pick it up years later.

Whether the remaining members choose to continue as a unit or decide to call it a day out of respect for Adam, they can be assured the legacy will continue to be a wealth of inspiration for a long time.

Blast From The Past – MC Lyte

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

My latest mix ‘Birthdat Girl Beats’ has had a couple of plays & comments have been positive. A bit of (vain) random checking of the playlist for buying/download options lead me find the offical website for MC Lyte.

Whiles she’s not recording as much nowadays, she’s quite involved in community projects & also DJ’ing.

Here’s the latest mix she’s put up:

Mix Number 5, comin up….

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Got the latest mix up on Mixcloud. Thanks for everyone listening & supporting me for my mental ‘Everest moment’ (i.e “Why DO this?”; “Because it’s there”).

Mix No 6 should get me past the 10% mark.

Stay tuned…………………….