Hosted by OB & Shan
EPISODE 67: JANETTE BECKMAN
In case you were unaware, Janette has been shooting music, fashion, portraiture and documentary work since the mid-seventies, celebrating cutting-edge culture that has made her one of the most important photographers of our time. Think of those iconic photos of LL Cool J, the Beastie Boys, Big Daddy Kane, The Sex Pistols, Blondie, NWA, The Clash, Public Enemy, Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC and The Police and she probably took those shots. She’s basically straddled that line between hiphop and punk rock over a long career that has also seen her work cover cultural movements that transcend pop culture, such as her Black Lives Matter images that garnered quite a lot of attention recently. She is the quintessential “rebel” photographer.
The lads chat to Janette about all of this, plus her new book that’s just come out and they do it over a stack of legendary hiphop, punk, new wave and club tracks that take you back to a time when the world was exploding with change (not unlike what’s going on at the moment). So lock yourself in for a very different show this week.
EPISODE 65: KRAFTY KUTS
One of the key pioneers in the UK breakbeat and bass movement since he first started dropping records in the late 90’s, Krafty Kuts has multiple awards to his name, has released music on too many labels to mention, his 2003 album with A.Skillz (Tricka Technology) is certifiably one of the most iconic hiphop and funk albums of all time and he’s been continuously immersed in beat culture since forming his own b-boy break dancing crew in the late 80s, even playing alongside the Rolling Stones and The Prodigy.
Seriously, this cat lives, breaths and sleeps the funk without compromise.
It’s actually an “all-Krafty” show as we drop 2 exclusive sets of Krafty Kuts signature tunes, remixes, edits and collabs on the hiphop, funk, breaks and bass tip. So strap yourselves in for a big show!
EPISODE 64: DJ DSK
With a fascinating history living in China for close to 20 years, UK DJ DSK is a b-boy’s b-boy. His DNA Records label has been releasing quality hiphop, funk, reggae and boogie originals, edits and covers of those classic tracks that make a dancefloor. When not releasing YouTube clips of himself almost getting arrested scratching on portable turntables at iconic attractions throughout Asia, he’s remixed London Posse, ran a DJ agency and taught turntablism to rampant fans over the course of a long career. Of course, the boys go in deep on all this, drop a stack of his and his label’s jams and play 2 absolute belting sets of eclectic and upbeat tunes on a very big show this week.
EPISODE 63: DJ Nu-Mark
DJ Nu-Mark. Long considered a musical pioneer due to his innovative songwriting over many years as part of hiphop icons Jurassic 5, Nu-Mark has stayed busy over the years doing production work for The Lonely Island (Saturday Night Live), TRDMRK (with Slimkid3 from The Pharcyde), Nas & Damian Marley, Aloe Blacc, Quantic, Souls of Mischief, Method Man and MF Doom and continues to release quality music to the day (even scoring movie soundtracks). More importantly, he’s about to drop a new album called ‘Run For Cover’ and (you guessed it) it’s a cover album featuring amazing otherworldly versions of classic tracks from Dr. Dre, Nelly, Busta Rhymes and Deee-light performed by wide-ranging acts like Melbourne’s very-own The Traffic, plus acclaimed groups Full Crate, Jungle Fire, Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band and many more. Of course, the boys go in deep with Nu-Mark about his history coming up in the LA hiphop scene, his time with J5 touring the world, going solo, producing for movies and TV shows and what it was like working with Hollywood film stars. Shan & OB do this amidst a couple of sets of dope jams in between a stack of DJ Nu-Mark material, including some exclusive drops from his as yet unreleased album.
EPISODE 62: THE ALLERGIES
Shan and OB welcome back the UK’s finest, The Allergies, to join them on air. DJ’s Moneyshot and Rackabeat have been plying their trade for quite some time and have just released their fifth studio album on Jalapeno Records, Promised Land. The boys got a sneak peek and can assure you that it’s what you’ve come to expect from this UK-duo with enough feel-good funk, hip-hop swagger and dusty vintage loops to keep your party turned up to breaking point levels from start to finish.
Back along for the ride are usual players Andy Cooper, Marietta Smith, Dynamite MC and they even enlisted the aid of Bay Area rapper extraordinaire, Lyrics Born. Shan and OB chat to them about all this, what they’ve been up to over lockdown this past year and a half, their upcoming tour and they even enlisted the duo to take part in the mighty return of the Battle of the Blends segment.
Of course, they did this amidst a stack of cuts from The Allergies all show squashed into two huge mega-mixes of the duo's material over their 5 albums, so make sure you are front and centre with your speakers turned up because this one is going to be huge!
EPISODE 61: SHLOMO SONNENFELD
We chat with one of the golden era of Hip Hop's greatest studio engineers. Shlomo was the man on the mixing boards with Gang Starr , MC Lyte, Lord Finesse, Black Moon, Audio Two, Easy Mo Bee, Positive K, and so many other legends. Get the inside story in this amazing history lesson..
Who exactly is is Shlomo Sonnenfeld? Well, he’s an Israeli studio genius synonymous with golden era New York Hiphop, yet you’ve probably never heard of him. As well as engineering and co-production credits for the likes of MC Lyte and early Gang Starr releases, Shlomo programmed beats and ran sessions with classic acts like Lord Finesse, Black Moon, UMCs, Easy Mo Bee and J Rock. In fact, his knowledge of the Akai s900 sampler and SP12 drum machine made him the “must have” engineer for so many classic labels like Wild Pitch, Ghetto Groovz and Nervous.
We chat to Shlomo about teaching studio techniques to cats like a young DJ Premier and also what he’s been up to living in Tel Aviv after moving away from New York years ago. We also do all this to a very upbeat golden era soundtrack that will take you back to the days when hiphop was changing the world by the minute.