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Forgotten Treasures
Hip-Hop

Forgotten Treasure: J Treds “Make it Happen” (1998)

I moved to London around a year ago and while I love the place, few cities teach you so quickly the importance of music like this. It’s the kind of record that ought to be encased within break in case of temporary insanity glass, complete with little hammer. One of …

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Fallacy and Fusion “The Groundbreaker” (2002)
Forgotten Treasures
Hip-Hop

Forgotten Treasure: Fallacy and Fusion “The Groundbreaker” (2002)

Anyone else remember this one? I suspect quite a few people do. It might be considered a bit of a London thing, but it did make it as far as the leafy lanes of rural Norfolk. I spent a good few years bumping this track on the school bus as …

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Interviews
UK Garage / Grime / 2step / Dubstep

In Conversation With: NICKY BLACKMARKET by LAW Magazine

In Conversation With: Nicky Blackmarket by LAW Magazine (Law-Mag.com) I’ve got distant memories of fluorescent posters tagged to traffic lights and railings, names like Ratpack and Nicky Blackmarket splashed across them in chunky black text. I was a bit young really, getting my first taste of drum & bass through …

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Sir OJ - Gonna Pop
Future Classics
Beats

Future Classic: Sir OJ “Gonna Pop”

It’s always good to hear a producer hit their stride and start putting out stuff that sounds genuinely off the wall. Sir OJ first cropped up on my radar back in 2008 when he dropped his State Beattape, along with Dutch compadres Hayzee and FS Green. While there are standout …

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Interviews
Beats

MIMS Talks with: GUS SUTHERLAND

We’ve been following filmmaker Gus Sutherland’s exploits for a while now. Earlier this year, we dropped the trailer to All Ears, his documentary on the L.A. beat scene. The All Ears UK premier took place yesterday, so I took the chance to catch up with Gus on All Ears and …

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Music Documentaries
Beats Hip-Hop

“The Unseen” Documentary on Detroit Hip-Hop Producers

I’m stood in the middle of some sweatbox club on the Brighton seafront. On stage, three of Detroit’s finest are putting the finishing bars to Game Over by Dabrye. At the end of the track, DJ Dez cuts the music and Phat Kat steps past Elzhi to the front of …

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Interviews
Beats

MIMS Talks with: DONKY PITCH

Donky Pitch is a UK-based label and club night set up by Pete Taylor and Dave Grinell, a couple of beardy chaps from Brighton on the South Coast. While they might have started out closer to Low End Theory and the beat scene, the Donky Pitch boys have come across …

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Music Documentaries

Documentary: “Lookin 4 Galt” (produced by Gasface)

You might not have heard of Canadian composer Galt MacDermot but you’ll almost certainly recognise his music. Creator of the most popular musical of all time, Hair, Galt also turned his hand to some of the most famous samples in history – without wanting to give too much away, Busta, Doom …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Ka “Off The Record”

I’m not sure I really got lyrics at first. When I started listening to hip hop, it was always the beat that caught my ear. The rapper, rhythmic and percussive, added something but never took centre stage. My moment of clarity lay about halfway through It Ain’t Hard to Tell …

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Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: The Rascals “Jungle Walk” (1972)

When it comes to me and music, Pops has a lot to answer for. I got pretty excited on finding out I’d be writing for MIMS and mentioned it to him; he bounced out of the room and returned with a stack of records. Jungle Walk by the Rascals was …

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Music Documentaries
Beats

Film: “All Ears – A Glimpse into the Los Angeles Beat Community”

The amount of experimental hip hop coming out of Los Angeles over the last ten years is matched only by the number of genre names attached to it. Cue many an infuriating conversation about Flying Lotus’s evolving sound, just how much swing is appropriate and what on earth to call …

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Forgotten Treasures
UK Garage / Grime / 2step / Dubstep

Forgotten Treasure: Pattie Blingh “Brother: The Point” 2562 Remix (2008)

What with Mr Huismans (aka A Made Up Sound / 2562) taking us on a tour of his favourite record stores (link to article), now seems like a good time to drop this Forgotten Treasure. Dubstep happened to me when I started uni in 2005. It involved spending hours in …

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