As last week was the 25th anniversary of A Tribe called Quest's debut LP, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, so it was a no brainer to talk about this LP. At the time, rap was dominated with tracks about hoes and gang violence and then along came this new sound (Native Tongues) and a new breed of rapper with artists like Jungle Brothers, Queen Latifah and De La Soul. Even their clothes ... no tracksuits or a gold chain in sight.
Standout tracks off this LP were this of course the hits, "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo" and "Can I Kick It ?" (which the band never saw any money due to label's mismanagement of the Lou Reed sample) but "Luck Of Lucien"'s jazzy french vibe and "Description of a Fool"'s flow were personal favs.
And they've just released this box set, which "the newly remastered album over eight vinyl small hole 45s, with unique artwork on each one along side a new bonus track (‘If The Papes Come (Remix)’) and three other songs not included on the original release. It all comes snuggly packed in a carrying case illustrated with the album’s original artwork." Want 1
My good friend Mike brought around this new game he got direct from the creator, Tim Fowler, a co-operative 1-4 player board game called Burgle Bros. which consisting of either 2 or 3 floors made up of revealable tiles. It's kinda like Monaco or Invisible Inc as a board game. It has some great mechanics (guard movement is brilliant) and is lots of fun.
The second LP by BDP aka Boogie Down Productions was By All Means Necessary. This LP was famous for it's PSA hits "Stop the Violence", "Illegal Business" and "Jimmy", but for me, "Ya Slippin'" with KRS-One's countdown from 10, still gives me chills and "I'm Still #1", tells everyone what time it is.
When I bought this LP in my early teens, I recorded it onto a cassette tape and would play it non-stop on my walkman, as I travelled to and from school. It was so fresh and politically minded. It was also the first time I remember thinking that musically, I was in a different world to everyone else I knew.
Kung Fury is an over-the-top 80’s action comedy that was crowd funded through Kickstarter. It features Kung Fury, a Kung Fu renegade cop who travels back in time to kill his Nemesis, Hitler. The film features nazis, dinosaurs, vikings and cheesy one-liners.
One and half hours of soul-inspired and classic Hospital Records tracks remastered as Fast Soul Music. It was an absolute joy to perform this mix, in fact, I had to restart it 3 times, as I was too busy grooving along, forgetting to mix in the next track :)
Space Colony is one of my all time favourite games. I bought the original - loved it and played it every year until they bought out Space Colony HD. I then continued to play it each year at Christmas and now Firefly Studios have released a new enhanced version for Steam.
"This remastered version of Space Colony features a brand new campaign, Steam Workshop support, achievements, trading cards and Steam Cloud for saved games.
Space Colony: Steam Edition is the definitive version of the sci-fi base builder for fans of the original, the builder genre and the Stronghold series, with which it shares DNA in both gameplay and an irreverent sense of humour."
A bit over 2 hours of some of the best Hospital Records tracks you'll ever hear. The first hour and a bit is a slice of Hospitality 2015 followed up in the second hour or so with an impromptu "back of the stack" selection of Hospital Classics.
** And yes I know, Mr L aka Jonny L isn't Hospital but I was feeling that tune at the time. It is a great track that never gets old.