This is one of the realest breakdowns of what’s REALLY going on in this world that you’ll ever hear. Deepness from Rodney Paradox. Specially for the awake/ no-more-sleepwalking-through-life crew.

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From The Herbaliser’s ‘Same As It Never Was’ album, this is one of the most cinematic and evocative hip-hop tracks ever made. Fascinating lyrical storytelling, and drenched in brooding atmosphere with a Lalo Schiffrin-esque instrumentation. It really requires at least three listens straight to get the full impact.

Sadly, there’s no video as such. Can you imagine how mindblowing it would be if the scenes here were acted out? Absolute musical perfection, and another reason why, when done correctly, hip hop is the most creative musical art form in the world.

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Mark Devlin’s debut book ‘Tales From The Flipside’ is an ideal Christmas present for any DJ, aspiring DJ, anyone who works in the music biz, or anyone who’s ever been the slightest bit curious about just what it is that DJs do. No-one’s ever broken it down like this before!

In this podcast, originally recorded for Blues & Soul magazine, MD reminisces with Kid Fury over some favourite amusing anecdotes from the book.

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Tales From The Flipside podcast excerpts by Mark Devlin

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As Raekwon asserted on ‘Ice Cream’: “I’m high powered, put Adina Howard to sleep. Yo pardon, that bitch been on my mind all week.” Indeed. A glance at this flava-packed excursion from 1994, and you can see why.

‘Freak Like Me’ cropped up at the height of the hip-hop soul golden era, masterfully fusing R&B melodies with sassy hip-hop attitude. Sadly, Adina’s faded to obscurity since, but here, she was at the peak of her game. And how tragic to think that an entire generation’s only exposure to this cracker of a song is that piss-poor semi-cover by The Sugababes.

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Following a couple of weekends of regular gigs, on Saturday 16th, I took what is now an all-too-rare trip to the North West. On the cards was a long-awaited return to Lounge 31 in Manchester, the upmarket niterie operated by Eddie Down and his brothers of the Brown Suga DJ and promotions crew. I opted not to take a hotel, instead doing my long-distance lorry driver thing of tackling the round trip. No amphetamines for me though – just a couple of cans of my chemical cocktail vice of choice, Red Bull.

Lounge 31 is in the Printworks, a complex where an array of bars, restaurants and clubs have all been grouped together, seemingly to keep the nocturnal rowdiness concentrated and easier to police. I jumped from 2 to 4am, and was very happy to be able to play a set laden with bashment, hip-hop and UK funky, with little need to resort to corny pop crap. Never a bad thing. The late-night champagne crowd was very much in evidence as I departed. What wasn’t too helpful was yet another overnight motorway closure – this time the M56 – forcing a long diversion through some random villages, and causing me to eventually roll up at my front door at 7.15am.

My session at The Living Room in Milton Keynes was good fun on Friday 22nd, and I worked at not letting the dumb comment from an obnoxious middle-aged woman put me off. She’d remarked ‘are you going to be playing this reggae shit all night?’ as Kanye West’s ‘Goldigger’ blasted from the speakers. (Just between you and me, I got the impression she doesn’t like black music. It’s all good. I hear Billy Ray Cyrus is in town soon.)

The following day marked my DJing debut in Poland. I set off on the national flag carrier LOT from Heathrow Terminal 1, arriving into Warsaw to be met by promoter Dio. In a move of great foresight, he’d booked me into the Marriott Hotel at the airport, enabling a long sleep in after the gig, and only a two-minute walk to the terminal. Dio is a house DJ, but he moved into promoting urban gigs at Capitol Club a couple of years ago, since when he’s brought big dogs like Fatman Scoop, Shortee Blitz, DJ Kofi, Manny Norte and Steve Sutherland out to spin.

It was clear we were in for a great night as we arrived to find the venue, which shares its space with a theatre, packed to the rafters, and I jumped on for a two-hour set at 1.15am. The crowd jumped and whined throughout, and with Polish vodka on flow everything about the night was perfect. I posted a set of pictures here. With a civilised 3pm flight home on Sunday, and an on-time departure, the perfection continued. More gigs like this would suit me very nicely indeed. The reality is they remain the rarity!

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It would seem that one of the producers on the CBeebies kids’ channel is an old-school De La Soul fan, directly inspired by this memorable 1989 moment. There’s a couple of video sequences involving the presenters dancing in front of a psychedelic cartoon backdrop and promoting the numbers 4 and 5, that would appear to be directly inspired by this memorable excursion.

‘Eye Know’ was the third single from the celebrated ‘Three Feet High And Rising’, album and arguably the catchiest. Its impact, in the fascinating Daisy Age/ Native Tongues era of the late-80s, was augmented by this highly enjoyable visual trip.

And you know the crazy thing about that CBeebies vid? The presenters’ simplistic raps are actually miles ahead of most of what passes for mainstream ‘hip hop’ today!

De La Soul – eye know
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The British-Jamaican reggae legend, best known for his 1982 track ‘Night Nurse’, passed away at home in London on 25th October after a long battle with lung cancer.

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