Thursday, October 23, 2014

Apollo Brown & Ras Kass - Blasphemy

Early album release for Apollo Brown & Ras Kass' collaborative Blasphemy LP.

Cop @ iTunes/UGHH/Mello Music Group.

M.O.P. - "Broad Daylight (187 Part 2)" (feat. Busta Rhymes)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Strange Sounds #2

Original artwork by Gene Colan (Doctor Strange Volume 1, Issue #172.)
I had a lot of fun putting together Strange Sounds #1. I felt an obligation to myself - and of course you, the listeners - to follow up with a strong sophomore attempt. Strange Sounds #2 is a Halloween-themed mix full of eclectic rock tracks to get your heart racing. The mix begins with a segment from Vincent Price's 1963 film The Raven and works its way up to the bone-chilling "D.O.A." by Bloodrock. I'm interesting in hearing feedback on this series, so please let me know what you think in the comments section below. Enjoy... If you dare! Excelsior!

Strange Sounds #2 by Boom Bap Beatnik on Mixcloud

1. The Raven (1963) - "Duel to the Death"
2. Alice Cooper - Welcome to My Nightmare
3. Sasperella - Spooky
4. Donovan - Season of the Witch
5. The Lollipop Shoppe - You Must Be a Witch
6. The Yellow Payges - Devil Woman
7. Black Sabbath - Lady Evil
8. Sabattis - The Devil's In You
9. The Chocolate Watchband - Devil's Motorcycle
10 Roky Erickson & The Aliens - Night of the Vampire
11 Skyhooks - Horror Movie
12 Beck, Bogert & Appice - Black Cat Moan
13 Fleetwood Mac - Black Magic Woman
14 Luv Machine - Witches Wand
15 The Sonics - The Witch
16 Mother Sunday - Midnight Graveyard
17 Bloodrock - D.O.A.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

HHIR Merch: L.A. Slackers T-Shirt

I may be a die-hard Lakers fan, but I'm not an idiot. The 2014-2015 NBA season hasn't even begun and I can already guarantee that this year's gonna be yet another bust for "L.A.'s team." But that's alright 'cause sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose. And the Lakers sure know how to lose lately! 
* Proceeds go to keeping your computers, smartphones, and MP3 players loaded with great music. And to my landlord. *

Mobb Deep's "Survival of the Fittest" Sample Discovered

Three and a half years ago, Bronco of unearthed the jazz record Havoc brilliantly dissected to create the classic "Shook Ones" beat. Now we've got a new sample sleuth on the scene, YouTube user SaintsIV, who has uncovered a recording by jazz artists Barry Harris and Al Cohn which provides the basis for Havoc's equally-incredible "Survival of the Fittest" beat. There's a common thread between these two discoveries: Both are piano sections (Barry Harris' performance in this instance) from somewhat-obscure jazz records which were slowed down in order to create that brooding atmosphere we've come to love from Mobb Deep's classic record The Infamous. Check out SaintsIV's video below, which illustrates the process behind the production on this track. And don't forget to go back and check out my very own compilation, Sample Set #182: The Infamous. I've updated both the download link and embedded Audiomack player to include the new sample. Keep digging...

Update: SaintsIV's video was deleted but we've got this new video which does a good job of highlighting Havoc's sampling technique for "Survival of the Fittest":

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sample Set #12: Black on Both Sides

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Tape Deck '14: Volume #15

The Tape Deck '14: Volume #14