June 24, 2017

2017-J.M.S. Presents - R.I.P. Prodigy





















Like so many worldwide I am still reeling at this loss (A special thanks to my old Friend Matt B for notifying me of the tragic and sad news the day that it hit), this one hit me hard and it never gets easier losing someone that (sonically) had become such a huge part of your life for so long and in all honesty as much as I love "Shook Ones Pt. II"..."Survival of The Fittest" was the joint that gave me serious chills down my spine and has in my honest opinion the illest use of a pitched down piano and horn samples in Hip Hop music period.

Needless to say that it was worn out by the repeat button and thankfully I got to see Mobb Deep live a little while ago but it's crazy to think that there won't be a Hav and P anymore.

















I planned to do a lengthy tribute post but because I don't have the energy (we just keep losing the great ones) or the time (my Family return home soon which will certainly mean way less posts but this blog in various forms has been going since 2007 and I refuse to let it die) I am just going to let this 25 track deep compilation (which was really tough to compile) speak for itself and in short Prodigy was a beast and was the epitome of raw, grimy and hardcore Hip Hop and he proudly represented Queensbridge and East Coast Hip Hop to the fullest.

























Since P's passing I have listened to well over 300 of his recordings and like the late, great Guru said it's mostly the voice and Prodigy indeed had that but he also had a stand up and pay attention prose, a seriously ill, menacing and cold flow and he could rap circles around some of the vets, he also worked with many of the great Producers and MC's and that is why he is so revered in Hip Hop.



















My sheer condolences go out to the Johnson Family, Havoc, Tragedy, Big Noyd, Infamous Mobb, Cormega, Nas etc and to all every true Hip Hop head that knows exactly how much the passing of Albert "Prodigy" Johnson is one of the greatest losses in Hip Hop since Phife's passing.

2017-J.M.S. Presents - R.I.P. Prodigy

01 Mobb Deep - Flavor For The Non Believes
02 Mobb Deep - Peer Pressure (The Large Professor Remix)
03 Mobb Deep - Shook Ones
04 Mobb Deep - Survival of the Fittest
05 Mobb Deep - Back At You
06 Nas - Live Nigga Rap (feat. Mobb Deep)
07 Mobb Deep -The Bridge
08 Screwball - The Heat Is On ft. Prodigy, Godfather Don
09 Frankie Cutlass - Know Da Game (feat. Mobb Deep, Kool G Rap, M.O.P.)
10 Mobb Deep - G.O.D. PT. III (Je$u$ RMX)
11 PMD - It's The Pee 97 (Street) (feat. Prodigy)
12 Cormega - Killaz Theme (feat. Mobb Deep)
13 Durag Dynasty -  Fish Meat (featuring Prodigy)
14 Das EFX ft Mobb Deep - Microphone Master (41st Side Remix)
15 Big Pun - Tres Leches (Triboro Triology) (ft. Prodigy, Rebel INS)
16 Pete Rock - The Game (Feat. Raekwon, ProdigyGhostface Killah)
17 Mobb Deep - Hoodlum (ft. Big Noyd, Rakim)
18 Mobb Deep - Feel My Gat Blow
19 AZ - Save Them (feat. RaekwonProdigy)
20 Prodigy - R.I.P. (Ft Havoc, Raekwon)
21 Mobb Deep - Spread Love
22 Prodigy - Stronger (Prod. by King Benny)
23 Mobb Deep - Never Goin' Back
24 Mobb Deep - Where Ya Heart At
25 Prodigy - You Can Never Feel My Pain

Bonus Joint: D.V. Alias Khrist feat Mobb Deep -Building

Peace

R.I.P. Prodigy 
November 2, 1974 - June 20, 2017


June 11, 2017

J.M.S. Joint of The Week: Sylvan Esso - "Rewind" (2017)
















What Now the sophomore album from Durham, North Carolina Electro-Pop outfit
Sylvan Esso (Amelia Meath and Nicholas Sanborn) has been on high rotation since it's release back in April of 2017.





















What Now is the follow up to their debut self titled album released in 2014 that contained the gems "Hey Mami" and "Play It Right".

While I enjoy all of the album a great deal, "Rewind" is one that I often go back to, it's just a perfect slice of Electro-Pop provided by Nicholas's interesting array of production, laid-back guitars, clattering kettle drums, bass and wobbling synth sound and Amelia's glittering and airy vocals.

It's all described beautifully by Amelia herself...

"This is about me watching scenes from movies over and over again when I was a kid, learning turns of phrases and dance moves, and how to be a person. The chorus is about repeated viewings on VHS — how when you are rewinding something the picture dims and when you press 'play,' the room floods with light again. It is about building your personality from media, and then slowly dismantling it to become an honest human and an amalgamation of your influences from family, friends, movies, music and idols."



June 3, 2017

2017-J.M.S. Presents - Dem No Wicked Like (90's Ragga/Hip Hop Compilation)




01 A Tribe Called Quest - His Name Is Mutty Ranks (Produced by The Ummah) (1998)
02 Nicodemus, Junior Demus, Super Cat, Junior Cat - Cabin Stabbin (Remix) (Produced by Kenny Dope and Little Louie Vega) (1994)
03 Burro Banton - Sensi Cheeba (Hip Hop Mix) (Produced by Bobby Konders) (1995)
04 Apache - Hey Girl (feat. Milo & Collie Weed) (Produced by Large Professor) (1993)
05 Asher-D - Ragga Talk (Produced by Simon Harris) (1991)
06 Shinehead ft. Sleepy Wonder - Me and Them (Produced by Sugarless) (1994)
07 Jigsy King - Gimme The Weed (Break A Dawn Remix) (Produced by Buddah Stretch) (1995)
08 Capleton ft. Q-Tip - Original Man (1997) (Produced by Herbie Miller, Ian Allen)
09 Jamal-Ski ft. Michael Rose - Ragga Youth (Produced by T-Ray) (1993)
10 Red Fox -Ya Can't Test Me Again (Produced by DJ Premier) (1993)
11 Culture Posse - For Real (Troopa's Jeep Mix) (1993) (Produced by Kasem and Kenny Dope)
12 Kali Ranks - Kill Dem All (Produced by Marc Pomeroy) (1995)
13 Shabba Ranks - Ting-A-Ling (Remix) (Produced by K-Def and Marley Marl) (1993)
14 De La Soul ft. Yankee B - Itzsoweezee (Hot) (De La Soul Remix) (1996)
15 Buju Banton - Champion [Hip Hop Remix] (Produced by "Prince Charles" Alexander and Rob "Fonksta" Bacon)
16 Da Bush Babees - Remember We (Salaam Remi Version) (1995)
17 Poor Righteous Teachers - Selah (1993) (Produced by Tony-D)
18 Terror Fabulous - Yaga Yaga ft. Gary Minott (Beatminerz Remix) (1994)
19 Mad Cobra - Flex (Sex Mix) (Produced by Clifton "Specialist" Dillon) (1992)
20 George Nooks and Lupa - Real Man (Radio Edit) (Produced by PK and Psycho Les) (1996)

2017-J.M.S. Presents - Dem No Wicked Like (90's Ragga/Hip Hop Compilation)









R.I.P. 



























May 28, 2017

J.M.S. Joint of The Week: Portishead - "Humming" (1997)





















Another classic album celebrating it's 20 year anniversary is Bristol's legendary Portishead's sophomore album simply titled Portishead which was the follow up to the Trip Hop classic Dummy (1994), a perfect soundtrack for grey and bleak rainy days and chill mode after a big night out (or in).

Fans were very curious why the follow up album took so long but were quickly hushed once they got to listen it. Portishead didn't have the same impact as the debut album but was still a great follow up but definitely a more darker sounding album and the track I have chosen here is a perfect example of how ill Geoff Barrow's production really was (he should have produced more Underground Hip Hop records because he was giving RZA a run for his money at one stage) and how Beth Gibbon's shimmering vocals were the perfect accompaniment to his production.

I've always loved how "Humming" starts with orchestral strings, eerie and haunting Sci-Fi sounds and leads up to the scratchy, slow pitched crunchy drum break (the original artist escapes me at the moment sorry) and rumbling bassline all dripped in oceans of reverb.





















If you haven't been exposed to Portishead before, I suggest that you start with Dummy, then search all of the remixes and B-Sides, move on to the remixes for other artists (Paul Weller, Primal Scream, Massive Attack, Bjork etc) and then check for this LP, the Third LP and who knows we still might get another Portishead album in our lifetime.



May 20, 2017

J.M.S. Joint of The Week: The Doppelgangaz - "Olympics" (2017)


















Some brand new Dopp Gang (EP and Matter Ov Fact) illness taken from the forthcoming LP Dopp Hopp, which I am really looking forward to if this one and the previously released "Rapamycin" are anything to go by. I personally feel that they get better with each album and I played this one to a colleague who hadn't been exposed to them, he said man this is dope, why haven't I heard of these dudes before? Dope indeed.



You can pre-order the album and Dopp merchandise at the following spots:

DoppShop
DoppHopp_IT (iTunes)
DoppHopp_AM
DopHopp_BC (Bandcamp)



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May 13, 2017

J.M.S. Presents - Man, We Had It So Good (1990-93 Dance/Soul Anthems) Vol.2
















Peace, here is the second volume of the Man, We Had It So Good series, a look back at more of some of the finest that the early 90's had to offer in Dance/Soul music.

Like the first one, this was a genuine joy to compile and took me down some fascinating trips down memory lane.

This volume focuses more on the Soul side of things of which the UK was immensely good at and you will hear a barrage of rumbling bass-lines, pianos, classic and fat drum breaks and loops and truly soulful vocals.

I have a theory that the music was so much better back then because people were happy with what they had and social media  and smart phones (both double edged swords) hadn't changed the way people communicate and people were connecting with each other on a proper Human level, the music was the soundtrack to their lives, this was well before fake celebrities, fake artists and fake presidents changed the World for the worse.

So much of today's music is just empty, void of any soul and without any substance because the people recording it are disconnected and don't care about the culture behind it but with that said a lot of great music still gets made and I quite enjoy Deep House/Soulful House and Liquid Drum and Bass because you can feel the heart, soul and passion that goes into it.

NB: I've been trying to track down old copies of Music Week's Record Mirror dance supplements as it it had the best Dance charts, if you have any of these in PDF please send me an email

So once again, enjoy :)

J.M.S. Presents - Man, We Had It So Good (1990-93 Dance/Soul Anthems) Vol.2

01 Sugar Bullet - Dreaming
02 Loose Ends - Don't You Ever (Try To Change Me)
03 Banderas - This is Your Life [Less Stress Mix]
04 Kim Edwards - Stand Tall
05 Volume Ten - Pride
06 Innocence - Natural Thing (Elevation Mix)
07 Caron Wheeler - Livin' in the Light (The Original Story)
08 Sade - Feel No Pain (Nellee Hooper Remix)
10 Lindy Layton - Lines
11 Less Stress - Don't Dream It's Over (Edit)
12 Movement 98 (feat. Caroll Thompson) - Joy & Heartbreak (Mellow Mix)
13 Joanna Law - First Time Ever (Mellow Groove)
14 Omar - There's Nothing Like This (Remix)
15 One World - Down On Love
16 YoYo Honey - Groove On (Perfecto Mix)
17 Jesus Loves You - Generations Of Love (Oakenfold Mix)
18 SFS -I Don't Even Know If I Should Call You Baby (Karen Carpenter Late Night Mix)
19 Bassomatic - Fascinating Rhythm (Extended Version)
20 The Beloved - The Sun Rising (Danny's ''Love Is''... Remix)

Until the next one...

May 7, 2017

J.M.S. Joint of The Week: Juice With Soul - "Body Armour" (1993)




















Juice With Soul (Juice and Soul) was one of those groups that had a minor hit in the 90's, ("Gang Lingo" with Lt. Stitchie) which was a firm radio and club fave in 1993) dropped a decent album on a major label (Atlantic) and then vanished into the ether, this was sort of the case for this duo of Bostonites but member Juice/Big Juan later went on to be a part of the Kreators who are probably best known for the superb posse cut "Home" (which featured the late, great Guru).

"Body Armour" lifted UK legend's Soul II Soul's "Fairplay" drums to great effect and some smooth horns in the hook while tales of corrupt cops are told.

Sadly Juice/Big Juan lost his battle to cancer in April of 2016.



Bonus Joint"To The Uumhm" which sports one of the greatest piano loops used in the 90's and the fat "Zimba Ku" drums.

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April 29, 2017

J.M.S. Presents - Man, We Had It So Good (1990-93 Indie-Dance Anthems) Vol.1




J.M.S. Presents - Man, We Had It So Good (1990-93 Indie-Dance Anthems) Vol.1

01 St. Etienne - Only Love Can Break Your Heart (LP Version)
02 Soho - Hippychick (Happiness Is A Warm Hippy Mix)
03 The Sindecut - Tell Me Why
04 Masssive Attack - Safe From Harm (LP Version)
05 Soul II Soul - Love Come Through (LP Version)
06 Martine Girault- Revival (Rebirth Edit)
07 Shara Nelson - Down That Road (LP Version)
08 Zoe - Sunshine On A Rainy Day (Reformation Version)
09 Bomb The Bass - Winter In July (Brighton Daze Mix)
10 Coldcut - Autumn Leaves (Nelle Hooper Vocal Mix)
11 Maureen Walsh -Thinking Of You (Dreaming of You Mix)
12 DNA feat Suzanne Vega - Tom's Diner (12'' Mix)
13 The Cure - Close To Me (Closer Mix)
14 World Unite - World Unite
15 Electronic - Get The Message (DNA Remix)
16 The Farm - Groovy Train
17 Happy Mondays - Step On
18 The Sugarcubes - Birthday [Justin Robertson 12" Mix]
19 Primal Scream - Higher Than The Sun
20 The Grid - Floatation (Subsonic Grid Mix)

(Proudly compiled by DJ Jaz)

This 20 track deep compilation represents (in my opinion) some of the very finest music that Dance and Indie (Baggy) music had to offer music lovers and club heads in the early 90's.

My hope is that these tracks evoke some great memories and a truly joyous trip down memory lane or if you are new to any of these then I hope you enjoy them.

I have spent pretty much all of my Life around music whether selling it, playing it in clubs/bars etc or on radio, writing about it, dancing to it or just listening to it and as I grow older (I'm 44 now with a beautiful Daughter and a Lovely Wife) I have (like many others before me) deeply gone down nostalgia lane and actually came out a better person for it I feel.

I sifted through hundreds of tracks and changed the track-listings over many times but I honestly feel that this first volume is a great compilation and does what I set it out to do.

The 90's just had soul, style, heart, substance and creativity in a massive abundance and I can fondly recall a session around or '92 or 93 where I said "Man, I wish I could just repeat these years over and over again".

I had all of these tracks on 12", CD or CD single or Cassingle at one stage but most have either got sold, lost or stolen (as it goes) however it's 2017 now and we live in a digital age and I for one am incredibly grateful for today's technology.

This compilation is especially dedicated to my old Vivian Street crew, my old Cuba Street and Stussy crew (Evening Post famous once haha) all of the old Naked Angel and Midnight Espresso crew, Clinton Smiley, Cian and Cool Tone from The Soul Mine
Colin Morris and Steve H and the crew from Colin Morris Records every single person I had the good fortune of meeting through great music and last but definitely not least...every single DJ that rocked these tracks and others like it and made me lose my mind on the dance floor.

The 90's were indeed a very special and unique time.

Until the next one ;)

April 22, 2017

J.M.S. Joint of The Week: EPMD - "Do It Again" (1997)



This week's joint of the week is from (as you would already well know) my all time fave MC team EPMD and while I dive into Erick Sermon's lengthy resume, I'm starting to wonder why he never gets mentioned alongside DJ Premier and Pete Rock, Dilla and Marley Marl when he has done so much for not only Hip Hop but R&B & Reggae/Hip Hop as well and while I'm not a fan he has also produced some commercial material that should have seen him earn big bucks but it didn't really happen and I wonder if he regrets supplying dope beats for overblown and overrated fraudulent rappers?...who knows lol

"Do It Again" is "Green Eyed Bandit Funk" formula for sure but damn it works, when I first heard this back in 1997 on their comeback album "Back In Business" I was surprised that E-Dub had not usedTom Browne's classic Jazz Funk number "Funkin' For Jamaica" before, sure E had used elements of it in L.O.D.'s "Feel It" (1996) and a few other joints but he hadn't used it like he did on "Do It Again" incorporating elements of it
and I suspect it might have been difficult to chop up as there is a lot of busy vocal work among the instruments but E flipped it superbly and Erick and Parrish throw rhymes back like and forth like old times and sound right at home.





















The Back In Business LP certainly had it's moments but it's not overly an essential EPMD album in my view, some tracks felt a bit thrown together and they were capable of much better, still it is worth revisiting and this track was one of the highlights for me.

Bonus Joint: L.O.D. -"I Feel It"

Peace

April 8, 2017

J.M.S. Joint of The Week: Big Tabb - "Laid Back" (1993-94)




Peace, it has been a while between drinks but you know how busy Life can get...this week's joint of the week is pure underground East Coast flav (via Philly aka Illadelph) taken from Bigg Tabb's unreleased album Who's Wreckin The Mic (recorded between 1993-94) kindly put out there by the true heads at Chopped Herring who will be on their 200th release shortly.

Bigg Tabb aka Jakk Frost is best known for his "It's Nice Outside" b/w "Brothers In Da Hood" 12' released in 1993.

"Laid Back" produced by MG aka Mentally Gifted (a name you will know well if you listened to Da Youngsta's back in the day) is exactly why I love and miss 90's Hip Hop so damn much, a rhythm infused track with well placed Biz Markie and Rakim vocal samples and Tabb going for broke sounding like a combination of Grand Puba and Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard with a guest appearance by One Man Riot?



Pick up the CD or LP here

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Fat shout out to Appleseed.