Tag Archives: Old-School Hip-Hop

Foundation Vol. One Mix Stream – DJ MK

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Veteran London-based mix-king DJ MK takes it back to the old-school here, expertly cutting and blending his way through sixty minutes of vintage breaks and beats.

RIP Phase 2!

Rest in peace Bronx graffiti legend Phase 2 who sadly passed away this week – an influential pioneer who made an indelible mark on the early days of Hip-Hop culture with his spraycan skills and talent for crafting eye-catching event flyers – respect the architects!

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The Friday Night Mixtape Stream – DJ Diablo

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London turntable vet DJ Diablo drops an eclectic mix of classics and blends featuring the likes of Soul II Soul, Phil Collins, De La Soul, Big Daddy Kane and more.

No Remembrance Of The Old Ways Mix Promo – DJ Fingers

UK Hip-Hop pioneer DJ Fingers of the mighty Sindecut has dropped a new “Supa Rock Down” mix recorded live and direct from two turntables – “No Remembrance Of The Old Ways” is available via B-Boy Documents.

The Megamixes EP Stream – DJ Bacon

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Australia’s DJ Bacon pulls together four of his epic previously-released megamixes on this quality EP celebrating the work of Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and Ice-T,  with each mix containing over 100 samples painstakingly pieced together to create an eventful journey into sound.

RIP Lovebug Starski – 16.05.60 – 08.02.18

Footage of the late Hip-Hop pioneer performing his 1986 single “Amityville (The House On The Hill)” on the UK TV show “Solid Soul”.

What’s The Science #9 – DJ Kayslay / Grand Mixer DST

Turntable icon DST aka Grand Mixer DXT drops some Hip-Hop history lessons in the latest episode of DJ Kayslay’s “What’s The Science” series.

What’s The Science #7 – DJ Kayslay / Grandmaster Caz

Cold Crush Brothers legend Grandmaster Caz discusses some early Hip-Hop memories in the latest episode of DJ Kayslay’s “What’s The Science” series.

What’s The Science #5 – DJ Kayslay / Reggie Reg (Crash Crew)

DJ Kayslay gets into some Hip-Hop history with Reggie Reg of the legendary Crash Crew (“We Want To Rock”, “On The Radio” etc) in the latest episode of “What’s The Science”.


Winter In Notts Mix Stream – DJ Ivory


DJ Ivory of Nottingham, England’s infamous P Brothers embarks on another fantastic voyage into sound.


Oldskool Electro Classics Mix Stream – Mark T


UK deejay Mark T takes it back to the 80s with this seamless mix of lino-friendly classics from the likes of Egyptian Lover, Newcleus, Captain Rock and more.

The Get Down: The View From Britain’s Hip-Hop Scene – Rodney P / DJ Biznizz / Artful Dodger etc.

To coincide with the release of Netflix series “The Get Down”, Channel 4 News spoke to UK Hip-Hop vets Rodney P, DJ Biznizz, Artful Dodger and more about their connection to the culture plus their thoughts on the Baz Luhrmann-directed project.

Old School Park Jam Vol. 1 Mix Stream – Kil

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Collection of familiar old-school favourites from Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Kurtis Blow, Sugarhill Gang etc.

New Joint – Jorun Bombay

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Jorun Bombay – “Hip Hop Family Tree Pt. 1” (@Slice0fSpice / 2016)

Cut-and-paste old-school action released in conjunction with the latest issue of Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree comic.

Grandest Of Them All – Grandmaster Caz

Breakin’ Convention’s Jonzi D interviews the legendary Grandmaster Caz in NYC.

On The Wheels Of Steel – DJ Rob Swift / DJ Jazzy Jay / DJ Tony Tone

Hip-Hop pioneers Jazzy Jay and Tony Tone deliver a heavyweight history lesson with Rob Swift in this essential lecture at The New School.

Foundation Lesson #2 – Pumpkin / Jayquan

Hip-Hop historian Jayquan delivers a detailed overview of the career of the late, great King Of The Beat known as Pumpkin.

Universal Zulu Nation Anniversary 2015 – Rodney P / Jonzi D / Talib Kweli etc.

Footage of events held in London and Leeds last November to celebrate the 2015 Universal Zulu Nation Anniversary.

The Boss – A Tribute To Mike Allen

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I was saddened to hear about the passing yesterday of UK radio legend Mike Allen, whom many were aware had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease when it became public knowledge in 2012.

If you know your UK Hip-Hop history then you will already understand why this man and his 80s shows on London’s Capital Radio were so important to so many, with Allen undoubtedly influencing subsequent British radio giants such as Dave Pearce and Tim Westwood.

I was introduced to Mike Allen (aka The Boss) in the mid-80s by a childhood friend of mine, Johann, who used to ‘borrow’ his older brother’s tapes of the legendary radio show and bring them into school. I’d discovered Hip-Hop some years earlier as a wide-eyed seven-year-old, hearing Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five’s “The Message” in 1982, and had largely fed my Hip-Hop appetite with the early Streetsounds “Electro” compilations, but checking out Mike Allen opened up my young ears to a whole new world of music.

Growing-up in Milton Keynes, some fifty miles north of London, I had neither the finances or the freedom at the time as a Hip-Hop hungry pre-teen to make the journey into the Big Smoke to visit places like Soho’s infamous Groove Records. I was also too far away from the capital city to be able to tune into the London-based pirate stations of the time that were playing Hip-Hop. But thanks to Mike and his impeccable musical tastes, I could keep up-to-date with the latest fresh sounds simply by plugging some headphones into my dad’s stereo-system, engaging in some creative radio aerial positioning, and pressing play-
and-record on a blank cassette.

I can vividly recall hearing so many brilliant records for the first time on Mike Allen’s Friday / Saturday night shows, including personal favourites such as MC Chill’s “Bust This Rhyme”, Ice-T’s “Dog’N The Wax” and Schoolly D’s “Saturday Night”. I also remember the excitement of playing a newly recorded Mike Allen tape throughout the weekend, waiting to return to school on a Monday to either discuss the latest releases with friends or boast about what you’d heard if they hadn’t managed to catch the show for any reason.


Aside from the actual music, part of the show’s brilliance was down to Mike himself, whose warm, traditionally authoritative style of radio-hosting endeared him to listeners and guest artists alike.

Allen might have looked and sounded like your school geography teacher, but his interest in Hip-Hop and passion for the music he was playing could clearly be heard across the airwaves. At times, Mike sounded just as excited to be introducing his loyal Allen’s Army to a new record as we were to be hearing it.

80s favourite DJ Cheese of Profile Records / “Coast To Coast” fame recalled his memories of appearing on Capital Radio with Mike during an interview I did with him in 2013:

“When we were on Mike Allen’s show that was the first time someone had really given me full access to do what I wanted to do at a radio station. That was huge to me back then. Plus, it was big to me to meet Mike Allen. I mean, at the time I didn’t realise exactly how big he was in the UK until after we’d left the station and people were telling me more about him and what he was doing at the time with his radio show. But even before that, I was still excited to meet Mike because that was the first time I’d ever deejay-ed live on a radio station. So I was excited about being given that opportunity. Then when we were on air and I started to see the phonelines lighting-up and saw the amount of people that were calling in, that was another mind-blowing experience for me. Those moments on Mike Allen’s show were some of my best moments in Hip-Hop.”

Mike Allen wasn’t the first person to bring Hip-Hop to the UK. Neither was he the first person to play Hip-Hop on British radio. But what Mike Allen did do was provide a then underground musical phenomenon with a mainstream radio platform, helping Hip-Hop to spread further and faster across the country than it might have done without those important hours of exposure on London weekend radio.

I’m sure he didn’t know it at the time, but whilst Mike was tucked away in a Capital Radio studio playing the latest Just-Ice record, he was also leaving a lasting impact on a generation of listeners, helping to shape our personal Hip- Hop histories, introducing us to artists that would influence our lives and creating his own legacy that would be remembered and treasured by many years later.

Personally, I will forever be grateful for the part Mike Allen played in those early days of my own Hip-Hop journey, entertaining and educating me in equal measures.

Mr. Allen, I salute you – may you rest in peace.

Ryan Proctor

1986 Mike Allen interview with DJ Cheese & Word Of Mouth.

New Joint – Jorun Bombay / Public Enemy

Jorun Bombay / Public Enemy – “Coming Like A Rhino – Rebel With A Remix” (@JorunBombay / 2015)

Canada-based Hip-Hop junkie Jorun Bombay gives PE’s classic “Rebel Without A Pause” the re-edit treatment.