Thursday, 6 October 2011

Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock - It Takes Two (Tuff Audio Mixes) 1988 FLAC & mp3

A couple remixes by Derek B for this classic jam.  Personally I prefer the original.

Vocal Edit
Tuff Audio Mix Take 1
Vocal Version
Tuff Audio Mix Edit
Tuff Audio Mix Take 2
320kbps mp3

01.  Get On The Dance Floor (The 'Sky' King Remix) [06:55]
02.  Get On The Dance Floor (The 'Sky' King Dub) [06:31]
03.  It Takes Two (Vocal Version) [05:01]
04.  It Takes Two (Tuff Audio Mix Take 1) [06:07]
Flac or mp3
320kbps mp3

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Liverpool FC - Anfield Rap

Derek B, the London hip-hop artist who co-wrote Liverpool's famous Anfield Rap, has died of a heart attack aged 44.
The 1980s star - real name Derek Boland - was hand-picked by Craig Johnston to create the club's 1988 FA Cup song after the Aussie midfielder heard Derek's hit single Bad Young Brother.
Johnston said: "I went to London and sought out a guy called Derek B who was Britain's first ever rapper. This is before rap had even come to Britain's shores and I was on it and I went to this guy and said: 'Look it's a mickey-take - let's write it'.
"So I wrote the words and he got the Twist and Shout hook. There wasn't a single Englishman in the team at the time. They were all Scots, Irish, Welsh, a Dane, a Zimbabwean, an Australian. So the whole thing was about the dressing room craic. It was about McMahon and Aldridge and accents and how the other lads didn't talk like them:
"Ah eh mate, we're great me and you but the other lads don't talk like we do. No they don't talk like we do, do they though la, we'll have to learn them to talk proper."
"The whole thing was about accents and how there were only two who had the proper Scouse accent. Now and again I get a royalty from Virgin Records and it's always a cheque for like £1.27 or 89p. I never bank it because it's not worth it."

Source:  Anfield Rap co-writer Derek B dead at 44 - Football Banter -

The producer is credited as Tuff Audio on the sleeve.  You can hear Derek rap the intro.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Hip Hop's Greatest Logos

Ah... to have a catchy logo.  The goal of every designer behind any record ever.  Derek B had one.  I loved it when I was a kid & I still do today.  Two pistols but don't get it twisted - This is pre-gangster.  The symbolism is more reminiscent of a coat-of-arms - No doubt inspired by Derek's James Bond themed "Bullet From a Gun".  I cleaned up the logo for the blog title & thought I'd share it, along with my favourite Hip Hop logos (in no particular order).

Monday, 3 October 2011

Was (Not Was) - Spy in the House of Love (Dr. X In Full Effect Mix) 1988

This remix is so reliant on samples it wouldn't turn a profit in today's litigious industry.  It follows the style of successful club tunes of the era, namely "Check This Out" by LA Mix, "Beat Dis" by Bomb the Bass and MARRS's "Pump Up the Volume".  The remixed components really dominate, virtually rendering the original track insignificant.  I'm surprised that on most releases it seems the remix was called the Dr X. in Full Effect Mix.  I would have thought using Derek B's name more prominently would result in cross promotion benefiting everyone.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Cookie Crew - Bad Girls (1989)

Derek produced this track for the British duo.  It sticks to the formula that had proved to be a winner for his own releases - Innovative sampling, tight programming, catchy loops & quality scratching.  It's one of the better efforts he contributed for other artists.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Special-T - It's Your Love (1983)

As far as I can tell this is the first release that Derek was ever involved with.  Producer Derek Boland.  I'd have thought this was released in the UK but I can only find evidence of it's release in the US.