Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Left Rev Mc D. – Songs that sample ‘Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse’

Eugene McDaniels’ 1971 album ‘Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse’ is one of my all time favourite favourites. I won’t go into details on it as Cosmo Baker does a pretty good job in this write up. As well as it being an excellent record it’s also been sampled pretty heavily so as we lost Eugene this week I did a quick mix this afternoon of all the records I can think of that have used it as a tribute. Are there any others that I left out? Let me know.

That’s not an original copy of Headless Heroes in that photo. I used to have a shady bootleg of the album that had half the instruments missing but I replaced that with the official repress from about 10 years ago.

There’s a reference to grandmothers on two of the records so I’ll dedicate this in loving memory to my grandmother Estella.

  • ATCQ – People’s Instinctive interlude
  • Organized Konfusion – Black Sunday
  • Gravediggaz – Nowhere To Run
  • De La Soul – Having a Ball (that Jagger the Dagger loop is pretty relentless…)
  • The Beatnuts – Third of The Trio
  • Quasimoto – Return of the Loop Digga
  • Headless Heroes
  • Beastie Boys – Get It Together (Buckwild Remix)
  • Pete Rock & CL Smooth – Soul Brother #1
  • Pete Rock & CL Smooth – Act Like You Know
  • Krispy 3 – Pop Like Bubblegum
  • Eric B & Rakim – Pass The Hand Grenade
  • Cherrystones (This isn’t on HHotA, it’s from the album before but I like it so it went on. Also, I’m playing this at +8 as that what’s speed it’s at on a Ken Sport tape I used to listen to that a lot)

Used Vol. 1 – Original breaks mix by @IAmFakeBlood

I do like to listen to a breaks tape now and then and this is a good one from @IAmFakeBlood (I think he may have been at one of the Off The Hook nights as DJ for Jerry Beeks many moons ago). It’s pretty much a ’90s-hip-hop-breaks-101′, tastefully done with some nice doubles action throughout. All original vinyl used. Like it says on the Muro King of Diggin cassettes – no compilation, no bootleg, no repress, no mp3 (I read that as if it’s being shouted by Burt Kwouk).

(The image above is nothing to do with Fake Blood but for a film on a site called Fangirltastic).



Funkmaster Flex’s July 4th 90s Hip Hop Special from ’07

Hearing Funkmaster Flex’s premiere of Otis the other day reminded me of this radio show from 2007 where Flex plays 90s classics for a few hours on Hot 97 while talking with the CAPS LOCK button on. The selection is top notch and the banter is amusing. Someone should put a book out of Flex’s greatest shouty statements. “THERE’S NOTHIN’ HAPPY ABOUT THE NINETIES!!!”