Revisiting Stereo MC’s Early 90's Era inc. "Connected" via Interviews From Then & Now

Posted by Billyjam, October 20, 2020 06:14pm | Post a Comment
Stereo MC's Connected | The Story Behind The Song - Top 2000 gogo (2020)

This past week I found myself remembering and revisiting the early 90's classic sound of the Stereo MC’s both as the unique UK crew whose releases included the genre-defying dance hit "Connected" and as the influential Ultimatum remix crew who reworked the sound of countless hip-hop artists not to mention also such non hip-hop acts as Aswad and U2. I was reminded of the group's hit title track off their Connected album (avail on both recently reissued 180 gram vinyl and also as 2003 UK import CD reissue) upon viewing the recent engaging interview with the main members Rob Birch and Nick Hallam on the production process behind 1992's “Elevated” as well as a look back at the music/cultural era in which their music bridged the gap between dance, hip-hop and rock.

That contemporary era  Stereo MC's interview looking back 28 years to '92, which was published by Top 2000 a gogo, can be viewed above while below is an interview that I conducted back in 1992 on KUSF radio with the Stereo MC's Hallam and Birch, aka The Head and Rob B. In that interview I asked them about both their own music as the Stereo MC’s (with drummer Owen If who further helped distinguish their sound) and the duo’s equally important and highly influential parallel career as the Ultimatum remix production crew. That was along with former Ultimatum founding member DJ Cesare (Marcher) when they remixed such hip-hop acts as the Jungle Brothers, Dream Warriors, Definition of Sound, X-Clan, Queen Latifah and Monie Love.  

My top 50 alternative songs of 1991...There's No Other Way

Posted by Brad Schelden, October 16, 2020 04:40pm | Post a Comment

Top 50 Alternative Songs of 1991...Part V #1-10

I am counting down my top 50 favorite alternative songs of the 90s! This is the final part of 1991. In case you missed the last entry you can find it here. Come join me as I continue my journey through the greatest decade in alternative music.

there's no other way

#10 Blur "There's No Other Way" (Food)

Blur seemed to come out of nowhere and into my life like something I never knew that I needed. "She's So High" had come out in 1990 but this was really the song that made me a super fan for life. I listened to this song a lot during the 90s and I never got sick of it. That perfect chorus was sassy and so British and everything I loved. The song really had me hooked. This was the second single from their debut album Leisure released this year. I wasn't full on into britpop until it really took over in the next couple of years but it all started with Blur. And you never forget your first love. I really always wanted to look like Graham and Damon and they had the best hair.

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#9 Teenage Fanclub "Star Sign" (Creation)

Crate Diggin' Pt 5 (Juice WRLD, Esoteric, NAV, Da$h +) and Amoeba Berkeley Reopening

Posted by Billyjam, October 12, 2020 01:20pm | Post a Comment

Crate diggers will be happy to know that Amoeba Berkeley, similarly to the San Francisco Amoeba store that reopened recently, is set to reopen this week (Thursday, October 15th) with the new retail business hours of 11am to 7pm Thursdays through Sundays and (of course) with City of Berkeley COVID health guidelines in place. 

Among the new arrivals in the hip-hop department is the posthumously released third studio album by Juice WRLD, via Interscope Records, Legends Never Die vinyl LP and CD. Tragically the artist died at the young age of 21 but, if rumors are true that the prolific recording artist left behind a couple of thousand unreleased studio tracks, fans can expect albums from the deceased artist to continue dropping for many years to come.

Boston emcee Esoterics Egoclapper vinyl LP via Fly Casual Records is on vinyl for the first time, originally been released as a CD only back in 2007. Da$h's 2020 release on CD 17 More Minutes from Next Records is another older album been reissued in a new format. It is the artist's 2015 album that previously was only available in digital download format. The 12-track album showcases his gritty 
underground sound over production from various studio technicians.

My top 50 alternative songs of 1991...Sing Your Life

Posted by Brad Schelden, October 9, 2020 12:55pm | Post a Comment

Top 50 Alternative Songs of 1991...Part IV #11-20

I am counting down my top 50 favorite alternative songs of the 90s! This is part four of five parts for 1991. In case you missed the last entry you can find it here. Come join me as I continue my journey through the greatest decade in alternative music.

drive that fast

#20 Kitchens of Distinction "Drive That Fast" (One Little Indian)

Kitchens of Distintion were another sort of dream pop and shoegaze band from England. They never got as popular as they should of. But I really do love this song. They remind me of 80s bands like Echo & The Bunnymen or The Chameleons. Maybe mixed with the swirly shoegaze of 4AD bands like Lush and Cocteau Twins. It is easy to fall in love with this song. I love disappearing into it. "Quick As Rainbows" was the first single off their second album Strange Free World. But this was their second single off that album and I liked it a bit better. 

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#19 Electronic "Get The Message" (Factory)

Online Crate Diggin' Pt 4: Cypress Hill & Black Sheep 7"+ Skyzoo LP + Aloe Blacc + Paris

Posted by Billyjam, October 7, 2020 03:32pm | Post a Comment

Lots of must-have recent arrivals at Amoeba this past week including two golden era classic singles reissued on 7” by UK label Mr Bongo. Black Sheeps “Flavor of the Month” with the B-side “Butt in the Meantime” 7” vinyl was the Native Tongue collective duo’s (Dres and Mista Lawnge) lead single off their  mind blowing 1991 debut album A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing. Technically new 45RPM pressing is not a reissue, at least in this format, since it was previously only on 12" single format and unavailable on 7”. Meanwhile the other Mr Bongo reissue of the week, Cypress Hill’s “Insane in the Brain" ( B: Insane in the Brain (Instrumental) 7” was previously only available on 7” single in the Philippines. The DJ Muggs produced track, as noted by Mr Bongo, was unbeknownst to many fans a diss track directed at Chubb Rock.

On vinyl LP format from Mello Music is Skyzoo’s Milestones vinyl LP (also avail on CD) whose theme is that of being a father (“dad rap”?). “The idea for this project came from me noticing the landscape of how fathers are represented in hip hop….the majority of the records in hip hop that speak on fatherhood have a negative connotation,” said the Brooklyn artist of his new 13 track album that sets about to change that stereotype. “There are a ton of others like me who are engulfed in hip hop and are also 24 hour a day dads, whose kids mean the world to them. I wanted to showcase that,” he said. Meanwhile RnB/soul artist down with hip-hop Aloe Blacc also reflects fatherhood and family life in his return album All Love Everything (BMG Rights Management).  

Note that while talented femcee Sa-Roc’s brand new album sold out fast at Amoeba (so is currently out of stock) that the new highly recommended Paris album Safe Space Invader vinyl LP (also on CD) is still available from Amoeba. Also note that Amoeba San Francisco store recently reopened with new hours of 11am-7pm, Thursday thru Sunday with COVID guidelines in place. 
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