Solid Steel Radio 24-05-13 - United States Of Audio, DK & Ghostbeard
Following on from last year's treatment of Paul's Boutique (by DJ Food, Cheeba and Moneyshot), United States of Audio does the same with De La Soul's groundbreaking album 3 Feet High and Rising. It's not just a mix, but more like an audio documentary about an album that is also about to celebrate it's 25th anniversary.
In his own words; 'Several years in the making and including around 100 tracks, this is my personal tribute to De La Soul's '3 Feet High and Rising'. Using original sample sources, album tracks, interviews and rarities, "How High's The Water Mama" tells the story of one of hip hop's most influential albums. When De La Soul's debut album dropped in 1989 I was ten years old.
Yet, by some stroke of amazing good fortune a cassette copy of 3 Feet High and Rising found its way into my hands thanks to my best mate's older brother (though I'm pretty sure said brother had no idea of this fact!). The music was a revelation and had a significant influence in shaping my musical tastes - in fact I can't think of any other album that has had such a profound effect on me as this one. Thus 3 Feet High and Rising holds a special place in my musical affections. Now, some twenty-five years after its original release, it's time to pay my respect to Pos, Dove, Mase, and Prince Paul...'
DK follows in Hour 2 with some more recent hip hop from The Underachievers on Brainfeeder, the return of Quasimoto on Stones Throw, Paul White featuring Danny Brown and Ty with "Let's start", plus vintage Jeru the Damaja with the classic "Come clean". Omar is still delivering quality soul, followed by reissued tracks from Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou and Terry Garthwaite on the joint If Music and Ninja Tune compilation, before closing with King Midas Sound.
The mighty Ghostbeard returns with another fine reggae selection, this time from Japan. With music from Ken2-D Special, Fly-T, Dry & Heavy and Sly Mongoose, it sounds like they grew up on On U Sound classics. All this plus extra vocals dropped over the mix by Yellow Mouse (aka Kiki Hitomi from King Midas Sound).