Yesterday actor Roger Hill known as Cyrus, the organizer of an entire city of street gangs in the classic film The Warriors passed away. Hill’s role became legendary with one simple speech that has been sampled and mocked countless times throughout the years. Hill (65 years old) had a limited filmography and spent 20 years on stage as a theater actor and three seasons on the soap opera One Life to Live (1982-1985).
We’re always excited when we receive emails from readers telling us how much they enjoy reading the content that we post each week. We’re also surprised when people offer to submit content which (we highly encourage) for the site, weather it be a review or even something featuring a piece from their collection. A while back we started a series called Funky Little Boxes where we asked DJ’s and collectors to send us photos of 7” boxes that they store their valuable gems in. Before we put the word out, we received an email from Chris International asking if we were going to be doing the series again. Since Chris was kind enough to send us a few photos from his collection before anyone else, we decided to give him his own feature. Thanks for contributing and giving our readers something cool to read! Continue reading
It’s obvious from what we cover here at Hot Peas & Butta that we love old Soundtracks, Scores, Library and other weird and obscure music. But we have an equal love for artists creating new music that’s inspired by the old. One such band that have set out to produce some really incredible and authentically sounding tunes is Starkiller. Starkiller is comprised from members of Adrian Younge’s Venice Dawn and is the brainchild of C.E. Garcia and Alfredo Fratti. Influenced by rare European Soundtracks of the 60’s & 70’s, 90’s era Hip Hop, Rock & Roll psychedelia and more, they’ve recorded tracks at the Brooklyn headquarters of RZA’s Soul Temple Records as well as at Willie Mitchell’s Hi Records studio in Memphis. Word from the booth is that they’re preparing to release a few projects in the upcoming months so we’re super excited to see what comes our way. Here’s a few gems to keep you holding on until a proper release. Continue reading
Breakin Bread have released another 7” single from the funky Hammond outfit known as The Getup. “What If?” b/w “Ooh Ooh” is an incredible double sider with the A featuring sweet vocals and a four on the floor solid dance groove, horn stabs and of course their signature Hammond solo going buckwild. The flip, is a perfect uptempo instrumental Hammond wig out filled with drums (break included) and heavy bass. With the releases that we’ve heard so far from The Getup, we know exactly what to expect when their full LP drops and we’ll be there to pick it up for heavy rotation on our decks. Continue reading
It’s been quite a while since we’ve done a Diggin In The Tapes post, but we’ve had plenty of time during the last few weeks while snowed in to pull from the stash and get a little viewing in. One of the flicks that we pulled out was an OG VHS Jackie Chan flick of Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin (1978). The movie was originally released by Lo Wei Motion Picture Company which was a subsidiary of Golden Harvest who was responsible for Bruce Lee’s films as well as female sensation Angela Mao Ying. Even though Jackie Chan is known for his more comedic roles, Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin is one of his earlier, lesser talked about movies which we prefer more than his usual over the top comedies. Continue reading
When it comes to buying records, especially when you look at it from an investment point of view, a reputable dealer for vinyl is the equivalent to buying a second hand Rolex from an actual watchsmith. You know the product that you will be receiving will be just as described unlike many dealers that list as mint only to arrive in a vg condition. One such reputable dealer that we’ve bought from on numerous occasions is Craig Moerer. Craig has been in the business for close to 40 years dealing records, specifically high grade records to buyers and always goes above and beyond when packing and mailing. Here’s a short video on the history of his once one man operation turned into a fully staffed operation.
Depending on your tastes, who you ask or what you hear, there’s always that flip side of a 7” that doesn’t quite get as much play or recognition as the other. Weather it be a difference in tempo or style, there’s something about opting to go with the lesser known cut that always says something about the DJ who throws it on. So we’ve decided start a new series which looks at the flip side which very well maybe just as good if not better than other.
We’ve been meaning to cover the UK’s DJ Sigher’s new series of Super Disco Edits for a bit now so what better time and place to start then the present. Sigher has released a perfectly crafted Disco edit titled “Let Yourself Go” which sounds great on the decks and behind a sound system. There are a lot of people with computers these days doing so called edits but DJ Sigher really went the extra mile by doing more than just extending the break, but actually reworking some portions and giving us a properly 7” pressing.
This past weekends 8th Wonder James Brown party went down as another sure shot for the history books. The good peoples of More Than Enough opened up their doors and allowed us to take over the night once again this year and we thank you. Despite extremely bad weather, snow and temperatures in the teens, the people needed their James Brown fix and came out to party with us. Kamui Sumida and Skeme Richards opened up the night and got things rolling just in time for our guest DJ’s Chairman Mao and Monk One to go into overtime as they pulled gem after gem of JB hits, classics and rarities which is always a pleasure to see and hear. We want to thank everyone that left their warm homes to brave the elements to get funky with us. Extra thanks to our onsite photographer Still1 for capturing the night. Be sure to check the flicks below.
Making it’s Soundcloud debut last year and finally being released on 7” this past week is the Pete Rock & CL Smooth “Ghettos of The Mind” remix by those two wild and crazy (remix) guys, Freqnik & WDRE. Not sure how many of you understand that two wild and crazy guys starring Steve Martin and Dan Ackroyd Saturday Night Live reference but anyway. The duo of Freqnik & WDRE are like the Martin and Ackroyd of the production world always delivering the dopest remixes and super official Hip Hop productions they way it’s supposed to be done. And this new 7” does not disappoint. Be sure to do yourself a favor and scoop up a copy before it’s gone.