One of our favorite DJ’s, record collectors and finder of rare gems that you don’t have in your collection, hands down goes to our fellow digger from across the way, Mr. Thing. If you’re not up on this guy then by all means, press exit now because this screen will self destruct in 5 seconds. Ok great, you’re still with us. Mr. Thing is back with the third installment of the Strange Breaks & Mr. Thing series being released via BBE and features a ton of rarities and samples all dug up and served in true mixtape fashion. In addition to this new release, he will be releasing a very limited 7” single of Amral’s Trinidad Cavaliers “It Sure Is Funky”. How’s that for going the extra mile!? We’re love that even in this digital day and age that we’re living in, DJ’s like Mr. Thing continue to put out physical product like mixtapes and vinyl.
“The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight” merges 80’s pop sensibilities with the bubbling freestyle movement that was happening at that time. It’s a simple enough tune except one thing - this song is so good! Largely ignored by MTV due to its risqué content and video (which is laughable by today’s standards) the song did find a home in places like the Funhouse with Jellybean Benitez or on 98.7 Kiss FM during the Latin Rascals Mastermixes. For me it was the roller rinks, not that I could even roller-skate or cared to but at the age 10, there really weren’t many places to go and hang out after school. Two records came out of these after school escapades that I can put my finger on that made a huge impact on me. First and most important is Doug E Fresh’s “The Show”. I was already a huge Hip Hop fan via my brother Elias, who had Run DMC, Whodini and Fat Boys tapes in rotation around the house, but with “The Show” it just sealed the deal for me.
We recently caught wind of a band emerging from the Tel Aviv soul scene bringing with them a fresh take on the classic soul sound, but still keeping it traditional and authentic sounding at the same time. Men of North Country or MONC for short started by chance when Soul DJ Yashiv Cohen was overheard singing along to the tunes he was playing at one of his Tel Aviv Soul Club parties. With the encouragement and eventual collaboration of his musician friends, they formed Israel’s finest Soul outfit.
The prices of Rap 45s have gone through the roof! Records that recently went for a couple peanuts are now selling for a whole truck full. The record that I want to share today recently went for more than $400 on eBay and is rare enough to fetch a decent price, but why $400+???? Rare does not always equal dope and as exhibit A, I submit: Kay Gee the All featuring DJ Drew, "My Record is Hot" B/W "Your Girl is a Dog," B-Boy Records, 1987.
Last week we introduced you to Solomon Caine, a UK producer that loves rare and unusual b-movie visuals as much as we do and combines them with his production to present a complete package. This week, he’s back with his latest workings, The Guerilla Godz Presents: Oasis of Fear starring Immy Moore and Solomon Caine as the masked man.
Wow! When was the last time you heard old, bluesy, soul, deep in the gut music like this!? Colemine Records is back with another sure shot 7” from The Droptones with “Don’t Get Caught”. This slow burner is hitting you right in the heart with it’s message of a women telling her man to do what you want, just don’t get caught. We suggest that he takes that message seriously because it’s obvious that she’s not playing! This is a tune that we would really love to see live in an intimate setting, the vocals are amazing, the band comes correct and this is exactly what we needed to start our week off.
Just a little over 3 years ago, we did a series of parties called “Tokyo Soul” which we spun our usual fare of 45 crate gems but combined them with rare and not so rare classic Japanese anime visuals, Yakuza and gangster films and of course Godzilla and Kaiju footage of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Tokyo Soul was one of those parties that we really enjoyed doing and of course showing some of the rare footage really added to it. We’ve been tossing the idea about doing a one off in the near future but in the mean time, here is the original trailer for the party as well as the trailer for one of our favorite flicks, The Professional.
Before we begin, I have to give 100% credit of this post to the homie DJ Statik of We Funk Radio who hipped us. He knew that we were lovers of 70’s Kung Fu, Sci-Fi cinema, beats and rhymes and fits what we’re all about at Hot Peas & Butta. Solomon Caine is a Hip Hop producer from the UK who put together a few trailers of the above mentioned genres combined with some of his production. Anyone that does that is alright with us! We’re definitely looking forward to catching up with Solomon Caine, talking shop, discussing his Gorilla Godz project and figuring out what makes him tick. If anyone has a line on him, then tell him to hit us up ASAP!
No room is complete without art and if you have a studio setting then you need something fitting to visually compliment what we hope are quality sounds coming out of your speakers. If you’re lacking then the good folks over at Record Breakin’ Music has just what you need. Based off of their popular and now sold out “Music Is The Weapon of The Future” t-shirt, they’ve once again collaborated with Edit17 on a 12’ x 12’ limited edition screen print (75 in total), on 100lb French paper of the same design. Music maybe the weapon of the future, but art has always been the perfect investment of the future. So if you want something to add to your collection, then we suggest you head over to Record Breakin’ Music to secure one.
The madness of Record Store Day is right around the corner which will have serious collectors, opportunists that will buy just to inflate the price later the day on eBay, casual record buyers and others buying gifts for someone, all filling the stores bright and early. For us and our dollars spent, we only have a select few things that we wish to add to our collection, one of them being The JB’s Food For Thought LP which comes with a 22’ x 22’ poster of the original cover art and bonus 45 of “The Grunt” parts 1 & 2 pressed on purple vinyl. Get On Down has come correct once again with another quality release to add to their catalog of reissues. These guys really go the extra mile with the presentation so it’ll definitely be in our bag.