mercredi 26 août 2015

Bay Area Art Collective - B-Sides Demonstrations


Back with a cassette release from 1995. This is the first official album from the Bay Area Art Collective (BAAC). The only info I have on this group is from Discogs: it's a 3 guys band from Berkeley who released a handful of very confidential tapes between 95 and 98.
One member of the band, James Ek-Sel, is also a member of this other confidential westcoast group called All The King's Horses whose only demo cassette from 93 was just released on vinyl by Back 2 Da Source.

About this album now, I don't own a copy myself but found a rip of the full A and B sides that I proceeded to cut into different tracks. I then named the tracks accordingly to the Discogs page, like I did for the Log Cabin tape. Sound is correct. For those wondering why I switched tracks A07 and A09, well the A07 track begin with the rapper saying "Perpendicular Composers" which was supposedly track 9 according to Discogs, so.... Every other track is matching their title.

Enjoy!



Face A

A New Page
Bay Bridge Interlude
Transformation All Stages
When I Lay In The Shade
I Unleash
Seargent
Perpendicular Composers
Hello Goodbye
Looking In A Destination
You Can Find Me In The Bay
The Perspective
Stop Messin With The Crack
So Much Weed


Face B

The BaacGround
You're Not Like Us
Off The Deepend
High Performance
Loose Lips
Circlecycle
Fake ID's
More Bricks
The Inner View

mardi 25 août 2015

Zest The Smoker - The Smoker Filez


The Smoker Filez is a compilation of unreleased works, remastered demos and such from Zest. 
31 tracks in total, that's a good dose of dark and minimal San Jose hip hop (although it seems that he lives in Sacramento nowadays). You can recognize reworked versions of old tracks on slsk-floating demos (like 3 Face the Shape Shifter which isn't a real release). Some of the cuts on there are brilliant.. Don't sleep on it.



Dirty Filthy Nasty
Tranczedelic Funk
It Ain't All Good
Sex Drugz N Techz
Max Murder
Macadamian
The Signal
Dead End
No Escaping The Ghetto
Hallwayz
Hold Ya Own
Murder Psycho II
No Chorus
The Hellyer Park Stories
Max Murder (Radio Edit)
Zest Freestyle (1994)
Puff Puff (Pre)
Puff Puff
My Old Nasty Habit (Dirt Mix)
Watch What You Say
The Bumrusch
Smoke Field Farm
Junk Intro
Funkcun
Impin Pimps
Red Hot
SJC
Bumrusch II
The Triple Threat
Blossom
Autumn

mardi 4 août 2015

The Nonce - Unearthed (Private Compilation)


Scrolling through my files recently I stumbled upon that sort of 'private comp' that I named Unearthed.

A few years ago, fellow writer from now-defunct hiphopcore.net Bachir hit me about his forthcoming project. He wanted to do a mixtape dedicated to The Nonce, knew my passion for both that group and the vinyl format and wanted an outside advice about which tracks to select.
My nerdy self promptly made him a two-part compilation collecting on one file all the rap featurings and rarities (i.e. tracks including Sach or Yusef on other albums or comps), and on another file collecting all the additional remixes and productions for other artists I could find from them in my files.

I probably forgot a couple, but it's still a decent collection. 
And Bachir's mixtape, "The Only", released in 2010, is a must have if you're a fan of the group.



CD1 - RAP FEATURINGS:

SACH - Number 9
SACH - L.I.F.E. Gives
BUILD AN ARK ft. SACH - Always There (Nobody Remix)
THE NONCE - Haiku Buscho Sach San
HEADSET ft. SACH - Grasping Claw
ADLIB ft. SACH - The Spot Pt.1
INOE ONER ft. SACH, AMBUSH & SAMSON - Pitch
DAEDELUS ft. SACH - Purged Lips Reply
DEBMASTER ft. SACH & INOE ONER - Digi
KEGS ONE ft. SACH - Hip Hop Exposed
INOE ONER ft. SACH & NICHOLSON - Dead Tenants
PRESTO ft. SACH & L.A. JAE - Soloist Virtuoso
THE NONCE - The Only
AMMON CONTACT ft. Sach - Into 777
LYNN NESS ft. SACH - Droppin' Jewels
SACH, PIGEON JOHN & RIFLEMAN - The People
SACH - Gold Lace AU
JIZZM ft. GLOBAL PHLOWTATIONS & YUSEF AFLOAT - Like It's 1999


CD2 - PRODUCTIONS & REMIXES:

THE NONCE - Bus Stops (Token And A Transfer Remix)
THE NONCE - Mix Tapes (81st Street Subliminal Remix)
THE NONCE - Eighty Five (Original Style 12inch Version)
THE NONCE - Bus Stops (Metro Line Remix)
GLOBAL PHLOWTATIONS - Quiet As Kept
ACEYALONE - All Balls
ACEYALONE - Annalillia
ACEYALONE - Mr. Outsider
FREESTYLE FELLOWSHIP - My Leg
SUPHERB - 90008
SUPHERB - Born On Parole
SUPHERB - Dominoes, Cards And Chess
SONGODSUNS - Dream Small

mercredi 22 juillet 2015

Darkleaf - Zero


Second part of the Darkleaf update, still related to the excellent Jahli's interview over at Bring That Beat Back. This Zero tape is another one of those bootlegs floating on slsk, let's see what J has to say about it:

Zero should be one song. It was when Eclipse, when Longevity first came in. The beat is by me and him. It was me, Longevity, Blackbird and a couple other people. I just know it to be a song. If it’s turned into some compilation, that’s probably Longevity because he probably has the majority of the material that has survived and that was probably him putting shit together, just something that survived from that era. "What Is" (track 2 on Zero) should go all the way back to, really, the whole Fuckin’ Up the Earth era. That’s kinda when Longevity came into the crew. That’s amazing because we did all that shit on a 4-track board, so he’d have to be pulling that shit from… Unless, I mean, we did go and master shit a lot.



Intro
What Is
Zero
Space Time
Decimal 7
Judgement
Interlude
Epitaph

lundi 20 juillet 2015

Subtitle - King Ghost 7''


This is 'the' infamous 24-copy only raer Subtitle clear 7''. 
Got mine from Deeskee a few years ago. What you got is a not-so-good rip from my vinyl.
For the rest, let's quote discogs:

Originally it was planned as a single for Subtitle’s first album on GSL, but only 24 copies were made. 

Subtitle’s PC crashed and he lost the whole material of the album. That’s why the production of the single was stopped and instead he recorded new tracks, which are the today version of “Always Recovering from Tomorrow”. 

This record has a blank yellow label with no information at all about the artist, release year and track titles. The only mark is scratched in the runout groove ('GSLXXX-A' for the a-side and 'GSLXXX-B' for the b-side, respectively).



King Ghost
Deadly Ram Attack

Camp Crystal Lake - The Camp Crypt B-Sidez


Not much is known about that compilation, besides the fact that it's legit (artwork posted on Zest's youtube channel) and, as the subtitle suggest, it's a collection of 4-track and unreleased fillers.
Camp Crystal Lake aka Camp Crypt is the collective created by San Jose's Zest The Smoker in 1996.
The crew got several line-ups (including some Isolated Wax peeps) and it ended with only Zest, Los The Jackal and Wolf Progress. 
B-Sidez is the closest to a proper CCL release, even though I never saw an official copy myself (hit me up if you got one!) and features a gang of usual suspects from SJ. Good one.



SUBCONTENTS - True Ta Life
KHZ DEVILS - Ashtray
ZONO from UNISUNS - Phone Sex
VINCE from HEISTMEN - Camp Cutthroat
BZY from KHZ DEVILS - Listening For
BZY & PERSEVERE - Say Something
QUE from KHZ DEVILS- Ego Crusha
DJ ROE - The Crypt
DAVE DUB - I Awoke
UNISUNS - Louisiana Spice
ZEST THE SMOKER - Kae-Nive Hive
CLISHADE - Bonez
ZEST THE SMOKER - Autumn

Darkleaf - Tales From The Darkside



This post has been inspired by this interesting interview I read recently on Bring That Beat Back of Darkleaf's Jahli. They mention this early-early Darkleaf track from 1992 that I had for years on my hard drive without knowing exactly what it was.
Here's what they say:

I know there’s a track called “Tales from the Darkside” (circa 1992, featuring Hymnal and Dark Cloud 9 on vocals) but I heard there was also a tape with that title. Is that true, or was it just that single track?


It was just one single track. I made the beat. Tales from the Darkside, Hymnal took the beat up to Cut Chemist and they recorded it. I did the beat, but I wasn’t there for the actual mastering. I set it up to be mastered, but I wasn’t actually there for that.

I mean, we did some other shit. We did a demo, man, and Tales from the Darkside, Fuckin’ up the Earth, that was all part of that. It wasn’t even an album or anything. It was more of a demo. That was me, Hymnal, Blackbird and Cloud 9.


Here


And I added it on youtube too: