Where I’ve Been – A Transitional Phase
March 24, 2009, 3:34 pm
Filed under: Miscellaneous

So maybe ‘Beat To Tide You Over’ was pushing the point a little…

Although I’m not able to fully fill you all in on why I’ve been away from FDB from such a long period of time (it’s not public domain proof yet) believe me when I say that I have a lot on my plate at the moment.  Fortunately, it’s not in a bad way – quite the contrary – but various things going on for me right now require my full, undivided attention and that means that blogging has hit the bottom of the priority list.

Don’t fret though.  This is by no means an end.  Hell, it may not even mean much of a hiatus, but blogger’s guilt has gotten the better of me and I felt like I needed to put something down on paper screen to cover such an extended absence.  My advice is to subscribe by RSS to FDB if you haven’t already and await activity in the future.  It will happen, just not right now.

However, I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to shout out my man Chris Read who dropped The Diary 1.5 a fortnight or so ago.  Remix project covering the years 1988 – 2008 with deft production skills and dope acapellas? Yes please.  Chris’ new mix does what it says on the tin emphatically, so don’t miss out.  Apologies for the lackluster linkage mate.

I’ll check ya when I check ya.

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Beat To Tide You Over
March 9, 2009, 3:35 pm
Filed under: Miscellaneous

Ill Mentality – ‘Lovin’ U4 Dayz’ & ‘Lovin’ U4 Dayz’ (ILLstrumental)
taken from ‘Lovin’ U4 Dayz’ 12” (Phat Wax, 1996)

Still heavily bogged down in real life issues, but been knocking this non-stop in the cans over the last few days.  Produced by often overlooked beatmaker Nick Wiz of ‘Advance To Boardwalk’ and ‘Tip Of The Tongue’ fame (although ‘fame’ may be pushing the point a little), this gem from Jersey outfit Ill Mentality is jaw-droppingly good.  The original mix is great, but it’s the ILLstrumental – see what they did there?! – that’s had me hooked with crispy drums and deft use of filter.

Shouts to Sconeboy for the hip. I’ll be back on track at some point. Maybe.

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Slice Of Soul – ‘Rainy Day’
March 1, 2009, 3:35 pm
Filed under: Slice Of Soul

Shuggie Otis – ‘Rainy Day’
taken from Inspiration Information (Epic, 1974)

Thanks to the magnificent O-Dub I’ve broken my Shuggie Otis duck and am finally getting into a catalogue of truly great music.  Inspiration Information seemed the obvious jump-off point due to the presence of ‘Strawberry Letter 23′, but the whole album is breathtaking.  The irony of picking ‘Rainy Day’ on the most beautiful day of the year so far was the only reason for its selection: it’s all amazing.

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