First published in Clash. The core components of the hip hop holy trinity – comprising graffiti, breakdance, and the complementary skills of the DJ and MC – have long been understood. Integral to each of these elements however are a slew of other skills. Crate digging – or the sourcing of records – whether for sampling, DJ’ing or simply to satisfy a gap in a record collection, remains something of a dark art.
First look at the Dublab crate digging project, looks great, can’t wait. Here’s how the crew describe it “Secondhand Sureshots is a filmed experiment in creative sound recycling. Dublab directors Bryan “Morpho” Younce & Mark “frosty” McNeill sent beatmakers Daedelus, Nobody, J.Rocc and Ras G on safari into L.A. thrift stores with orders to make new music out of five finds while the cameras filmed the whole process. The result is a mini-documentary about putting […]
Nice find from the BBC vaults. Producers Toby Amies and Tamsin Hughes interviewed a dozen or so record collectors, including Steinski, Aaron Fuchs of Tuff City Records, Mark 45 King, Coldcut, Mr. Scruff, Keb Darge, and Johan Kugelberg, for a documentary. Inexplicably no longer part of the BBC iPlayer archive but, hey, what is? Instead, you can download it here. More features on beat mining and crate digging are scattered all over Deconstructed, making your […]