Tag Archives: Turntablism

The Scam – Scam vol 2

12″, Scam, 1988-ish

Cut-up hip-hop from London DJ Richie Rich, very much in the vein of early Coldcut – right down to running “King of the Swingers” over the “Funky Drummer” break as the latter do on “Say Kids!”… but which came first. A fun anonymous white label, circa 1988. this is perhaps more of a historical artefact these days than anything else.

A. Bass (5:17)
B. Rebel Groove (5:00)

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Drop – Beat Bytes

12″, Beat Bytes, 1987

More mid-80s turntable cut-ups from anonymous creators. The Scratchmasters boot credited this to DJ Head. Possibly aka Pete Smith. Or maybe Cesare, sometime KLF/JAMMs DJ. We’ve seen this credited to all three and more besides. When we bought it, it was tagged by the record store guys as “Beat Bite” by Drop. Whatever it’s called, this is in essence a massive mash-up of every classic early Public Enemy track. And there’s nothing wrong with that. 200 copies only. More information very gratefully received.

UPDATE And after we posted this first time around, we received that info too…

Hey’all,
Chez (DJ Cesare) here just flying through… It’s actually “Beat Bytes” by Drop, released as a white label promo in 1988. Drop were DJ Cesare with engineer Pete Smith. It was recorded ‘live’ using only 2 turntables and a mixer, layering beats and scratches onto an 8 track tape machine in Gee Street Records’ basement.

There you go, straight from the horse’s mouth, as it were. Thanks, Chez! You’re the man.

A. Burn the Place pt 1 (5:56)
B. Burn the Place pt 2 (6:03)

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DJ Mega-Mix vols. 1-4

Years before mash-ups, there were DJ cut ups. Double Dee & Steinski and Coldcut, of course, are well known. But also there was the DJ Mega-Mix series of one-sided twelves – seven minutes of cool beats cut up with whatever was laying to hand, it seemed. And remarkably, the first release was actually the dance music debut of Norman (Fatboy Slim) Cook, at the time still just the bass player with the very indiepop Housemartins.


DJ Mega-Mix vol 1: The Finest Ingredients, 12″, 1986 • Discogs


DJ Mega-Mix vol 2: Very Interesting, 12″, 1986 • Discogs


DJ Mega-Mix vol 3: In Full Effect, 12″, 1987 • Discogs


DJ Mega-Mix vol 4: Out to Kill, 12″, 1987 • Discogs

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