Bizarre Ride Live To Perform In Vancouver, BC Nov. 18th

by Delicious Vinyl Posted on October 19, '12

Bizarre Ride Live heads up north to Canada for a performance in Vancouver, BC on Sunday, Nov. 18th. Former members of The Pharcyde SlimKid3 and Fatlip, along with Pharcyde producers J-Sw!ft and L.A. Jay (plus special guests) will take the stage at Venue (881 Granville St.) for a set that includes The Pharcyde's debut LP Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde in its entirety. Tickets are on sale now. Click here to purchase yours.



Bizarre Ride Live at the Eagle Rock Music Festival Sat. Oct. 6th

by Delicious Vinyl Posted on September 27, '12


Bizarre Ride Live has just been added to the Eagle Rock Music Festival, going down on Saturday, Oct. 6th at the Eagle Rock Center For The Arts. SlimKid3, Fatlip, J-Sw!ft & L.A. Jay will be headlining the Dublab stage, performing The Pharcyde's debut LP Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde in its entirety. This event is open to all ages. The cost of admission is a $10 donation to the Eagle Rock Center For The Arts, and can be paid in advance here.

The Eagle Rock Music Festival is a nationally noted community street festival showcasing a variety of innovative, multicultural and local music every October since 1998. The festival hosts Los Angeles based acts at a various locations along its “main street”, Colorado Boulevard, in the progressive and multigenerational Eagle Rock neighborhood. It is designed to celebrate Eagle Rock and support local business, community and culture. The all-ages festival has set itself apart by showing a commitment to booking emerging artists who live and work in the community.

Recognized for fostering a unifying community atmosphere while maintaining a commitment to groundbreaking music the Eagle Rock Music Festival is a local event with citywide appeal.

Over 70 bands & DJ’s, 11 Unique Stages, Food Trucks, Local Eagle Rock Businesses, Arts & Crafts and more!

DUBLAB Stage
Future Roots/ Global  
4pm: dublab dj
4:45pm: Contact Field Orchestra
5:30pm: dublab dj
6pm: VUM
6:45pm: Slayron of Peaking Lights (DJ Set)
7:15pm: High Places
8pm: dublab dj
8:45pm: Part Time Punks presents Rough Trade All-Stars (live)
9:30pm: Daedelus (DJ Set)
10pm: Delicious Vinyl will be presenting…Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde Live.  The full album will be performed from start to finish, featuring Fatlip, Slimkid3 (formerly of The Pharcyde), J.Sw!ft, L.A. Jay & special guests.

Camilo’s Bistro
Jazz
1840 W Colorado Blvd
7-10pm: Dan Olivo & his Jazz Combo

Family Stage
2:30pm: Apple Brains
3:30pm: Ellen and Matt
4:30pm: Bloom School of Music Rock Band
5:30pm: NINE
6:30pm: Ukulele Orchestra of the Western Hemisphere
7:30pm: Glen Iris

LA Filipino American Church

4:00pm:  Fabiano Do Nascimento Group (Brazilian)
5:30pm: Little Faith (Roots, Gospel)
7:00pm: Anenon + Andres Renteria
8:30pm:  SASSAS soundshoppe (Experimental)

Emerging Stage
Indie / Rock / Local
Presented by KOXY Radio
In conjunction with FYF Fest and LA Record
3pm: Crimekillz
4pm: Fleeting Heart
5pm: Jared James Nichols
6pm: Vinyl Williams
7pm: So Many Wizards
8pm: Tijuana Panthers
9pm: Imperial Teen
10pm: Very Special Surprise Guest

Rantz
International / Global Bass
4pm- ERHS Latin Jazz Ensemble
6pm: Buyepongo
7:10pm:  Las Cafeteras
8:20pm: The Boogaloo Assassins
9:20pm: Subsuelo
*Subsuelo (DJ between acts)

Stones Throw Stage
International / Funk / Soul / Hip Hop
3pm: Coleman (Mochilla)
4pm: Dub Club Sound System
4:45pm: The Lions
5:30pm: Vex Ruffin
6:00pm: Special Guest (Brainfeeder)
6:45pm: Jonwayne & Friends
7:15pm: Chrome Canyon
8:00pm: J-Rocc
9:00pm: Special Surprise Guest
9:45-10:55: Peanut Butter Wolf
* Hosted by Black Shakespeare of The Lions/INI Soundsystem

Women’s 20th Century Club
Folk / Roots / Americana
5:30pm: Leftover Cuties
6:45pm: Sadie and the Blue Eyed Devils
8:00pm: The Record Company
9:15pm: Triple Chicken Foot (square dance)

Colombo’s
Jazz/Blues/Soul/Singer Songwriter
Inside
5:00pm: Jenny Luna and Moondogs
6:20pm: Tawny Ellis
7:40pm: Pilgrim
9:00pm: Curve Line Quintet

Outside
6:30pm: Santoros
7:45pm: Stephan Sowan
9:00pm: Duniven

The Ship Studios Stage
Indie / Rock / Local
3:30pm: Cigarette Bums
4:30pm: Dream Homes
5:30pm: Bloody Death Skull
6:30pm: Karmic
7:30pm: Wrightwood
8:30pm: Low Flying Owls
10:00pm: Henry Clay People

Kingsize Soundlabs Stage
Indie / Rock / Local
4pm: Captions
5pm: Buck Shot Bill
6pm: Extra
7pm: Beat Club
8pm: Terraplane Sun
9pm: Robert Schwartzman & Friends


Bizarre Ride Live at the Eagle Rock Music Festival Sat. Oct. 6th

by Delicious Vinyl Posted on September 27, '12


Bizarre Ride Live has just been added to the Eagle Rock Music Festival, going down on Saturday, Oct. 6th at the Eagle Rock Center For The Arts. SlimKid3, Fatlip, J-Sw!ft & L.A. Jay will be headlining the Dublab stage, performing The Pharcyde's debut LP Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde in its entirety. This event is open to all ages. The cost of admission is a $10 donation to the Eagle Rock Center For The Arts, and can be paid in advance here.

The Eagle Rock Music Festival is a nationally noted community street festival showcasing a variety of innovative, multicultural and local music every October since 1998. The festival hosts Los Angeles based acts at a various locations along its “main street”, Colorado Boulevard, in the progressive and multigenerational Eagle Rock neighborhood. It is designed to celebrate Eagle Rock and support local business, community and culture. The all-ages festival has set itself apart by showing a commitment to booking emerging artists who live and work in the community.

Recognized for fostering a unifying community atmosphere while maintaining a commitment to groundbreaking music the Eagle Rock Music Festival is a local event with citywide appeal.

Over 70 bands & DJ’s, 11 Unique Stages, Food Trucks, Local Eagle Rock Businesses, Arts & Crafts and more!

DUBLAB Stage
Future Roots/ Global  
4pm: dublab dj
4:45pm: Contact Field Orchestra
5:30pm: dublab dj
6pm: VUM
6:45pm: Slayron of Peaking Lights (DJ Set)
7:15pm: High Places
8pm: dublab dj
8:45pm: Part Time Punks presents Rough Trade All-Stars (live)
9:30pm: Daedelus (DJ Set)
10pm: Delicious Vinyl will be presenting…Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde Live.  The full album will be performed from start to finish, featuring Fatlip, Slimkid3 (formerly of The Pharcyde), J.Sw!ft, L.A. Jay & special guests.

Camilo’s Bistro
Jazz
1840 W Colorado Blvd
7-10pm: Dan Olivo & his Jazz Combo

Family Stage
2:30pm: Apple Brains
3:30pm: Ellen and Matt
4:30pm: Bloom School of Music Rock Band
5:30pm: NINE
6:30pm: Ukulele Orchestra of the Western Hemisphere
7:30pm: Glen Iris

LA Filipino American Church

4:00pm:  Fabiano Do Nascimento Group (Brazilian)
5:30pm: Little Faith (Roots, Gospel)
7:00pm: Anenon + Andres Renteria
8:30pm:  SASSAS soundshoppe (Experimental)

Emerging Stage
Indie / Rock / Local
Presented by KOXY Radio
In conjunction with FYF Fest and LA Record
3pm: Crimekillz
4pm: Fleeting Heart
5pm: Jared James Nichols
6pm: Vinyl Williams
7pm: So Many Wizards
8pm: Tijuana Panthers
9pm: Imperial Teen
10pm: Very Special Surprise Guest

Rantz
International / Global Bass
4pm- ERHS Latin Jazz Ensemble
6pm: Buyepongo
7:10pm:  Las Cafeteras
8:20pm: The Boogaloo Assassins
9:20pm: Subsuelo
*Subsuelo (DJ between acts)

Stones Throw Stage
International / Funk / Soul / Hip Hop
3pm: Coleman (Mochilla)
4pm: Dub Club Sound System
4:45pm: The Lions
5:30pm: Vex Ruffin
6:00pm: Special Guest (Brainfeeder)
6:45pm: Jonwayne & Friends
7:15pm: Chrome Canyon
8:00pm: J-Rocc
9:00pm: Special Surprise Guest
9:45-10:55: Peanut Butter Wolf
* Hosted by Black Shakespeare of The Lions/INI Soundsystem

Women’s 20th Century Club
Folk / Roots / Americana
5:30pm: Leftover Cuties
6:45pm: Sadie and the Blue Eyed Devils
8:00pm: The Record Company
9:15pm: Triple Chicken Foot (square dance)

Colombo’s
Jazz/Blues/Soul/Singer Songwriter
Inside
5:00pm: Jenny Luna and Moondogs
6:20pm: Tawny Ellis
7:40pm: Pilgrim
9:00pm: Curve Line Quintet

Outside
6:30pm: Santoros
7:45pm: Stephan Sowan
9:00pm: Duniven

The Ship Studios Stage
Indie / Rock / Local
3:30pm: Cigarette Bums
4:30pm: Dream Homes
5:30pm: Bloody Death Skull
6:30pm: Karmic
7:30pm: Wrightwood
8:30pm: Low Flying Owls
10:00pm: Henry Clay People

Kingsize Soundlabs Stage
Indie / Rock / Local
4pm: Captions
5pm: Buck Shot Bill
6pm: Extra
7pm: Beat Club
8pm: Terraplane Sun
9pm: Robert Schwartzman & Friends


Delicious Diary #2

by Delicious Vinyl Posted on August 31, '12

Delicious Vinyl’s 25th year has been busy, and an awful lot has been happening here at the DV offices. So, in order to document some of the day-to-day happenings, we are launching the Delicious Diary, a weekly recap on all the tasty goings on at DV HQ…

Representing Bedford-Stuy all the way, we had Brooklyn rapper Fresh Daily causing a ruckus up on the rooftop for DVTV last Friday. Along with Stone Horses cohorts Quelle Chris and Cavalier, Fresh treated DVTV viewers to a dope live set before chopping it up in an interview about about music, art, Detroit-Cali connections and much, much more. Watch the video back here:

Video streaming by Ustream

On Wednesday night, our boy Cazal Organism played Low End Theory and absolutely tore the place to shreds alongside fellow LA-native Scoop DeVille and the Philly legend ?uestlove of The Roots. Surely one of the hottest, sweatiest, most beat-driven nights Los Angeles has seen in awhile... Big props to Cazal and the Low End posse!

 

 

On a somewhat exotic adventure, Fatlip and SlimKid3 have been living it up in Sao Paulo this past week, shooting footage for their upcoming music video. Stills from the shoot are looking hot, and we can't wait to see the video once it's out!

Still keeping the old-skool as alive as ever, we got a batch of OG Pharcyde tapes into the offices full of the finest b-cydes and remixes - what's your favourite Pharcyde remix??!

Check out DVTV later tonight for some aural goodness in the form of L.A.'s own producer-extraordinaire Mr.Dibiase

Delicious Diary #1

by Delicious Vinyl Posted on August 24, '12

 

Delicious Vinyl’s 25th year has been busy, and an awful lot has been happening here at the DV offices. So, in order to document some of the day-to-day happenings, we are launching the Delicious Diary, a weekly recap on all the tasty goings on at DV HQ…

Last Friday DVTV was graced with the presence of DJ SeanO from Soundwaves Radio, spinning a dope set from the DV rooftop which harked back to hip-hop’s Golden Era. As the sun set on the boulevard, beers were sipped, pizza was munched, DJ tutorials were executed, and golden beats were played to match the honey coloured sky. Check out the video here: 


Video streaming by Ustream

Or listen back to the show on Mixcloud here:

After Friday’s stream, some of the DV team headed over to the Stonesthrow going away party for Jonti Downtown, where previous DVTV guests House Shoes and MNDSGN were also there showing face and love. Biggups to Jonti, Jonwayne, Nite Jewel and Peanut Butter Wolf holding it down on the night!

 


We got Fatlip back from his Canadian tour this week and have been hearing all about how he tore it up at Hip Hop Karaoke in Toronto, ON. Who thinks we should get Bizarre Ride Live to Canada??


Peeps here have been busy editing up footage from the Bizarre Ride Live shows, so keep those eyes and ears out for more performance and behind-the-scenes footage…

In the offices we’ve been bumping all sorts of beats – mixing up new school DV with the old: Dom Kenedy’s ‘My Type of Party’, Def Jef’s ‘Just A Poet With Soul’, and the sexy new Pharcyde colour vinyl pressings that just came in…


Y’all have heard of Pimp My Ride right?? Well, DV are on a Pimp My Rooftop tip – check out the new grass we have for our rooftop garden:

 

 

AstroTurf Swag!

Make sure you tune in tonight for Fresh Daily on DVTV, 7pm!

Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde - Bizarre Ride Live Preview

by Delicious Vinyl Posted on July 30, '12

Here is a little taste of what the Bizarre Ride Live show is all about...




The members of Bizarre Ride Live with Big Boy, and Delicious Vinyl founder Mike Ross just before the curtain rises at The Roxy on The Sunset Strip.

The Zzyzzx - The Rhythm (feat. Monie Love & Dezi Paige)

by Delicious Vinyl Posted on July 25, '12


The Zzyzzx just dropped a new video. Cazal & Mellow Man Ace teamed up with Monie Love & Dezi Paige for this dope jam that name-checks a whole bunch of obscurities sampled by the late great J Dilla. Directed by John Reps and Mellow Man Ace.




Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde - 3xCD Deluxe Edition Available July 10th

by Delicious Vinyl Posted on July 02, '12

In stores July 10th - The Pharcyde's seminal debut release expanded to a triple CD issue with detailed liner notes by producer J-Sw!ft, and rare vintage photos of the group all contained within a deluxe hinged box with magnetic clasp for easy access to some of the best hip hop of all time.



Widely regarded as a pioneering album of the West Coast’s then-emerging alternative hip hop scene, The Pharcyde’s 1992 debut Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde makes a triumphant reappearance two decades later in this deluxe 3xCD set by the good folks at Delicious Vinyl. Drawing from a laundry list of sampled jazz and soul greats to construct its musical sound scape, Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde marked the entry of The Pharcyde into the arena of beloved hip hop icons in the decades to come. Sonically, producer J-Sw!ft’s jazzy sampling and
lush instrumentation provide a stark contrast to the hard-hitting gangsta rap dominating West Coast’s contributions to hip hop of the time,
further complementing the laid-back comedic lyricism of emcees Fatlip, Bootie Brown, Imani, and Slimkid3 with a style seldom heard since. This superbly arranged deluxe reissue includes the original album in its entirety, plus two additional discs including instrumentals, remixes, and ‘b-cydes.’ Fans will be pleased to find producer J-Sw!ft’s extended liner notes included alongside vintage photos of the group. This deluxe reissue is housed in a beautiful hinged box with magnetic clasp emblazoned with the iconic rollercoaster cover art by Fuct. This updated release of The Pharcyde's classic album makes for a bizarre ride not to be missed.

DISC ONE - THE ALBUM
4 BETTER OR 4 WORSE (INTERLUDE)
OH SHIT
IT'S JIGGABOO TIME (SKIT)
4 BETTER OR 4 WORSE
I'M THAT TYPE OF NIGGA
IF I WERE PRESIDENT (SKIT)
SOUL FLOWER (REMIX)
ON THE DL
PACK THE PIPE (INTERLUDE)
OFFICER
YA MAMA
PASSIN' ME BY
OTHA FISH
QUINTON'S ON THE WAY (SKIT)
PACK THE PIPE
RETURN OF THE B-BOY

DISC TWO - INSTRUMENTALS
OH SHIT
4 BETTER OR 4 WORSE
I'M THAT TYPE OF NIGGA
SOUL FLOWER (REMIX)
ON THE DL
OFFICER
YA MAMA
PASSIN' ME BY
OTHA FISH
RETURN OF THE B-BOY

DISC THREE - REMIXES/B-CYDES
PORK
I'M THAT TYPE OF NIGGA (Straight Up Faded Mix)
SOUL FLOWER (Wrong Tree Remix)
SOUL FLOWER (Brand New Heavies Version)
SOUL FLOWER (Dogs B*ll*cks)
SOUL FLOWER (2 tha 3 Mix)
YA MAMA (Matt Dike Remix)
YA MAMA (Kenny Dope Remix)
YA MAMA (J-Sw!ft Remix)
PASSIN' ME BY (Brixton Flavour Remix)
PASSIN' ME BY (Fly As Pie Mix)
OTHA FISH (The Heavy-Head O.G. Mix)
OTHA FISH (L.A. Jay Remix)
OTHA FISH (The Angel Mix)
LIVE @ DODGER STADIUM

Bizarre Ride Live at The Malibu Inn - Sat. July 7th

by Delicious Vinyl Posted on June 25, '12

Click here for tickets

Delicious Vinyl & Sicky Dicky invites you to experience
Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde Live
The full album from start to finish, featuring Fatlip, Slimkid3 (formerly of The Pharcyde), J.Sw!ft, LA Jay & special guests
Saturday July 7th
The Malibu Inn

8:30pm - 18 & over

Tickets are on sale now:
advance tickets: $25 / advance VIP package $100

Exclusive VIP ticket package includes:
• Access to the Delicious Vinyl pop up stop at Bananabeat where Fatlip and Slimkid3 will be chillin' & spinning.
• Limited édition Bizarre Ride shirt
• Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde: Deluxe Edition - 3xCD featuring the album, instrumentals and remixes.
• VIP area next to stage


What’s Up, Fatlip? Alice Price-Styles Talks With The Former Member Of The Pharcyde In London

by Alice Price-Styles Posted on June 14, '12


Throughout the label's history, Delicious Vinyl has always maintained funky and fruitful international relations with the UK. Hailing out of West London, the original, acid jazz ‘pioneers’ the Brand New Heavies joined the Delicious family in 1990. And, it was on their 1992 release Heavy Rhyme Experience, Vol. 1 that one of the labels most prominent acts made their debut. The song that introduced a particular young group, who were to change the face of West Coast hip hop, to the world, was an infectious, energy-fuelled jam called ‘Soul Flower’. The influential group in question were none other than The Pharcyde.  

After the release of the seminal debut Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde in 1992, The Pharcyde played their first London show at the legendary venue The Jazz Café in July of 1993 – and were described by one UK journalist as ‘four freaky guys from LA who see the world through a haze of reefer smoke and strut their stuff, without instruments, over a hail of jazz samples and 'phat' beats’ (dig the awkward British inverted commas over phat – England is full of reserved hip hop fans).

Just as Los Angeles has been celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Bizarre Ride in true style, London Pharcyde fans have been showing their support for Fatlip on his European DJ Tour this year. And, if his wild set at East Village back in February is anything to go by, with uncharacteristic levels of abandon.

So, I caught up with Fatlip at The Breakfast Club in Hoxton last weekend, in between his London and Brighton shows, to chat about his UK tour, Bizarre Ride Live, and Pharcyde memories…

How would you describe The Pharcyde, Fatlip?

Pretty much from the beginning we were just homies, creative dudes, hanging out, smoking weed, making music and having fun.

Tell me a bit about your experiences back when you were Jammer D…

Jammer D was the first rap name that I came up with, as I was in a dance group in high school called the Jammers. The dance culture happening at the time was a big thing throughout all of the high schools in LA. We used to have huge dance contests, and dance to Kraftwerk, CyberTron, and all of these European, early electronic groups, as well as Uncle Jamm’s Army, early Dr Dre stuff.

Then, I got out of high school, fell in love with hip hop and started trying to write rhymes of my own. I would just write constantly, day and night – taking no-sleeping pills just so I could stay up all night, smoke cigarettes and write. I was a real writer back then. That’s Jammer D; a real lyricist.

At the Bizarre Ride Live show last month for the ‘Return Of The B-Boy’ finale you all busted out some impressive dance moves.

We’ve been doing it for so long; the whole dance thing was a huge part of the Pharcyde show. It engages us more with the music. But that finale was fun, and we got to dance with one of the best poppers ever: Boogaloo Shrimp.


What was the highlight of that show for you?

The moment somebody told me it was sold out. That was the moment. I heard it at sound-check, and my mood was lifted through the roof; I was walking on clouds. You know, it was twenty years later – people didn’t have to support us, we didn’t have to have fans, we didn’t have to have gotten this far. That was the highlight; that was a great feeling.

The energy just before the show was incredible.

Oh and then every other moment after that, up until a week later I was still feeling it. It was an incredible celebration. When are we going to have an opportunity to do that again? Never. So that’s what made it a special moment, and the fact that it went off well…

So what’s next on the cards with everything? What have you got coming up?

Continuing to build my DJ Fatlip brand is really what I’m focusing on, and then my production after that.

Are you recording with any of the guys that were involved recently?

Yes – me and Tre are doing a record. The album is going to be released in Japan, and a single is going to be released in the States. We’re about to shoot a video in Brazil this month, so I’m excited about that too. And then hopefully the Bizarre Ride Live show - since it’s the twenty year anniversary – our plan is to continue touring it for the whole year.

Did working on the Bizarre Ride Live show feel similar to when you were recording the Bizarre Ride album?

It totally did. Pretty much everybody that was involved in Bizarre Ride was there; even our old road managers were there. So with the rehearsals, the DVTV ustream, and all of the meetings and stuff like that, we were all hanging out having fun for the whole time. Even the sound-checks were fun, because everyone was there.


Has it been strange to go straight from that to being on a solo tour as DJ Fatlip in the UK?

Well, it’s what I do and I like to do both. I love being there with my friends doing a big show, but the DJ Fatlip thing is my own personal thing, so I enjoy that as well.

Is it good to maintain the two at the same time?

Oh it’s great; the best of both worlds. There’s no denying that the whole Pharcyde thing is a part of who I am. To be able to combine the two in the same year and the same time frame is really nice.

How do you find Pharcyde fans in the UK compared to back home?

Kind of the same, they’re just younger. It is weird how the styles have transferred – the way that kids view hip hop, we viewed it the same way back then. That style has maintained over a period of time – kids kind of dress the same…

Older music often translates to younger fans if it was originally recorded by an artist when they were at that same age…

Oh totally. I agree with that. Because the expression is a young expression; you made it in a time of your life where you were just open to everything, and had a lot of energy, and that translates to the music. It was raw; it was something that we were getting from somewhere else. So it was like a raw self-expression. And that’s something that you can only do at that age when you don’t care about anything else – we weren’t trying to be sexy, we didn’t care about having money. It was just that raw, hip hop feel.

Do you have any stories from your UK tour?

Well, there was the time I lost that charger – two times! I lost mine and Spin Doctors…I guess I was having a lot of fun on this tour and, you know, sometimes when you have fun things get…

Lost.

Things get lost. It’s the sign of a good time.

Do you have a favourite Pharcyde memory, from any point in the whole journey?

My favourite Pharcyde memory is the day that we found the sample for ‘Passin’ Me By’ and came up with the idea for the chorus. It was before we even got a record deal, and I remember everybody in the room bouncing ideas off of each other. We already had the beat and there was a feeling that something new was about to happen.

All the Pharcyde members have their own style – was it ever conscious to want to differentiate yourself or carve your own identity within the group?

The thing with us is we always started out with a chorus, and so we always had a theme. That allowed us to go and write our own interpretations of this one theme, which was the chorus. With ‘Passin’ Me By’ we had that theme and all of us told our own story about how somebody had passed us by. Most of our songs were like that, and because of the theme we were naturally able to shine individually as each member told his side of the story. So, there was some togetherness on the chorus within the theme, but then we were also able to express our own personalities.

Do you have a favourite Pharcyde song?

I would have to say ‘Passin’ Me By’. Definitely. From the beginning, the first verse, to the last it’s just hands down my favourite. And I like ‘Pack the Pipe’ a lot too.

‘4 Better or 4 Worse’ is such an intense song to me – I think of the main beat as kind of dark and intense, and then the samples are super dreamy – it’s like everything magnified, in terms of the mood and emotions.

Yeah. There were a lot of layers of samples on that first record. J-Sw!ft was a piano player, a real musician, and the way that he looped all of those samples and combined the keyboard elements...

When L.A. Jay was playing all the original Bizarre Ride samples on the DVTV ustream – you could recognise the elements and hear how the songs came together.

So when L.A. Jay was playing those records, that was just like the time that we found the record collection. We found those records and were listening to them, and then we were like ‘something is going to happen, we have got to make something out of this’. We had never heard that music before. We discovered all of this great music, and that was inspiring for us. That was really inspiring.

As well as the music – what else, what other things, inspired you at that time?

We thought we were political. I was all angry and rebellious back then. Just always sitting around, smoking weed, talking about the injustice…

I think that definitely comes out in the album.

That’s what you do when you’re that age right? Talk about revolution… Bob Marley was also somebody that inspired me back then too: his approach and his message. He spoke about injustice, but he also spoke about love and peace and all of that. Just to hear that – it was good for the soul.

I mean there are messages, like you can protest about injustice or whatever.  And then there are messages like James Brown would say - he had a lot of messages. When he said ‘it’s a man’s world, but it’s nothing without a woman or a girl’ – that’s a big message. The messages were a lot more positive in songs back then. And it’s inspiring to hear that.
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Alice Price-Styles is a writer based in the U.K. Read more of her work at NiceStyles.tumblr.com