Best of 2009 with DJ Cheeba, Boom Monk Ben, Ruckus Roboticus and DJ Moneyshot

Solid Steel in association with Serato (25th December) review of 2009 looking back at the most popular mixes by the ‘nu skool’ Solid Steel residents, as voted by you the listeners.

‘In no particular order’, we kick off with DJ Cheeba and the audio part of his mix from September. Music from the Beastie Boys, Roots Manuva, Thunderheist and even Yo Gabba Gabba.

Boom Monk Ben got most votes for his November mix featuring bass heavy tracks from Starkey, Bassnectar, Rusko and the huge Joy Orbison, plus a cheeky bootleg of Dead Prez and retro edits of James Brown and Fats Waller.

You liked the Ruckus Roboticus mix from May which included his own excellent remix of Pase Rock, along with Chico Mann, Flying Lotus and Caetano Veloso.

It was DJ Moneyshot’s “Check Your Head” mix that stood out for you from his many fine contributions. Taking all the original beats from the classic Beastie Boys album he loops, re-edits and layers them into a mind-blowing odyssey, with Barrington Levy, Dr. John and The Fearless Four all featuring.

PART 1 — DJ Cheeba
Criswell Predicts / Plan 9 From Outer Space*Dvd
Pharoh Monche / Simon Says (inst.)*Rawkus
Cut Chemist / Number Song*Def Beat
Beastie Boys / Whatcha Want (inst.)*Mp3
Tipper / Learning Is Remembering*Tipper Music
Roots Manuva / Witness The Fitness (acc)*Ninja Tune
Black Sheep / The Choice Is Yours*Mercury
Beastie Boys / Root Down*Capitol
Cj Bolland / Sugar Is Sweeter*Internal
Krs 1 / Sound Of Da Police*Jive
Qemists / Dem Na Like Me*Ninja Tune
The Real Dolls / Trophy (parkertron Mix)*Unreleased
Air Liquide / Stratus Static*Rising High
Cypress Hill / Insane In The Brain*Ruffhouse
Parker (feat. Rasco) / Western Soul*Leisure Recordings
Tom Central / Akama*Keep Up!
Kraftwerk / “boing, Boom Tschak! “*Emi
The Herbaliser / Wall Crawling Giant Insect Breaks*Ninja Tune
Marrs / Pump Up The Volume*4ad
Pase Rock / So Fucking Disco (ruckus Roboticus Inst.)*Promo
Yo Gabba Gabba / I Like To Play The Drums*Dvd
Two Fingers / Keman Rhythm*Big Dada
They’re So Incredible / Revenge*Dvd
Kurtis Blow / The Breaks*Mercury
Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel / White Lines*Sugar Hill
David Bowie / Lets Dance*Emi
Herman Kelly / Dance To The Drummers Beat*Strictly Breaks
Daft Punk / “harder, Faster, Stronger (diplo Work Is Never Never Over Mix)”*Big Dada
Thunderheist / Jerk It*Big Dada
Trevor Loveys & Sinden / Organ Grinder*Dubsided
Shake A Fist / Hot Chip*Emi
Far Too Loud / Elec Tron Ique*Unreleased

PART 2 — Boom Monk Ben
Zinc / 128 Trek*Bingo
Masters At Work / Work (acapella)*Tommy Boy
N*e*r*d* / Everyone Nose (amen Crackhead Remix)*Unreleased
Dead Prez / Hip Hop (flufftronix Remix)*Unreleased
Bassnectar / Cozza Frenzy (z-trip Hellarazor Remix)*Om
Shorterz 99 / Enigma Groove*Bigger Than Barry
Starkey / Leak Riddim (vip Mix)*Slit Jockey
Joy Orbison / Hyph Mngo*Hot Flush
The Heavy / How You Like Me Now (joker Remix)*Counter
Rusko / Sound Guy Is My Target*Sub Soldiers
James Brown / It’s A Man’s World (regrooved By Parker)*Good Groove
Fats Waller / I’m Saving My Love For You (mix N Blend’s Remix)*Unreleased

PART 3 — Ruckus Roboticus
Chico Mann / Who U Runnin’ From?*Kindred Spirits
Q-tip Ft. Amanda Diva / Manwomanboogie*Motown
Cool Kids / What It Is*Chocolate Industries
Flying Lotus / Parisian Goldfish*Warp
Mr. Oizo Ft. Carmen Castro / Two It Takes*Ed Banger
Pase Rock / So F-ing Disco (ruckus Roboticus Remix Ft. Vitamin E)*White Label
The Bamboos / The Witch*Tru Thoughts
4th Pyramid / P-y-r-a-m-i-d*Scion A / V
Joe Bataan / Chick-a-boom*Esl
Ghostface Killah / Charlie Brown (unreleased Version)*Mp3
Caetano Veloso / Alfomega*Soul Jazz
Budos Band Ft. Mark Ronson & Wale / Chicago Falcon (washington Sq. Lads Remix)*Daptone
Sidney Samson / Riverside*Samsobeats & Sneakerz Muzik
Armand Van Helden Ft. Netic / Illin N Fillin It (jamie Fanatic Doo Doo Mix)*Southern Fried
Wolfgang Gartner / Flashback*Kindergarten
Yuksek Ft. Amanda Blank / Extra Ball*Mp3

PART 4 — DJ Moneyshot
Buddy Miles Express / Let Your Lovelight Shine*Univibes
Bob Marley / Duppy Conqueror*Madfish
Barrington Levy / Under Me Sensi*Mca
Bad Brains / Upertouch/shitfit*Roir
James Newton / Choir*Mca
Johhny Hammond / Big Sur Suite*Kudu
Beastie Boys / Professor Booty*Captiol
Funkadellic / I Wanna Know If It’s Good To You?*Westbound
Richard Pryor / Acid*Rhino
Big Youth / Solomon A Gunday*Trojan
Ohio Players / Funky Worm*Westbound
Dr. John / I Walk On Gilded Splinters*Atlantic
Larry Jones / Funky Jaws*Funky Delicacies
Buddy Miles Express / Let Your Lovelight Shine*Universal
Rammelzee Vs. K-rob / Beat Bop*Profile
Jimmy Smith / “m Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Baby”*Jupiter
Lee Quinones / Wild Style Film Dialogue*Mp3
Big Daddy Kane / Just Rhymin’ With Biz*Cold Chillin’
Southside Movement / I’ve Been Watching You*20th Century
Mantronix / Fresh Is The Word*Warlock
The Fearless Four / Rockin’ It*Enjoy

Best of 2009 with DJ Cheeba, Boom Monk Ben, Ruckus Roboticus and DJ Moneyshot


Electronic Explorations Untold

“I wanted to do something a bit different to the other mixes I’ve done recently. This one tries to join the dots between some of the housey UK tunes that have come out of dubstep and funky with US house that sounds like dubstep. (well it does to me anyway) There’s some recent collabs from me and Roska in there too” Untold.

A Made Up Sound – Sun touch (Unreleased)
Cooly G – Weekend fly (Hyperdub)
Martyn – Hear me (Zomby mix) (Forthcoming 3024)
Mosca – Square one (L-Vis 1990 remix) (Forthcoming Night Slugs)
Julio Bashmore – Batak groove (Unreleased)
Roska and Untold – Long range (Unreleased)
Marlon D – Jesus Creates Sound (Strictly Rhythm)
Thommy Davis – Mars Needs women (Code red)
Roska and Untold – Myth (Unreleased)
Mark Henning – The right time (Chris Simmonds remix) (Forthcoming Hypercolour)
Justin Drake – Gotta let me know (Dj Sneak remix) (Tsuba)
Reboot – Enjoy music (Defected)
Deadboy – If you want me (Forthcoming Numbers)
Julio Bashmore – Banda 2 (Unreleased)
Plasmik – Retune (Forthcoming Hypercolour)
Ation – Lovers dub (Forthcoming ABUCS)

Electronic Explorations Untold

YAEO – Tomahawk Tape -The Prequel

For those heads who are eagerly awaiting the release of YAEO’s ‘Tomahawk Tape’ in early 2010 and have got the piff to get you through these cold months, 8 Tracks of heat for Free, all hosted by New York’s finest DJ DELZ! Thats right YAEO’s been growing a beard, working with one of the hottest DJ’s in the game, drinking some straight cognac and spending time in the Lab making that unique sounding Hip-Hop for our listening pleasure.

‘Before Tha Tomahawk Tape’ is the warm up to YAEO’s highly anticipated ‘Tomahawk Tape`…..and…. just like on the ‘Tomahawk Tape’ all beats are exclusive apart from the ‘New York Minute’ Remix by YAEO and WORDSMITH, (two of the most talked about UK rappers), which is a track that both artists shine on and Yes that is also included on the ‘Before Tha Tomahawk Tape’. If you haven’t checked that yet, go and knock yourself out now because the video is a must see.

Don’t get it wrong though this isn’t just some pick a beat, spit and dump it on the internet tape. YAEO has approached this project with a lot of integrity, he deals with issues that his name is surrounded by, but he doesn’t get overly caught up in them. Theres hard and straight battle sh*t, real heart felt tracks, and of course that original YAEO MohawkGang piff.

What other selling points are there…well there are none since this is strictly for the fans for FREE. Highlights there is plenty of HIGHLIGHTS :






DOWNLOAD FREE HERE – YAEO – Tomahawk Tape -The Prequel

Fly53 Birthday Bash

Friday 18th December at Scrutton St. Warehouse, 73-75 Scrutton Street, London EC2A 4PJ.

Male Bonding
Rolo Tomassi (DJ set)

Lock up your daughters and batten down the hatches, because FLY53 are coming to London to celebrate our fifteenth year of life, and to see out 2009 like only we can. FLY have teamed up with Vice magazine and Sailor Jerry to create THE party of 2009. To ensure that you wake up feeling like roadkill, we have drafted in GALLOWS, LOVVERS and MALE BONDING to tear up the stage. Holding the ship steady all night will be a DJ sets by Rolo Tomassi, Sexbeat, Holy Roar, The A-Team, Jonathan Rockwell and Laurent Bernard (from Gallows)

Just in case your minds and souls have been poisoned by the unforgivable reality music shows to the point where you have not heard of these acts, heres the 411….

The five piece from Watford have this year released their second album ‘Grey Britain’ which has been receiving high scores from the people who ‘decide’ what music is good, and is a further kick to the balls of the ‘Punk Purists’ waiting to tear this band down. Bring your fists and meet us in the pit because their set is going to hit harder than Chuck Norris’s roundhouse kick.

Male Bonding epitomize what it is to be a DIY musician by releasing their material through their own label Paradise Vendors Inc. they join the growing number of talent not defined by major music labels. Male Bonding was a former (pre) name for the legendary Sonic Youth, themselves champions of a DIY scene that generated the sound of rock emerging in 80’s New York.

The combination of Grunge/Tropical/Surf music understates the energy that their music generates live so maybe leave the board shorts and Hawaiian shirts at home.

Lovvers are pop-punk, devoid of cheesiness and studio polish, something all too familiar with the genre. The band are plainly loud! Their albums sound like the band have recorded in one room, live with the amps at Spinal Tap level and the engineer tied up in the control room.

Born in the mid 90s from a limited series t-shirt collection, FLY53 has grown into one of the most innovative street fashion labels in the UK. Fly53 produces the very best wearable and original garments. Staying true to its heritage, the brand continues to collaborate with musicians and artists, injecting integrity, creativity and quality into an increasingly bland corporate market.

Dj War Turn Up the Reggae

01 -Alaine-So Simple [03:30]
02 -Supa Hype Ft. Marcy Chin-Really Like You [03:34]
03 -Gyptian-Complete Me [03:11]
04 -Voicemail-Be There for You [03:01]
05 -Bescenta-Happy Days [03:20]
06 -Peetah Morgan-Be Mindful [03:35]
07 -Ishawna-Good Love [03:46]
08 -Cecile-Anything [03:00]
09 -Kris Kelly-Never Give in [03:11]
10 -Tifa-Why [04:14]
11 -Denyque-Pieces [04:33]
12 -Busy Signal-You Never Knew [03:18]
13 -Lutan Fyah-You Got Me [03:16]
14 -Peetah Morgan-Saying Goodbye [03:43]
15 -Karl Morrison & Timeka Marshall-Choice [03:46]
16 -Raw Deal-Wasting No Time [03:29]
17 -Capleton-Know Dem [04:15]
18 -Jah Cure-Protect U Like A Soldier [03:54]
19 -Anthony B-Good Life [03:08]
20 -Sizzla-Stronga [03:42]

Dj War Turn Up the Reggae