U.T.I. - I'm Finished/Heat 12'' (1997)

Coming down on the mic, as hard as a hammer.

There were undoubtedly hundreds of thousands of drum and bass singles that were released in the late 90's, and what may have been a banger in your part of the world may have been totally slept on here in the South Florida, or vice versa. Most of my initial knowledge of drum and bass was by way of this cool cat named Herbie that worked at the DJ Store in Fort Lauderdale. He introduced me to some amazing shit, which introduced me to some other amazing shit, and so on and so forth. On this fine day, one of the random twelve-inches he suggested was U.T.I.'s I'm Finished, backed with Heat on the b-side. I had never heard of this track, nor the artist, but the second I previewed I'm Finished, it struck that unexplainable nerve and immediately became a mainstay in my drum and bass sets between 1998 and 1999. Old-school hip-hop heads will immediately recognize the Uptown It's My Turn sample, and in hindsight, that's probably what attracted me to this track, as well as other songs of this era that sampled classic hip-hop joints. Take a little stroll down memory lane at 320kbps and get ready to jump-up and throw down!

I'm Finished

(29mb via Zippyshare)

Casiohardcore - Paraphrenia (2014)

Direct download available here.

Popsicle Stick Shit

I thought that I had posted this, but apparently not...

A few months ago, I was drifting in and out of Wheel of Fortune when I looked up and saw that the puzzle briefly read Popsicle Stick Shit until it was solved. Being an incredibly immature forty year old mad-child, seeing the ever-classy Vanna White standing next to what looked and sounded like a line from a dirty limerick was as precious as it was priceless.

Mike Warnke - A Christian Perspective on Halloween

Satan used drugs as a key to unlock my subconscious...

Well kids, it's that time of the year when we dress our kids up in pseudo-slutty outfits and have them roam the neighborhood and beg for tasty morsels. As a kid, I loved Halloween and could care less about what it meant because it gave me a chance to dress in costume and act-a-fool with the understood payment of fun-sized candy or other sugary sweets. In the mid/late 80's, my dad decided to send me to a private christian school, and it was there that I first learned of just how evil Halloween was, and how the day does nothing more than glorify Satan. The school didn't object to the revelry of dressing in costume and trick or treating necessarily, but they definitely attempted to impress that there was a much darker and dangerous side to Halloween that went far beyond poisoned candy and razor blades in apples. This was the first of many poignant moments in my life that made me question, if not snicker at, the religious agenda.

Before I go any further, I must stress that, whereas my parents were christian, we rarely, if ever, went to church, and withstanding the obligatory saying grace before dinner, religion and so-called christian values were not a component in my upbringing. According to my dad, he sent me to a private christian school, not to enrich my life with the word of god, but rather to "keep me from hanging out with the black kids and getting my ass kicked". Rather than the ups and downs (and foretold ass-kickings) of public school, I was introduced to blind submission, boogiemen, propaganda, prophecies, hourly prayer, and immeasurable amounts of bullshit which lacked any logical basis. From that point forward, I never took religion seriously and always got a chuckle out of those that try to push the religious agenda to the masses, especially as it relates to Halloween or anything else that brings pleasure to humanity.

Here we have a shining example of this absurd agenda as delivered in 1979 by Mike Warnke aptly titled A Christian Perspective on Halloween. When I first heard this record, it sounded like a spoof piece, but sadly, and despite Warnke being an occasional comedian, the message here is just about as serious as you can get; every single element of Halloween celebrates Satan. This album is chock full of stories, anecdotes, tales of demons, self-redemption,  and if you're looking for something different to listen to, or if you want a cheap laugh to kick off your Halloween festivities, then you should definitely check out this gem!

(55mb via Zippyshare)

Roland TR-8 Firmware Update 1.10

If you happen to own the Roland TR-8, you might be interested in knowing that a firmware update was made available back in July which adds a few new (mainly minor) features to this bad-ass beatbox. Word on the street is that they will be introducing an additional firmware update down the road which will add TR-707 sounds to the TR-8, and that will be pretty dope and well worth waiting for! The current firmware update and instructions can be found here.

A 25 Year Old Mystery Has Been Solved!

This is going to sound a bit crazy, but I have been looking for this track for the nearly 25 years, however it was a mystery deeper than just ID'ing a song and finding the audio. In 1990, my sister gave me a cassette tape which was given to her by a cab driver in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It was a generic consumer cassette with no identifiable marks, but it had several tracks such as It's Automatic, Let The Music Play, Body Mechanic, and curiously; Eye of the Tiger. Mixed in among these songs was an odd, yet interesting instrumental which was as corny as it was dope, and despite knowing nothing about it, it became something of a theme song. In late 1990, I used this mystery instrumental as the foundation and basis of my song, Time 4 Fun II assuming that nobody outside of my immediate group of friends would ever hear it. The cassette tape was eventually lost and my track, Time 4 Fun II faded into analog obscurity, however I had always wondered where that instrumental came from. As the internet expanded, I knew that this song existed somewhere, but without an artist name or title, let alone a legitimate uncertainty as to the genre, it was the equivalent of searching for the proverbial needle in the haystack. I posted Time 4 Fun II a few times in hopes that somebody could ID the track, but due to the piss-poor quality (I recorded the audio from a cassette boombox through a desktop mic), nobody was able to lend any legitimate insight. 

Over the past few months, and while digitizing the Miscreant Cassette Archives, I came across Time 4 Fun II, and immediately ripped the track (properly this time), however instead of embarrassing myself and uploading it directly, I cut out the vocals and just left a few of the instrumental parts. I uploaded the resulting 50 seconds of audio to SoundCloud and cast as many "track ID" nets that I could, and within just a few days, I had several responses...

The nearly 25 year mystery instrumental turned out to be the instrumental for Check It Out by Big Time Fresh, and when I heard the track, my jaw hit the floor and I must have repeatedly listened to it for about thirty minutes. Apparently, everybody with the exception of me knew this track, and it's quite humbling because I thought that I had pretty good insight when it came to old-school hip-hop and electro. Apparently not in this case. Nonetheless, I'll be sharing the complete 12-inch for this soon, and perhaps I'll get over the embarrassment and post Time 4 Fun II complete with it's off-sync fake scratching, Good Morning Vietnam samples, and corny-ass lyrics. Word.

Casiohardcore - Sleaze Machine (2007)

Ah yes, let's rewind the tape machine back to the oh-so-glorious days between 2006 and 2007 when life was fueled by sleaze, debauchery, bad decisions, and very little sleep. Most of my gear was holed up in storage, so whenever I had the chance to record, it was usually done with a minimal set-up on an extremely outdated desktop PC. I forgot the specs, but I wasn't able to run more than one or two VST instruments/effects at a time without latency issues or drop-outs, and due to this limitation, I was forced to experiment quite heavily with all of the sounds that I already had, and implement a whole new method of sample chopping. Around this time, in addition to the regular stuff that I typically listened to, I was checking out a lot of electro-clash and synthpop, and you can definitely hear that influence on several of the tracks. That said, Sleaze Machine is all over the musical map, teetering between instrumental hip-hop, electronic, lo-fi, and nearly all points in between. I do need to apologize in advance for the track, Black Girls On The Toilet, because frankly; it has no point and was a waste of a perfectly good sample. There was an old Chris Rock skit where he's talking about Players Magazine and how "it's a bunch of pictures of black girls on the toilet", and suffice to say, that's where the idea, as well as the sample came from. I always wanted to use the sample somehow, but it never quite fit into anything that I was working on. Since I needed to fill some space/time on the CD, I threw together a few quick tracks (Fifi BagsKonichiwa, and of course; Black Girls On The Toilet) and slapped them on the Sleaze Machine project at the last minute. I think it came together in just a few minutes, and although being poorly mixed, it still ended up being released. Aside from that, this album is pretty solid, and it really represents where I was and what I was up to during those crazy years. If you dig surreal beats and strange shit, then check out Sleaze Machine!

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