Essential 90’s beat tapes(Bandcamp)

Bandcamp Daily just did a drop on five essential 90’s beat tapes and among those these are the 3 stand-outs…

Pete Rock – Lost Sessions:

A goldmine of some previously unheard beats from one of the greatest producers of all time. Pete Rock’s Lost Sessions are full of the kind of bouncy, soulful tracks, similar to those found on classics like Soul Survivor and INI’s Center Of Attention. The entire tape is exceptional but tracks like “Vibes,” Flash Back,” and “Blue Monday” stand out for their adept drum programming, elastic bass, and blissful atmosphere.

K-Def – Beats From The 90’s Vol 1:

K-Def is the producer of countless classic ‘90s rap records from Lords Of The Underground, World Renown, and Real Live. K-Def came up under the tutelage of sampling and production pioneer Marley Marl. His Beats From The 90s series gives listeners a snapshot of the head-nodding material that he was creating throughout the decade.

DJ Spinna – 1997 Beat Tape:

Equally gifted as a maker of both hip-hop and house music, DJ Spinna’s production discography spans genres as well as decades. His 1997 Beat Tape showcases his talent for molding jazzy samples into stark drum and bass-heavy underground hip-hop.

Bobby Reed – The Time Is Right For Love(DJ Filthy Rich Rmx)

A Filthy blend…

Da Beatminerz sampled Bobby Reed’s ‘The Time Is Right For Love’ for Smif N Wessun’s ‘We Came Up (Crystal Stair)’ . The smooth soul sample combined with Evil Dee & Walt’s knockin drums to make a 💯 certified banger. I decided to isolate the drums, and mix Bobby’s original over them.

Rare cut alert…

If you’re a regular reader of this site then you probably familiar with the video alert I be posting of records I play on my monthly mixes. Now comes the rare cut alert, and it’s exactly how it sounds. Joints that you might’ve heard back in the day but ain’t know a video existed of it. ‘Til now. Check out P-Lyve & Ken Du spit that ’94 NY grimy shit over a beat by Dominic Owen

Lee Fields & The Expressions – Wake Up

New 45″ selections from Lee Fields & the band

“Wake Up” is Lee’s heavy duty, drum driven, anthemic tune for the times. Fields calls out the highly over-used and abused term of the current presidency “fake news.” Over a hard as nails sound bed courtesy of The Expressions he goes on asking people to wake up and not let this propaganda sway them from knowing what is right and wrong.

Dan Hartman Ft. Loleatta Holloway – Relight My Fire(TGS Edit)

A few words from The Groove Supplier on this record

You either hate it or you love it but personally I think Dan Hartman’s ‘Relight My Fire’ is one of the best disco pieces ever made. The piano, the strings, a stunning pre-chorus and that incredible breakdown with Loleatta entering with so much power!

Besides making it DJ friendly (intro + outro) and building things up in the beginning of my edit I also took a little latin excursion with Loleatta ;-). I hope you appreciate with I did there!

This is also my first mastered edit. Thanks to Richard Earnshaw.

Keep groovin,

TGS