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Updated: 2018-03-14T11:26:31.677+00:00


Funkbox Reload


Once again JORUN BOMBAY brings us another FUNKBOX RELOAD radio show allowing us to reminisce once again on the "good old days" of hip hip radio. If you've not experienced a FUNKBOX RELOAD show far then you are in for a real treat - expect some spine tingle moments, super-tight scratches and cuts, and a whole heap of exclusive mixes and special recordings. ENJOY.

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Dusty Never Digital


Check out theCOLD ROCK STUFF website for the all new range of VINYL VETERANS tee shirts. A couple of new designs by MR KRUM keepin' it fresh for the Autumn months (these tees are pre-order for delivery at the end of August). Now remember the last batch sold out like hot cakes and left many disappointed that they couldn't represent their favourite vinyl-only DJ crew in style. So the morale of the story is get your pre-orders in quick to avoid the very same disappointment. One of the new designs features our man OXYGEN's favourite saying "DUSTY NEVER DIGITAL" so if static, crackles and the smell of old paper labels is your thing then get yourself over to the CRS website pronto! Shouts to MR KRUM for the flawless design (as always) and to head honcho of the VINYL VETERANS crew MAC McRAW. Also super duty tough shouts to the rest of the VV crew namely SCRATCHY MUFFIN, ROB LIFE, DJ FORMAT, BEAT DETECTIVE, MATT THE HAT, BOBBY BOUCHER, JONNY CUBA and of course OXYGEN THE ARCHITECT.

Tell 'Em!


BANKRUPT EUROPEANS have produced a sureshot hit with WILD PITCH legend CHILL ROB G and RA THE RUGGED MAN entitled "Tell 'Em". Shout to DJ SNAFU and CHILL ROB (who we interviewed HERE where he described this BANKRUPT EUROPEANS joint as one of his favourite tracks he has ever recorded).
The 12" vinyl is available to buy right now through the NOBODYBUYSRECORDS Big Cartel store - jump on it before they disappear like ice creams on a sunny day!

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Crush Proof



Sigher's Right Combination


The BEAT DETECTIVE and myself will be bringing a few boxes of old dusty records down to Brick Lane in East London today for another fun-packed jam at THE BIG CHILL BAR. We kick things off at 4pm and will be accompanied by SIGHER, TONY DA PENCIL, WAX BUZZARD and BRETT FRANKLIN on the wheels of steel. SECOND TO NONE b-boys are in the house so get yourself down there and enjoy the floor rockin'!!(image)

Back to Brooklyn - A MONK ONE Mix


It's rare that I post up these days so you know it's gotta be something worthwhile for me to make the effort. As much as this DAILY DIGGERS site is now more of an archive than a current blog, I still like to make a surprise visit here and there to share the dope shit with you. And this shit is definitely dope - MONK ONE has once again put together a mix which I simply can't stop listening to over and over again ad infinitum. The same thing happened with his killer "Breakin' Rocks" mix. And my bonus on hearing it the first time was catching my brother from another mother OXYGEN rock some wild rhymes over a PAUL NICE chop-up of a RIPPLE classic. Suffice to say this is also one of my favourite OG breaks so this felt like a birthday and Christmas rolled into one. If you don't enjoy this mix then you need to clear the wax out of your earholes!
And while you're at it, why not browse through our archive (see right hand column and click the year links) for more of the dope stuff.

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Back To Brooklyn on the Underground Railroad by Monk-One on Mixcloud


Reload Your Funkbox


Time to start the week with some pep in your step, and JORUN BOMBAY provides the 80s soundtrack once again with his FUNKBOX RELOAD show for March 2015. If you've not witnessed a FUNKBOX RELOAD show so far then I suggest you get yourself a beverage, sit back relax and turn the volume towards 10. As JORUN says himself, he takes it back further than most DJs will dare to play. This is not just listening gold, it's an education in how to do it.

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It Ain't Hard To Tell


NASTY NAS gets the DAILY DIGGERS gritty remix treatment...
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Funky Business Vol. 2


Here's volume 2 to keep your head nodding through the week. Enjoy.

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Funky Business Vol. 2 by Daily Diggers on Mixcloud


Funky Business Vol. 1


Here's some more DAILY DIGGERS mix action, a little something myself and BEAT DETECTIVE recorded at the end of last summer. Plenty of drum heavy funk, some soundtrack action, some under the radar diamonds, and a few soundbites thrown in for good measure. I hope you enjoy it.
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Funky Business Vol. 1 by Daily Diggers on Mixcloud


Weekend Listening


Breaks, beats, original samples and all that Jazz. Enjoy.

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Kid Dyno's Weekend Listening by Daily Diggers on Mixcloud


Straighten It Out


While we are on the subject of mixes, here's one that I revert back to time and time again: volume2 of JIM SHARP's "Straighten It Out" series. Brixton resident JIM takes us on a seamless journey through his record collection, playing some you may know and some you may not, including some red hot edits of a few classics breaks and beats. Keep your eye on JIM SHARP as he is no slouch when it comes to sharing quality music with the emphasis on flawless mixing. It's a real listening pleasure.

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Another Leacy Sureshot


Thanks to my brother from another mother AIDAN ORANGE for sharing this BREAK DJ LEACY vintage beat tape from 1996 which he stumbled upon recently. I remember hearing the first part of this mix as JAMES was compiling it, but never got to listen to the completed tape. Once again we have another LEACY sureshot mix for you - original doubles, b-boys classics, plus a dose of "what the f-ck is that beat" thrown in for good measure. Don't try and imitate as biting is illegal and against the law. Instead, let this inspire you. Thanks AIDAN, and rest in beats JIM!

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Right Combination


Myself and BEAT DETECTIVE were lucky enough to be asked once again to join DJ SIGHER on the wheels of steel at his "RIGHT COMBINATION" event at THE BIG CHILL BAR in Brick Lane East London last Sunday. Last year's TRC 25th Anniversary jam at the same venue (also in December) was a great vibe so despite my busy Christmas schedule I had to make it along to this.

I was late to the party but already SIGHER, BEAT DETECTIVE and MATT LOVE had the b-boys throwing down into the circle. Bournemouth legends SECOND TO NONE and London's very own FOUNDATIONZ CREW were going off as I stepped through the door and I was eager to take to the wheels and join the fun. It was great to see so many original heads and familiar faces in the crowd, and I hope we did you all justice in terms of our musical selections. It's the pleasant vibe at events like these that keep me energised for weeks on end, knowing I need to find some more obscure funky beats for the next jam. An extra large "thanks" to SIGHER for organising another memorable jam.
Here's some b-boy footage from the evening courtesy of MISSING STEWART...

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Here's to more jams like this in 2015. Happy new year to all the real hip hoppers out there.

Vinyl Veterans Radio Show


Aside from running dope party nights in Brighton town, supporting LORD FINESSE at the SLICE-OF-SPICE Christmas party, and putting together releases for the COLD ROCK STUFF label, the VINYL VETERANS crew now have their own radio show coming straight outta B-Town. You'll hear plenty of doubles action, plus live vinyl only mixes from ROB LIFE, MAC MCRAW, SKRATCHY MUFFIN and hopefully in the future a few KID DYNO exclusive sets. And to top things off OXYGEN resurrects his "Chemical Breakdowns" segment and drops some impossible-to-get rap bangers. Show number 2 is currently available online if you wanna join in the fun.

You can listen HERE.


Hip Hop Battlefield vs Daily Diggers Kick-Off Pt2


Well, it's been a long time since my fellow trooper DRASAR MONUMENTAL and I had our AIR FORCE 1 kick-off (see post HERE) and following a conversation we had this week we thought it was about time we set up another HIP HOP BATTLEFIELD vs DAILY DIGGERS (friendly) sneaker battle. DRASAR was keen for the kick-off and threw flix of some lively looking pairs over. It was on!So, I've unplugged the ice machine and pulled a few pairs from the sneaker cupboard. Both DRASAR and myself are somewhat disillusioned with all the current sneaker hype we see in current times. It seems everyone and their grandmother is a sneaker connoisseur these day, and I've lost count of the amount of people I've met recently who tell me "yeah I collect trainers, I have 30 pairs of Huaraches". My answer (accompanied by a wink) is simple ...... "OK I'm really pleased for you .... when you get to three figures come see me and we can talk". Ok, let's do this like Brutus.... and don't forget to head over to HIP HOP BATTLEFIELD to see what DRASAR pulls from his boxes. We agreed on 5 pairs I believe but I've pulled out a extra wild card pair of NIKE DELTA FORCE HIGHs just for good measure. NIKE AIR FORCE ONE MIDS army green with black swoosh and black midsoleADIDAS TOP TEN HIGH red with white stripesNIKE DUNK HIGH premium curry leather with off-white lacesFILA FX-100 HIGH white leather with orange sole and ankle strapADIDAS JABBAR HIGH white with blue stripesNIKE DELTA FORCE HIGH baroque brown leather harvest suede and blue swooshI would like to add that no sneakers were harmed during this post, HOWEVER whilst rummaging through a multitude of sneaker boxes I came across a pair of deadstock PUMA CALIFORNIA in Forest Green and Cream which have begun to perish due to age and storage conditions. I say perish, but I think "melt" is a more accurate term to describe the consistency of the sole on them. The moral of the story - there's no satisfaction of having sneakers hidden away in boxes, get 'em on your feet and rock them while they're still intact and looking fresh. To coin an old term (and one I which use often) ... they don't make them like they used to.[...]

Spotlight on Dan Duce


Recently EGO TRIP and COMPLEX both featured the amazing work of illustrator DAN LISH, or DAN "DUCE" as he is known to the Hip Hop community. His recent portraits of various hip hop pioneers/producers/emcees have been globally acknowledged as the work of a gifted illustrator with a talent for concept art. In fact the likeness of his work is so uncanny that I do not even have to list the names of the subjects as they're all instantly recognisable. However DAN is no new jack in the city, an has been demonstrating his artistic skills within the hip hop scene for years. It was DUCE who designed the BREAK DJ LEACY "Breaksploitation" LP covers which Q-BERT recently showed off in his Crate Diggers interview, as well as the many LEACYBROTHERS mixtape covers. And we haven't even mentioned his "Block Party" illustration which has been one of the most "stolen" hip hop images of late on social media. His daytime job sees him designing digital characters for a computer game manufacturer and he has worked on top titles such as DJ HERO. I could go on for days listing this man's contributions, but let's find out a little more about the man himself.DAN DUCE is no stranger to the hip hop community, and has been an avid follower of the culture for over 25 years. He has also worked and lived in NYC where he was able indulge his passion for hip hop with even more vigour than in his native UK. I first met him back in 1994/5 during a coach trip from the UK to Germany for the Battle of the Year event in Hannover (if my memory serves me correctly). He was a mutual good friend of DJ LEACY, and was sporting a black v-stitch leather goose jacket on the journey which made him alright with me on first impressions. (In fact DUCE was with LEACY the time they found the now infamous stash of deadstock Goose jackets in the Bronx in the late 90s - see photo below). This dude could DJ, write graffiti and get down on the floor - he seemed to have all bases covered. So what else can we find out about the man behind the pen? I caught up with DUCE himself and delved a bit deeper into what makes him tick...KID DYNO: Firstly, who you be and what you do?DUCE: I'm a Human being from planet earth named Daniel Lish, better know as Dan Lish, also Dan Duce or just Duce. I'm very grateful to be able to support my family through my Artwork. For a regular occupation I am a Senior Concept Artist for the Video Game industry, and have been so for the past 14 years. Games I've worked on have been GTA 3, The Warriors and DJ Hero to name a few. I love to design characters and environments but rarely play Video Games.I also Freelance as an illustrator and am in the middle of Book 2 of my Graphic Novel 'Cartigan' published in France. I also occasionally design Vinyl Toys for Unboxed industries and generally enjoy working with other creative folks.KID DYNO: You've been down from very early on, please elaborate on how you discovered Hip Hop and your journey since then. (e.g. your move to the States etc.)DUCE: Well this is a very stripped down version; So my Father is from Brooklyn NYC, so I have dual nationality. Being brought up in deepest, darkest Suffolk, my Dad used to take me to the American airbases, where I'd see random Hip Hop/funk things happen. I was too young to really put the puzzle together, just intrigued. This was about 1981/82. By 1983 I started to see snippets on the TV, i.e. Old Grey whistle test, Top of the pops etc. One of my best friends had cousins from London who'd come down, who inspired me with their tapes of Pirate Radio shows and Mike Allen etc. I started Dancing first, as a B-Boy. A huge influence was the Arena special wit[...]

Formidable 45s


While we're on the subject of 7" singles, here's another selection of formidable 45s straight from the DAILY DIGGERS crates.
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Formidable 45s by Daily Diggers on Mixcloud


The Beatstreet


These dudes are not your average buskers - they're getting live with the MPC beats in the street ... I guess that's why they're called THE BEATSTREET. Dope stuff.
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A Message to the 45 Haters


Well it looks like I'm back up and posting on the regular again after a long time away from blogging. As more and more hip hop related websites sprung up over the last 5 years I felt my job was done as far as bringing a slice of authentic hip hop culture to the interweb. I started this site in 2007 primarily because of the lack of real deal hip hop info online, but the tables have now turned (pun intended) and there is a plethora of great places to go online for your daily fix of b-boy information, whether you are into breakin', beatdigging, graffiti writing, record collecting, turnablism or whatever. There is no longer a gap in the market.HOWEVER, I will still be popping up from time to time to share with you any treats I think you need to see or know about, and to reminisce on good times long gone. And maybe every so often to voice my opinion (for what it is worth) on some of the bullshit that surrounds the culture. I think this may be one of those times...So, here is my message to all the 45 haters out there. Yes you know who I am talking about, those dudes who get all hot under the collar when they see some of the prices rare rap 45s are making at the moment. And not just rap 45s, but any 45s (especially those that have received a little hype lately and are in high demand). First of all why you are concerned with how the next man spends his money is kinda alien to me - each to their own. But Ive been quiet for awhile now and I think it's time I shared my opinion on the subject. After all, I'm one of those guys who has many of those rare 7" records they are referring to. But there ain't no shame in my game, and here's why....Firstly, I've always collected hip hop 7" singles. I started buying records as a small child on the 45rpm format (99p from Woolworths) so anything on this format is always gonna be dear to me. So, over the years I have always picked up any little hip hop records I have seen on my diggin' missions. They never cost me a lot, and it was always surprising what records were available on 7", especially the European labels who released some classic hip hop tracks on 45rpm not available in the US market. Now obviously hip hop records were all about the 12" format during the 80s and 90s, so it is no surprise that the US market didn't always put out a 7" version, and if they did it was mostly a promotional tool or jukebox single.By the turn of the millenium, I already had a nice 2 crate collection of rap 7" singles, including some rare titles like ULTIMATE FORCE's "I'm Not Playing" and JUNGLE BROTHERS' "Because I Got It Like That" (Original Version) and I was always hungry for more. When digging online became the goldmine that it is, almost every record collector in the land realised they could find records online that were never gonna be found in their regular physical shops and boot sales. That's when the online boom began. Postage was inexpensive, the choice was endless and ever changing, and the only effort needed was a little bit of knowledge and an internet connection. I mean ... the records even came delivered to your front door! What more do you want? There is no shame in digging online, and anyone who says they don't do it is either a liar or a philistine. Ten years on, we've all stocked up on random rap, bought that missing LORD FINESSE record from our collection, and almost completed our TUFF CITY 12" discography. Classic Hip Hop 12"s saw a boom in prices initially and as the collectors out there filled in the gaps so things began to level off. It's not rocket science, but buying trends[...]

B-Boy Bionics


My fellow VINYL VETERAN MAC MCRAW's new 12" on the COLD ROCK STUFF label is now available to buy, so if you're a fan of that gritty SP1200 sound then get yourself over to the COLD ROCK STUFF website and grab a copy.
MAC is no rookie when it comes to releasing sureshot Hip Hop music, and began his vinyl career as a member of UK hardcore outfit SEVERE CARNAGE in the early 1990s. He also ran the revered PUMA STRUT label and recorded under the name BEATHOVEN. However my first encounter with MAC was many years ago when I heard the name WILDSTYLE BOB NIMBLE mentioned on a late night hip hop radio show, and thought to myself "that name is fresh ... who is that dude?". It wasn't until 25 years later when I got down with the VINYL VETERANS crew in Brighton that I realised that MAC MACRAW was actually WILDSTYLE BOB himself. That's a quarter of a century later and we are BOTH still obsessed with Hip Hop culture. That speaks volumes on how much Hip Hop grabbed the attention of us kids in the mid to late 1980s.

Nowadays MAC is the VINYL VETERANS head honcho, organising a thoroughbred team of enthusiastic vinyl lovers who share their musical passion with the club going crowds of Brighton town and beyond. If you've ever attended a VINYL VETERANS showcase then you know exactly what I'm talking about.

COLD ROCK STUFF proudly present MAC MCRAW's latest release "B-boy Bionics" b/w "Dust" featuring AUDESSEY (SOUNDSCI) and guest rhymes by none other than OXYGEN (VINYL VETERANS USA). THE PROCESS (JOHNNY CUBA & OLLIE TEEBA) have supplied a kick arse remix and once again MAC came to the DAILY DIGGERS and asked us to flip a little remix for "Dust". We have obliged and are proud to be involved once again with such a highly skilled team, in fact most of the time we don't feel worthy. Thanks MAC for getting us involved.

Here's some soundclips below of all tracks on the 12" - get yours before they're gone like hot cakes!

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More Cold Rock Stuff


There is another COLD ROCK STUFF release about to drop any moment soon. MAC MCRAW brings more SP1200 12-bit grit to the table alongside vocals from AUDESSEY and a guest appearance from that good dude OXYGEN. And the reason that your eyes are popping right now is because MR KRUM has done it again with the sleeve design. Oh ... and did I mention there is a DAILY DIGGERS remix. More details soon...

Guttersnypes Unreleased Pressure


The GUTTERSNYPES have some unreleased pressure (as Tim Westwood used to say) due to drop on a 45rpm 7" single in the very near future. Back in '94 the TRIALS OF LIFE EP was released and became a firm favourite here at the DAILY DIGGERS HQ with both myself and the BEAT DETECTIVE. In my opinion the music on that EP was one of the most competent UK productions I had heard at that time (and possibly to date). The samples had been so carefully selected and well blended with crispy drums so eloquently that it gave the best US producers of that era a good run for their money! It is only later in life that I have come to know SIGHER himself (the man responsible for the beats) and it was only then that I realised that his skill lies mainly in the fact that he has a finely tuned ear (no pun intended) for hip hop samples and that his beats are 90% produced within his head before he even presses any pads on the drum machine. Impressive stuff.
SIGHER has now decided too bless us vinyl junkies with some unreleased material from the GUTTERSNYPES posse. CEL ONE is once again shining like a real star on the microphone and hopefully we will have some PRIME CUTS turntable action on there too. Stay tuned, I'll bring you details as soon as I have them.


Danny Spice - Live At The Throwdown


DANNY SPICE'S new vinyl is ready to hit the streets and features vocals by EMSKEE, OXYGEN, SADAT X, AUDESSEY, CAPPO and 90s underground favourite FINSTA BUNDY. The caliber of the emcees on this release is matched by the punchy beats and DANNY'S trademark ASR-10 sound delivers as much boom bap as your ears can possibly handle. We were lucky enough to be treated to a little promo of the EP at a recent VINYL VETERANS jam in BRIGHTON where I shared wheels of steel duties with DANNY, and believe me when I tell you that this shit kicks! The old school artwork comes courtesy of MR KRUM, and there is even MR THING ripping the turntables to shreds on "Do It For The DJs". Well ... what are you waiting for? Get the scoop right HERE.


From BX to LDN: Jazzy Jay


Saturday October 18th 2014 was an evening I will remember for a long time. For more years than I can remember I have been rockin' original break doubles trying to emulate the sound of the deejays that helped spawn hip hop culture in the 70s and 80s. And none more so than Bronx legend JAZZY JAY. So to be on the line-up at a JAZZY JAY warehouse jam in London was a dream come true if I'm honest with you. B-BOY DOCUMENTS crew (along with the help of PRITT KALSI) had flown JAZZY in from NYC to bless the wheels of steel at another high profile B-BOY DOCUMENTS event (following on from their superb month of events back in 2013).
The event was held in a multi-storey car park (yes you read that correctly) in Belsize Park on the evening on Saturday 18th October. If you never witnessed a warehouse jam back in the 1980s then this is as close as you would ever get to that "bolt crop the padlock and wire up the system" feeling. A whole host of original UK heads were in attendance on the night, in fact more than I could possibly list in full. The B-Boys were goin' off all night long, and JAZZY JAY treated them to a no-holds-barred breakbeat set to make you wanna get down. And when they said the event would run til the break of dawn they weren't joking! Thanks to the B-BOY DOCUMENTS crew for having me spin alongside a personal hero of mine.

...and luckily they recorded the audio for the whole night, so you too can enjoy the sounds that made them all get down. Stay tuned and I will share it as soon as it is available.

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