Monday, 14 July 2008

DJ Q-Bert - Demolition Pumpkin Squeeze Musik ORIGINAL CASSETTE

256 VBR LAME mp3
Cassette rip & scan from original Dirt Style cassette

What else needs to be said? The shot heard 'round the world. Obviously an integral piece of hip hop history and a set that everyone with any level of interest in DJ culture must own. The real bonus in this post is the hi-res scans above. Don't let the fact it's a tape rip shy you away... unlike the Shigger Fragger this is a well-dubbed chrome cassette and the sound is clean plus the analogue tape gives it a bit more warmth than the CD version, which you can find over at Ideal Hip Hop or Blogcabyn. When I opened this up for the first time in years, there was a scrap of paper inside with two of Q-Bert's phone numbers written on it from when I called him for the interview mentioned in the ISP post. I doubt it's still good after 12 years but pretty cool to see nonetheless!

From the AMG review by Nathan Bush:

"While they may seem like relics these days, cassette tapes continued to thrive in the underground rap world long after the advent of the CD. Along with Invisibl Skratch Piklz The Shiggar Fraggar Show releases, the Demolition Pumpkin Squeeze Music
performances and tape established Q-Bert's reputation on the wheels of steel. A continuous mix of cobwebbed breakbeats, highly inventive scratches, and an endless array of hilarious samples, it begins on page one of a fantastical Buck Rogers/Spiderman serial, followed by extended use of Rush's "Tom Sawyer." Before you can check to make sure you put the right tape in your deck, however, the mayhem begins. A chattering beat starts up which Q-Bert repeats (looping manually on turntables) and rearranges. Just when you begin to settle in, he drops a sweet slice of funk and you can feel the party vibe... It's a valuable look into an often ignored and maligned subculture. Included are lessons on graffiti art, a seminar on the tonal possibilities of the turntable, and a veritable breakbeat primer. All of this is merely a byproduct of a highly entertaining non-stop mix."

If you don't have it already, don't think twice - grab it HERE and you can also get the hi-res Cover.

For more Q-Bert and I.S.P. stuff, check out the massive archives at Essential Elements.

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