radio  Slipstream

This site is a record of my indie university radio thing.

Radio Slipstream broadcast in various timeslots on 93.3 — CFMU — McMaster's campus station from 2004-2007, then continued as increasingly sporadic self-released episodes/mixes. One day I just might do another. more

The (Pre) History of Hip Hop. Part 0 — 1930-1978

If you ask certain music scholars "What was the first hiphop song?" "Where did hip hop come from?"

This is an extensively researched selection of the answers you're likely to get.

Full commentary available on Medium

  • The Last Poets — When The Revolution Comes
  • Cab Calloway — Minnie The Moocher
  • Louis Jordan — Saturday Night Fish Fry, Parts 1 & 2
  • Bo Diddley — Say Man
  • the watts prophets — Funny how things can change
  • the watts prophets — Amerikkka
  • Gil Scott-Heron — Whitey On the Moon
  • Richard Pryor — Niggers Vs. The Police
  • Cassius Clay — Round 1: I Am The Greatest
  • Rudy Ray Moore — Flatland
  • Gil Scott-Heron — The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
  • Big Youth — Screaming Target
  • U-Roy — Natty Rebel
  • The Congos — Fisherman
  • Lyn Collins — Think (About It)
  • James Brown — Funky Drummer
  • James Brown — Funky President (People It's Bad)
  • The Honey Drippers — Impeach the President
  • The Winstons — Amen Brother
  • Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band — Apache
  • Sly & The Family Stone — Sing A Simple Song
  • Parliament — Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)
  • Herman Kelly & Life — Dance to the Drummer's Beat
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CUT ADRIFT AND COASTING INLAND

Episode #143.

Instruments (mostly synthesized), melodies and beats that will cut you deep and serve your heart on a platter for the amusement of your friends.

Trippy and a bit weird at the beginning, giving way to some comforting and soulful, heartbreaking stuff further inland.

  • Machinedrum – Eyesdontlie
  • Arca – Thievery
  • Flying Lotus – Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
  • The Field – They Won’t See Me
  • Gidge – I Fell In Love
  • Andy Stott – Faith In Strangers
  • FKA twigs – Two Weeks
  • Fatima – Ridin Round (Sky High)
  • DJ Quik – Puffin the Dragon
  • Röyksopp & Robyn – Monument
  • Vince Staples – Limos
  • Big K.R.I.T. – Saturdays = Celebration (feat. Jamie N Commons)
  • Hundred Waters – Murmurs
  • Wild Beasts – Mecca
  • Say Lou Lou – Fool of Me (feat. Chet Faker)
  • Jessie Ware – Tough Love
  • Caribou – Back Home
  • How to Dress Well – Words I Don’t Remember
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THE RETRO ELECTRO LOOPHOLE.

The intersection of disco, electro and hip hop in the early 80s.

Themes of technology, space, and to dance dance dance.

Inspired by Patrick the Bunny‘s DJ set from Retro Electro Sideshow from London’s 2014 Nuit Blanche which I helped curate.

  • Grace Jones – Slave to the Rhythm
  • Mantronix – Bassline
  • The Packman – Im The Packman
  • Steinski – The Payoff Mix
  • George Clinton – Loopzilla
  • Tyrone Brunson – The Smurf
  • C.O.D. – In The Bottle
  • Q – The Voice of Q
  • Shannon – Let The Music Play
  • Warp 9 – Light Years Away
  • The Masterdon Committee – Funk Box Party
  • Whodini – Magic’s Wand
  • Herbie Hancock – Rockit
  • Art Of Noise – Beat Box (Diversion One)
  • John Carpenter – The End
  • Newcleus – Jam On It
  • Man Parrish – Hip Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop)
  • Hashim – Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)
  • Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force – Planet Rock
  • Twilight 22 – Electric Kingdom
  • Cybotron – Cosmic Cars
  • World Class Wreckin Cru – Mission Possible
  • Klein & MBO – Dirty Talk
  • Giorgio Moroder – Chase
  • Section 25 – Looking From A Hilltop (Restructure)
  • SHOCK – R.E.R.B.
  • Capricorn – I Need Love
  • Yello – Vicious Games
  • Space – Magic Fly
  • Charlie – Spacer Woman
  • New Order – Blue Monday
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WHAT THE SUNSET MEANT.

A little bit danceable. A little bit wistful. A little bit like compounding the rich delightfully NOT FROZEN late evening into a thick, colourful paste, smearing it all over everything and rolling with it.

  • Eliot Lipp / Good / City Synthesis (2007)
  • Grandbrothers / Ezra Was Right / Ezra EP (2014)
  • The Range / Metal Swing / Nonfiction (2013)
  • AlunaGeorge / Bad Idea / Body Music (2013)
  • Charli XCX / Nuclear Seasons / True Romance (2013)
  • A K U A / One’s Company / One’s Company EP (2013)
  • iamamiwhoami / Drops / Kin (2012)
  • MS MR / Hurricane / Secondhand Rapture (2013)
  • Wild Beasts / Wanderlust / Present Tense (2014)
  • Matthew Dear / Slowdance / Black City (2010)
  • Twin Shadow / Five Seconds / Confess (2012)
  • Trust / Rescue, Mister / Joyland (2014)
  • Katy B / Aaliyah (feat. Jessie Ware) / Little Red (2014)
  • Cut Copy / Footsteps / Free Your Mind (2013)
  • Footprintz / The Fear of Numbers / Escape Yourself (2013)
  • Chromatics / Cherry / After Dark 2 (2013)
  • Todd Terje / Inspector Norse / (2012)
  • Clive Tanaka y su orquesta / Neu Chicago / Jet Set Siempre 1° (2010)
  • Kollektiv Turmstrasse / Heimat / Rebellion Der Träumer (2013)
  • Oneohtrix Point Never / Chrome Country / R Plus Seven (2013)

Episode 141. Released April 03, 2014. download mp3.

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FLOAT SOME. JET SOME.

Episode 140. mp3. Released January 28, 2014.

Some of the best hip hop tracks from this past year and a bit. Also some stone cold motherfucking classics. Starts out hard, but the back 3 quarters or so is pretty chill and melodic. You can get down with that, right?

  • Kanye West / Black Skinhead / Yeezus (2013)
  • Pharoahe Monch / Damage (2012)
  • A$AP Rocky / 1 Train (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson & Big K.R.I.T.) / Long.Live.A$AP (2013)
  • Aesop Rock / Gopher Guts / Skelethon (2012)
  • Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge / The Rise of the Ghostface Killah (feat. Masta Killa & Killa Sin) / Twelve Reasons To Die (2013)
  • De La Soul / Stakes Is High / Stakes Is High (1996)
  • Slum Village / Get Dis Money / Fantastic Volume II (1998)
  • Kendrick Lamar / Sing About Me, Im Dying Of Thirst / Good Kid M.A.A.D City (2012)
  • Big Sean / Control (HOF) (feat. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica) (2013)
  • T.I. / Sorry (feat. Andre 3000) / Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head (2012)
  • Kevin Gates / 4:30am / Stranger Than Fiction (2013)
  • Killer Mike / Willie Burke Sherwood / R.A.P. Music (2012)
  • CunninLynguists / Predormitum (Prologue) / Oneirology (2011)
  • Black Milk / Sunday’s Best / No Poison No Paradise (2013)
  • Outkast / Myintrotoletuknow / Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (1994)
  • Danny Brown / Grown Up (2012)
  • A Tribe Called Quest / Can I Kick It? / People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (1990)
  • Black Star / Definition / Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star (1998)
  • Big K.R.I.T. / Shine On (feat. Bun B) / King Remembered In Time (2013)
  • Chance The Rapper / Chain Smoker / Acid Rap (2013)

Notes:
– I was bound to play some Kanye, right? I feeel like I found Yeezus more underwhelming than most, but this track is toight.
– Pharoahe Monch concludes his trilogy of rap songs from the point of view of a bullet (which started with Organized Konfusion’s Stray Bullet.. one of my favourite hip hops of all time (previously slipstreamed here), and continued with When the Gun Draws in 2007). Pharoahe Monch is, in my mind, one of the best Emcees ever, here’s a great interview from Bullseye.
– Check out that guest list on A$AP Rocky’s 1 Train. Who needs a hook when you have talent like that?
– Seemed appropriate to put Aesop Rock right next to A$AP Rocky. Not usually the song you’d pick from the album, but I love the laid back vibe and the weird self-deprecating, macabre lyrics.
– Ghostface KILLLLLAAAAH. If Ennio Morricone were to produce a rap song…
– The De La Soul and Slum Village tracks produced by Jay Dee aka J Dilla.
– Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst. 2 songs? Well it’s one track. And good lord is it good.
– Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Control song made waves in the late summer of ’13. A lot of folk had something to say about it. Jay Electronica’s verse is also awesome. I almost edited out Big Sean’s.
– Continuing on a theme… Andre 3000’s guest verse on ‘Sorry’ is beautiful, personal, lyrical. What an incredible emcee.
– Killer Mike’s 2012 collaboration with El-P is really, really good. So is his free 2013 even-more-collaboration with El-P.
– Cunninlynguists have a pretty awesome thing going (especially when it comes to Kno’s production), but after 4 albums with nearly the same sound I’m getting harder to impress.
– Sunday’s best has a follow-up track called Monday’s worst. Worth checkin.
– 9 years in and I finally play a track from Outkast’s first album. Southernplayalisticadillacmusik is 20 this year and Outkast is touring for the first time in like 9 years or something (with the internet you’d think I’d be able to figure that number out).
– Danny Brown put out one of 2013’s best rap albums. This track is older, though, and reminds one of even older than that.
– Not much to say about Tribe and Black Star. I mean.. yeah. (and R.I.P. Lou Reed)
– Bit K.R.I.T has put out a series of well-above-average mixtapes and this track is one of his best. Bun B almost steals the show, though.. I just love his voice on this.
– smooov.

If you like hip hop mixes, or think you might, I have a couple others:
Spin it How You Like It
The Hot Butter

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BLACK AS MIDNIGHT ON A MOONLESS NIGHT

Episode 139. mp3. Released January 12, 2014.

Radio Slipstream is 9 years old today.
That’s fucked.
So here’s another episode. A bit of a gothic tint this time around (You can probably guess by acting out some of the names). A couple of classics. Some newer witchiness, and a bit of hip hop at the end… cuz.

Also, please try to pronounce Einstürzende Neubauten loudly at friends and enemies alike.

Things to Note:
– The kickass lyrics Nick Cave gifts to us at the end of Release the Bats (“Baby is a cool machine/she moves to the pulse of a generator/she says damn that sex supreme/she says, she says damn that horror bat/sex horror sex bat sex horror sex vampire”)
– If you want to talk about the term “underrated”, check out Rowland S. Howard’s 1999 album. I’d even go so far as to use the term “hidden gem.”
– King Krule’s awesome accent.
– Capping it off with a self-titled album’s title track! So cool.

Hope you enjoy.

  • Esben and the Witch / Smashed to Pieces in the Still Of / Wash the Sins Not Only the Face (2013)
  • The Birthday Party / Release the Bats / Junkyard (1982)
  • Savages / Shut Up / Silence Yourself (2013)
  • Joy Division / Love Will Tear Us Apart (1980)
  • The Cure / Disintegration / Disintegration (1989)
  • Majical Cloudz / Bugs Don’t Buzz / Impersonator (2013)
  • Rowland S. Howard / Dead Radio / Teenage Snuff Film (1999)
  • King Krule / Easy Easy / 6 Feet Beneath the Moon (2013)
  • Einstürzende Neubauten / Sonnenbarke / Silence Is Sexy (2000)
  • The Smiths / How Soon Is Now / Hatful of Hollow (1984)
  • CHELSEA WOLFE / The Warden / Pain is Beauty (2013)
  • Grimes / Be A Body (侘寂) / Visions (2012)
  • Dead Can Dance / Opium / Anastasis (2012)
  • The National / Don’t Swallow The Cap / Trouble Will Find Me (2013)
  • Ka / You Know It’s About / The Night’s Gambit (2013)
  • Krust (feat. Saul Williams) / Coded Language / Coded Language (1999)
  • Run The Jewels / Run The Jewels / Run The Jewels (2013)
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