The ‘Twelve 12s’ series is back in 2013 with our 43rd instalment an all classic, all Av8 everything special from Chris Read!
Anyone who knows Chris Read and his work, knows Chris goes deep in the record game! DJ, producer, artist, collector, events specialist…ah the list goes on and on, Chris Read has done it all in the hip-hop, soul and funk world and continues on and on. Apart from all his events (such as the much loved Classic Material, Uptown Saturday Night etc.), his releases for various labels, his definitive and super-extensive mixtape work (including his recent official mix for the 20th anniversary of The Pharcyde’s debut album reissue), Chris has been featured as both DJ and live musician on pretty much every TV and radio station of note! Yes, in short he stays BUSY! Therefore, as you can imagine, we were super-happy when he found time to join our ‘Twelve 12″s series with this great mix of all the early AV8 classics, but hey…we’ll let Chris tell it and after you’ve done that find out even more about the man right here.
“When I was asked to contribute a mix to the 12×12 series, it was a tough call to come up with a theme. My first thought was to choose an artist’s material to base the mix on, but the vinyl only aspect of the brief soon brought me round to the idea of doing a mix of records that were specifically designed for DJs. Maligned by purists it’s probably fair to say, New York house DJ Armand Van Helden’s AV8 Records enjoyed success putting out a steady stream of DJ orientated hip hop re-edits throughout the mid to late 90s (and a wider selection of more commercial material beyond that). These records were predominantly no-frills loop based New York party records – well known hip hop hooks layered into DJ friendly dancefloor cuts. They’re often musically naive but unarguably infectious. Although more frequently associated with New York clubs such as Funkmaster Flex’s Sunday Night at the Tunnel, for me it’s hard to listen to these records again without a good deal of nostalgia for the days when these were go-to dancefloor records in the types of eclectic UK clubs that offered a slightly more tasteful alternative to the then popular big-beat scene. – Chris Read
So there you have it, and in case you missed the first forty two instalments from Rob, Superix, James Lebens, DJ Ayres, DJ Dub, DJ Hudson, Matt Evans, Spin Doctor, Matthew Africa, Cosmo Baker, DJ Eleven, Big Jacks, Drew Huge, Donsta. J-Squared, Superix, 7L, Rookie, DJ Co-Op, Superix, Matt Evans, Y.O.K.O., Rob, Akuma, Superix, Spin Doctor, Dee Rock, Jimmy Plates & DJ Detail – you can still catch them here and watch out for another ‘Twelve 12s coming very soon… For track listing and running order – see the cover