The ‘Twelve 12s’ series is back again after our incredible 50th instalment last week from Rob Pursey! We’re now on our 51th – and back with another sterling mix from our homeboy Jimmy Plates, who’s put together this DOPE Pharcyde mix filled with great remixes and rarities. Don’t forget its Record Store day this Saturday the 20th April and we’ll be putting on a special ‘Twelve 12’s event at The Social, London in association with our good homies from www.whosampled.com (see flyer below).
So, without further ado – here’s what Plates had to say about his latest all vinyl masterpiece…
“In the early 90’s West Coast Hip Hop was dominated by fully established Gangsta Rap. The biggest players at the time; Ice-T, Cypress Hill and Ice Cube all represented this genre and it was pushed further into the mainstream music world with the dawn of G-Funk and the era-defining albums ‘The Chronic’ and ‘Doggystyle’. One group from South Central LA that bucked this trend was The Pharcyde who had more in common with the jazz infused beats and playful rhymes of East Coast counterparts like A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul (who they later both toured with). 1993 saw the release of “Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde” which quickly became a favourite with underground rap fans and alternative music fans alike, who perhaps found the light hearted songs about life and love an antidote to the hard gang related rhymes common at the time. The departure of producer J-Swift made way for Jay Dee (J-Dilla) and a change in direction and sound for the groups second album Labcabincalifornia in 1995, although not as popular as their debut offering the soulful sound of tracks such as “Runnin” and “She Said” have since become enduring classics of the era. So here’s a selection of twelve tracks from the group’s vinyl back catalogue consisting of B-Sides, Remixes and non album cuts, all mixed live for your listening pleasure. Surely everybody loves The Pharcyde?!”
So there you have it, and in case you missed the incredible first forty nine instalments featuring mixes from DJs Rob Pursey, 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, Chris Read, Jerry Jones & Pete Humphries – you can still download them all here or stream here. Watch out for another ‘Twelve 12s coming very soon… For track listing and running order – see the cover