Looks like I picked to wrong week to stop digging

Barry Beats

A few months ago a hilarious parody of Mass Appeal’s ‘Rhythmn Roulette’ appeared on YouTube featuring ‘Barry Beats’ (aka Si Spex) who puts many of the current participants of the beatmaking series to shame by creating a corking little ditty from mostly his copy of the ‘Hair’ OST with a few extra bits thrown in for good measure.

His ‘Ned Flanders’ persona (as one video commenter describes) perfectly plays down the ‘straight-forward process’ of making a beat from any record (chosen blind) from a second hand charity shop.

Close to nearly 150k views (at the time of writing), there was clearly a need for more videos by Barry, and our prayers were answered when just over a week ago a series of “Barry’s school of Beats” began to surface on the channel, closely followed by his Facebook Live Streams for #BarrysBootsaleChallenge which sees him building a beat completely unedited from a record haul at that morning’s car boot bargains.

In a world of LOTS of beatmaking videos, Barry’s are a great mixture of entertaining, informative and not taking themselves too seriously… but above all else, the beats are great!

Show 22: March/April 2017 now up on Mixcloud

I’ve had a month off so here’s a double naughty episode featuring the usual mix of new tunes, old tunes, second hand tunes and digital tunes. At least half the show is all new stuff and at least half of it is hip hop. I’m drinking red wine… I hope you don’t mind. Dig in! Oh and if you like the show please spread the word… if nothing more than to inflate my ego, cheers.

Show 21: Feb 2017 now up on Mixcloud

What have I bought on the internet now? Well there’s been some smashing new releases from Tornado Wallace, Funky DL, Soulpersona, John Cameron, Kaidi Tatham and Uncle Mic Nitro that definitely need checking out. Digging through the net also threw up some lovely stuff from Blue Gas, Sasac, Triple Double, Ntourage, Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life, Homeboy Sandman, Yusef Rumperfield and Audiophysical. I also had a run of cheap CD’s which gave me some corkers from Eric Serra, Portishead, Jill Scott, Jurassic 5, Beastie Boys and Guru & MC Solar… I didn’t go through the crates this month as I already had far too much, so stick your headphones on and dig in!

Show 20: Jan 2017 up on Mixcloud

Slightly longer show this month… loads of stuff to get through! Charity shop finds include Vladimir Cosma, John Klemmer, Miroslav Vitous, Azymuth, Billy Griffin, Livin’ Proof and Yarborough & Peoples… We dug into our pockets for Yogisoul, Aisling Iris, Stan Douglas, Silver Linings and Jordan Rakei… the crates threw out classics from Jazzanova, Artemis, The Beauty Room, Steely Dan… and finally digging through the net gave us Jazz Spastiks, Solange, Pat Van Dyke, Nite Class, Dego & the 2000 Black family and Kenny Burrell… Dig in!

Show 19 – December 2016 – Now up

Last show of the year featuring brand new tracks including Tom Misch, Ekkah & Dam Funk, JND, Ugly Duckling. A recent charity shop haul threw up some gems from Millie Jackson and some boogie from Linda Clifford, Maxine Nightingale and Shakatak. Digging through the net uncovered some nice beats from Klim Beats and Hans Solo & Jonas Cook, plus a stonker Anime soundtrack from Yuji Ohno… plus a flurry of library goodness all from Bruton with Nick Ingman, Trevor Barstow and Barry Forgie… then we have a couple of crates classics courtesy of 4 Hero and The Shedmen… Dig in!