Interview from 2002: DJ Mixmaster Morris

He's one of a smaller-than-you-imagine band of universally respected and recognised DJs who've operated at the top of their game for over ten years.

Mellow Music No.1

A crummy album from a bargain bin or dusty, damp back room in a shop may well have a few seconds or more of a weird beat/arrangement or strangely affecting voice/keyboard line. The rest is dreck but that one element is to savour, perhaps even re-deploy elsewhere to greater effect...

Photo: Teenage kicks and 7″ worship

  Record: You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)', Sylvester's scream of a release. Approach: Biro on paper sleeve. Much use of Stars of David and the word 'funk'. The spirit of Bootsy (and being bored with school homework, possibly) lives large here.  Result: D.I.Y. fan culture is A.O.K.  

Vinyl Junkie: ‘Assimilation’ by Cool Breeze

Released in 1995 when the 'jazz not jazz' ethos allowed labels such as Dorado, Mo' Wax and Kevin Beadle's Clean Up records to unite music makers of simpatico scenes - and in doing so showcasing how London would later give rise to the 'broken beat' movement - 'Assimilation' by Cool Breeze was more deceptive, much deeper in its construction and objectives than might have been originally thought – as much Bronx as Bristol and an emphasis on guitars and soul together with echo chambers and programmed beats.

Introduction to Caveman

Nowadays they’re barely a footnote in any Hip Hop history, but Caveman left us with good memories of a relatively brief yet still refreshing time in music when producers and rappers could look where they liked for inspiration, pushed an Afro-centric yet English viewpoint and were defiant about doing both.

Bristol, 1991: Carlton releases Love and Pain. Smith & Mighty on production.

Five years later, a 'drum and bass mix' meant something quite different but this qualifies as a roller as much as anything put out by LTJ Bukem on Good Looking. Ten years previously and the likes of Aswad, Pablo Gad and any number of reggae artists were putting out memorable rockers that swayed and and…