Hot off the press comes news of yet another release from the veteran label Dusty Donuts, who have been pushing out quality releases at a steady pace this year. With this release "Weapons Of Choice Vol 1" the guys take a slightly different approach and give us a very handy scratch tool, which makes perfect sense considering how many Hip Hop DJs are now using 45's as their weapon of choice (Pun intentional).
Side A is a collection of hand picked scratchy sounds and vocal snippets from Marc Hype. There's a bunch of old trusted favourites arranged for skipless scratches, plus the inclusion of many new braggadocio vocal samples that haven't really been used on battle records before.
The flip side sees a funky little stripped down production from Jim Sharp, created as a sound bed for your scratching needs. It's made up of samples from some old favourites: "Take me to the Mardi Gras", "Assembly Line", "Heaven And Hell Is On Earth" before transitioning into the Sly Stone loop as sampled in "Mama Said Knock You Out". The side finishes with a handy scratch tone in the run out groove for those long transformer styled scratchers.
Overall, It's another quality release. It's certainly not the first scratch tool pressed on 45 (And there have been in recent years) but it's produced with the attention to detail and level of quality that we have come to expect from the Marc Hype and Jim Sharp. Start practicing your scratches - The release should be hitting the stores very soon.
Anyone who has tried do cuts and doubles with seven inch records will know all to well how difficult it is, and how you need to apply a different technique in handling the records than you would with traditional twelve inches. This new release from Washington's DJ Roz brings us a battle record that is the perfect practice tool for those deejays that are inclined to carve it up.
The release is filled to the rim with classic breaks, loops, and samples, all segued together in a continuous fashion. A bunch of the old favourites make an appearance on here: Trouble Funk's Pump Me Up, T Ski Valley Change The Beat, Down By Law from Wildstyle, Run DMC's Peter Piper, Uncle Louie's I Like Funky Music, The Mowhawks Champ, Bounce Rock Skate Roll, Cramp Your Style plus a bunch more.
The loops are just long enough to let them roll without becoming too repetitive, and also don't require lighting fast backspins - and each loop is relatively the same BPM as the previous loop preceeding it, making the whole side listenable in a "mega mix" fashion from start to finish. The package comes with double vinyl pressed with large holes, and a beautifully decorated sleeve jacket.