|A Slice of Suspect Packages Gold from 2001|
Suspect Packages Radio Show - Presented by Disorda feat Jehst (Itch FM, 2001) by Deejay Postie on Mixcloud
I guess you could say I've been on a bit of a tape binge recently. A discovery of unlimited uploads on Mixcloud has got me flipping the bird to divshare, digging deep in the tape rack and scouring e-bay for the UK mixtapes I missed back in the day. But with that comes a nagging feeling I have been neglecting the vinyl racks and with so many sick-meaning-ill-meaning-good records to get through I thought I would set about trying to get the best from both worlds with this post so its time to press play on the widget above and get your read on!
Firstly, a little bit about the the tape itself which came into my possession courtesy of a loan from Rarekind.. It comes from way back in a golden time when Itch FM was an infant pirate radio station illegally hijacking the Capital's FM airwaves from various dodgy London flats. Alongside the likes of MK, DJ IQ, Mr Dex, Biggerman, Mr Penfold, TufKut and A-Gee, Disorda had a slot for his own Suspect Packages Radio Show.
|The Full Cover|
|Aspects: Psychoboogie 7"|
|Junior Disprol - Fight Club 7"|
|Natty and Dwella - Industry Nerds|
|PGM - Y2Kaos|
|Villains - Welcome to Wolftown LP|
|Skeme feat Rodney P - UK Bubblers|
|P Brothers - Heavy Bronx Experience vol.1|
|Krispy - Millennium Funk EP|
|Karl Hinds - The Next 12"|
I suppose its fair to say that the above records were a fitting warm-up to the main event as it is at this point on the recording that we enter the YNR/Low Life Records/Jehst phase of the show. When the records start dropping one after another you can really begin to appreciate how healthy and creative a place the UK Hip Hop scene was at this time. It is incredible how many classic records Jehst was dropping/working on at a point when YNR and Low Life were right at the beginning of perhaps their most prolific and successful periods as labels.
|Tommy Evans - 4Elements EP|
|Task Force-Voice of the Great Outdoors EP|
|C.O.N Artists - Salsa Smurf 12"|
|Evil Ed - The Tournament Round One|
|Jehst High Plains Drifter EP (£20-£35)|
Then we are treated to that age old hit or miss process that is the in-studio freestyle. I guess it's a part of some sort of ancient hip hop law that every MC that appears on the radio has to do a freestyle and this show is no different. I can't say that I have ever heard Jehst really smash a freestyle - I am not sure it has ever been one of his strong points but initially he does a decent enough job here - even if he is just spitting a mish-mash of lyrics from pre-written tracks with the odd "yo yo I go with the flow off the top of the dome"-type ad-lib thrown in here and there. Unfortunately with this one, just when Jehst seems to be riding the beat nicely and settling into a steady rhyme pattern, Disorda switches up the beat and the whole thing goes a bit tits up... so we move on...
|The back of the Fight Club 7"|
|Katch 22 - Diary of a Blackman LP|
|Blade - Planned and Executed LP|
|Mark B and Blade - The Unknown LP|