Behind the Scenes – Si Spex – 2 Sides of Barry.

2 months ago we released the Album by Si Spex – Two Sides of Barry. For those who purchased the LP would see that mentioned on the Press Release, there was a private link to this film.

We decided due to the current situation and epidemic that we would now make this film available to the public as we have found our selves in a time where streaming film is at an all-time high.

What we present is a behind the scenes look at the project from the King of the beats Perspective.  Back in 1993  I met both Si Spex and Juliano from The Creators in Birmingham’s legendary spot Samebeat Records.  I was introduced to them by Damian who along Steve ran the store.   At that time I had already started my journey digging and sampling records.  It didn’t take long to realize that they were out of my league.

There knowledge and dedication to their art surpassed me.  It was the likes of them and Mark B that inspired me to go harder at it.

Years Later when I started filming people working on their craft we worked together on my project the King of the Beats, which was originally a film.  Both me and Si Spex kept in touch and maintained contact,  which years later led to this project.

I would like to thank all those who supported the project.  From purchasing it to all those who helped behind the scenes.

 

 

 

 

 

Now Shipping. Si Spex – 2 Sides of Barry.

We are now shipping orders.  We would like to thank all those that have supported the project so far making pre-orders.  My Self, Si Spex and the KOTB crew not to forget the team at AM Screenprint and Viynl Presents have worked hard together to present this superb package from one of the UKs finest producers.  If you have not ordered your copy yet go to shop here get yours now.

We at King of the Beats pride our selves on putting together more than just a lp, we are dedicated to putting together projects that capture the artists through the Medium of Sound, Audio and Visual.  Hip Hop Preservation.

We have changed our strategy on this project for future projects.  With the LP also now comes an exclusive film capturing an alternative behind the scenes look at how the LP Package was made.

TR LOVE – IN STREET CONCENTRATION LIMITED EDITION LP

To follow up both Moe Loves LP and this years earlier release Dicemans ‘The Power Of Now’, we at King of the Beats are very proud to release the 3rd lp from the Looking for the perfect beat series.  From the legendary group the Ultramagnetic M.C’s TR Love Presents ‘In Street Concentration’.

Imagine being a fly on the wall in Ced Gee Ultra lab as the group worked, experimented and developed their sound.  They contribution to Hip Hop was part of its Evolution.  TR Love presented a tape cassette that was recorded at the time.  It documents through the hands eyes and ears of TR LOVE his versions of some of the tracks that later appeared on the Iconic Classic ‘Critical Beatdown’. 

Some of his ideas that never made it too the album but as important, this lp gives examples of his mind state and vision as a programmer and beatmaker.

They helped create the blueprint, they changed the direction of hip hop music alongside producers like Marley Marl, 45 King and Jazzy Jay they pushed the boundaries of sample based music.

Here we present a behind the scenes look at the manufacturing of the record.  We would like to thank long time supporters Kev DaCosta and photographer Stuart Myers that joined me on the trip to the pressing plant.  Tha 4Orce for not just working on the LP but coming down to work with me pressing and packing the LP.  We are truly independent label,  From creating artwork, graphics photography and video.  We are involved in every process from original concept to delivering the end product to the market place.  We are the artists, delivering special packages direct to the consumer.

King of the Beats evolved over the years and changed its direction whilst working on tha 4Orces LP ‘Setting Standards’.  We decided to set the standard when it comes to creating a package that allows us not to just deliver musically but to equally deliver on visuals.

We would like to thank the Pressing Plant for allowing us to come in and film.  Phil East for his time and patience.  Breakbeat Lou, Marc Davis, Chris Malbon who all contributed to the film above.

We would like to thank everyone for your support.  Buy the LP here. 

Presenting new release TR LOVE – In Street Concentration. Order Now – Limited Edition.

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We proudly return with this special release Ultramagnetic M.Cs member The Funk Igniter TR Love presents IN STREETS CONCENTRATION.  A history lesson from one Hip Hops most interesting artists.

TR Love along side Pritt Kalsi put together this very special limited edition Vinyl Package that chonicles some early demos and experimental ideas that went onto changing the sound of hip hop. The Ultramagnetic M.Cs  were pioneers who played a huge part in the evolution of hip Hop sample based music.  This records I a music lesson, a journal through the eyes and ears of one of its members TR LOVE  This is his scrapbook, his beat tape.

As Ced Gee was developing the Ultralab he also taught and developed the groups members Moe Love and TR Love who both were serious music heads.  For the first time you will hear some of the session ideas personal versions of tracks as this music was being created.

Recorded from cassette tape and mastered by tha 4orce this is a beautiful time capsule collector’s item. This record is more than just an LP this is one for the archive.  The first 200 copies will feature 2 tracks from TR’s Tapes, two tracks that never made it on to the classic LP Critical Beatdown.

This is the 3rd LP from the Soundtrack from the Film Looking for the Perfect Beat by Pritt Kalsi, to be released 2020.  The record will be shipped later this month.  Pre Order your copy now. Get in Early to get a free copy of the bonus 45.

BBE RECORD STORE JUNE 2019

We returned to the BBE Store to launch the second installment of the Setting Standards series Saturday, June 2019.  Special crew guests DJ Devastate, Mr. Higgs and Mr. Parker joined myself and host THA FORCE for the daytime event.  

We would like to personally thank the staff at BBE and those that came to support the days proceedings.  Archa, Keith, Gordon, Chris Read, Mantis among others who hung out with the crew.  We really appreciate the support.  Below are some shots from the day.

Working with Photographer Stuart Myers

Recently I got to work with photographer Stuart Myers,  Many years ago when there was no digital and it was all about film photography this was a medium that I loved and studied and graduated in. As a student I would live in the Dark Room after hours developing and printing pics.

As a child my father who was also into photography and cameras  he would teach me how to use one, load film and how to manage lighting.  Over the years I have transitioned to digital photography doing my thing with it.  Sadly though over the years I’ve forgotten most of what I’ve been taught and been lucky to get some nice shots.  So meeting photographers like Lee Crawford and Stuart Myers has put a spark back into my interest in the technical side of capturing images.

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Stuart has found his calling.  I knew Stuart a few years even before he took up Photography.   Lee Crawford, I new since a child.  We hung out a few times to talk bout the music and where they are at with their photography.  What I noticed was these are two people who have become engulfed by their craft.  They absolutely live it.  There spare time revolves around them reading studying and practicing their craft.  So when the opportunity is there I become good subject matter for them both.  We all love the music and they around me and really see the journey im on.

I can remember every time Stuart would come to my home he would bring not just cameras, but arms fulls of books and a wealth of knowledge he had been picking up, He invested in him self going onto courses with well known photographers, putting what he learnt it into practice.  Stuart is a very technical photographer and his personality is very direct. He knows what he wants to try and achieve looking down a lense. We had talked about it a few times and one of things I miss in todays photography is the documentary style that I grew up on, which would appear in prints such as NME, Melody Maker and publications like that in their prime.

Stuart wanting to challenge him self offered to take a day off his schedule to follow me round and take some shots. In the old days we call these field trips.

So a few weeks later we met up at my home to do this. What I would like to do is use some of the shots Stuart takes for Diceman’s next lp. Part of my vision for the label is create a books that will accompany every record. With the Power of Now a lot of the shots capture the journey of where we came from to the point where we began working together.  Our next lp, my vision to cover the present day and where we are going.

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Armed with a few lenses and reel film camera Stuart and I went to work. I can’t stress this enough It is so important to keep creatives in your circle. Especially good ones. Although we off the rador too many my circle is made from talented forward thinking competent creatives who are passionate about their craft. We work together to help build and develop each other, where we can, If your an artist I always like to encourage that way of living.

My life revolves going to work doing 3 shifts in a factory to help fund all this out side that all I do is work and look after my parents who have now reached an age where they are no longer independent as they would wish to be. So before even breaking out to do our work my first job was to get my mother to the hospital for her check ups.

She is something extraordinary, although she doesn’t fully understand what I do she has gone through it all with me and dealt with enough of her own troubles that in this time of life she only can wish the best for me and the close friends around me. If should had the strength or the money she would give it all so we could all be successful, but she doesn’t have that she painfully watches us all really grind trying to build a future that is at times has become about leaving a legacy. Her spirit is beautiful and more than enough, her presence gives me the strength to work hard towards our goals.

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Following we drove to Birmingham to continue shooting. Starting at Birmingham Bakery Medicine. A very beautiful spot located in New Street. It was Stuarts first time here. These shots were a bit staged he was looking at angles.

After we went to the Birmingham art Gallery, I would often come here as a child firstly on a school trip but later with my older brother who was studying art and architecture when I was playing with lego.

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Afterwards we got some more natural shots as we went to my home for many years the Diskery, possible the oldest record store in the UK. As a child id be in here again following my older brother round but as a teenager and beyond this shop become a serious part of my life. Nothing but love respect to all the staff past and present here. Many of the samples I used have come from here. Walking over to the Diskery we got drenched by a random downpour Stuart too.

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On the way home we passed through my parents home to see my father who is working on his new painting. Although growing up my father was totally against me persuing the arts he really never stopped me. I’ll never forget that. We never knew up until a few years ago he could paint as he grew up in a world where art was forbidden. As a child you was built to work. You wasn’t allowed to express your ,self the arts is not an option, and for years he brought us up the way he was brought up, privatly he resented that life and always preached freedom but could not detach him self in practice to the strict  and disciplined life he had to live.  he tried to put us through that. He carries a lot of pain and anger, painting now has changed him. His attitude towards creativity and the arts has freed him.

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Stuart took the images home to work on them. A week later sending me his images. In between I did go to his home to see him at work and watch his process.

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To find out more about Stuart please click here.

POWER OF NOW – SHORT FILM

 

Every week since the official release of this lp The Power of Now we have been dropping a video. This week we are doing something special. To end the year and see in the new one. We are dropping today the Film Power of Now.

The film chonicles two Journey’s.  Diceman shares his vision, and some stories that lead up to making this album,  Pritt Kalsi’s Journey behind the scenes on how he manufactured the product as it happened.  The film also features some of the people who were also part of the journey who’s role and contribution helped make this project a very special one.  From Chris Malbon who worked on the cover art as well as Phil East a very unique character who was behind the pressing of the actual vinyl. 

Chris and Pritt went to school together and from pre – hip hop and graffiti would have drawing competition against each other as small children.  Both went on to study together, Chris further pursuing his career going onto be one of the worlds leading contemporary graphic designers, working for Nike, Disney and Marvel to name a few.

Phil East i was introduced to by Kevin Da Costa also featured in the film who is probably the longest serving vinyl pressing expert in the UK.  Over 30 years experience pressing records he allowed me to come to the plant not just to film the record be made but to learn and be taught how to do it.  its people like him that we often forget. but meeting him he explained how he likes to sit with a project listen to it over and over to work out the best settings to set his machine so to give present the record and the sound at its best. This is a man who is living the dream. He lives for his job and loves it.

Kevin De Costa helped a lot behind the scenes not just playing the middle man between me and the plant but more than that he throughout the project has kept both me and Dice on track.  making sure we kept the energy at high not loosing direction. He was was the first person to acknowledge and really see what me and Dice was trying to achieve.

The film also features Dicemans uncle Sinbad, one of the first and original members of the Black Spades who’s members later went onto to birth and set the foundation of the culture we know as hip hop.  Sinbad belonged to the very first chapter and division of the Black Spades working closely to Disco King Mario. As Jazzy put it to me, these were the guys before him. The guys they took over from.  Years before i was told about Sinbad via Moe Love and Marc Davis who along side Rooney Todd suggested to me i should look for him to do an interview with him as he is one of the very important people who helped found this culture that never gets talked about.  It turns out he was Dicemans uncle.  Dice coming from the Bronx and as a child under his uncles wing would and did experience hip hop as it was being built. He was the child on the right side of the ropes at Jams getting a look at the very early DJ’s and M.Cs rocking these events.

Also featured is the group the Legion. Members Molecules and Chucky Smash get a first look at the project.  That trip to NYC was not just about me going over there to shoot the videos for the album but to present the album finished.  Unfortunately we got the press the record a week after i came back so I had to think fast and go to NYC with a mock up  getting a one off pressed.  I was able to show some of my mentors and friends the album and where i was going as far as presenting music on my label.

The film features Jazzy Jay and Moe Love who we did and evening together going through the album twice to get their feedback.  Likewise the film features the moment i presented the test pressing to Jay King who was actually the first winner of the king of the beats events who worked together with Key Figures on the skit on the exit of side A.  Andy Higgs Photographer and DJ who is part of this family was also there.

The film also features veteran giant DJ Eclipse who has been championing underground hip hop music for many years on NYC airwaves.  He managed the Legion and also has a leading role at Fat Beats.  Prior to this meeting he was kept in the dark as far this album was concerned and that this time was us revealing the project to him.  Dice had arranged a meeting with him and the group.  I was there filming the whole thing.  In the Past i have worked 2 times with Eclipse and never spoke to each other.  That was at 2 Zulu Nation Events. We literary would be on each end of speakers carrying them out together and loading up the van and never speaking.  We both had a job to do.  My memory of him and the impression those times i had with him was that he was a grafter.  He loves this hip hop thing just as i do.

But this time was the first time we had the chance to sit with each other and engage in conversation.  I chose to make him a major character in the film as offered a lot of honest great insight, advice and direction to us both.  I know that beyond the radio show for years Eclipse has been mentoring many artists. Some we know as house hold names and many who never made it. Looking through the view finder I was capturing him at work.  He wants us to succeed.  It was a real pleasure to have that expeience and share that platform.  I got learn a few things.  There i was thinking we can just role up and get onto radio, In the Uk those channels are a lot easier, as i discovered there are months of planning and programming gone ahead into putting on a radio show.

Overall I present this film, it captured a moment and i hope you will be able to see and gage the work that we put into making this record.  We are true independents.  We are the experienced underdogs.  I would like to thank my friend the original 2000. A. Dee the Artful Dodger who came over while ive been sick to help me see this film though.

Thanks to Keith, Malcolm. Tommo, Tha 4Orce, Casz, Damian, Jay, 2000 A .Dee Andy Higgs Dexter and Lee Crawford who encouraged me to get this film done while i been sick.