As far as DJ culture is concerned, one of the most historically significant tours of 2014 has to be the DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist Renegades of Rhythm tour. As you probably know, these guys have been on the road for the last month exclusively playing records hand-picked from Afrika Bambaataa’s original collection. The tour has been so successful they actually added 12 additional shows in November, and reviews have been overwhelmingly positive.
But don’t fret if you’re like me and stupidly missed it, or if they’re not coming to a city near you. Cut Chemist just added a mix to his Soundcloud page showcasing the rarest bits of Bam’s library: the acetates. In this half-hour session, Cut Chemist plows through dozens upon dozens of unheard demos, unreleased beats, and early work-in-progress versions of the iconic Soulsonic musical trifecta: “Planet Rock”, “Looking for the Perfect Beat”, and “Renegades of Funk”.
Beneath the lo-fidelity basement tape sonics and the perpetual crackle of these well-worn dubplates is a history lesson on one of the early chapters in hip hop. It’s almost scary to even think of how many legendary Bronx block parties these things must have been played at.