Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Turning Point "1988-1991" discography

There was a lot of support for the new Turning Point discography on social media in collectors circles. Turning Point was one of the last pieces of the puzzle that stayed hidden from me. I was never able to hear their stuff on a decent format. Combine these two reasons together and you realize why I bought this. I bought it new at a distro store but not for the price it went on Black Friday.

I'm still getting to know their discography. I must say I really like their work from the LP "It's  Always Darkest Before The Dawn". Just a perfect record. The songs from the Hi Impact 7 inch are closer to the youth crew bands from earlier. Also very solid work. Packaging is great also, a good looking gatefold with a separate insert too. It also comes with a 7 inch in a generic sleeve. These tracks are the demo songs of the band.

blue vinyl out of 500 copies with bonus 7 inch
blue vinyl out of 500 copies with bonus 7 inch

They obviously were aware that they lived in a phase where things were changing in Hardcore, a true turning point in time. You can also hear that transition in their work. The earlier the closer to youth crew. The record was released by Jade Tree records and Think Fast! Records. There is another discography of them earlier released in time, but that one didn't have live tracks.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Shurik'n "Où Je Vis"

Straight from 1998 comes this cassette by the French Hip Hop artist Shurik'n. As some might acknowledge, 1998 was a good year for music. Wether it be youthful sentiment or not... We had lots of Hip Hop coming from Marseille, the city in the Southern part of France. I rarely listen to Hip Hop anymore, but this one release somehow stayed with me. You probably wouldn't suspect that the vinyl version, a triple black vinyl LP affair goes for quite a penny now, approximately 200 euro for a mint copy.

I was living near the French border, so it's no surprise that I had a friend coming from France at school. He was the one who introduced me to Shurik'n. The rapper comes from the same rap scene as Fonky Family, 3ième Oeil, Faf Larage, Coté Obscure, etc. For sure the Mecca of French Hip Hop way back in 1998. But let's not forget the Paris scene, with the notorious NTM from the same time period. The album "Où Je Vis" debuted at the top of the French album charts.

Shurik'n "Où Je Vis" cassette

No, I'm not a Hardcore purist as this blog might suggest. I like to relax with some Hip Hop now and then. Tongue in cheek and full of street wisdom this one is. Shurik'n was inspired by oriental philosophies and martial arts.

French Hip Hop was also played at the ODK Skate shop by the way, when Micha the vocalist of ODK Crew was taking care of bussiness... So this explains his rather Hip Hop way of appearing at shows, the numerous backings he did and so on.

I snagged the tape version for a reasonable price on eBay recently. Glad to have it, wish I still had my Sony Walkman to play it... Brings back a great vibe. Never listened to his later stuff.