D-styles has finally released
his long awaited album " Phantazmagorea ", with all tracks only composed
with scratching. During the LP release party, the D-styles sextet ( D-styles,
J-rocc, Melo D, Babu, Shortkut, Rethmatic) played some of the tracks live, like
any other musical band, except the band is in this case only composed of scratch
djs. A DVD of the party will be released during the year.
A new promising turntablist
band, Ned hodding, was also playing some of their scratch song during
this release party, focusing mainly on music more than thechnicality. This band
is composed of Mike Boogie, Excess, Toadstyle and Nicks. You wiill have the
opportunity to understand what they call "music" with the "The
Scetchbook: an introduction to scratch music' LP (Nicks and Mike Boogie) that
will be avalaible on the 18th of march. Nicks will also release his first Scratch
record, "the utility phonograph record", designed especially for helping
scratch musicians. Both are released on the "sound in color" label.
Check those two sites for more information about this musical formation: www.styluswars.com
event" is the second LP of Rob Swift , member of the internationnally
known X-ecutionners. D-styles, Bob james, dj Klever (member of the Allies crew
along with A-trak, Craze ), Melo-D (beat junkies), Dujeous, J live, Supernatural
are featured on this album. The result is quite various, from pure scratch tracks
to straight rap tracks, but less interesting than "The ablist", his
first LP. Audio samples avalaible at www.sandboxautomatic.com
Craze (Three times DMC world champion) will release during the year with
Klever (2000 DMC US champ) a scratch practice CD called "Scratch nerd".
More info on www.the-allies.com
ITF 2003 world final took place in Munich the last 16th of november. Troubl
and kodh are both french and world champions, the first one in the beat juggling
category, the other in the advancement category, with a surprising routine where
Kodh is singing, using his headphone as a microphone. In the scratching category,
I-emerge is the winner against dj Nétick (2001-2002 DMC battle for world
supremacy champion), and he is also second behind Kodh in the advancement category.
His style is a throw between Klever (for the powerful cuts), Toadstyle (for
the double timing stuffs) and Relm. I-emerge, don't forget this name .
Videos avalaible at www.40below.de
(Thud rumble) and Dan the Automator (Dr Octagon, Handsome boy Modelling
School, Deltron 3030, Gorillaz) released the third version of the track "Bear
Witness". The result is really disappointing, it seems that nothing will
make us forget the incredible first version on Dr Octagon's LP. In 2003, be
on the lookout for a collaboration between Q bert and the keyboard player Money
Mark (Beastie boys..), and an all scratched track called 'Turbo Paw Platoon"
(for a video game rolling"), quite similar to what you can hear on his
Wave twister LP.