The Technics SL-1200 turntable could be considered the most influential piece of audio technology in modern history. With a legacy of artistic inspiration spanning five decades, its broadcast-quality build, authentic sound and ability to facilitate beat-mixing helped birth rap, hip hop and the modern disc jockey.
London-based selector and creative influencer Donna Leake’s vinyl-only NTS Radio show is a window onto how a virtuoso assembles enigmatic jazz hooks. Whether of the spiritual, straight, rock, fusion, or psychedelic varieties, Leake’s uncanny ability to mix jazz with rock, Afro-disco, dub and boogie takes listeners on a genre-bending deep dive through an astral plane of the recherché every episode.
Record Culture Magazine takes readers into the homes and studios of the musicians who are featured on the albums, the people who are running the record labels that produce the albums, and those who are buying and playing the albums, all within an intersection of art and culture.
Cited as one of the best records of the nineties by most major music publications and included in Time Magazine’s list of greatest albums of all time, one of the keys to the resounding impact of DJ Shadow’s Entroducing can be found in the title of one of its less substantial cuts, a 43-second interlude entitled “Why Hip Hop Sucks in ‘96”. It kind of did.