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Class Half Empty, Class Half Full

by Buddy Peace



One from the deep, deep archives right here...! I think this is from 2002 or so, maybe the very edge of 2003.
I'd always made mixtapes in the very conventional method - two turntables and straight to a Fisher cassette deck from the old famalam hi-fi system. Not Fisher Price, although I did have one of those too. I'd gotten pretty decent at that, but in 2002 I got a computer and started figuring out multi-track mixtape making. Initially it was chaos - just throwing beats and scratches down as I so wished, which led to some cool results here and there but was totally just for my own satisfaction ultimately. When I levelled that chaos out a touch, it started to get a lot more balanced and had more direction and this was the beginnings of that...

I'd been into the Anticon crew for a good few years too, since the late 90's with old Buck 65, Sage, Alias, all that lot. I was listening to a ton of straight up 90's boom bap business but balancing it with the Anticon goods too, and it all made a lot of sense in the blender - the Anticon crew were all mainly fans of 90's rap too so there was definitely a through line in it all. Anyway, they slowly started to tour the UK, and I made it my business to attend whatever shows I could, strapped with a Sharp minidisc recorder and a mini microphone to launch my attack at the merch table (or wherever) after the show (or indeed mid show!). I got a ton over the years, including Dose, Jel, Slug, Dibbs and Edan among others, but as you'll hear on this mix, I managed to catch Sage Francis, Sole and the dearly missed Alias too which were my earlier ones. When I dug this mix out of an old shoebox and played it through, the Alias one genuinely moved me - I didn't speak to him for ages at the show he was at but he was such a friendly and warm guy to talk to. I've since heard this confirmed 100% of the time over the years, and I'm lucky to have shared a few moments in his company. His set was a banger too, I should add...

So here is the mix, in its entirety - a lot of different bits and pieces of the time, and thereabouts, but shared in the interest of archiving and just to show some of what I was about back all those years ago. And probably still am to this day, truth be told...

As always, I hope you like. 2002 in the house!


released February 12, 2019

Mixed, arranged, scratched and everything else by Buddy Peace, 2002


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