Published Nov 28, 2013Halifax hip-hop pioneer Jorun Bombay (producer on early recordings for Classified, Buck 65 and Hip Club Groove) and Philadelphia's Phill Most Chill (best known for his column in Rap Sheet magazine, but also a long-time rapper and producer) have a long relationship built around their encyclopaedic knowledge of breaks, yet only recently have they started working together on music. Jorun provides an old school-inspired trio of beats, flipping familiar old school samples such as the horns from Wild Sugar's "Bring It Here" (as used for the Beastie Boys' "Brass Monkey").
It's a perfect foundation for Phill's traditional, old-school style, the focus on having fun, rockin' parties and witty wordplay. The vinyl version features the title track and two songs previously released from Jorun's Rock the Discotek series, "Can't Won't Don't Stop" and "The Champ," although the latter is updated by the addition of tambourine.
Both vocals and instrumentals of all three songs are included. The digital version contains all of that, plus the tambourine-less original of "The Champ," the "original R&B remix pre-demo" version of "Magic Disco Machine" with more singing and no DJ cuts at the end (a highlight of the vinyl version) and a posse cut cover of EPMD's "Rampage" by Diggers With Gratitude rappers Emskee, Phill Most, and Oxygen. The Magic Disco Machine provides a fantastic nostalgia trip back to the mid- to late-'80s, and hopefully this EP is just the beginning of that journey. (AE Productions)