Radio Jakarta 001- Arab 60s/70s Vinyl Mix

Jakarta Records kick off their radio series with a mix full of Arab vinyl delights. Of all the places to find obscure places to find samples and hidden music treasures in general, the Arab world is the most unknown. Luckily for us, there are some producers willing to unearth the best Arab music has to offer and Jannis of Jakarta Records is one of them….

Discogs Launch VinylHub, A Database For The World’s Record Stores

Record catalogue website Discogs have created a database for record stores around the world called VinylHub. Whatever you might think about Discogs in the perspective of offline record stores, perhaps this will change your mind. The catalog site has launched VinylHub, a database of record stores from all over the globe. There are currently more than 2,100 shops listed and counting and if your favourite…

Johannes Kreidler – Music Made From Stock Charts

Watch as Johannes Kreidler makes “Charts Music,” songs arranged using Songsmith and falling stock charts from 2007-2009. Just a bit of fun and satire for a Sunday afternoon. Who could forget the financial crisis of 2007–2008 and subsequent recession in 2009? It certainly wasn’t a laughing matter then but composer Johannes Kreidler has taken a unique look at the crash using nothing more than stock charts of some…

J Dilla’s MPC And Moog Heading To The Smithsonian

The upcoming National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. has a new exhibit courtesy of J Dilla’s custom Moog synth and MPC3000. As I remarked on Facebook, this is bigger than you think. The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. is still under construction but when it’s ready for visitors, Jay Dee fans will be excited for a…

VIDEO: B+ Previews His Upcoming Book, “Ghostnotes”

Legendary photographer Brian Cross aka B+ drops a little video preview of his new book, Ghostnotes. Clear your coffee table because you’ll need room for this one. B+, the photographer who took all those Dilla photos you have on your computer, has been working on a book archiving hip hop on camera, from the early days of the Native Tongues in 1990 to the icons…

CULTURE: Graffiti As Mass Communication

Sampleface’s woman of culture Bee looks at graffiti and its use as a form of mass communication. Hip hop as an identity is articulated in several ways. It is of course expressed musically and lyrically through the production of beats and rap music and expressed physically by breakdancers. For the visual artists there is graffiti, which remains one of the central tenants of hip hop…

Buzzfeed’s 24 Things You Should Know Before Starting A Vinyl Collection

Everyone’s favourite website Buzzfeed give their selection of 24 things you should know before starting a vinyl collection. We’ve discussed the resurgence of vinyl records on a number of occasions and it seemed fitting that Buzzfeed, one of the biggest sites on the internet right now, would jump on the vinyl steam train and give a few tips to those wishing to start a collection….

Sampleface Question Time: Which Vinyl Record Is The Most Valuable In Your Collection?

Sampleface Question Time returns with a question involving our most valuable vinyl records. A few weeks ago, we opened an Ask.fm account for you to send us some questions. Today, we’ve continued with our second question for Sampleface Question Time but our first from Ask.fm. We managed to gather up some answers from the team and here they are: Which Vinyl Record Is The Most…

The Vinyl Library Opens In London

Imagine a library where you could borrow records? Well, that’s now happening in London at The Vinyl Library. While libraries might be closing in the UK, there’s a new venture in London with a new take on the concept of borrowing media. A volunteer-run vinyl record library in Stoke Newington, North London is offering the public a chance to listen to their favourite records or…

Red Bull BC One Champions Return To Stage In Seoul

2013 marks 10th year of of the Red Bull BC One World Final, held in Seoul. One of the fundamental parts of hip hop culture is breakdancing and every year, Red Bull BC One is held as the 1-on-1 B-Boy World Championship. The first competition was held back in 2004 in Basel, won by Omar from the USA. Since then, the competition has grown from strength to strength…