The cassette tape appears to be making a bit of a come back as more and more underground artists use the media as a vehicle to get their music out there.
This month Tom Boogizm, one of the lads behind the best new small but seminal club nights to come out of the north in the last 5 years, discretely slipped out a beat tape and I have just had a chance to hear it.
Aware that Tom has been working away in his Moss Side based studio for a while now, I was keen to hear what he's been up to. The 3 tracks I heard are the kind of murky dubfunk infested vibes that are akin to his DJ sets. His love of hip hop shines through as he skillfully overlaps rapped lyrics no doubt lifted from his treasured vinyl. The sound is raw and reminds me of Flying Lotus, Dilla and Omar S.
Now very much immersed in the Manchester music scene, hopefully this is just the tip of the iceberg and there is much more to come.
The tape is available from Bookat who describes the release as: "**Bespoke, hand-made J-cards. Edition of 30 (or 50, label can't remember)** Ascendant Manc DJ, Tom Boogizm relinquishes a headful of squashed edits in 'Pariah-Caste Vol.1 2014'. Crumbled with pie-eatin' digits and hashed out in Moss Side, it sounds something like listening to Peace FM on qaaludes - smoking up a stack of slackened boogie, hip hop and dub joints with the trunk-ready flex of DJ Screw or Delroy Edwards' 'Slowed Down Funk' volumes. For those who like it rugged and raw; this one you. Gwan check some of his mixes online, too. They're mint."
Little know fact, the Artist Name was spelled incorrectly on the artwork. It's Pariah-Caste, not Praiah-Caste.
Check for Vol 1 and more Pariah-Caste releases on Discogs.