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DJ Andy Smith Lockdown tape digitising Vol 3 - Mike Allen National Fresh 1987 -Hip Hop

DJ Andy Smith Lockdown tape digitising Vol 3 - Mike Allen National Fresh 1987 -Hip Hop

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This show was 26th in the global rap chart and 80th in the global hip hop chart.

Well we are all on lockdown so I decided to digitise my personal tape cassette collection!

I used to record tapes like these off the radio as often as I could to listen to them for the duration of the week, then do another cassette the following weekend (no 24 hour stations playing what you wanted back then - well not in Portishead - the place). Luckily I never taped over them so have hundreds still.

This is the Nationally syndicated 'National Fresh' show presented by Milke Allen from 1987/1988 ?(Broadcast on Severn Sound radio). This was the best way to get high quality recordings of hot new Hip Hop Jams between 1986 & 1988 if you lived in Portishead!

Sponsered by TDK which even seemed to influence me it seems !!

Anyway, enjoy!


Johnny Scratch

Great stuff..but why does everything sound like its being played at like -4 it all sounds a bit slow 🤔

DJ Andy Smith

Yes I did think the BDP sounded a bit slow ?? - I presume this to be the speed differential from the original machine and the playback deck (perhaps the original machine was recording at slightly too fast a speed making it slightly slow now?)

Blunted Stylus

Brilliant ! There’s an Archives boom coming.... no hi-speed dub in that digitising process 🔥


Awesome, used to listen to this on Capital Radio!


Excellent keep em coming Andy ! Precious stuff !


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