BBC 1Xtra 20th Anniversary: Chris Read Mix 19th May 2003

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From the station’s launch in summer 2002 to summer 2004 I was one of two Hip Hop mix show DJs on the BBC’s station for ‘new black music’, 1Xtra. This month marks the station’s 20th Anniversary, so I’ve embraced the embarrassment of my 1Xtra press photo and picked a selection of mixes I did on the station during that period to upload on Mixcloud for the first time. They’re definitely from a different era – pre-Serato, they’re vinyl only, recorded live on a simple two channel mixer with no effects … and with that comes a certain amount of imperfection I wouldn’t stand by today, but they represent the time well, and in some cases the music I was playing in clubs at the time. Full disclosure – I have given most of these mixes a light edit, cutting out a few sections I didn’t like, but for the most part they’re as they come. I’ll be uploading another of these mixes each week over the next couple of months and posting tracklists for each of them here.

Track list:

  1. Chris Read – Theme #1
  2. Rae & Christian feat The Pharcyde – It Ain’t Nothin Like (Nextmen Instrumental)
  3. Onyx – Shifteee (Acapella)
  4. Diamond D & The Psychotic Neurotics – Best Kept Secret
  5. Crooklyn Dodgers – Brooklyn Dodgers (Instrumental)
  6. Crooklyn Dodgers – Brooklyn Dodgers
  7. Black Moon – Who Got the Props (Instrumental)
  8. Black Moon – Who Got the Props
  9. DJ Eclipse – Keep It On
  10. Rusty Killa Productions – Reality Check (Instrumental)
  11. Rusty Killa Productions – Reality Check (Main Mix)
  12. Brand Nubian – One For All (Instrumental)
  13. Brand Nubian – One For All
  14. EPMD – So Watcha Sayin’ (Instrumental)
  15. EPMD – So Watcha Sayin’
  16. EPMD – You Gots to Chill
  17. Kings of Swing – Nod Ya Head To This (Instrumental)
  18. Kool Moe Dee – How Ya Like Me Now (Extended Mix)