BBC 1Xtra 20th Anniversary: Chris Read Mix 26th Sept 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. Rakim – Guess Who’s Back
  3. Arsonists – What You Want? (Instrumental)
  4. Prince Paul feat Xzibit & Sadat X – Handle Your Time (Promo Version)
  5. Heiroglyphics – Powers That Be
  6. Infinito – Qualified Professional #27 (Instrumental)
  7. Infinito – Qualified Professional #27 (Vocal)
  8. Non Phixion – Rock Stars (Instrumental)
  9. Camp Lo – Swing
  10. Phife Dawg – Thought U Wuz Nice (Instrumental)
  11. Schools of Thought – Everything is Alright
  12. Lyrics Born – Callin’ Out (Instrumental)
  13. Souls of Mischief – Spark
  14. Jurrasic 5 – What’s Golden (Instrumental)
  15. Encore – For You (Swamp Remix)
  16. 2 For Five – Go For Yours (Instrumental)
  17. 2 For Five – Go For Yours (Vocal)