BBC 1Xtra 20th Anniversary: Chris Read Mix 4th July 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. Rusty Killa Productions – The Incredible
  3. MCM – Powermoves
  4. Showbiz & AG – You Know Now (Buckwild Remix)
  5. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – Searching (Remix)
  6. Roy Ayers – Searching
  7. Ed OG – Be a Father To Your Child
  8. DJ Riz – Live from Brooklyn Part I
  9. KRS One – MCs Act Like They Don’t Know
  10. KRS One – Step Into A World
  11. Corey feat Sadat X – Everything But Love
  12. Kurious – All Great
  13. A Tribe Called Quest – Check the Rhime (Instrumental)
  14. A Tribe Called Quest – Check the Rhime
  15. Beastie Boys feat Q-Tip – Get It Together (ABA Remix Instrumental)
  16. Master Ace – Music Man
  17. DJ Shadow – Hardcore (Instrumental) Hip Hop
  18. Rob Swift feat Large Professor – Dope On Plastic (Large Professor Remix)
  19. The Sound Providers – Yes Yes Y’all (Instrumental)
  20. Red Astaire – Follow Me
  21. Nas – Get Down
  22. Ice-T – You Played Yourself
  23. Nas – Get Down (Instrumental)
  24. Danny Krivit – Stealin James
  25. DJ LBR feat Big Ali – 10 Break Commandments