Home Taping Is Killing Music Month Presents : 1st Klass – Butter Blends
Not a lot of background info for you on this unfortunately. This was one of the first tapes I copped from DJ MK after I switched to him from Depth Charge for all my tape needs, but it came amidst a pile of about 10 tapes I copped at the same time – I just asked MK for some hot shit, and told him to toss in some blend tapes in the bunch if he had them.
I have no clue who or what 1st Klass is to this day… this cover seems to indicate that
a) its a collective of sorts, with 2 different DJs (Alize and Becks) doing a side each
b) its one dude, who’s mixed an Alize side and a Becks side to whet both the more refined and the simpler palates…
The more I think about it, the more I think the answer is (b), though a google search of ‘1st Klass – Butter Blends’ turns up a 12″ on some Japanese and German sides that fails to shed any more light on the issue.
No matter – there’s some inspired choices here, including Rafael Saadiq’s ‘Ask Of You’ getting dropped over Grand Puba, Monica blended with The Cure, and 2 superb meshes of Bruce Springsteen and Molly Moll, and Phil Collins and Dr Dre – I shit you not. The one downside is that the sound quality here is fucking awful – I did my best to clean it up, but its still poo-on-a-stick. Pretend you’ve just pressed play on a tape deck as you start listening though, and you should hopefully be able to get over it.
1st Klass – Butta Blends
(by the way, its best not to play the first 30 seconds of this tape in front of your youngsters)