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Raymond Roker & Goldie @ Metropolis

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This is the first of two tapes from Raymond Roker and Goldie, recorded live in 1996, at club Metropolis in the city of Irvine.

Raymond Roker & Goldie @ Metropolis (1A)

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Raymond Roker & Goldie @ Metropolis (1B)

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Raymond Roker – Nothing Really Matters

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I caught up with Raymond Roker recently and asked him for some background on this mixtape, here’s what he had to say:

Obviously, a reference to Queen, one of the greatest of all time. And maybe a bit of mid ’90s nihilism because nothing really mattered in some ways. So maybe that’s existentialism.

10 stories high was URB headquarters at the corner of Hollywood and Vine in the legendary Taft Building. That was URB’s first real office space from 1992-2000. ’96 was also a tough year for us. We almost caved that year due to money/growth issues. We recovered and ’97 then saw a breakout year for electronic music. Our best years were still yet to come.

[Upon seeing a tracklist] Ahh, right, my drum and bass days… This was a great time for jungle. I was getting copious white labels directly from England and playing tunes at gigs before most. Plus, I was buying tons of vinyl still. The DJ Hype/Fugees “Ready or Not” was to be a classic. I had some audio of Goldie in an interview that starts side B. Nasty Habits (Doc Scott) “Shadow Boxing” is still a beast to this day. And Future Forces “Dead by Dawn” used to murder the place.

So much other DARK and deep metal going on here. The first side is definitely the stormer with major cuts of tech step of the day. But the second side starts a little more cerebral and brooding. The gets into a classic mood, into the more dance friendly beats of the day. But all of it heavy.

Raymond Roker – Nothing Really Matters (Side A)

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Raymond Roker – Nothing Really Matters (Side B)

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Raymond Roker – Stoned Mental Pilot

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Stoned Mental Pilot comes to us courtesy of Raymond Roker, co-founder and publisher of URB magazine and URB.com. This mix was recorded live on October 19th, 1994 in Los Angeles.

Raymond Roker – Stoned Mental Pilot (Side A)

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Raymond Roker – Stoned Mental Pilot (Side B)

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Track list:

Side A

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – In The House – Elektra
Eric B. & Rakim – Paid In Full – 4th & Broadway
Aphrohead – In The Dark We Live (Remix) – Re-load Records
Aura And Thee Dove – Pussn’ Meow – Radikal Fear
Blakkat – Phase 034 (Medic Mix)
Experimentation – Pumping Up Marrs – Oms Recordings
Aura And Thee Dove – Kattwalk (Dove’s Mix) – Radikal Fear
River Ocean – Tito & India – Strictly Rhythm
Mark The 909 King – Space Sick – Sex Trax
Orbital – Are We Here (Oral Mix) – FFRR
Oribial – Impact USA – FFRR
Polygon Window – Polygon Window – Warp Records
U.S.L. – So Get Up (Acapella) – TRIBAL

Side B

Templeroy – Core Of The Earth (Remix)
Partners In Crime – I’ll Be There (Breakout Dub) – Radikal Records
Abyss – I Just Wanna (Let Go) – Groove On
E.G. Fullalove – Didn’t I Know – Emotive Records
Lectroluv – Dream Drums (Sound Factory Mix) – Eightball Records
Orbital – The Naked And The Dub – FFRR
Aphrohead – In The Dark We Live (Jr’s Factory Mix)
Cypher – Cocaine Nightmare (Limelight Mix) – Sorted Records
Mark The 909 King – Can You Dig It? – Sex Trax
Rebirth – Untitled (One Voice Mix) – Bassex Records
Metro – Here For The Love (Trans To Funk Mix) – Bassex Records
The Break Boys – Listen To The Rhythm Flow – Fourth Floor Records

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Raymond Roker – Untitled

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This mix is from today’s birthday boy, Raymond Roker. I don’t have a track listing, but there’s some Black Sabbath and Richard Pryor in the mix… yeah, you heard me.

Raymond Roker – Fuck Mix

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Raymond Roker – Jerk Off Mix!

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Raymond Roker – Santa Kruz (7 of 9)

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This mix of house and techno from 1993 is by URB Magazine co-founder, Raymond Roker. I was excited to put this mixed tape back in the deck and was actually quite surprised at well it’s aged. This may very well be one of the mixes I’ve most enjoyed revisiting in recent weeks.

Raymond Roker – Santa Kruzin (Side A)

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Raymond Roker – Santa Kruzin (Side B)

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