A "sidewalk killer" is what you call a guy with a particularly badass walk. There's a great scene in the classic Jamaican film Rockers when all of the main characters are gearing up to pull off the big heist in the climax, and there's shot after shot of the guys strutting down the sidewalks and back alleys of Kingston. It's set to the Peter Tosh song "Steppin' Razor." They all have distinctive walks -- they bob and pop while they step, coming across like a gang of joyful peacocks. Except Jacob Miller, who looks sleepy in his fatigues with one leg rolled up, and Gregory Isaacs, who is dead serious with his briefcase full of lock-picking tools.
This mix is a set of music for strutting. It's all roots and dub reggae in the Rockers style, lots of horns and "flying cymbal" splashes. Somewhere in there is a song by I-Roy called "Sidewalk Killer" that gives the set its name. It has nothing to do with the display of a sidewalk killer, but it's a DJ cut of Tommy McCook's "Sidewalk Doctor" (itself an instrumental take of Marelna Shaw's "Woman of the Ghetto"). Such a great groove, I had to name the set after it. Enjoy!
This is the first mix I've posted in a few months. I'll spare you the details, but I now have a new computer which makes editing the raw audio files much easier, and I upgraded to a pro account on SoundCloud, the service I use to host my mixes. They have these really cool player widgets and they're adding features all the time, but if you want to post more than five or six mixes, you have to kick down a little. That's been taken care of now, so expect the mixes to flow much faster in 2010 and beyond. I hope to post at least one per month from now on!
Sidewalk Killer (Veggie Burritos Podcast #9) by snackfight
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