“What? It’s just two guys cotchin’, sippin’ on yak. How elegant…Fuck! PhoneShop is now 10 year’s old!” read Greg Gwynne Smith’s Facebook post marking the 10-year anniversary of this massively underappreciated Channel 4 television gem… Cue a 3-series re-watch followed by a good proportion of a worldwide pandemic spent obsessively mining the episodes for mixtape quotes and wondering if Manga Saint-Hilare might be a Javone Prince alter-ego. With the other portion of lockdown 3.0 spent looking after a young nephew, Postie now talks in Razz Prince quotes with a 4-year-old’s inflection… it’s unique, and a wonderful example of how human-beings can adapt to their environment in unpredictable ways. He also created a 20ft slide down his stairs using cardboard boxes that didn’t injure anyone and taught said nephew how to scratch using Mr Men records… meaningless creative productivity is alive and well in the Postie household.
A mix-&-blend-&-cut-&-paste-&-edit mix-cassette from the Spines on the Shelves sound system featuring riddims from: El Michels Affair, Pa Salieu, Yussef Dayes, Kojey Radical, Ocean Wisdom, Shabaka Hutchings, Manga St Hillaire, Immortal Onion, Melt Yourself Down, Sault, Little Simz, Chronixx, J-Hus, Danalogue, Madlib, Tobe Nwigwe, Black Thought, Scarface, Dead Players, Levelz, Ghetts, Giggs, Roots Manuva, Tom Caruana, Skinnyman,
Shy FX, Demon Boyz, The Nextmen, The Monkees, Georgia White, Patti Jo & a shit tonne more….
Side One (Intro) / Magic Drum Orchestra – Dread Nourishment / Ocean Wisdom – Drilly Rucksack / Manga Saint-Hilare – Less Money More Problems / El Michels Affair – Enfant / Melt Yourself Down (feat Shabaka Hutchings) – Born in the Manner (7” Version) / MckNasty, Kojey Radical – Not Nice* / El Michels Affair – Sha Na Na / Buju Banton – Trust /Danalogue, Alabaster DePlume, Joshua Idehen – Broken Tooth Skyline / Levelz – Buzzin’ In the Beehive* / Giggs – More Ratatatin / Shy FX, MC Spyda, D Double E – Balaclava* / Immortal Onion – Asthenia / Pa Salieu, Yussef Dayes – Frontline Remix /Shy FX Kojey Radical, Ghetts – Bad After We/ Ocean Wisdon, Klashnekoff – Devilish / Madlib – Loose Goose / J Hus – Fortune Teller / Dead Players – Badman / Chase N Status, Irah – Program / Chronixx, Riddim Punks – Sell My Gun
Side Two (Intro) Geto Boys – Scarface / Sault – Don’t Shoot Guns Down / Patti Jo – Make me Believe in You/ Georgia White – I’ll Keep Sittin’ On it / Sons Of Kemet – Hustle / Tobe Nwigwe, Black Thought – Father Figure / Maxwell Owin, Pheobs – Come with the Ragga (remix) / Little Simz – Offence / Magic Drum Orchestra – Original Nuttah Remix / Melt Yourself Down – Bucky Done Gun / The Nextmen, Gentlemans Dub Club – Running Scared / YT, Skinnyman – Hustler / Gentlemans Dub Club – High Grade Vibronics Dub / Roots Manuva – Knee Jerk/Body Hot / The Menagerie – Whitey Express / The Monkees – Salesman