For those that don’t know Circle Research is Astro, Nik aka Nix The Finger Prince and Big Tweeze. These guys put it down for 10 years, most of that on the CKLN 88.1 Wednesday 2-4AM slot. On January 30 2008 they broadcasted their last show. Seems there’s less and less college radio hip hop in Toronto as time goes on…

But never fear, because Circle Research now exists in podcast form. Now these guys are providing the beats from the comfort of home.. the first show was February 20. check them out:
The Circle Research Show podcast.

Now if anyone’s still reading.. this here is a classic episode of Circle Research from September 2006. Some really old school hip hop on set1, some 90s on set2. Set 3 has some breaks that you’ll surely recognize if you listen to any hip hop at all. Loving this shit..


circle_research-2006_09_13-set1.mp3 [ download ]

  • the sugarhill gang – apache
  • the treacherous three – turnin you on
  • grandmaster flash and the furious five – it’s nasty
  • whodini – the freaks come out at night
  • whodini – friends
  • run dmc f aerosmith – walk this way

circle_research-2006_09_13-set2.mp3 [ download ]

  • fu-schnickens f phife dawg – la schmoove
  • public enemy – welcome to the terrordome
  • the umc’s – one to grow on
  • pete rock and cl smooth – the creator
  • monie love – dettrimentally stable
  • gangstarr – b.y.s.
  • booker t and the mgs – hip hugger
  • gaturs – gator bait

circle_research-2006_09_13-set3.mp3 [ download ]

  • the meters – little old money maker
  • landlord & the tennants – sagittarius (part 1)
  • jimmy smith – root down (and get it)
  • music man – pleasure whip
  • penny goodwin – too soon you’re old
  • foster sylvers – misdemeanor
  • mandrill – mango meat
  • arnold blair – tryin’ to get next to you
  • the quantic soul orchestra – hold it down
  • quantic f spanky wilson – when you’re through
  • soul tornadoes – go for yourself
  • dennis coffey and luchi de jesus – theme from black belt jones
  • the poets of rhythm – strokin the grits

circle_research-2006_09_13-set4.mp3 [ download ]

  • isis – u know what love is canada-flag.gif
  • j rawls f grap luva – check the clock
  • the creators f consequence – watch us touch
  • bernard wright – haboglabotribin’
  • kurtis blow – hard times
  • eric b and rakim – don’t sweat the technique

circle_research-2006_09_13-set5.mp3 [ download ]

  • kurupt f dr. dre, hitman – ho’s a housewife
  • krs-one – mc’s act like they don’t know
  • wu-tang clan – 7th chamber
  • ll cool j f canibus, dmx, method man, redman – 4, 3, 2, 1
  • brand nubian – punks jump up
  • 3rd bass – the gas face
  • special ed – freaky flow
  • souls of mischief – never no more

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Here’s Circle Research. Astro the Guillotine and Big Tweeze doin it up lovely. Astro drops an educational hour-long funk set, and rounds off the show with dope 90s hip hop. Normally I wouldn’t post the names of funk/breaks, namely because they’re impossible to identify and I’m certainly not a real head – tbh, I don’t know shit ;) But CKLN’s playlists provide full disclosure on what is usually some seriously guarded trade secrets. So as Tweeze says, all you aspiring producers go and sample these tracks. For the rest of us, just listen. The track that stands out for me on these sets is “Summertime”. Considering the date (June ’07), this was a real summer banger for me. I honestly had no idea it was The Fresh Prince until I looked it up.

circle_research-2007_06_27-set1.mp3 [ ]

  • lee fields – my world
  • curtis mayfield – we’re a winner
  • the new mastersounds – your love isn’t mine
  • latimore – it ain’t where you been…
  • sir joe quarterman + free soul – the trouble with trouble
  • natural four – what’s happening here
  • esther phillips – home is where the hatred is
  • bill doggett – bueno
  • donald austin – nanzee
  • foster sylvers – i’m your puppet
  • the sound stylistics – night theme
  • the bamboos feat kylie auldist – i don’t wanna stop
  • speedometer feat ria currie – no man worries
  • lefties soul connection – get back (drum and clap)
  • orgone – it’s what you do
  • the lions feat noelle – think (about it)
  • honey & the bees – love addict
  • fontella bass – i need to be loved
  • james brown – the popcorn
  • [talk]
  • drake feat little brother & dwele – don’t you have a man canada-flag.gif

circle_research-2007_06_27-set2.mp3 [ ]

  • pete rock & cl smooth – i got a love
  • o.c. – born 2 live
  • outkast – player’s ball
  • pete rock – number 1 soul brother
  • sa ra f bilal – sweet sour you / glorious

circle_research-2007_06_27-set3.mp3 [ ]

  • k-solo – spell bound
  • epmd – gold digger
  • shyheim – on and on
  • public enemy – anti nigger machine
  • king just – warrior’s drum
  • wu-tang clan – shame on a nigga
  • naughty by nature – everything’s gonna be alright
  • mad lion – take it easy
  • main source – looking at the front door
  • tim dog – fuck compton
  • 3rd bass – brooklyn queens
  • de la soul – me, myself and i
  • digital underground – doowutchalike

circle_research-2007_06_27-set4.mp3 [ ]

  • eric b and rakim – don’t sweat the technique
  • public enemy – can’t do nothin’ for ya man
  • jackon sisters – miracles
  • mighty riders – evil vibrations
  • de la soul – a roller skating jam named ‘saturdays’
  • slick rick – i shouldn’t have done it
  • ice t – new jack hustler
  • epmd – i’m mad
  • dj jazzy jeff and the fresh prince – summertime

Here we go, Circle Research. I have a few dozen of these but somehow I’ve only posted one. Time to fix that. First three sets are hip hop, last set is some funk/soul/etc.

circle_research-2007_01_10-set1.mp3 [ ]

  • lord finesse, percee p – rematch
  • speech defect f abdominal – hang ups (remix) canada-flag.gif
  • nice and smooth – how to flow (piano mix)
  • stop the violence all-stars – self destruction
  • main source – fakin’ the funk
  • mad kap – da whole kit and kaboodle
  • schooly d – it’s krack

circle_research-2007_01_10-set2.mp3 [ ]

  • med – can’t hold on
  • anonymous twist f planet asia – sweet sixteen canada-flag.gif
  • pumpkinhead – rock on
  • keith murray – the rhyme (slum village remix)
  • ol’ dirty bastard – shimmy shimmy ya
  • mc shan – ain’t we funkin’
  • saukrates – comin’ up canada-flag.gif
  • slick rick – it’s a boy
  • casual – lose in the end
  • lauryn hill – the lost ones
  • erick sermon f marvin gaye – music
  • brassmunk – whistle while you work canada-flag.gif

circle_research-2007_01_10-set3.mp3 [ ]

  • brassmunk – whistle while you work canada-flag.gif (oops, bad cut)
  • big l – how will i make it
  • ahmad – back in the day (remix)
  • akinyele – put it in your mouth
  • the notorious b.i.g. – kick in the door
  • gang starr – the rep grows bigger
  • eve – let me blow your mind
  • slum village – do you

circle_research-2007_01_10-set4.mp3 [ ]

  • air – mr. man
  • pavlov & mishkin – re-de-troit
  • sharon jones and the dap-kings – natural born lover
  • hubert laws – family
  • john cameron – swamp fever
  • hampton hawes – web
  • byron lee and the organaires – groovy situation
  • paul dupont – rainbow bridge
  • paulo zavallone – sparkling music
  • pierre dutour – following you
  • baby gravy – high snobbery
  • junior walker – shotgun
  • johnny pate – shaft in africa
  • marvin gaye – t plays it cool
  • sunshine state – day job (circle research dub mix) canada-flag.gif
  • snafu76 – slick winter ep

The rapidshare link on this page is ancient, and therefore dead. If you want any of these sets, mail me at fm416.mailbox at gmail and I’ll be happy to repost it when I can. Be sure to tell me which one!

I discovered Circle Research scanning the airwaves for something to listen to after Classick Material was cancelled, and it’s a good thing I found it. Here you will hear the real oldies, the dusty records, obscure old-school hip hop and the like. It is my new favourite show. Circle Research is Astro the Guillotine, Nix the Finger Prince, Big Tweeze. They just recently reached their 8th(!) year of broadcast. You can catch them Wednesdays 2-4AM Toronto time on CKLN-FM, Ryerson college radio.

When I lost all of my Circle Research recordings from the summer of 2005 in a hard drive crash, I was quite upset. One mix in particular I had played dozens of times, 70s disco-funk-roller-boogie and very early 80’s hip hop. Here’s something in that spirit from last week – the hip hop anyway:

circle_research-ckln_88.1fm-2006_03_08-set1.mp3 [ ]

playlist (taken from circle research)
super 3 – when you’re standing on the top
mr. magic – rappin’ with mr. magic
pookey blow – get up (and go to school)
hurt em bad and the sc band – monday night football

And here’s the rest of the show from last week. A few songs were missed due to technical difficulties.

circle_research-ckln_88.1fm-2006_03_08-set2.mp3 [ ]

[talk] (over the clash – the magnificant (inst))
pete rock and cl smooth – one in a million
method man feat mary j blige – you’re all i need to get by
outkast – 2 dope boyz (in a cadillac)
redman – how to roll a blunt
boogie down productions – criminal minded
audio two – many styles
ultramagnetic mcs – blaze it up
m.o.p. – stick to ya gunz
dr. dre feat snoop dogg – deep cover
sly and the family stone feat the wylde bunch – i get high on you
sergio mendez feat q-tip – the frog
afrique – soul makossa
ultrafunk feat mr. superbad freddie mack – kung fu man
ann peebles – i didn’t take your man

circle_research-ckln_88.1fm-2006_03_08-set3.mp3 []

veda brown – don’t let the green grass fool you
bobby byrd – back from the dead
willie “beaver” hale – groove-on
mobb deep – trife life
masta ace – acknowledge
wu-tang clan – box in hand
theo 3 – everything’s changed
mathematik – was is will
jay bizzy – the one
outkast – so fresh, so clean
jay z and too short – it was all good just a week ago
biggie f too short, puffy – pimps ‘n hoes
nas – the message
eminem – just like me

circle_research-ckln_88.1fm-2006_03_08-set4.mp3 [ ]

run dmc – down with the king
eric b and rakim – i ain’t no joke
supercat – ghetto red hot
a tribe called quest – hot sex
mc lyte – poor georgie
nas – street dreams
unknown to end (not Circle Research- next show on CKLN. shrug.)