Preview: Strange Breaks & Mr Thing III (BBE, compilation)


Mr Thing
Strange Breaks & Mr Thing 3
Release: 19 May 2014
2LP, 2CD (mixed and unmixed), digi

This one has been a fair few years in the making. Compilations like this can take a while when you have you have to track down who owns the copyright to the music, but that’s the price you pay when someone like Mr Thing digs the deepest they can.

Finally released this week on BBE Records (the limited edition preview 45 having already sold out), it tops off a good couple of months for Thing which also saw the release of the Nothing Leaves the House double 7″ on First Word Records for Record Store Day, which had Kidkanevil, Eric Lau and Tall Black Guy sampling records from his private collection.


The vinyl is four sides, and if you get the CD there’s a mixed version of the tracks too.

Order from BBE
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If you’re Manchester way, be sure to be at the Roadhouse on 20th June – it’s our final In The Loop club night and Mr Thing is our guest of honour!





Here’s the CD2 (unmixed) track list:

1. Dynamic Concept – La Da Da 
2. The Internationals – Give A Damn 
3. Nu-Sound Express, Ltd – One More Time, You All 
4. David T. Walker – Lay Lady Lay 
5. James Asher – Oriental Workload 6. Dum-Dum – Art The Grass 
7. Disco Orchestral – Do It Again 
8. The Graham Walker Sound – Crossroads 
9. Zulema – Giving Up 
10. Harry Beckett – Ring Within Rings 
11. Smiling Hard – Fire To The Galleon 
12. The Capprells With The Sul Brothers Band – Close Your Eyes 
13. Woolwich Polytechnic School Concert Band – The Sweeney 
14. Chuck Jackson – Candy 
15. John Fitch And Associates – Romantic Attitude 
16. Sharon Cash – Nature Boy 
17. Spunk – La Bimini 
18. Amral’s Trinidad Cavaliers – It Sure Is Funky 
19. Özel Türkbas – Ozel’s Dance Routine (Mr Thing Re-Edit)

And here’s the vinyl track list:

Side A 
Dynamic Concept – La Da Da 
Internationals – Give A Damn 
Nu-Sounds Express – One More Time Y’all 
David T. Walker – Lay Lady Lay 

Side B 
James Asher – Oriental Workload 
Dum Dum – Art 
The Grass Disco Orchestral – Do It Again 
Graham Walker Sound – Crossroads 
Zulema – Give It Up 

Side C 
Harry Beckett – Rings Within Rings 
Smiling Hard – Fire To The Galleon 
Caprells – Close Your Eyes 
Woolwich Polytechnic – The Sweeney 

Side D 
Chuck Jackson – Candy 
John Fitch – Romantic Attitude 
Sharon Cash – Nature Boy 


Press release:


Five years on from the last, BBE is proud to present the next instalment of Strange Breaks & Mr Thing. In this digital age the beating heart of modern R&B and hip-hop remains as vintage soul, funk and jazz. Like the previous volumes, Strange Breaks & Mr Thing III contains a collection of killer cutz; some you’ve probably never heard of, some which may make you go: “I recognize this sample!”… because it was once used as the backdrop for a classic Hip Hop track. If you liked the legendary “Strange Games” compilation series on BBE compiled by the likes of Kenny Dope & DJ Spinna, you’ll love “Strange Breaks & Mr. Thing”. 

UK Hip-Hop producer and acclaimed DJ Mr. Thing has been busier than ever circling the globe, filling dance floors as well as adding rare 45s to his ever growing collection now he’s shaing those nuggets with us. 

Known worldwide as a DJ & turntablist Mr Thing is a name synonymous with Hip-Hop that always brings a smile to the faces of fans and promoters alike as they remember genius performances of impeccable skill. First touching the tables in 1987 he has been non-stop perfecting his art since and is now one of the worlds best. Touring the world with an understanding of records and music that is second to none, he always creates flawless and exciting sets mixing some of the rarest records with some of the best loved records ever heard with an apparently effortless ease honed after years of practice.
If Mr Thing is playing at a party… make sure you GO! You will never be disappointed! Rocking parties is not the limit of his skills, not even close! 


Agent J aka Jamie Groovement: writer, host, DJ and teacher. @jamiegroovement