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Skate soundtracks were almost as useful in broadening musical horizons for multiple generations as John Peel was (even the sonic soundscape of the video games had its own impact on some big names as well as those racking up legions of Soundcloud plays). For many, the sound evokes the section, a trick and — given the obsessive nature of skaters — the outfits. It’s a perfect example of how complete and self-contained a scene can be. For some, an emotional memory is unleashed through the Proustian means of scent, while for others, it’s a Beatnuts flute loop that sets a 1993 scene of tiny wheels on asphalt. Crucially, through the logical act of picking what soundtracked a session, that sonic connection of cultures created some movement that would make waves decades later. Legends Never Die, DJ Odin’s epic mix of skate VHS soundtracks, caused some commotion last year and part two just dropped at stores like The Palomino (who are the sole UK stockists of High and Mel Stones’ That’s a Crazy One book) recently. This time Legends Never Die Volume II stretches to the DVD/digital era, with old features returning: nine hours of music (in 12 parts) and samples on an engraved USB stick, recycled VHS box packaging, fold-out tracklisting and a Hi-8 tape replica made from wax. It’s a labour of love for the kids that remember the Kurupt track that Mike Carroll skated to, the Roots on the 411 video magazine, War on that Trilogy tape, plus multiple lines to Sister Nancy and New Order (though I suspect that end titles to Fully Flared played a role) and a time when Band of Horses were on everything (presumably because they knew some folks in the scene) and stuff had to be properly licensed.

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