Predictably, the internet has been awash with MCA / Beastie Boys tribute mixes in the days that have passed since the untimely passing of Adam Yauch. I’ve listened to many, enjoyed a few but, as I often do, felt the need to put my own mark on it all. So, in less than 24 hours I set about putting together ‘Boutique Beats’, not your standard ‘best of’, but a collection of some of my favourites, laced with original breaks sampled by the Beastie Boys (largely but not exclusively for the Paul’s Boutique album), acapellas, remixes and plenty else besides. I’ll resist writing anything lengthy on the Beastie Boys legacy here, but you can read my thoughts on MCA and the group on my blog here: http://musicofsubstance.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/a-few-words-about-mca/ A full tracklist including sample credits will be up on www.musicofsubstance.com shortly. Special thanks to Leroy Knockolds from www.ahsht.com for the artwork.