Archive for the ‘uk’ Category

Hardnoise – Mice in the Presence of the Lion [1991]
January 22, 2014

YEAH. An absolute banger from UK Hip Hop outfit, Hardnoise. Demonstrating everything that was absolutely magical about early 90’s UK Hip Hop in just one song. Kick your Wednesday in the face with this, it deserves it.

From Discogs
DJ Son, DJ Nyce ‘D’. and T.L.P.1 got together to form Hardnoise. Primarily a sound system, but mainly friends from school/college. At college they teamed up with DJ AJ & Gemini & put together their first track, pure destructive Power, an unreleased gem, their 1st release was ‘Untitled’ a massive underground British rap tune using the famous ‘Apache’ sample from Michael Viner’s Incredible Bongo Band like never before. Produced by DJ Son, T.L.P.1 & Mastermix, with cuts by DJ Son & the newest member to the crew: Adam Pancho AKA DJ Mada (2), this was a self financed venture which Music Of life Signed them for. The crew’s second release was the single ‘Mice In The Presence Of The Lion / Serve Tea Then Murder’. Another firing release, with the M.C’s voicing solo tracks, each track showing their own unique styles. But sadly this was their last. So as elusively as they stepped on the scene, they disappeared from the scene, but not entirely, as they all carried on with their own projects, “AJ” Is currently producing beats & regularly puts out mix tapes (‘A.J’s Planet of the Beats’), Gemini did the Bushkilla tracks & is currently in the studio working on new material. He now goes under the title “BLOODHOUND”. “DJ Son” is DJing at clubs in the London area playing a mixture of soul, funk, breaks & rap. Some of the remains teamed up to form Son Of Noise. Unfortunately no news from T.L.P.1 anymore, but there are rumours he still writes lyrics. Adam Pancho too is still representing, he runs a nice website on British Rap.

Depth Charge – Buddha Finger [1994]
May 5, 2013

No messing around here, ive been caning the shit out of this recently. J Saul Kane is the man responsible for Depth Charge and also for churning out some absolutely huge breakbeat monsters in his time, this being one of my favourites.

You cant ignore the raw punch in the face break that dominates this track, its grimy, its filthy and it is perfectly complemented by a huge array of classic Kung Fu samples. Its this production, along with 9 Deadly Venoms that really cemented Depth Charge as one of my favourite breakbeat producers, right up there with Genaside II for ferociously angry beats.

From Wikipedia
9 Deadly Venoms is the debut album by Depth Charge, and alias of UK producer Jonathan Saul Kane. The album compiles several 12″ singles released by Kane under the Depth Charge name in the preceding five years. Kane is often cited as a forerunner of Trip-hop and an influence on labels such as Mo’Wax and Ninja Tune.[1] The tracks on the album comprise instrumental hip-hop beats with dialogue and musical samples from films, particularly martial arts movies, westerns and horror films.

Jehst – High Plains Anthem (2001)
December 7, 2011

Taken from 2001 EP on Low Life Records.

One from my crate, old now but still sounds fresh today, Jehst’s voice takes a few listen’s to get used too but he is a great lyricist and produced the beats for this first peice of vinyl, “I love the crackel on the old vinyl, i rock break loops….traveling through the mind – one – time”


Mad Doctor X – Keep It Lovely [1998]
November 11, 2011

Yet another track from SON005, the epic Project EP release from Mad Doctor X. A much smoother flavour with this one, seriously laid back business with an amazing flow. Perfect for wrapping up the working week. Enjoy!

Gobshite (MGC) – Khmenglish [2011]
November 8, 2011

Yet another belter from Gobshite & MCG, this time wrapping a language lesson up in a rocking break and funky as hell bassline. Its a great showcase for Gob and the boys, with irreverent but effective lyrical gymnastics keeping the track fresh as a daisy. Just as one of the comments say, “…proof that not all English people behave like ignorant c*nts when abroad”

Taken from Gobshite’s Youtube Page;

A gon gayp is a frog, a chikaye is a dog, to tarp is to snog a bon tup tuk’s the bog, if you’re a moron then we say you amoke, you ot loy that means you’re broke and if you chu uk then you must smoke, if you’re crazy im’a call you ch’goot, you’re kçhul if you’re lazy meeun means you got loot, s’dap, that means listen man i glisten on beats, i keep these fine rhymes bahime and bahime means sweet, yo, your ming is your auntie, your uncles your bpooh, leave you rappers muk krahom or red faced to you, lahor is good, add the ot if it’s bad and sabay that means your happy add the ot if your sad, your pataya’s ya pad, ya pah is your dad, you keung you must be mad and bong thom means your a gangsta lad, cheeers, see you laters what i’m saying to toys, chuop khnear pil krowie man and chol gow moi……

I aint fluent but i chat it a bit, Gobshite coming through on a Khmenglish tip,
i aint fluent but i chat it a bit Gobshite reppin’ right on a Khmenglish tip,
I aint fluent but i chat it a bit, Gobshite coming through on a Khmenglish tip,
i aint fluent but i chat it a bit Gobshite reppin’ right on a Khmenglish tip

Tik-tik is a little and charan means a lot, and if you need to chop your mop we say gut sot, and if you’re pissed then that means you’re srovung, don’t know the answer to the question then just say ot dung, chnang is tasty, ot chnang if it’s rank and ch’ngoy that means it’s smelling good, sahoy means stank, to neekyay is to speak, if your kh’sowie you’re weak and if you jong meun panyaha …you want grief, teeth are th’meng, if you’re young you’re kh’meng, your songsa that be your Mrs and your poohma’s your friend, cheap it towk and th’lay means expensive and if somebody mentions gom plerng you best be apprehensive, barang means westerner, before it meant French, kh’nyom mow pee Anglais so put that shit on the bench, i love Cambodia cus’ here i feel freer, in Khmer we say Kh’nyom srolang Kampuchea!!!

Bassomatic – Fascinating Rhythm (Lisa Loud Mix) [1990]
September 14, 2011

Probably one of the very best tracks released in 1990 and one of the very best examples of why electronic music became so huge. Since, this track isnt a house tune, nor is it a hardcore track. Its not techno, its not ragga, reggae or any other classification. Its all of them and none of them all at the same time. I also had no idea that Mr William Orbit was actually part of the Bassomatic crew, not that im surprised. Now I hear this track again and you can see his signature style all over it. Catchy hooks, rolling basslines, irreverent breaks in composition to keep the melody interesting but most of all, flawless production. The bass is pushed to the very limit of its range, so its loud without distorting, absolutely crucial to this track as the bassline is what dominates the entire track. I could gush about Fascinating Rhythm for hours, its without a doubt one of my favourite tracks of all time.

From Discogs
I remember very well hearing this for the first time aged just 9 years old on the Chart Show that used to be on Saturdays on ITV at 1200hrs, and i absolutely loved it. I think from that moment on, without realizing it, i knew i was going to end up being a music junkie. I still do to this very day. It’s all about the Lisa Loud remix here, odd because i never knew she provided the killer remix it until recently.

The track is a very odd hybrid of hip-hop tempo and break with a house feel and house sounds. The vocal is actually very good and fits perfectly. Those chrods are sublime and there are some nice keys in the chorus that compliment the vocals. It’s very hooky and very melodic.

It just goes to show how good those early acid house days really were, this tune is a melting pot of influences, whereas records today have to be neatly filed as house or techno, or trance, or dubstep which is not what music should be about.

Mad Doctor X – 7even feat Cappo, D-Love, Don 1, Frisco, Navigator & Terra [2000]
September 9, 2011

My favourite track of the amazing Project X Pt2 EP from Mad Doctor X, such a smooth vibe with some amazing production and insane lyrical gymnastics. Yet another example of why Carter remains one of the best producers of any kind of breakbeat lead music in the UK. Granted, the album was released over 10 years ago but the fact this still gets heavy caning all over the place is a testament to the popularity not just of this album but of Carter himself. Amazing.

From Discogs
The undercover alter-ego of incredible Bruce Banna-like hip-hop veteran DJ Jason Carter. On the scene for years since he first blew up with Blapps Posse and Don’t Hold Back (released in 1990 and repressed 57 times since) the Mad Doctor has been busy working in the lab conducting his illicit experiments and concocting his ill beats in various disguises ever since: London Funk Allstars and DJ Toolz on Ninja Tune, Clusterfunk on Cooltempo, and most recently as Mad Doctor X on Freskanova. He may also be familiar as the man providing all the scratches on The Freestylers’ recent records.

The Wing Command – Latino Rave ’89 [1989]
July 1, 2011

This shipped as the promo release for Deep Heat 1989 ~ Fight the Flame, mixed by the then Uncredited “Wing Command” aka M.Kamosi and Thomas de Quincey. I’ve got to say, for the time, this was one of the biggest and best commercially released mixes in the UK. Everyone I knew had a copy of either the 7″ double A or the 12″ with 2x variants of the 89 tracklists on them. There’s almost no beatmixing in this either, the whole mix is cuts only, likely due to the time contraints. What this leaves is 6 mins of a banging selection of classic house, hip hop and pop tracks that for me at least, defined the summer of 89 for me. Nothing but respect to Telstar, they had someone at the top with all the right idea’s and put out collection after collection of classic compilations, Deep Heat being their most well known brand.

From Wikipedia
Launching in March 1989 with the Number 1 album Deep Heat, the brand achieved a successful four year run and set the footprint for Dance Music Compilations for many years to come. The record company, which had formed in 1982, had achieved modest success with Dance-themed multi-artist compilation albums with notable successes in the genre including the Dance Mix collections of 1987 and 1988 and The Best Of House ’88. What was initially unique about the Deep Heat collections was that they contained exclusive 12″ Remixes of recent Club Hits, instead of Extended versions of Chart Hits featured on similar collections such as Now Dance 89 which was charting around the same time as the first Deep Heat albums. The success of the series was partly due to the CD boom of the late 1980s and early 1990s and it was the first time full 12″ Mixes could be commercially bought on Compact Disc, offering the listener at home a whole new experience of enjoying digitally enhanced Dance Music. Tracks on the first and longest running release kicked-off with Adeva’s version of ‘Respect’ while Underground favourites such as ‘Break 4 Luv’ by Raze and Hithouse’s ‘Jack To The Sound Of The Underground (Acid Mix)’ ensured the album reached the top of the newly created Compilation Chart, the first of many.

Vinyl was still relatively popular with DJs and this format of Deep Heat sold well with each Volume being released on Vinyl when other Companies such as Arcade (who came on board in 1991 with the Groovy Ghetto series) had largely abandoned the format, preferring to concentrate on packing as many tracks as they could onto a 74-minute single CD.

Also unique to the Deep Heat Compilations was that there would often be ‘Exclusive Remixes’ of tracks, such as the Megamix of Technotronic’s biggest hits. This appeared on Deep Heat 7 ~ Seventh Heaven several months before it was commercially released, while “Exclusive Deep Heat Mix”s of tracks by The KLF featured on later editions. It would be these ‘exclusive tracks’ that would form the focal point of Deep Heat’s extensive Television Advertising campaigns launched by Telstar to promote each release. These would feature clips of videos of the albums biggest Club hits, usually with graphics in the style of the albums theme on the sleeve.

Hijack – Hold No Hostage [1988]
June 21, 2011

The headline track from Hijack’s very first release and what a way to kick off the legend of one of the UK’s biggest Hip hop acts. Its all about Sly’s cracking MC delivery with this one, the breaks are grand, but Kamanchi Sly just rips your face off with proper lyrical gymnastics. Classic.

From Discogs
Hard, hard UK rap 12.

At a time (when is this not the case) when British rap was not hitting the same level as their US counterparts. These guys came along and hit so hard. Sitting on album covers with gas masks on and ninja swords way before Wu Tang clan, delivering hard, fast, funky rap, Komanchi Sly cutting through the beats with impecable delivery. Undercover, transforming and cutting up noise over the sledgehammer breaks

And it was from the UK, made you feel proud that we could do this rap thing as good the US.

Huntkillbury Finn (ft. Taskforce & Gunshot) – Liar Liar [1999]
June 21, 2011

Taken from the Mummy’s Little Soldier EP and what a track this is. Some quality irreverent lyrics, delivered perfectly to the laidback beats. Quality.

From Wikipedia
HKB FiNN (born Andrew Ward on October 13, 1965) is a British musician, poet & writer. He is known for his role as lead singer for Hip Hop band Katch 22 and his solo work where he fuses a variety of music styles to create a unique sound. He has written and performed on 25 albums.