Shy FX & T Power – Everyday (r/d 9th January 06 on Digital Soundboy)
Bursting with cool reggae licks and Sound System friendly mammoth basslines, 'Everyday' features the vocals talents of UK MC Top Cat. Top Cat has taken his impeccable reggae credentials (including the legendary Coxsone Sound) to the jungle scene with the Congo Natty crew. He delivers in 'Everyday' a passionate anti gun message, fuelled by one of his friend's tragic recent experience, and the current rise in numbers of shootings in inner cities. Neither patronising nor glamourising, the impact of his lyrics is carried and enhanced by Shy Fx and T Power impeccable and awesomely dynamic soundtrack, making his plea even more urgent and accessible to the ones they are trying to reach.The Chase 'N' Status remix is as hot as expected from these talented young producers, with a striking contrast between Top Cat's flowing delivery and some dark, vicious rhythms for a hard, floor-friendly militant stance. Support already from Zane Lowe, Ras Kwame, Fabio & Grooverider, Annie Mac, One World, Bailey, L Double, and Hype. Playlisted at 1Xtra
Label: Digital Soundboy
André Williams, London, England. A cult UK-based ragga and jungle producer, Williams established his reputation with his first two singles, "Gangsta Kid" and "Original Nuttah" in 1994. While completing a sound engineering course as a teenager, Williams was given a work experience placement at the influential UK label, Sound Of Underground Records (S.O.U.R.). Clearly, the label recognised the young engineer's talent in the studio and released his debut singles. "Original Nuttah" featured dialogue from the Martin Scorsese gangster movie Goodfellas, crashing breakbeats and the ragga "scatting" of UK Apachi. Like its predecessor, "Original Nuttah' became a ragga jungle anthem and eventually reached the UK Top 40. Williams" relationship with S.O.U.R. soured after he became one of the first jungle artists to record an album, Just An Example. After this release, he parted company with the label and established two of his own in 1996, Ebony and Ivory. His highly successful productions "The Message" and "Bambaata", released in 1996 and 1997 respectively, were further demonstrations of his love of ragga and hip-hop, dynamically fused to form "jump-up" jungle tracks. Fundamental to Shy FX's sound is the tradition of the Jamaican dancehall, although his recent work no longer uses ragga samples. He also released tracks under the 45 Roller, 5th Amendment, Studio 2 and Studio 4 aliases. Shy soon was rejoined by SOUR exd-stablemate T Power who had also recorded a great downtempo LP for Ninja tune as 'Chocolate Weasel' to become one of the most succesful partnership in dnb.
In 2002, he enjoyed great success in partnership with T-Power when the duo's "Shake Ur Body" broke into the UK pop charts.
followed by LP 'Set It Off' released oin London Records late 2002.
Back to their own Ebony Imprint, Shy and T Power confirmed their star status on the scene with a handull of 12' that topped the drum and bas charts like 'Power of Ra' and 'Murderation' before lockin themselves in the studio to record the follow-up to 'Set It Off'. 'Feelings' , the first single from the forthcoming 'Diary of a digital soundboy' album, is a current must-have for all DJs and will be re;eased late september. Every single track that has been played out has set dancefloors on fire and the 10-track-strong album, packed with vocal gems and reggae, soul, funk, jazz and blues vibes, is destined to go bigger than their previous.
'Diary of a digital soundboy' will be released on their new digital soundboy label on october 17th.
DISCOGRAPHY: Just An Example (SOUR 1995)***, The Formula (Ebony 1996)***, with T-Power Set It Off (London 2002)***.
COMPILATIONS: Deja Vu (Ebony 2000)****.
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