Sunday, March 25, 2007
Nice and Easy Jah
One of the most underrated reggae producers from the UK is Rebel MC. Right don't laugh. We all danced to Street Tuff at school discos and weddings but his productions go way deeper.
Just after after rave and before jungle in '92, the UK was deep into hardcore. Producers used the acid house bluprint added some sped up breakbeats, some rave stabs and ragga samples. A few of the biggest tunes were produced by Rebel MC on his Desire and Tribal Bass labels. His biggest tune was Tribal bass featuring vocals samples of Tenor Saw, Supa Cat and Barrington Levy. You might remember this as it had the Enya 'sail away' sample which has just been rerubbed in a Bagraiders Yo Majesty remix.
But for me, Wickedest sound is maybe the best thing hes done. Whenever I have played this people go crazy. He was way ahead of everyone by using sub bass before jungle broke. When you listen to his records you can really hear that he is basically a shockingly innovative reggae producer that decided to turn his hand to UK riddims like hardcore and jungle. Video here.
Rebel MC - The Wickedest Sound Don Gorgon Mix (Zshare)
He seemed to go off the radar till the late ninties when he started the legendary Congo Natty label. This was ragga jungle at its finest. Rebel MC tightened up the beats using sharp staccato drums and used massive Hip Hop breaks for intros and breakdowns. He banged out classics like Champion DJ and Fever every few weeks. He also got some some of the best UK reggae masters like Top Cat and Tenor Fly to do vocals. I used to go down to the basement in Black Market and they would always be playing his dubplates at ear bleeding volume. They still sound amazing and you can still buy them.
Congo Natty - R Kelly Dubplate (Zshare)
Congo Natty website