Monday, 3 March 2014

Beats & Pieces

Last weekend, Matt Black – a half of Coldcut duo/ co-founder of legendary Ninja Tune label has visited Poland on three gigs.


Ninja Tune doesn’t need any introduction, however it is worth to mention Coldcut themselves – whose innovating sampling style, combining hip-hop, jazz melodies and trip hop breaks has a wide range of fans and gave us such artists as The Herbaliser, Amon Tobin, DJ Food and Roots Manuva.
Matt Black, together with Jonathan Moore are considered to be the godfathers of remix, sampling and VJ’ing. The list of their achievements is growing from year to year and Coldcut, as well as the other artists recording for Ninja Tune, have great impact on shape of electronic music scene. Liam Howlett of The Prodigy said once that if it wasn’t Coldcut’s More Beats & Pieces, his dj mix album Prodigy presents Dirtchamber Sessions Vol. 1 [XL-Recordings, XLCD 128] would have never been released.

It’s also interesting that Coldcut have definied the meaning of remix, re-making in 1987 Paid In Full by Eric B & Rakim.

The duo is also known for combining music with visuals effects. Good example of this can be above mentioned More Beats & Pieces. However only Timber EP [Ninja Tune, ZEN 1265] co-produced by VJ team Hextatic and released in 1997 turned out to be the most successful. All benefits from selling were transferred to Greenpeace organization to protect the Amazonia forests.

Coldcut & Hextatic - Timber [Ninja Tune, ZEN 1265]

And how it is to see Coldcut live? Unbelievable doze of energy and the most importantly wicked visual collages co-operating with mixed sounds. Awesome experience.
Their work can be the most closely described in the following way:

The greatest recording organization in the world,
presents a demonstration of their new stereophonic discs.
Since the far off days,
when man first heard a scratchy noise
sccra-scra-scra-scratchy noise...

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