Influences: Coldcut

Jon More shares a fine selection from the grandmasters of UK cut 'n' paste and Ninja Tune founders.

Influences: Coldcut

Jon More shares a fine selection from the grandmasters of UK cut 'n' paste and Ninja Tune founders.

In 1986, computer programmer Matt Black and ex-art teacher Jonathan More were part-time DJs on the rare groove scene, and working in record shops about Soho and DJing on pirate radio stations. A year later they had joined forces with the Solid Steel show on Kiss FM, and the eclectic and underground electronic beats show is still running today. As a production duo they became Coldcut and with the single 'Beats + Pieces' and further releases (assembled using cassette pause button edits and spliced tape loops), they sampled magpie-style from Led Zeppelin to James Brown. The Chemical Brothers described ‘Beats + Pieces’ as the ‘first bigbeat record’, and their first mainstream success (a landmark remix of Eric B. & Rakim's 'Paid in Full') is said to have "laid the groundwork for hip hop’s entry into the UK mainstream". The grandmasters of UK cut 'n' paste and founders of the Ninja Tune label are back with a new single 'Only Heaven' and have revived their Ahead Of Our Time label which initially released their debut single. Jon from the duo has lovingly selected some influences from their time and formative years, so take a dip in here.

Jon has also created a fantastic YouTube playlist to go along with his funk influences, which is superb listening and you should check out here.


Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva - Only Heaven can be bought HERE. Follow them on Facebook

Photo credit: Hayley Louisa Brown

Fela Kuti And The Africa '70 - Roforofo Fight

T was 1973 I was 16 years old & already spending far to much money on records. I would go shopping in Oxford at Sunshine Records in Little Clarendon Street - One of the best record shops in the area. I walked in one day & Fela Ransome Kuti & The Africa 70 album - Roforofo Fight was playing. That was it I was sold - When the brass kicks in its goosebumps time…. I still love this record & my rather battered vinyl copy gets a run out on regular occasions…. I played this at a club in Londons Carnaby Street in the mid eighties… The manager came storming over to the Dj Booth ripped the needle from the record & chucked me out…. I knew then that this revolutionary music will always win….. Matt & I would play the whole 15 minute version on Solid Steel blasting it out at top volume in the studio…. I managed to see Fela play live in various incarnations - always a stunning experience - An imperfect man who created perfectly imperfect music We miss you Fela

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