INFLUENCES: LORD TUSK

His Lordship takes us on a journey.

INFLUENCES: LORD TUSK

His Lordship takes us on a journey.

Mysterious and spooky, dark and gloomy, delicate and moody... All fine words you might describe and associate with the music of Lord Tusk, the infamous producer who has appeared to profound affect on the likes of Levels, Apron and most recently MIC. The London based producer and disc jockey remains an underground figurehead - not one to portray too much publically but to observe the environment with a close and peculiar gaze. His music is rugged, raw and at times damn right evil... just the way we like it. His sound has been championed far and wide by oddballs and those who tend to favour the abstract nature of electronic and club music. 

We invited him to take us through a whirlwind tour of some earthly influences - he does so in fine style...


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LONG TIME AGO - RAS MICHAEL & THE SONS OF NEGUS

I grew up to a diverse versatile soundtrack during my childhood. On any given day a selection of various genres from Rap, soul, rock, pop to Opera, African funk, Reggae and many more could be heard. One album i distinctly remember hearing in my early teens was a record called "Love thy neighbour by Ras Micheal & the Sons of Negus". This record is groundation foundation Roots & Culture music, a highly deep conscious ancient esoteric African rooted side of Reggae. The Nyahbinghi Drumming and deep wailing chants with an incredible mix down by the legendary Scratch at Black Ark studios makes for a memorable listening experience. I wasn't captivated by this record when i was younger, it wasn't till i was in my early 20's that i truly appreciated and loved this album. Its one the greatest roots albums ever made. Every single song is hard hitting, educational, empowering, uplifting and musical. You could tell that Ras Micheal was open and influenced by all types of music as the album contains many contrasted elements. However one particular style the album encapsulates is funk, not to be mistaken for what most think is funky but P-FUNK, the highest echelon of Funk. 'Ancient Futuristic Nyahbinghi P-Funk Roots', hahaha, sounds mighty?! Yes I. Any who the song off this album i love and chose is 'Long Time ago; A song about the brutal abduction of Africans into slavery by wicked men. Roots music is deep especially to the heart, soul and consciousness. Its challenges the inequity, the oppressor and compels you towards righteousness peace and love. Roots and culture Reggae music a gateway cultural music. Once you become absorbed into it other genres open up for you. Well for me it did, from Roots i got into Techno, House, Jungle and beyond. With each new genre or culture or movement you open up to another one emerges, its endless. Apply this method to life and you'll advance in knowledge, manifest greater understanding and expand your consciousness. Now that is truly living. Word sound & Power...

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