This week we have the pleasure of welcoming back John Morrow, aka Skelton Army.
The decision to ask John to provide the sounds for our birthday show was an easy one. He always comes correct and provides exactly what is required, the mark of a true music man. It’s a sheer honour to have such a humble man, yet such a pioneer and inspiration be our birthday selector. The early Foul Play stuff is still played non-stop today, and if proof was needed that it will never fade, you only have to hear of the storming Foul Play set at Brixton Jamm for DJ Randall's Stepback Sessions.
We all have various Foul Play productions that tear into our hearts, and that speaks higher volumes than I can describe. Now, John can be found dedicating himself to bass fuelled house music which I have personally road tested and I can report, tore the roof off. Keep a close eye on Skelton Army’s movements, we get the feeling he’s just getting started!
So, enough talking, time to let Skeleton Army do his thing.
And we highly recommend you check out his releases on Beatport:
Firstly, I'd just like to say how chuffed I was to be asked to select DuskDubs Vol. 52, the 1st Birthday Edition. Massive respect to The General, Gidman and Tommy for making sure there's an amazing new selection every week without fail, that a growing number of fans (myself included) look forward to every Sunday. May it continue to go from strength to strength, and may the DuskDubs family continue to grow. Happy Birthday guys, here's to many more.
I thought for this weeks selection I'd put together a producers special. Each of my choices is from one of my favourite producers, representing a host of different genres from accross the last three decades. I had to whittle it down from a very long list and I've had to miss out a lot of super talented music makers, but the tunes in my final tracklist come from, in my opinion, the absolute best of the best, the super producers who've consistently delivered so much groundbreaking music.
You may notice that this weeks selection is maybe a little light on the 'dub' side of things and some of the tracks may be a little on the obvious side, but I hope you'll forgive me, it is a Birthday celebration after all, hope you enjoy.
1. Soul II Soul - Fairplay
2. ILS - Loving You
3. Eric B & Rakim - Paid In Full (Seven Minutes Of Madness Remix)
4. Portishead - Sour Times
5. Biz Markie - Biz Is Goin' Off
6. Joyce Sims - (You Are My) All and All
7. Ultraista - Small Talk (Four Tet Remix) (Justin Martin Rework)
8. Stanton Warriors - Slip Away
9. Lana Del Ray - Ride (Photek Remix)
10. Kidnap Kid - Like You Used To
11. Frankie Knuckles presents Satoshi Tomiie - Tears
12. SBTRKT - Hold On (feat. Sampha)
13. Goldie - Inner City Life (Radio Edit)
14. Skanna - The Greatest Thing (Summertime Mix)
15. Foul Play - Music Is The Key (Omni Trio Remix)
16. The Prodigy - Your Love
Soul II Soul - Fairplay
[Producers - Nellee Hooper / Jazzie B]
Grammy award winning producer of U2. Bjork, Smashing Pumpkins etc. Nellee Hooper started his carreer as a member of the Wild Bunch and was instrumental in Massive Attack's early success, but it was his work with Jazzie B creating the early Soul II Soul anthems that gets him in my selection today. My fave of the lot is 'Fairplay', bringing back memories of Funki Dred T-Shirts and Africa pendants.
ILS - Loving You
[Producer - ILS]
Illian Walker, former Good Looking artist turned Breaks Don was one of my favourite producers in the Breaks scene, using rolling breakbeats and a healthy dose of funk when most around him were taking it dark and heavy. I could have included any track from his masterpiece 2005 album ' Bohemia' but I thought the downtempo 'Loving You' had a nice DuskDubs feel to it.
Eric B & Rakim - Paid In Full (Seven Minutes of Madness remix)
[Remix Producers - Coldcut]
No producer special would be complete without something from sample pioneers and Ninja Tune founders, Coldcut. Their use of the Ofra Haza vocal in their remix of Eric B & Rakim's 'Paid In Full' was nothing short of genius and helped create a bonified classic, and it means I get to include a track from the greatest rapper of all time.
Portishead - Sour Times
[Producers - Portishead]
Yeah I know it's a bit obvious and Portishead have featured a fair bit in previous DuskDubs selections, but I've always loved them and this is my favourite track of theirs by a whisker. Their contrast of gritty production and melancholy vocals was so original and distinctive when they first emerged, and has progressed cleverly through their three studio albums, and I'm still patiently awaiting the next one.
Biz Markie - Biz is Goin' Off
[Producer - Marley Marl]
No one person is more responsible for soundtracking my early teenage years than Marly Marl. Arguably the greatest producer of Hip Hop's golden era, he was behind so, so, so many classics from Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane, Roxanne Shante, MC Shan, Masta Ace, Eric B, LL Cool J etc. etc. etc. Was so hard picking just one, but 'Biz is Goin' Off' is just such a tune and I'll always remember it's freaky video, that I played on repeat when I was a little Hip Hop kid.
Joyce Sims - (You Are My) All and All
[Producer - Kurtis Mantronik]
Had to include something from the king of the beats himself Kurtis Mantronik. His trademark slick drum programming graced 80's anthems by Just Ice, T La Rock and his own band Mantronix, but for me it was with songstress Joyce Sims that he did his best work. Could have picked any number of colaborations between these two but went for my personal favoutite 'All and All'.
Ultraista - (Four Tet Remix) - (Justin Martin Rework)
[Remix Producer - Justin Martin]
This remix of a remix is one of my favourite tunes at the moment, from my favourite producer. Whether he's making house, breaks or booty shaking bass music, Justin Martin does it perfectly. A massive fan of classic Jungle/D&B, you can hear the influence in his music, especially evident in his album 'Ghettos & Gardens' on Dirtybird, which even features his remake of Goldie's 'Kemistry' fully endorsed by Goldie himself.
Stanton Warriors - Slip Away
[Producers - Stanton Warriors]
Taken from their 2006 'The Lost Files' album, 'Slip Away' featuring the vocal talents of Tina Grace is another Stanton's classic. In my opinion these guys can do no wrong. At the top of their game now for well over 15 years and showing no signs of slowing. Without doubt the masters of the Breaks scene.
Lana Del Ray - Ride (Photek Remix)
[Remix Producer - Photek]
In my humble opinion the most talented producer ever to make Drum & Bass, by a clear mile. Of course there have been many super talented producers in the scene since Rupert Parkes mid nineties domination, but the chances are what they're doing, Photek invented. I'm not a fan of all his post D&B work, but this remix for Lana Del Ray that emerged last year was a very unexpected surprise. Photek making pop music, and doing it well.
Kidnap Kid - Like You Used To
[Producer - Kidnap Kid]
It's only a matter of time before Kidnap Kid aka 23yr old Matt Relton blows up big time. Probably the most talented British house music producer around at the moment, his production skills sound well beyond his years. If you like Disclosure, you need to check out Kidnap Kid, cos he's better.
Frankie Knuckles presents Satoshi Tomiie - Tears
[Producers - Frankie Knuckles, Satoshi Tomiie]
It wouldn't be right to do a producers special without featuring something from the Godfather of House himself, the late, great Frankie Knuckles. I just love this record (I should do, I've sampled it enough times), it's completely timeless and it's arguably Robert Owens finest performance. Just beautiful.
SBTRKT - Hold On (feat. Sampha)
[Producer - SBTRKT]
Could have featured any number of tracks from SBTRKT's debut self-titled album, the perfect combination of great songs and brilliant production throughout. 'Hold on' is one of a number of colabs on the album with vocalist Sampha and my personal favourite.
Godie - Inner City Life
[Producers - Goldie, Rob Playford]
This is what happens when creative genius and technical wizard join forces. Rob and Goldie made so much fantastic music during the few years they worked together that really was timeless, but 'Inner City Life' was the track that helped Goldie become a household name and it still gives me goosebumps after the gazillionth listen.
Skanna - The Greatest Thing (Summertime Mix)
[Producer - Skanna]
Almost the first name on the list for a producer special, John Graham aka Skanna (and countless other aliases over the years) created some of the most well crafted and forward thinking Hardcore/D&B of the entire genre and is still having incredible success releasing music on some of the worlds finest dance music labels. Could have picked any number of his tunes and it was a toss up between this and another favourite of mine 'This Way' but memories of Fabio smashing 'The Greatest Thing' back in the day, just swung it.
Foul Play - Music Is The Key (Omni Trio Remix)
[Remix Producer - Omni Trio]
Omni Trio's finest moment? I think so, but I'm biased. I can remember the first time we heard this we were blown away. He took a small part of the vocal and built an entirely new piece of beautiful music around it. As great a musician as he was a producer, his entire back catalogue of singles and albums is a joy to listen to, but this tune will always be the one that means the most to me.
The Prodigy - Your Love
[Producer - Liam Howlett]
It's only right I should end this selection with a tune I played as my last record on so many occasions during my DJ years. Liam Howlett, super producer extraordinaire, Rave pioneer and someone I've looked up to for well over 20 years. In my mind this is THE piano anthem of piano anthems and though this may not be strictly in keeping with the usual DuskDubs sound, I know you'll forgive me, as this is the ultimate party tune and today we're celebrating a Birthday..... Enjoy.