Big Dada Celebrates

by on January 24, 2008

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In 1997 Will Ashon approached the then-heads of Ninja Tune records suggesting a separate hip-hop label that would feature underground British hip-hop acts. 10 years later, Big Dada has proved to be one of the most influential and innovative record labels for hip-hop acts from all over Europe. And what better way to celebrate 10 great years than with the release of a double disc best-of album? Well Deep features all of the big names that started Big Dada off right, like Roots Manuva and Infesticons, as well as the acts that took off after Big Dada solidified it’s place in the British music scene, such as TTC, Spank Rock, Diplo and and Busdriver. Most of the songs on this compilation were released between 2000 and 2005, but we all know what age does to fine wine. Here is an update from the Big Dada website of what we should expect to hear in the upcoming months:

“This year looks like being one of our busiest ever! First up are a crop of new signings. Cadence Weapon is dropping his sophomore LP in March, and what a record it is. Rollie’s crunchingly catchy, infectious digital production is as 2018 and it is 2008; heavy 4/4 kicks, synth lines and belt-it-out hooks. Combined with his hungry as hell vocals and truly original subject matter, ‘Afterparty Babies’ is a masterpiece.

Hard at work on debut albums are XRabit and DMGeez, whose first record promises to be a bleeding edge pop-hop classic, and South London’s first lady in waiting, Speech. Some serious talent from Big Dada’s stable has gone into crafting her album, watch this space for more info and music!

And finally, rumblings are afoot from the camp of one Mr. Manuva… The rumblings sound… well, they sound about as good as they get.”

Enjoy these tracks if you don’t already have them and keep your ears to the Big Dada (under)ground.

Ty – The Tale (zshare)
Spank Rock – Sweet Talk (zshare)
Part 2 – Hard Times (zshare)
Wiley – 50/50

Oh and speaking of Ninja Tune, the new album from Ghislain Poirier just dropped last week in America, and it is heart-stoppingly dub-tastic.
Once you stop listening to the single “Blazin” which was all over da blogs a couple months ago, you’ll realize that if there is any artist that definitely understands how to play to an underlying ancestral phenotype for appreciating some form of music, it’s Ghislain Piorier. In the future, this is what all dance clubs will sound like all over the world. But with robots serving drinks. and flying cars.

Ghislain Poirier – No More Blood Featuring Face-T(zshare)
Ghislain Poirier – Dem Nah Like Me Featuring Mr Lee G(zshare)

Keazylove: out.