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Keep It Solid Steel, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - John Bush
If the title was a directive to Mr. Scruff's Andrew Carthy to make sure that his volume in the Solid Steel series stayed true to the spirit of previous volumes, Keep It Solid Steel has to be called a disappointment. Still, it compares well even to series highlights like DJ Food's Now, Listen! nevertheless. Carthy, a long-time DJ with a knack for resurrecting great sounds, spins an energetic mix of deadly obscure tracks lifted from reggae, dance, soul, and old-school hip-hop; although he may not mash up every track in sight -- a Solid Steel specialty -- he does flaunt his status as a messiah of neglected hooks. Hip-hop is clearly his favorite genre, and many of the non-rap ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
If the title was a directive to Mr. Scruff's Andrew Carthy to make sure that his volume in the Solid Steel series stayed true to the spirit of previous volumes, Keep It Solid Steel has to be called a disappointment. Still, it compares well even to series highlights like DJ Food's Now, Listen! nevertheless. Carthy, a long-time DJ with a knack for resurrecting great sounds, spins an energetic mix of deadly obscure tracks lifted from reggae, dance, soul, and old-school hip-hop; although he may not mash up every track in sight -- a Solid Steel specialty -- he does flaunt his status as a messiah of neglected hooks. Hip-hop is clearly his favorite genre, and many of the non-rap tracks end up serving only as bridges between nuggets from the old school that are either famous Ultramagnetic MC's, Just Ice, Showbiz & AG or not so famous UTD, an early project of Mos Def's; the British combo Demon Boyz; and the LA-based MadKap. In the liner notes, Carthy tells the story behind each track, and also includes a scan of each cover -- or, for many of these, each label, since few of his favorites even rated a picture sleeve upon original release. Keep It Solid Steel may not imitate a typical release from the Solid Steel series circa 2004, but it's an impressive display of ferreting out a ream of old vinyl and mixing it together superbly. In that, the record compares remarkably well to the forefather of the released Solid Steel sets: Coldcut's Journeys by DJ: 70 Minutes of Madness mix from 1996.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2004
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • UPC: 625978108420
  • Catalog Number: 84
  • Sales rank: 408,730

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:21)
  2. 2 Ing - Brother Culture (4:17)
  3. 3 Waterhouse Rock (2:44)
  4. 4 Black Milk - Eighth from the Egg (2:13)
  5. 5 Going Way Back (1:19)
  6. 6 Time Machine (0:41)
  7. 7 Flashback - Arsonists (1:33)
  8. 8 Back in the Day (2:12)
  9. 9 My Kung Fu - UTD (0:42)
  10. 10 Ego Trippin (2:33)
  11. 11 Wrong Girls to Play With - Great Peso (0:50)
  12. 12 Tell Me How - Sara Winton (3:34)
  13. 13 Recognition (2:02)
  14. 14 Check the Vibe - Dred Scott (3:49)
  15. 15 Funky for You (1:21)
  16. 16 Dopest Verse (3:51)
  17. 17 Disney on Acid/Learn to Be Strong - 2Day & 2Moro (2:50)
  18. 18 Impressions, Pt. 3 (1:56)
  19. 19 Carrefour (2:22)
  20. 20 Funky Axe - Spaghetti Head (1:37)
  21. 21 Highland Park - Connie Price & the Keystones (1:09)
  22. 22 Sweetie Pie (1:13)
  23. 23 Bounce Ta This (1:07)
  24. 24 Check It (1:04)
  25. 25 Deep Waters - Microdisiacs (0:39)
  26. 26 Searching for Mr. Manuva - Border Crossing (0:57)
  27. 27 Pins & Needles - Tipper (2:41)
  28. 28 Detchibe - Prefuse 73 (2:55)
  29. 29 Cpu Song - Little Miss Trinitron (2:41)
  30. 30 Fairplay (4:25)
  31. 31 You've Got to Have Freedom (6:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mr. Scruff Primary Artist
Steve Grossman Tenor Saxophone
Don Alias Drums
Gene Perla Bass
Brother Culture Track Performer
Eighth from the Egg Track Performer
Papa Austin Track Performer
Great Peso Track Performer
2Day & 2Moro Track Performer
Microdisiacs Track Performer
Technical Credits
Show & A.G. Composer
Don Alias Composer
MadKap Composer
Clem Cattini Composer
Ernest Dabon Composer
Robert Dabon Composer
Paul Hooper Composer
Dupre "Doitall" Kelly Composer
Gene Perla Producer
Pumpkin Producer
Peter Robinson Composer
Pharoah Sanders Composer
Twilight Firm Producer
Jeanfran├žois Prins Producer
Showbiz Producer
Mark Rae Remixing
Erykah Badu Composer
Adriana Evans Composer
Master O.C. Producer
Mr. Scruff Artwork, Sleeve Notes
Marlon Williams Composer
Tipper Producer
Scott Herren Composer
A.G. Producer
Sara Winton Composer
Evan E-Man Forster Producer
Dante G. Smith Composer
Ged Day Composer, Producer
Damian Stanley Composer, Producer
Dan Ubick Producer
Freakquency Producer
William Joseph Composer
B.D. Irwin Composer
Akai Professionals Arranger, Producer
P Brothers Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Tom Tattersall Composer, Producer
Tuse Producer
Ray Wosika Producer
Brother Culture Composer
Dred Scott Arranger, Composer, Producer
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