Keep It Solid Steel, Vol. 1

Keep It Solid Steel, Vol. 1

by Mr. ScruffMr. Scruff


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2004
Label: Ninja Tune
UPC: 0625978108420
catalogNumber: 84
Rank: 140830

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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
Mad Kap   Composer
Clem Cattini   Composer
Ernest Dabon   Composer
Robert Dabon   Composer
Nellee Hooper   Composer
Dupre "Doitall" Kelly   Composer
Gene Perla   Producer
Pumpkin   Producer
Peter Robinson   Composer
Pharoah Sanders   Composer
Twilight Firm   Producer
Dred Scott   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jeanfrançois Prins   Producer
Showbiz   Producer
Mark Rae   Remixing
Erykah Badu   Composer
Adriana Evans   Composer
Master O.C.   Producer
Scruff   Artwork,Sleeve Notes
Marlon Williams   Composer
Tipper   Producer
A.G.   Producer
Sara Winton   Composer
Evan E-Man Forster   Producer
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
Guillermo Scott Herren   Composer
Mos Def   Composer

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