It’s been a long time coming, but now we’ve got Ben Newman on the case with the artwork, we’ll have some music out soon!
Long Time is the latest offering from up-and-coming producer Mr Benn and is the maiden release on the brand new Square One Sound imprint.
A super-heavyweight hip hop/reggae hybrid, Long Time features one of the UK’s finest rappers, Blak Twang alongside dancehall champion Blackout JA.
Built around an infectious vocal hook, a rock solid riddim and a healthy dose of lazy brass action, it’s perfect for those summertime parties we’re all looking forward to.
The vinyl release will feature two different vocal mixes and the instrumental version, plus two killer remixes from South Rakkas Crew and Yes King.
With a first-rate blend of reggae grooves and the chunkiest of hip hop beats, Mr Benn is pushing forward that unmistakable Bristol Sound. Praise has already been flooding in from the likes of Rob Da Bank, Steinski, Daddy G and DJ Yoda, following several successful releases on Leisure Recordings and mash-ups as Mr Blennd on his own Rhythm’n’Booze imprint – www.myspace.com/djmrbenn
A pioneering figure in the UK hip hop scene, Blak Twang is renowned for his food-for-thought lyrics and playful patter. With infectious hip hop beats sitting alongside dub and dancehall sensibilities, he still manages to craft an inherently British sound – www.myspace.com/blaktwang
Jamaican dancehall vocalist Blackout JA has energy, attitude and charisma by the bagful, plus a truly remarkable voice. A prolific performer, he has worked alongside big-time stars such as Sly & Robbie, Freddie McGregor, Big Youth, Sean Paul, Capleton and Sizzla – www.myspace.com/blackoutjamusic
Mad Decent signees, South Rakkas Crew are one of the most innovative productions teams around. Their killer riddims have earned them massive respect from the dancehall world and remix duties for DJ Shadow, Beck, Lily Allen, T.O.K,Mr Vegas and Bounty Killer, to name just a few – www.southrakkascrew.com
Mark Rae and Rhys Adams are a production powerhouse and remixers du jour. Their new Yes King project fuses hip hop, dancehall, rootsy brass and ska rhythms, with vocals from top-drawer talent including Dawn Penn, Prezident Brown, Veba, Sweetie Irie, Kenny Knotts and Mystro – www.yeskingrecords.com
The record also features the sweet sweet sax of Craig Crofton, skanking guitar courtesy of Dub From Atlantis’ Guy, plus label and logo designed by everyone’s favourite owl scribbler 45rpm. nice!