They are called only "The Front Line": A street in Brixton, south London, which has seen a lot - much more than "just" Heavy vibes and crazy Szenerien.Und because is it not surprising that this is what the Location is the have the stereo MC's chosen as its new creative home. Deep beneath the asphalt, they have set up a studio, a space for themselves in the ruins of an abandoned house - which already served as an illegal hostel Nightclubs. Right here is where after nearly 9 years of silence suddenly heard music ...
An album and a single, titled both "Deep Down And Dirty", mark the return of the Stereo MC's. After a time-out that is unparalleled and during which the two heads - the singer / songwriter / producer Rob Birch and the musical "head" Nick "The Head" Hallam - repeatedly asked who they are, what is their position and how to shape the future. And as the title suggests, they went "deep down" in itself, removed all the "dirty" garbage lying around - to finally reverse the light of day again, what makes a real Stereo MC.
"It makes so few things, and then continue to develop of its own accord, go their own gear under their own laws", ponders Rob. "And a long time you can easily because simply go along let everything take as it comes and everything's fine. But then come back hours because you're suddenly not happy about it, only a portion of a shaft to be that you simply sweeps you have to then go deep into yourself to bring back bite into the thing you have to stop, think about what you so frustrated, confused you -.. you have to solve you from and even take back the reins in his hand. it is nice if you are lucky enough to get things work out for a time of its own accord. But it always comes back to the point at which you should enter yourself in the ass, to control the things as only thou want for me personally this is the point -.. only when I play music from this drive
out, it fits, until I get this deep feeling for music "
And it is precisely this depth, which gives the Stereo MC's and its music this emphasis. There are few artists who manage to emerge suddenly from the scene after almost a decade. But in reality, the Stereos were never really completely gone. Although they were lately not as present as in the crucible of the early '90s, but her '92, excellent with the Brit Award album "Connected" and especially the eponymous title track were more or less always present - even if it is in the advertising, in films or TV jingles.
But not only their music floated somehow constantly in the atmosphere, and the influences that they left behind in the scene, and unconcerned-experimental way of creating music were always there and are now an indispensable part of the music - not least because that they provide are also artists in addition to the stereo MC's, the remixed for other, produced, operated label and publishing company ... and in spite of their dance music roots they believed always that it is extremely important to live gigs play. Again, they left deep impressions. For what was very unusual, shortly before the birth of the Stereo MC's, today's musical life.
It all started in Nottingham, with the friendship between Rob and Nick. They knew each other since early schooldays, formed their first band, however, until 1987, when they had already left for London the Midlands. It is just simply easier to find like-minded musical in London, a city in which the cultural influences, the atmosphere and the use of the music itself constantly changing subject. Motivated by the energy and vitality of the American hip-hop, the leaked more and more into the country, and due to the simplicity exempt from mandatory rules, started Stereo MC's to take shape. Along with Jon Baker, a businessman in music and fashion, they started their own label Gee Street.
1987 appeared the debut single "Move It", with the Stereo MC's aroused the interest of Iceland Records, which then took them under contract. And although sales of the single and the successor of the "What Is Soul?" modest developed, Iceland was of the opinion that an album of Stereo MC's a smart investment would - that was, "33 45 78" recorded on a really small budget of only about 000, the debut album.
The album was released in 1988, and Nick and Rob reinforced the band line-up by the Italian-born DJ Cesare and the Welsh drummer Owen Rossitter aka Owen If. Only at this time also the band itself was clear what a great live potential stuck in it.
With this small live cast the stage to rock was great, but it is presented also a few problems. The fickle hip-hop fans were not really aware of what to do as the stereos with such a special group that actually but somehow dance music made - certainly a reason that they initially only in small, selected clubs could play. On the other hand they offer this up with Cesare which appeased the hip-hop community and their desire for authenticity satisfied. While Owen contributed his part to convince the rock promoter fact that they are a real, honest band.
With their own club night "W11 Express" in the Tabernacle in Notting Hill, and a nationwide tour with own lighting, own Background movies and stage backgrounds and DJs, managed Stereo MC's then but eventually, their reputation as a truly magnificent Live attraction to earn.
As it was for the band at the time to start the recording of a second album, Cath Coffey took over the vocals - and Cesare left the band. "Elevate My Mind", the first single from the second album "Supernatural" (1990), was a fat hit. As a product of the London club and the firm belief of the band in their own ability, managed the track far beyond their wildest imagination. To America.
It is often said that the prophet at home counts for nothing, and - fitting to this statement - were Stereo MC's still busy, the UK closer to their grandiose mixture of different subcultures, as the Americans had already acquired a taste. The first big hit in the States had succeeded in what appeared somewhat bizarre because of the very own British-style and sounds. The fact that no one really knew how could what Stereo MC's made, stylistically dub, still appeared to be no real problem ...
Also, and just as a live act, the influence of the Stereo MC's can not be overstated - although other events such as the "American Lollapalooza" festival served to exceed Nouveau borders to tear yes. For example, if The Prodigy
play their set in front of a spinning festival audience, you can see the legacy of the Stereo MC's "in action". Anyone who could see the beginning of the '90s along with the Happy
Monday on tour (in the UK and the US), felt that - the fans of Mondays, which also drove off on the material of the stereos. So the success was then really just a formality ...
In 1992 the third album "Connected" and provided a very song-oriented and immediately jumping on the handset mix all the elements that made up the formation. The title track, a massive, floating radio Pops no real chorus evolved into the top 20 hit of the summer. Even now, after many years and belongs to the hilt, the track still sounds fresh and new - so it is really not surprising that film directors, sports channels or large department stores also now use this song still like to in their advertising.
Three more single releases of "Connected" went into the Top 20, the album itself managed 2 in the British album charts and claiming more than a year in the higher chart positions. Meanwhile, the band - filled with U2
the biggest stadiums in Europe - for the first time for an originating from the Rap Act. The huge influence that the band had, combined with the equally important commercial success finally let even sit up, the British music industry - and so then the Brits were in 1994 for "Best Band" and "Best Album" more than overdue and deserved awards.
Then suddenly it was over. Anyway, it seemed. In fact, Nick and Rob just took a well-deserved break from the "album-single-Tour" -Tretmühle to put their energies into other projects.
Your Response Records Label went to RCA, but - apart from a few great publications - that was really never a good connection. The two friends set continues a Music publishing company called Spirit songs on the legs, in inter alia Jurassic 5 and Finley Quaye was got signed. It appeared the two remixes under their pseudonym ultimatum, and - back to the roots
- also kicked it back on as DJs.
Nevertheless, they had never stopped working on new song material, but that was admittedly not successful. The intensive tours that followed the album "Connected", took their toll and blocked creativity fairly sustainable.
"One can not ultimately really describe it," Nick tried to explain, "but perhaps we really should simply time to take a break. We did not, however, we worked continuously on new tracks, on new music. That was one . problem the others were the very long, intense tours - I'm sure that no one who has ever made, behind still has a perfect salvation, intact Privacy ".
Thus came to "Connected" consequently, the "Disconnected" phase: It was simply time to rethink everything again. After hours of unproductive, uncreative recording sessions in several London studios Nick and Rob "back to basics" went. Then came the purchase of their new "Frontline" basis, their new studio, which was to become the catalyst. After just over a year of hard work, the studio was finally completed, and now the two musicians had a place that belonged only to them, in which they again come together as a group and were able to begin a new start. They released a mix album in early 2000 (in the DJ Kicks series of K7 label) to feel an experience that led them again, as it is to make an album and actually finish. The "us here helped to explore other spheres us to be clear about a few things in our minds again," said Nick.
They recollected to its Roots, went in and the result is "Deep Down And Dirty". Rob explains: "Many believe that somewhere there is a place where you have no problems and everything is nice - but the there is definitely not Fortunately there is always something that you have to wrangle you if you!. a normal life threading tail - and that's what you need even when you're looking for it to do something that was previously just not yet done so you'll never really be without problems -. to assume that it would be so would that a blind eye to it. Every time I have a dissolved, I can already see the next to come. the more you like it, get to solve problems, the more you consolidate, advance move you. "
And the Stereo MC's have always moved forward, sideways, upwards. You have always explored the musical world, expanding their horizons, here and there picked up some items and they incorporated into their own unique sound. They have started again from the beginning and that surprised even the handset again.
And this tradition they remain faithful now. Because it's time, abzufeiern with the Stereo MC's "Deep Down And Dirty" to return to the creative acrimony that is needed to resolve stylistic boundaries and overcome.
The Stereo MC's are back