I was into Roots Manuva when I lived in NYC in the early 00s.
Thanks both. Yeah while not 100% hip hop per se, Stereo MCs were pretty important here for sure.I’ll check that YD Jimster, never came across them in my acid jazz phase, I was all about Corduroy above all else…that’s a big convo for another day.
IIRC "Apparently Nothing" made some waves and got the YD name out there for a while, which is all most people know, but before that I'd seen Carleen Anderson already (she's about 4' tall with a 100' voice) and been blown away.
People had rumoured that her album would have a lot of different styles on it and it was all the kind of shit you wouldn't believe how good it was. This was about 1990, pre-internet so I didn't know that the YDs project was also this same project. I wasn't sure what to expect but I trusted the opinion of the people I'd heard from.
I remember speaking with upright bassist Wayne Batchelor on a jazz gig and he told me how good the stuff was that he'd recorded for it. It wasn't just a Carleen project. He said the JBs were on it (Carleen is JB family), The Style Council were on it, and there was a lot of rap and dub. I was dubious.... I mean, how's all that going to work?
Turns out Marc Nelson knew *exactly* how, and the songs are somehow as good or better than the sum of the parts for me. It's of its time but timeless.
I heard they never recorded another YD set because Marc wasn't happy performing and Carleen had some kind of breakdown, but I am grateful for what they captured. I think Marc was a perfectionist and there were loads of different mixes but I don't know if any of the remixes I've heard are as good as the album versions. Looks like he knew what he was doing.