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Meanwhile ft. DJ Prime Cuts & Sensational

by Deadhand

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Lord Dubious
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Lord Dubious Excellent usage of the criminally underutilitzed mc Sensational. Wicked scratching by Prime Cuts. The whole thing is a nice extension of stuff that was going on around twenty years ago, but still sounds fresh. REQ and Etch on remix duties is yet another a string of excellent decisions that makes this purchase an absolute no-brainer!
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ETCH Future B Boy Flavours as always smashing ahead of the game from Seagrave
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iamthelaw Seagrave doin it once again - playing the game in their own style and leading the way. This time with Broom $ Ruskin dropping the tempo and delivering the Phatness. Very hard to pick a favorite with every track dropping like a tonne of freshly harvested dope
  • 2 x 12" vinyl EP (Remixed by ETCH, REQ and DJ Prime Cuts)

    10 tracks across 2 x 12"s. Full colour sleeve art and handstyle on the vinyl edition by BOOST, printed on reverse board. Seagrave logo by FELON. Mastered and cut by Beau at Ten Eight Seven.

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*digital EP no longer available

All tracks written and produced by Mark Broom & James Ruskin, with cuts by DJ Prime Cuts

Rhymes by Sensational

ETCH remix of 'Touch' by Zak Brashill

DJ Prime Cuts remix of 'Meanwhile' by Joel Clements

'REQ's Dub' by Ian Cassar

Mastered and cut by Beau at Ten Eight Seven

Art by BOOST


Seagrave logo on the vinyl edition by FELON


Compiled by The Fissure Family


Debut release for The Fear Ratio's Mark Broom and James Ruskin under their 'Deadhand' alias, which proceeds on a strictly experimental hip-hop tip, accompanied as they are here by 4 x world scratch champion DJ Prime Cuts (of The Scratch Perverts) and illbient rap legend Sensational, who brings his characteristic broken charm to the EP's itchy, spartan production vibes: "Step into my office, now we sparkin' it... I spit the isms in yer ear... you better recognise it's raw shit from orbit."

This pairing with Sens makes total sense: Distinct from Mark and James' work as The Fear Ratio, their Deadhand project delivers something closer to 90s illbient in any case: extending the boom-bap era of hip-hop production with elements of hallucinogenic dystopianism, the energy of the EP nevertheless vibes playfully: Given the dispiriting global situation at present, the EP title 'Meanwhile' might simply refer to getting on with things in spite of all the cultural and political misendeavor the era will no doubt be long remembered for. Despite the global health pandemic and the looming spectre of wide-scale environmental collapse, little despair or surrender prevails here, but rather a hankering to attempt a few tripped-out experiments.

Three remixes bring further twists of the screw: A cosmic break flex from ETCH resituates Sensational amidst the magmic glow of Reaktor bass ensembles, while DJ Prime Cuts repurposes 7" soul gold by way of a more 'traditional' SP1200 approach. 90s trip-hop pioneer and graffiti legend REQ steps up with all the painterly flair he is rightly renowned for, obliterating the Monster Orchestra's classic 'I Can't Stop' stab towards a double dose of galactic melancholia.

- Climbie Fissure


released January 22, 2021




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