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Necessary Mayhem - Trilogy

Necessary Mayhem - Trilogy

Necessary Mayhem - Trilogy

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If you're new to Necessary Mayhem this is the perfect place to start.


The shift in focus towards albums for the UK's unstoppable Necessary Mayhem label continues with the first in a series of rhythm trio compilations. This vinyl and digital download release collects three of their biggest backings for the longformat listener, throwing in a few tweaked mixes and some attractive retro artwork to appeal to the collector in the brand's traditional singles buying audience too.

Necessary Mayhem - TrilogyFirst up is Mayhem's no-introduction-needed relick of John Holt and Junjo Lawe's Police in Helicopter, featuring Sweden's high-demand singer/deejay Million Stylez. NL based 'Statian Ziggi Recado's increasingly raw and angry style is perfect for Pretenders, the final track on his acclaimed self-titled third album from last year.

Then we hear another Junjo re-do, Joker Smoker, which the imprint’s founder-producer Curtis Lynch released as an EP back in 2009. Ziggi returns with Smoke in the Air, followed by a Mayhem institution in pure deejay Mr Williamz on the pungently boastful No Cigarette.

Next we revisit the works of NM maestro Gussie Clarke with the Pirates rhythm. Ipswich, Suffolk's bard of bars YT joins Million Stylez, Mr Williamz, Blackout JA, Iverse and Jah Knight for the heaving, remixed Champion Sound. The gruff JA then pairs with former Aswad frontman Brinsley Forde for the cultural United States Of Africa before YT gets a further chance to shine (and slap Simon Cowell!) with Real Music.

Each miniseries closes with a dub by Lynch, (including a very different Pirates) highlighting the analogue-ears-to-digital-methods, historic-melodies-meets-heavy-basslines approach that is his trade. The download release includes two extra tracks: YT’s Credit Crunch (on the Joker) and Amsterdam singer (and brother to Clarence) Joggo Seedorf’s Don’t Stop The Music (on Helicopter).

The vinyl edition comes with a sleeve by Israel's My Lord collective (of Jahtari and Mungo's HiFi fame) and is part of a collectors set whose spines will form one greater image. If you're new to Necessary Mayhem and wondering why they've been making waves since 2006 this lovingly-assembled compilation (like its predecessor 'Future Cuts') is the perfect place to start.

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