Millennium Funk EP: Ty + Krispy 07.00

I first met the guys from Krispy 3, local North-West UKHH heroes (from Chorley, Lancs.) at a DJ Cash Money gig at Planet K, Oldham St. back in November '99. With them a young emcee then known as Real Deal, who had already graced Krispy track 'Trade Study' alongside Roots Manuva, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIsTJVXcxmg before switching to MC Strategy (and form Broke'n'English...)

The following summer Wiz called me up to say new Ninja Tune signing Ty was coming up to Nu-Sound Labs to work on some tracks together, would I like to come over with my camera? I jumped at the chance since hearing Ty & the Nextmen 'Turn It Up A Little'

By the time I got there, late morning in the Chorley Hills, they had been up all night already laying down tracks and working on lyrics, looking tired & beat. The studio set-up Mr. Wiz had was totally analogue, completely old-school, something he fiercely defended. Microphone D.O.N, his brother & partner in rhyme, already had his verses complete. I was witness to the final stages of wringing lyrics out, perfecting bars, and laying down the vocals for 'Dress Back'. A constantly jumping mobile phone interrupted proceedings

British hip-hop was on an upward cusp again, Krispy were putting finishing touches to their fourth LP 'Time Flies', Ty was busy recording 'Awkward', his debut LP for Big Dada, but there were suddenly plenty of other new voices clambering to be heard above the scratches & beats. This one afternoon, shot on 2 rolls of B&W film, -almost lost to Eternity-, represented a meeting of minds: Between one of these new original artists & two older musical heads making fresh UK-hip-hop with a new millennium funk. Time to Build!
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