Thursday, 31 July 2008

Various Artists - Royaltie$ Overdue

114MB / 100MB
320 CBR LAME mp3
CD rip from Mo' Wax MW 003 CD

This is the release that made the world sit up and take notice of wunderkind James Lavelle and his take on abstract hip hop and club sounds, around which he built his label Mo' Wax. Although the imprint was already getting some enthusiastic ink in the UK for its singles, this was the debut compilation of Mo' Wax material and the first most people had a chance to hear DJ Shadow on a widespread basis. For me, it was the two tracks by La Funk Mob that took me on first listen and since then I've been a faithful fan of Zdar, Boombass and De Crecy through all their incarnations. As far as I'm concerned, they're among those who sit at the head table in that elite club of producers who can blend accessibility, weirdness and cheese in the right proportions.

On the whole, it's a stronger comp than Headz or Headz2 with more songs rather than soundscapes, a greater sense of groove and it's definitely on a jazzier tip than Mo' Wax's subsequent collections. In fact, this holds up better than most documents of this period in the trip hop/acid jazz scene and doesn't sound nearly as dated as you would think, which says volumes about Lavelle's vision and taste at the ripe old age of 20! Unfortunately, the cover disappeared long ago back in the DJing days so I skipped the scans (but if you're OCD and really want a scan of the discs themselves and the tray insert, I wouldn't want you to have a breakdown so just leave a request in the comments and I'll oblige).
If you like this then stay tuned for more from Mo' Wax and labels like Pussyfoot, Delancey Street, Ultimate Dilemma, Cup of Tea and Wall of Sound in the weeks to come.

CD 1
1-01 DJ Shadow / In Flux
1-02 RPM / Food Of My De-Rhythm
1-03 DJ Krush / Slow Chase
1-04 Palm Skin Productions / In A Silent Way
1-05 DJ Takemura / Harmonium
1-06 Palm Skin Productions / Like Brothers
1-07 The Federation / Life So Free
1-08 Step / If

CD 2
2-01 RPM / Sorti Des Ombres
2-02 Bubbatunes / This Is Just A Dance
2-03 Marden Hill / Come On
2-04 La Funk Mob / La Doctoresse
2-05 Monday Michiru / Hear Between The Silence
2-06 The Federation / Rusty James (Portishead Remix)
2-07 La Funk Mob / Motor Bass Get Phunked Up
2-08 Palm Skin Productions / Spock With A Beard

If you see this seminal double-disc in a store for less than $50, CD or vinyl, consider yourself lucky and snatch it up. In the meantime and in between time, Soundological presents disc one HERE and disc two HERE.


Erik said...

Great posts. I have a lot of this on vinyl and I appreciate the time you took to rip this stuff. Now I can travel with some of my vinyl...

cheeba said...

Thanks, Erik! I appreciate the time you took to leave a comment!

Anonymous said...

1st time visitor, and let me say RIGHT ON
Thanks for the history clinic and the righteous music

the world brightens a little bit from your effort

Anonymous said...

Fantastic! used to have this on cassette.


Ali Boingo

dubject said...

your views about which tracks have stood the test of time chime with mine - the winner is... the Le Funk Mob. Thanks for upping it.

cheeba said...

You're welcome, dubject! Some more La Funk Mob in the pile...will get to it one of these days.

Anonymous said...

I found this blog searching for some Mo Wax stuff that I'm missing in my vinyl collection. Even if I'm a little late: Thank you for posting quality music.

cheeba said...

As long as the links are live it's never too late! You're very welcome and you're also a class act for letting me know you appreciate the shares!

Anonymous said...

soundological crew is dope! thanks for sharing these dope beatz :) great minimal blog design too

Anonymous said...

Great blog! Classic Material!