Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Baby Mammoth- Octo Muck
Ever since I got the Fabric 18 DJ mix in the mail I have been on a Baby Mammoth and Momma Gravy bender. If you don't have the mix OR if you have no idea what I am even talking about when I say Fabric, do yourself a favor and check out the Fabric website. Baby Mammoth must drive the record store clerks nuts because it is so hard to classify their style. I saw someone online call it "downtempo dub house". All of their albums are worth checking out but my two faves are "Swimming" which is a pretty chill album and "Octo Muck" which is on the house side. Needless to say, I am hooked and I had a tough time choosing one song from this album.
Amidst heavy competition, Baby Mammoth is the Pork label's most prolific act, packing in five full LPs of blunted instrumental hip-hop between their debut in late 1996 and the end of the decade. Like other Pork acts Fila Brazillia and Solid Doctor, the duo of Mark Blissenden and Andrew Burdall specialize in earthy breaks and ambient atmospheres, more slanted to the instrumental edge of acid jazz than other producer-based trip-hop acts. The pair first met Pork label-head Dave Brennand and associate Steve Cobby (aka Fila Brazillia) at a club in Hull, where both band and label are based. The relationship blossomed with the release of Baby Mammoth's debut, 10,000 Years Beneath the Street, in 1996. Blissenden and Burdall then released two albums the following year (as well as an EP and single). Baby Mammoth settled down to a more languid release schedule with one LP release each year in 1998 (Another Day at the Orifice), 1999 (Swimming) 2000 (Motion Without Pain), and 2001 (Seven Up). After a year long break, the band returned with Octo Muck in 2003. A year later, Blissenden teamed with labelmates Steve Cobby and Robert Ellerby from Beige for the Fabric 18 mix CD.
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