Eric B. & Rakim / Prince ‎– I Know You Got Soul / Uptown

Label:
Arcola ‎– ARC000
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Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, White Label
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Notes

First release on Warp's sublabel Arcola.
Technically unofficial, with no explicit artists or titles mentioned.
A side remix of I Know You Got Soul, rumoured to be by Brothomstates.
B side remix of Uptown, probably by Dub Kult.
Stamped with "ARC000" in black ink and a WARP logo that is invisible in natural light and shows yellow under UV light.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): [Etched:]ARC000-A-  [Unknown]   [Stamped:]08 51615 20 1A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): [Etched:]ARC000-B-   [Stamped:]08 51615 20 1B1

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KingSunny

KingSunny

May 14, 2018
I also have a Mint spare copy if anyone is searching..
Pjaxx

Pjaxx

March 30, 2018
Why this been blocked from marketplace? Dont tell me this is unnofficial or smtg..
michielkauwatjoe

michielkauwatjoe

May 3, 2010
We saw a rare performance by Brothomstates at Ghent Sessions 2005, he performed the Rakim remix.
steady-j

steady-j

November 4, 2004
edited over 7 years ago

I have to disagree (with wheezer), the track under Rakim's rap is wicked. It sure sounds like a Brothomstates track and its slammin - with hints of BC style chords, tough beats that vary between 4/4 to some more varied broken style, this ain't your average tech-house track. Mix this in the context of stuff like the later Arcola releases, LFO's "Freak" or the first track off the Milanese LP on WARP, and this really makes sense. And the timestretching to get the vocal up from the original 103bpm to nearly 130bpm on here is very high quality, not what your average DJ would have on his CD decks methinks.
The Prince track on the other side is also slammin, the kinda style that would fit right into a set with Daft Punk, older Basement Jaxx, all that funky stuff!
One more thing, on the label of this tune, stamped below the "ARC000" is a WARP logo that only shows up in UV light - when it glows yellow! check it.
wheezer

wheezer

January 24, 2004

Coming from the Warp camp, I consider this release nothing short of a slap in the face. I'm well used to tracks that take the acapella of some hiphop track and add beats and extra production, and I don't consider this practice to be inherently bad.

However, in this case nothing was done except taking Rakim's vocals off of "I Know You Got Soul" and adding a very basic minimal beat underneath. The production on this is really boring, a skilled DJ can achieve a much better effect by taking the actual acapella and mixing it with a good minimal house/techno track in his set than employing this stinker.

Most importantly, I fail to comprehend how Warp chose to publish this thing, even as the limited semi-bootleg job it turned out to be - this is a label supposedly reknown for its creativity and originality, not for its hiphop ripoffs!