MC Tunes ‎– The North At Its Heights

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The Only Rhyme That Bites 4:25
This Ain't No Fantasy 4:45
Dance Yourself To Death 4:44
Own Worst Enemy 3:40
The North At Its Heights 4:34
Tunes Splits The Atom 3:44
Mancunian Blues 4:43
The Sequel 5:06
Primary Rhyming 3:16
Dub At Its Heights 1:26

Versions (5)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ZTT3, 9031-71946-1 MC Tunes The North At Its Heights(LP, Album) ZTT, WEA ZTT3, 9031-71946-1 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
WMC5-178 MC Tunes The North At Its Heights(CD, Album) ZTT WMC5-178 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
9031-71946-2 MC Tunes The North At Its Heights(CD, Album) ZTT 9031-71946-2 UK 1990 Sell This Version
ZTT 3C, ZTT3C, 9031-71946-4 MC Tunes The North At Its Heights(Cass, Album) ZTT, ZTT, WEA ZTT 3C, ZTT3C, 9031-71946-4 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
XECZ-1043 MC Tunes Versus 808 State MC Tunes Versus 808 State - The North At Its Heights(CD, Album, Dlx, RE, RM, Gat) ZTT Japan, U/M/A/A Inc. XECZ-1043 Japan 2011 Sell This Version

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AskeladdenBlack

AskeladdenBlack

July 14, 2015
referencing The North At Its Heights, LP, Album, ZTT3, 9031-71946-1
He cop'd a bit of hate from the hip hop community for being too pop etc as well as teaming up with 808 State however he had a whole song about herion which to me isn't the hallmarks of designing an album aimed squarely at the charts.
sheekl

sheekl

October 9, 2012
edited over 5 years ago
referencing The North At Its Heights, LP, Album, ZTT3, 9031-71946-1
"..rock the 24-track like an earth tremor." Great fast-rhyming hip house particular to the time. What really stands out is the excellent music by 808 State. It's nothing like you'd expect from a hip hop backing track, and I'd say the music could probably stand well on it's own. That's not to detract from Tunes' fiercely spitted lyrics about Manchester's social problems and escaping them on the dancefloor. I still remember huge chunks of them, I must have listened so much back in the day. If you like Hijack and Silver Bullet you should check this out as a good example of the fast UK rap style that sadly died out.
Baricus

Baricus

June 13, 2012
referencing The North At Its Heights, CD, Album, 9031-71946-2

A genre-defining, time-defining album. Brought to everyone's attention by the synonymous track The Only Rhyme That Bites, listeners to the album were confronted with what can only be described as a blistering assault of hip-hop/rap and gritty reality.

Drugs, death, hard times, politics... all were given vicious-yet-poetic treatment, and all tracks leave such an impression at the time, that each will be forever embedded in your memory. The stark and brutal depiction that is My Own Worst Enemy might be the track that lives longest, though. Even more so than the popular and brilliant chart single tracks (TORTB and Tunes Splits The Atom). The depth of feeling in his vocal performances are more than equalled by the song-writing and lyricism. 808 State provided the beats in their trademark understatedly brilliant fashion.

I'd suggest that grim reality has never been more perfectly portrayed.

Nicky Lockett (MC Tunes) later re-surfaced as the frontman of the rap-indie-funk band Dust Junkys; producing yet more pinpoint lyrics and reminding the world of the scope of his talents.
jtdevious

jtdevious

August 10, 2010
referencing The North At Its Heights, LP, Album, ZTT3, 9031-71946-1

Quality hip house madness from 808 State and Moss Sides answer to Vanilla Ice, MC Tunes. Contains all of the essential MC Tunes tracks including 'Splits the Atom’, 'Primary Rhyming' and 'The Only Rhyme That Bites'. Applaudable 808 State use of samples and Mancunian lyrical talent. Essential 808 State head gear complete with Piccadilly Gardens album cover.