Monkey Mafia ‎– 15 Steps EP

Heavenly ‎– HVN 67CD

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label  Cat# Country Year
HVN6712 Monkey Mafia 15 Steps EP(12", EP) Heavenly HVN6712 UK 1997 Sell This Version
HVN6710P Monkey Mafia 15 Steps EP(2x10", EP, Promo) Heavenly HVN6710P UK 1997 Sell This Version



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July 22, 2010

This was a bargain bin find from a couple of years ago but it's personally more than just that. It was a starting point for my recent love of Jon Carter's work. This music is quite of it's time, the hopscotch of drum breaks, wild percussion grooves, hiphop attitude & rules out the window or as it's more known; "Big Beat" or "Amyl House". The latter title which never made much sense to me since 90% of this music was breakbeats. And maybe it's just me but titling breakbeat-driven music as house is like calling a trendy version of house as electro when it's not breakbeat-driven....Anyhow.

"Lion In The Hall" is probably the most known from this, being a track was a victim of the massive over-usage of big beat on telly and film. It has a driving bass-line along with some great drums and it's a great tune.

"Crash The Decks: Slaughter The Vinyl" sees Jon Carter laying a chunky beat for Krash Slaughta to lay down some cuts all along. Track kicks along quite proper but it's Krash's playground until 3 minutes in where Carter unleashes a filtered bassline which takes the track to the next level. Which however is anticlimactic since the track fades out after a minute. I'm not sure if the 12" version is longer but i'm actually guessing that the version on this is an early fadeout.

"Metro Love" is a head-nodding type hiphop track with a dubby influence, scattered along the beats are vocal samples from a woman franticly talking about her love for someone. Finally "Beats in the Hall" is a somewhat stripped down version and reworked of "Lion in the Hall", an excellent compliment to the main mix.