Ratpack

Ratpack

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Evenson Allen & Mark McKee
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The Ratpack - Evenson Allen (MC) and Lipmaster Mark (DJ) - have been instrumental in the development of dance music since the mid eighties. From London, UK (although Evenson was born in Montserrat), they were the first DJ and MC duo (which has now become a dance music institution in its own right.) and were pioneers of the "OldSkool" concept and "NuSkool" breaks.
And the self-proclaimed "longest-running DJ and MC team" still play frequently at old skool hardcore nights across the UK.

Their 1992 classic Searchin' For My Rizla (Big Giant) topped the UK dance music charts and since then, they have even been on the books of industry big boys BMG, Sony and EMI. RatPack have now set up their own entity RatPack Music, which is based upon the ethos of promoting talent within their Old and NuSkool repertoire.

They began in the late 80s with Evenson as a DJ for the Locomotion Soul sound system with Mark beatboxing over his sets. After the sound system finished in 1986 they set up Trip City in 1987 and switched to the MC/DJ set up. Also used to promote the Monday Club.

When they performed live they were joined by The Ratpack Supreme Dance Team (Victor & Mark)
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Ratpack Discography Tracks

Singles & EPs

Ratpack Jaffa Cakes Radical Records (5) UK 1989 Sell This Version
Ratpack Ooh Ooh Aah Aah Not On Label UK 1990 Sell This Version
The Ratpack* The Searchin' For My Rizla EP (EP, Maxi) Big Giant Music UK 1992 Sell This Version
Ratpack Changing Styles (Single, Maxi) Big Giant Music UK 1992 Sell This Version
Ratpack Lords Of The Dance (Single) Fantazia UK 1992 Sell This Version
12RENKT14 Ratpack Looking Out My Window Daydreaming(12") Renk Records 12RENKT14 UK 1992 Sell This Version
12RENKT25 Ratpack Extasy(12", W/Lbl, Sta) Renk Records 12RENKT25 UK 1993 Sell This Version
Ratpack Captain Of The Ship (Maxi) Dance Pool Australia 1994 Sell This Version
Ratpack Tra La La Boom (You Bring The Sun Out) (Maxi) Ratpack Music UK 1994 Sell This Version
Ratpack Searching For My Rizla (Single) Dance Pool UK 1995 Sell This Version
74321 47862 2, LOC 228 Ratpack Ain't No Sunshine(CD, Maxi) Logic Records, Logic Records 74321 47862 2, LOC 228 UK 1997 Sell This Version
Ratpack Clipper EP (EP) Confetti Records UK 1999 Sell This Version
CODB 08 Ratpack Clipper Updates(12") Confetti Dubs CODB 08 UK 1999 Sell This Version
Ratpack Get You Rockin' (Oi Oi) EMI UK 2001 Sell This Version
Ratpack Brothers Sisters (EP) RatPack Music UK 2002 Sell This Version
RB001 Ratpack Feat. Baby D Ratpack Feat. Baby D - Sky(12") RatPack Music RB001 UK 2006 Sell This Version
none Ratpack Untitled VIP(Acetate, 10") Music House (4) none UK Unknown Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

CDRAID543, CDRAID 543 Ratpack v Magika* Pres. Blackmagik* Ratpack v Magika* Pres. Blackmagik* - The Old Skool Masters Round 2(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Rumour Records, Rumour Records CDRAID543, CDRAID 543 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CDRAID539 Ratpack vs Nicky Blackmarket Ratpack vs Nicky Blackmarket - The Old Skool Masters(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Rumour Records CDRAID539 UK 1998 Sell This Version
RGMC 010 Ratpack Back To 92 Regression Live @ Sterns(Cass, Mixed) Regression RGMC 010 UK 1998 Sell This Version
SVCD007 Rat Pack* & Kenny Ken Rat Pack* & Kenny Ken - Absolute Old Skool Classics(2xCD, Mixed) Slammin' Vinyl SVCD007 UK 2001 Sell This Version
CDRAID 547, CDRAID547 Ratpack v Simon 'Bassline' Smith* Ratpack v Simon 'Bassline' Smith* - The Old Skool Masters Round 3(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Rumour Records, Rumour Records CDRAID 547, CDRAID547 UK 2002 Sell This Version
Ratpack The History (Comp) Rumour Records UK 2003 Sell This Version
FANTCD007 Mickey Finn*, Ratpack Mickey Finn*, Ratpack - Fantazia Takes You One Step Beyond(2xCDr, Mixed) Fantazia FANTCD007 UK Unknown Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none Rat Pack* / Tom Wilson Rat Pack* / Tom Wilson - Fantazia The Big Bang(Cass, Mixed, Ltd) Fantazia none UK 1993 Sell This Version

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Chris_McAvoy

Chris_McAvoy

May 10, 2003
I was just listening to "[Fantazia - Showcase (27-11-92)] - Ratpack" one of the famous raves of the time, I think the best Ratpack track ive heard (out of only 5) was played in it. Towards the end, Evenson Allen shouts "its gonna be coming out just before or just after Christmas ('92) for the Ratpack on Renk Records, this one's simply titled 'Ecstasy'". Superbly soulful strings & piano junglism, I recommend it to anyone diggin old skool and good music in general! I wonder if there's a ratpack album that was made, i might buy it if its on it, their tracks are too obscure :(

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