Aim

Aim

Real Name:
Andy Turner
Profile:
Aim is one of the original members of the Grand Central roster and was discovered by Mark Rae back in the old days when Mark was working behind the counter of Fat City Records. The Barrow based beat-smith often made the journey down from the Lakes in the search of new records that couldn't be found in his resident hinterland.
Not only keeping abreast of current hip hop, Aim scoured many charity and thrift shops robbing them of any old stuff that he could in turn use as 'breaks'. Working from his bedroom on an old Amiga, he spend the early hours of the morning churning out soulful funky instrumentals that charmed Mark Rae so much that was invited to join forces virtually on the spot.
One of his most famous tracks on stunt hero Evil Knievel (Original Stuntmaster) came from a 7" interview disc that he found on a car boot sale one Sunday morning; coupled with an old Bobby Womack guitar sample, it is still a timeless classic that has seen a trademark use of film snippets - films being his second love.
He has always been one of the most popular artists on GC with all his early work (Pacific North West EP, Soul Dive and Loopdreams EP) completely sold out and the subject of many internet vinyl junkies disappointment.

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Aim Discography

Albums

GC-LP 105 Aim Cold Water Music (Album) Grand Central Records, Grand Central Records GC-LP 105 UK 1999 Sell This Version
GCCD112 Aim Hinterland (Album) Grand Central Records, Grand Central Records GCCD112 UK 2001 Sell This Version
ATICCD001 Aim Flight 602 (Album) Atic Records ATICCD001 UK 2006 Sell This Version
ATICLP014P QNC* & Aim QNC* & Aim - The Habit Of A Lifetime And How To Kick It (Album) Atic Records ATICLP014P UK & Europe 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

GC 102 Aim Pacific North West EP(12", EP) Grand Central Records GC 102 UK 1995 Sell This Version
GC 106 Aim Soul Dive(12") Grand Central Records GC 106 UK 1996 Sell This Version
GC112 Aim Loop Dreams Remix E.P. (EP) Grand Central Records GC112 UK 1997 Sell This Version
GC 117 CDS Aim Downstate E.P. (EP) Grand Central Records GC 117 CDS UK 1998 Sell This Version
GC 124 CDS Aim Sail (Maxi, Single) Grand Central Records GC 124 CDS UK 1999 Sell This Version
GC 121 Aim True To Hip Hop (Maxi) Grand Central Records GC 121 UK 1999 Sell This Version
GC 123 Aim The Force (Maxi) Grand Central Records GC 123 UK 1999 Sell This Version
BB005 Aim From Here To Fame / Journey To The End Of The Night Not On Label BB005 UK 1999 Sell This Version
GC 134 CDS, GC134CDS Aim Cold Water Music E.P. (EP) Grand Central Records, Grand Central Records GC 134 CDS, GC134CDS UK 2000 Sell This Version
none Aim No Restriction (Maxi, Single) Grand Central Records none UK 2002 Sell This Version
GC 158 Aim The Girl Who Fell Through The Ice (Maxi) Grand Central Records GC 158 UK 2002 Sell This Version
GC 155CDS Aim Good Disease (Single) Grand Central Records GC 155CDS UK 2002 Sell This Version
GC 152 CDS Aim The Omen (Maxi) Grand Central Records GC 152 CDS UK 2002 Sell This Version
GC 146 Aim Hinterland (Sampler)(12") Grand Central Records GC 146 UK 2002 Sell This Version
ATIC002CDP Aim Northwest (Single) Atic Records ATIC002CDP UK 2006 Sell This Version
ATIC003 Aim Puget Sound(7", Single, Ltd, Cle) Atic Records ATIC003 UK 2006 Sell This Version
ATIC004P Aim Flight 602 (Album Sampler)(12") Atic Records ATIC004P UK 2006 Sell This Version
ATIC006 Aim Birchwood EP (EP) Atic Records ATIC006 UK 2007 Sell This Version
ATIC016 Aim Feat. A.G.* Aim Feat. A.G.* - True To Hip Hop (Remix)(7", Ltd, Pic) Atic Records ATIC016 UK 2014 Sell This Version

Compilations

GCLP 119, GCLP119 Aim Means Of Production (The Singles 1995 - 1998) (Comp) Grand Central Records, Grand Central Records GCLP 119, GCLP119 UK 2003 Sell This Version
none Aim Drum Machines & VHS Dreams (Album, Comp) Atic Records none UK 2014 Sell This Version

Reviews

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Snowball

Snowball

May 11, 2002
Fats beats are the essence of good downtempo music.For me, the best songs of the genre are the ones which have me nodding my head in satisfaction, whether I'm dropping the needle in the groove or just walking down the street. When I first heard Aim's remix of Statik Sound System's 'Amazed by you', I found myself feeling something much deeper. It affected me as much as favourite works by Prince, Joni Mitchell, James brown or the Beatles. It swept me away

It's been a long two year wait to hear how a full length Aim record would sound. To my relief and delight, and despite much high expectations, I am not in the least bit disappointed.

Having been a fan of Hip-Hop since its beginning, and of the downtempo genres which have grown from it, much of my time has been spent digging deeply for fat grooves and beats. Artists like Aim are the reason I keep at it. They take the basic concepts of breaks and finky sounds, and make it fresh. That said, there are tunes on 'Cold water Music' which transcend the genre, containing not just beats, cuts and sampled loops, but all sorts of original sounds which grab and stretch my ears. from the harp of the title track to the epic and ominous choral vocals of 'Demonique',(a song which frightensme to my core - don't listen to it alone in the dark) to kate Rogers' chilling singing on of 'Sail', Aim uses unique and emotional elements in ways that I have never heard before.

'Cold Water Music' is an album of sometimes sweet, sometimes gritty, but always deep beauty and unlike most music out there today, it makes me feel. When I drive with Aim in the tapedeck, the view seems somehow deeper and richer. His is my music for the sun setting behind the green mountians fo Vermont.

Benge Newman
WRUV-FM
Burlington, VT
USA

1)Intro (0.55)
2)Cold water Music (5.44)
3)The Force - feat Q 'n' C (4.04)
4)Sail - feat Kate Rogers (5.14)
5)Downstate (4.13)
6)Ain't Got Time To Waste - feat YX (4.08)
7)Fat City - Interlude (0.38)
8)True To Hip Hop - feat AG (4.27)
9)Demonique (5.18)
10)A Tree, A Rock And A Cloud (4.16)
11)Journey To The End Of The Night (5.26)
12)From Here To Fame - feat YZ (5.28)

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