The Solid Doctor

The Solid Doctor

Real Name:
Steve Cobby
Profile:
Solid Doctor's Steve Cobby is the dominant creative force behind popular Hull-based trip-hop label Pork Recordings, for whom he's recorded a number of full-length albums under a variety of names (including Fila Brazillia and Heights of Abraham).

Pork was formed in 1991 by Cobby and fellow Hullster/flatmate Dave Pork in order to release the first single by Cobby's then-side project, Fila Brazillia (Fila has since become his focus), following which he began releasing solo material under the Solid Doctor name.

He released two full-lengths within a year (one of them, How About Some Ether?, a double-disc compilation of singles) and helped attract critical attention to Pork with a blend of instrumental hip-hop, dub, funk, and house that would soon propel labels such as Mo'Wax and Cup of Tea into the spotlight. Like previous musical endeavors (including Big Life! pop/dance group Ashley & Jackson, which dissolved around 1990), Cobby's Solid Doctor material carves out a space between the dancefloor and the hi-fi, aiming for a middle ground of groove with songwriting and musicianship given equal weight with the more practical consideration of moving a crowd. -- Sean Cooper

In 2006 Cobby formed Steel Tiger Records with his Heights of Abraham and Twentythree Records colleague, Sim Lister. Steel Tiger features J*S*T*A*R*S, J J Fuchs, Peacecorps and The Cutler (Cobby's current collaboration with Porky).
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The Solid Doctor Discography

Albums

PORK 025 Solid Doctor* How About Some Ether: Collected Works 93-95(2xCD, Album) Pork Recordings PORK 025 UK 1995 Sell This Version
pork 030 The Solid Doctor Beats Means Highs(CD, Album) Pork Recordings pork 030 UK 1996 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Solid Doctor Losing Patients Volume One Pork Recordings UK 1995 Sell This Version
The Solid Doctor Losing Patients Volume Two Pork Recordings UK 1995 Sell This Version
The Solid Doctor Losing Patients Volume Three Pork Recordings UK 1995 Sell This Version
PORK:032 The Solid Doctor Losing Patients Volume Four(12") Pork Recordings PORK:032 UK 1996 Sell This Version
PORK 034 The Solid Doctor Our Sorrow / In The Offing(12") Pork Recordings PORK 034 UK 1996 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

FABRIC35, Fabric 35, Fabric35 Baby Mammoth, Beige (2) & Solid Doctor* Baby Mammoth, Beige (2) & Solid Doctor* - Fabric 18(CD, Comp, Mixed) Fabric (2), Fabric (2), Fabric (2) FABRIC35, Fabric 35, Fabric35 UK 2004 Sell This Version
fabric35radio1 Baby Mammoth, Beige (2) & Solid Doctor* Baby Mammoth, Beige (2) & Solid Doctor* - Fabric 18 (Radio Mix)(CD, Comp, Mixed, Promo) Fabric (2) fabric35radio1 UK 2004 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

fabric35radio2 Baby Mammoth, Beige (2) & Solid Doctor* Baby Mammoth, Beige (2) & Solid Doctor* - Fabric 18 (Beige Radio Mix)(CDr, Promo) Fabric (2) fabric35radio2 UK 2004 Sell This Version