REQ

REQ

Real Name:
Ian Cassar
Profile:
Brighton graffiti artist/producer Req in some respects embodies the clichés of British underground club music: no formal musical training whatsoever; a youth spent tagging, DJing, and breakdancing in the wake of the first wave of hip-hop culture to hit the U.K.; a knack for pushing received artistic sensibilities to their breaking point and coming up with exciting new directions in the offing. Req's music, however, is hardly clichéd, combining a warped, abstract approach to sampled breaks with a knack for extracting a haunting moodiness out of even the most minimal of electronic and sampledelic soundscapes. One of the U.K.'s most respected graffiti artists, Req began writing in 1984, after the Beat Street tour hyped his senses to the basic tenets of hip-hop. Although he only began making music by the time he was into his late twenties, Req's years spent bedroom DJing refined his instinct for effective composition, a skill which tends to compensate for his music's somewhat limited sonic palette. Req's debut for esoteric beat-head imprint Skint (home also to Fatboy Slim and Bentley Rhythm Ace) was his Garden EP, four tracks of breathy down-tempo hip-hop similar to the breakbeat abstractions of DJ Krush and DJ Cam. With stated influences spanning from early Detroit techno and old-school hip-hop, to the Black Dog, Req's tracks are more stylistically rooted in the Mo'Wax/Cup of Tea camp, stripping hip-hop of its extraneous elements and focusing on the bass, the beats, and the atmosphere around them. Req:One, his debut Skint full-length (with wraparound cover displaying a mural of his artwork), was released in 1997, and was praised highly by everyone from Coldcut to The Wire.
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REQ Discography

Albums

REQ One (Album) Skint UK 1997 Sell This Version
REQ Frequency Jams (Album) Skint UK 1998 Sell This Version
REQ Car Paint Scheme (Album) Skint UK 2000 Sell This Version
PLUSH 02 Req, A. Slater*, S. Argüelles* Req, A. Slater*, S. Argüelles* - deqJam(CD, MiniAlbum) Plush PLUSH 02 France 2000 Sell This Version
REQ Sketchbook (Album) Warp Records UK 2002 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

REQ Req's Garden E.P. (EP) Skint UK 1995 Sell This Version
REQ Fantasy Roc E.P. (EP) Skint UK 1996 Sell This Version
REQ Miracles Ultimate Dilemma UK 1996 Sell This Version
REQ Daily Beats 1 Skint UK 1999 Sell This Version
REQ / Team Doyobi REQ / Team Doyobi - Split Series #7 FatCat Records UK 1999 Sell This Version
SKINT 49 REQ Daily Beats 3(12") Skint SKINT 49 UK 1999 Sell This Version
SKINT 48 REQ Daily Beats 2(12") Skint SKINT 48 UK 1999 Sell This Version
BJ 005 Rob Euroh And Req 1* Rob Euroh And Req 1* - Breakin' At The Seams / Concentrate And Believe(7") Blue Juice BJ 005 UK 2000 Sell This Version
PLUSH 02 Req, A. Slater*, S. Argüelles* Req, A. Slater*, S. Argüelles* - deqJam(7xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Plush PLUSH 02 France 2000
WARP LP 108 P Req 1* Car Paint Scheme(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Warp Records WARP LP 108 P UK 2003 Sell This Version

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chava

chava

January 19, 2016
Everything this guy has ever done is pure gold. Hard to believe it was released by Skint, home to Fatboy Slim...

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