dc Basehead* ‎– Live At Subterania - London (13.8.92)

Not On Label ‎– SLICK 1
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM


A1 Brand New Day
A2 I Try
A3 I Need A Joint
B1 Not Over You
B2 Play With Toys
B3 2001 BC

Companies, etc.


Issued in a generic white diecut sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Etched runout, side A): SLICK 1 A1 DAMONT D
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched runout, side B): SLICK 1 B1 DAMONT 1


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January 1, 2017
edited 8 months ago

Very energetic and probably stoned performance from Michael Ivey in 1992, right as his debut album was being enthusiastically embraced by the UK. The backing band here is punchy and gives the songs a much musclier feel throughout. There's frantic but decent scratching from the DJ on most of the tracks. Ivey banters exuberantly and comes across as charmingly delighted by the reception his music is receiving from the attentive UK audience. The recording itself isn't always perfect; the bass in particular distorts at times, but it's more a flaw in the live sound mix than the vinyl pressing. The rest of the sound is pretty fantastic for a live recording. My only real criticism of this as a whole is that the studio version of the debut album is very introspective and quiet, melancholy at times—and that quality of the songs definitely gets significantly overpowered by the energy of the live band here. There's no melancholy or quiet to be had in this release. If you like Basehead and want a more complete picture of where Ivey was at right after the debut album, here it is. It's a wonderful live snapshot of that moment in Basehead's career.