I remember buying this random disc in Palo Alto, California while at summer camp in high school. I had probably read a review about it in an issue of URB Magazine, which was one of my primary 90s go-to sources for discovering fresh underground music.
In the CD age, everything was a $14.99 crapshoot. You really never knew what type of sound you were going to hear, let alone if the music was worth the price tag. But I got lucky with Smith & Mighty [easyazon_link identifier=”B00004T90L” locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]Bass is Maternal[/easyazon_link], 15-tracks that introduced me to the sound of dub while also converging elements of techno, hip-hop, and jungle music. Their music planted the seeds for the Bristol trip-hop explosion from Massive Attack, Portishead, and Tricky.
I don’t think you’ll find the album on any of the streaming services (here’s the [easyazon_link identifier=”B00004T90L” locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]Amazon link[/easyazon_link] for the CD) but if you’re going to start digging, start with the crispy breakbeats on the track ‘Evolve.’
“You are the light, You are the fire”
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