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Genaside II

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Creators of a seminal moment for drum’n’bass back in 1991, Genaside II returned more than five years later with their debut full-length, a piece of high-powered, breakbeat futurism influenced by Manga animé. Basically a duo of Chilly Phatz and Koa Bonez (aka Kaos de Keeler aka Kris Bones) with engineer Charlie Meats, the crew were raised on the hard-life streets of Brixton and inspired by urban raggamuffins like Rebel MC and Ray Keith.

Debuting in 1989 with the cut-and-paste ragga-terrorism of “Fire When Ready,” Phatz and Bonez followed with the 1991 single “Narramine.” Intersplicing the sweet soulful vocals of Sharon Williams with blistering breakbeat ragga, the single became a major mover on the hardcore techno scene. Along with “Mr. Kirk” by 4hero, Genaside II defined the growing move towards darkness in hardcore, years before drum’n’bass emerged overground. Despite additional singles like “Hellraiser” (recorded with Ray Keith and featuring a beat later borrowed by Prodigy for “Firestarter”), personal problems kept the duo out of commission for several years.

By 1995, Phatz and Bonez had sorted things out and even signed to the major-label-connected Internal. After a live date with the New Power Generation, mutual friends introduced the duo to the Wu-Tang Clan while in America. As a result, Genaside II’s 1996 debut album New Life 4 the Hunted featured Wu associate Cappadonna as well as Eek-a-Mouse and Rose Windross. Ad Finite followed in 1999 on Tricky’s Durban Poison label.

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  • holland25

    Narra Mine / Sirens of Acre Lane might possibly be the best breakbeat single ever released.

    11 Apr 11:16am Reply
  • anka-pmt

    Ad Finite is my favorite!))

    15 Jan 2012 Reply
  • axisrow

    the greatest shit 4ever!!! dark and heavy its bast the mind!

    13 Nov 2010 Reply
  • grecoroman

    totally agree

    4 Oct 2009 Reply
  • solcofn

    Ad Finite is a fantastic album!

    19 Aug 2009 Reply
  • grecoroman

    New Life IV The Hunted is one of the best tunes ever

    11 Aug 2009 Reply
  • napierdalante

    Narra Mine !

    22 Jul 2009 Reply
  • dare2wo

    deliibrahim YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT 'DARE 2' THE GROUP BANGIN FUTURISTIC.. 2 ON TOP WOULD BE JUST YOUR THING ....TRUST DAMARI & STARQ ....ARE.... DARE 2.....................DO YOU DARE 2 ?............. .... .......................WELL DO YA .......................FUNK ?

    13 Feb 2009 Reply
  • dare2wo

    DAMARI & STARQ ....ARE.... DARE 2.....................DO YOU DARE 2 ?............. .... .......................WELL DO YA .......................FUNK ?

    13 Feb 2009 Reply
  • deliibrahim

    hello, i'm a Tricky fan and am newly into Genaside ii. Genaside ii is a wonderful, powerful group!!! i like the atmosphere they create in their songs, i like their flexibility, yet strength, i like theri blues mood, then i dont know. i'm here to ask you. i have all their albums right now. can you suggest me similar music. cos i just can't get enough. this thing is so new for me!... i tried Acen, h

    28 Oct 2007 Reply
  • uksus666

    MR MMMMAAAAANIIIIAAAAACCCC!!!!!!!!

    15 Oct 2007 Reply
  • voodoodrew

    along with Shut Up and Dance, they made some of the best bass-heavy/breakbeat tunes!!

    8 Jul 2007 Reply
  • DjRenigade

    They helped insipire the Prodigy...

    8 Jan 2007 Reply
  • Hulo

    very cool band

    10 Feb 2006 Reply

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