Profile: Shy FX crashed the British pop charts in mid-1994 with “Original Nuttah”, one of the most infectious Ragga-Jungle anthems of all time and quickly became one of Jungle’s most respected producers. Born in London, Andre Williams debuted on S.O.U.R. Records (Sound Of The Underground) with two singles, “Gangsta Kid” and “Sound Of The Beast”, in 1994. His third for the label, “Original Nuttah,” perfectly epitomized Jungle’s growing Ragga-Ruffneck style, with a light-speed rhythm track and rude-boy scatting from UK Apachi. Almost immediately after its release, the single ignited dance clubs, flew out of the stores, and eventually made the British charts.
Shy FX started his own Ebony label soon after, releasing more classic Jungle tunes like “The Message” and “Wolf”. His 1997 “Bambaata” was hailed as tune of the year. Shy started a couple of offshoots such as Ivory (catering for no-nonsense rollers) and Naughty But Nice (for the funkier end of his productions).
But this is his collaborative work with T Power that had so far the biggest impact, mixing their highly credible brand of drum and bass with a strong pop sensibility, with “Shake Ur Body” in 2001 – released on EMI subsidiary Positiva – that made him a household name. It was followed by an album on FFRR “Set It Off” the following year. Shy FX decide to fold all his label to concentrate on a new Digital Soundboy venture in 2005, releasing so far a Shy FX and T Power album “Diary Of A Digital Soundboy”, as well a providing a choice platform for promising young artists such as Benny Page and Visionary. A solo artist LP is in the pipeline for 2007.
T Power (real name: Mark Royal) is a drum and bass producer, who comes from Bow, London, UK. Originally starting his production career in the UK hardcore scene, he moved into Jungle as it was spawned out of hardcore rave. Wanting to avoid the increasing politics within the scene, he began to produce experimental drum and bass, culminating in the seminal Self Evident Truth of an Intuitive Mind. Following from this, came the next album Waveform. Less accessible, it carried his experimental tracks further into the left field. He himself proclaimed it as “self-indulgent”.
Partnering with Shy FX, he began to producer “happier”, more party-oriented, jazzy drum and bass - Shake Ur Body, being the clear example. Long Time Dead was released, cementing the return to dance floor-oriented drum and bass and breaks.
Edited by Katrina86 on 20 Jan 2008, 15:44
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