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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Funk and Filth File o' Facts : The Wideboys

Every now and then a mix comes along that’s so good it makes you want to get partially naked and throw stuff around the place – The Wideboys have just delivered such a mix with their ‘History of the Wideboys’ set. For those who know, this is a big fat bop down a messy memory lane, and those who don’t know better get to know, because this is an education right here!

This bad boy starts out with the gentle caress of the classic garage anthem ‘Sambuca’, through the simply fucking brilliant dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-duns! of ‘Stand and Deliver’ into a middle section where you can have a nice little 4-to-the-floor rinse out, then some seriously tight rhymes from JME, Jammer, Shorty and C Gritz (*fist bump*) and the odd Rihanna and Beyonce remix – the boys proving that they can literally remix the bollocks off anything!

The mix is finished off with some of the guys’ more recent filth, in dubstep/drumstep/drum and bass form, demonstrating that as their music has evolved over the last 15 years or so, they have delivered consistently monstrous basslines, spanning several different genres and two different millenia.

I suggest you download this free mix several times and play it simultaneously through as many systems as you’ve got, so that you can cram as much of it as possible into your face as you rave in your living room, bedroom, office, prison cell, wherever you’ve got a reliable WiFi connection!

Seriously download this now. If you don’t then I will come to your house and dance in my pants in front of your parents, girlfriend/boyfriend, children, cats and dogs, anyone! – ok maybe not the children, that would be weird, but the pets are gonna get a show!

Want to know a bit more about The Wideboys? If you’re born after 1990 chances are you were a bit too young for the initial onslaught of UK Garage, so here you go:

The Wideboys are known to the government as Edward Craig & James Sullivan, but probably Ed and Jim to their friends and family. They’ve been together (making music together, not ‘together’!) for around 15 years, and were a leading force in UK Garage around the turn of the century with tunes such as: ‘All I Wanna Do’, ‘Stand and Deliver’ and ‘Westside’, as well as remixes for fellow garage legends including Artful Dodger, Miss Dynamite and Shanks and Bigfoot - there was a time when you couldn’t go out without witnessing one of their tracks demolish a dancefloor.

The boys were then the brains behind the ‘Addicted To Bass’, ‘Garage Classics’ and ‘Maximum Bass’ brands – everyone has at least one of those CDs (90s kids, you might want to google what a CD is!) and after years of producing cross-genre masterpieces and remix and production work for some of the biggest stars on the planet (Eric Prydz, Snoop Dogg, Janet Jackson, Kanye West, Ludacris, to name but a few) they’ve secured a regular Kiss FM show to share their magic with the masses!

Download their latest mix now (you know what will happen if you don’t!) and check out The Kiss Bass Mix with The Wideboys every Sunday from 10 – 11pm UK time and look out for their new work being released under the alias ‘Project Bassline’. You can also help yourself to some more of their free downloads right here.

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