So we heard something a fair old while back that, for minute, felt like some kind of fabled mirage that would never appear in reality. These rumours continued to circulate and hype began to build until one day recently, it arrived.
The new, feature length High Focus backed North South mash-up that is 'Butter Fly'. An LP produced entirely by none other than SMB originator and all round badman Dirty Dike with the the vocals dealt with by Blah Records co-founder and purveyor of that fine gutter funk, Lee Scott.
Thats right, they gone and did it, and believe us when we say this ones the start of something brilliant to come and hopefully a lot more collaboration between 2 of the most innovative record labels ever to grace the British hip hop circuit.
Firstly, you know the names and probably know them very well. Lee & Dike have huge followings in their own right as well as through their iconic rap supergroup beginnings.
Dirty Dike has been putting in work for some time time now after exploding on to the scene with the now infamous Contact Play crew as well as his debut solo LP, 'Bogies & Alcohol. Dike has branched out from being an MC to the world of production and has taken to it like a quackpig to water. You know he's got the heat, we know he's got the heat, we don't need to say anymore.
Lee Scott rose to underground acclaim back in the mid 00's with the launch of Runcorn-based sinister boom bap sounding label, Blah Records and the release of the debut offering from Children Of The Damned, 'Tourettes Camp'. Lee has been snowballing down the hill of rap ever since and has picked up quite a bit of pace (not to mention a cult following) as he's been banging out twisted, introspective modern day classics albums like 'Tin Foil Fronts' and 'Cactus Owl Moon Goat'.
We got a taste of how this arrangement would work on a single or two and this Long Player addition allows the pair to delve more deeply into their respective craft and the interestingly contrasting yet undoubtedly cohesive styles accentuate each others abilities to no end.
It was difficult to pick stand outs here. The whole project flows seamlessly and you really do get an appreciation for it in its entirety. In a lot of ways it serves as a bit of an example as to how the formula of a rapper and a producer can still work incredibly well and, if you have that certain something, you don't need to worry about pushing the boundaries in any kind of effort to ‘mastermind’ a new concept to get your album talked about.
Filled with gnarly television skits, alien concepts & jazz infused head nodding production, this is everything we’d hoped from Dike & Lee. Their partnership works as well as many people have been optimistically predicting and ‘Butter Fly’ strikes an impeccable balance between High Focus & Blah that makes us hopeful that we’ll be seeing more of this in the future.
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