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Dope Feat. Fuck Authority (Julian Cope)

Seven Disquieting Dirges:

    Who's ready for this epic new twist in the Dope saga? Yes, Dope have teamed up with Bristol's anarchic double bassist Fuck Authority to deliver the most rustic musical onslaught since The Wicker Man soundtrack, as glockenspiels, hunting horns and hand-drums conspire to orchestrate Fuck Authority's superb bowed sub bass themes on titles such as 'Cornish Funeral Paths' and the 16-minute 'The Ranters'. Featuring seven track in all, this contrary CD release brings to mind the acoustic scrapings of Wolfmangler, or perhaps the endlessly repetitive themes of Padstow's Obby Oss. Don't expect a vinyl release, neither - this stuff would just make your needle jump out of the grooves. Dope feat. Fuck Authority is the kind of music that could inspire a whole new genre of young musicians. Buy one for your fave musical nephew or niece and watch them make a cult of themselves.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    CD Info: Packaged in a tin with a 'Crass' style patch complete with insert.

    Widely available for the first time in forty-five years, featuring ‘It’s A New Day’, one of the most sample breaks in history.

    Record collectors, producers and crate diggers like a good creation myth, and Skull Snaps’ self-titled ‘debut’ had it all. A mysterious funk trio, who recorded one album under a curious name, housed it in a sleeve that looked more like a proto-metal album, and released it through a label (GSF Records) that folded shortly afterwards? Everything pointed towards the Skull Snaps album as a single totemic object, packaged in a way that predicted its own disinterment almost twenty-five years later.

    For those who sampled it, myth maintenance was advantageous, both for their reputations and for their consciences. Likewise, an unsanctioned 1995 reissue on Charley Records removed the credits from the inner sleeve to further sever the record from its context - or perhaps because the label couldn’t quite face using the names of artists they had no intention of paying. Either way, owning the record was a right of passage, as Amir Abdullah once wrote: “If you don’t have Skull Snaps in your collection, your collection is weak.”

    Featuring sleeve notes by Anton Spice. Licensed from Sam Culley.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: One of the most legendary funk oddities of all time makes it's way as a fully licensed reissue, full of soulful grooves, heart-warming harmonies and smooth, funk power. An absolutely essential pick-up this one. Get it while you still can.

    Ador / Gerald Wilson & His Orchestra

    Let It All Hang Out / California Soul

    There's always a party on the cards when a new 5 Borough Breaks drops, and this latest addition is no exception. The A-side hits us with "Let It All Hang Out" from two-hit wonder A.D.O.R., who teamed up with school friend Pete Rock for this fierce 1992 hit. As infectious as it gets, the track sees Pete Rock in peerless form, slicing a classic horn loop into infinity and working the mixer into a frenzy. Stone cold classic. On the flip we get the OG sample source a smooth and summery jazz version of KFC classic "California Soul" as recorded by the Gerals Wilson Orchestra. Vibes 4 dayz!


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