TAYGETA CODE (2LP)
2x12" Vinyl UK
New album by J:Kenzo
Artikal Music UK is pleased to share it's forthcoming LP from label owner J:KENZO Due for release in November 2019, TAYGETA CODE is a collection of deep and heavy arrangements built for all speakers and soundsystems.
Varying in style and speed from dubstep, grime and bass from 130bpm, 140bpm and 170bpm; the album features appearances from grime MC Flowdan on the VIP
of 'Like A Hawk', legend jungle MC Navigator on club banger 'Narky (Body Dem)',
as well as New Zealand singer-songwiter Lelijveld who adds her subtle dreamy vocals to 'Broken Dreams'.
The fair was a symbol of the unity of the estate – a multi-ethnic working class community bound together both by the looming presence of the car factory (where a massive portion of the residents worked) but also the long simmering social divide in Oxford. Since the founding of Oxford University, the country’s elite have needed people to do their dirty work, predictably exploiting and marginalising them in the process. As the city and its colleges expanded, so these communities were ushered out of town. The tensions between the classes reached a flash point repeatedly throughout the centuries, and it was no different during the 1991 riots on
the Blackbird Leys estate. As with similar riots elsewhere in Britain – Brixton, St Pauls, Toxteth, and elsewhere – heavy handed, not to mention misguided, police tactics loom large in the story, where the elite and the authorities fail to understand the community, how and why it functions the way it does.
Drawing on this snapshot of Oxford life, far from the international facade of the city’s privilege and power, with a deep-rooted, personal perspective, Low End Activist channels the raw energy and expression of Muzikon’s sound and frames it in the dread bass pressure that such soundsystems directly led to. It’s not dark music, but rather an intense one, defiant and proud like the Blackbird Leys community and so many of the social situations that gave rise to rave culture in the late 80s and early 90s.
The people from the estate would take their skill, knowledge and access to ‘the factory’ and use it to joyride high-end sports cars – a celebration of personal liberty in the face of social barriers enforced by the very people who would buy such things. Now Low End Activist applies his own craft to an amazing artefact from decades past, not so much joyriding with it as respectfully doffing his cap to the community in a show of solidarity, letting the jubilant sound play out once more
Support from Mala, Toddla T, Om Unit, Youngsta & N-Type. [info sheet from distr.]