H IS FOR HEADRILLAZ

Headrillaz were a South London Big Beat combo. But don’t let that put you off. Their “The Right Way” single is a fabulously bouncy piece of work.

 

South London big beat trio Headrillaz produce caustic, bombastic up-tempo trip-hop in the Chemical Brothers/Monkey Mafia mold, fusing rock-based samples and attitude with elements of house, techno, and club-bound hip-hop. Formed in 1995 as an offshoot of Ninja Tune acid-jazz/trip-hop group Slowly, Headrillaz is the brother/stepbrother team of Casper, Saul, and Darius Kedros, all of whom had produced music in one form or another since their early teens. The name Headrillaz first surfaced as a remix credit on one of a string of experimental Brit-hop 12″s following Slowly’s demise (the Kedros brothers released a number of singles as Tranquil Elephantizer and Trunk); and continued as a proper project after London producer Howie “B” Bernstein saw the group dirty up a DATs’n’tables performance in a club. Bernstein insisted on releasing their 1996 debut 12″, Weird Planet, on his own Pussyfoot label, and the group followed up with two more 12″s — Screaming Heads and Spacefuck 2010 — before releasing the full-length Coldharbour Rocks in 1997. A singles compilation mostly, Coldharbour collected the best of the group’s Pussyfoot output to date and added a few unreleased cuts. The trio’s live performances also escalated to the band level, with a full touring ensemble landing gigs at major U.K. festivals such as Tribal Gathering and Glastonbury. ~ Sean Cooper, All Music Guide

 

From 1998, the classic The Right Way and a mix by J Saul Kane of Depth Charge. But the original mix is the one you want.

 

Headrillaz – The Right Way 12″

 

Headrillaz – The Right Way (Depth Charge Mix)

 

~ by acidted on August 13, 2009.

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