The first BiggaBush solo album after the demise of Rockers Hi Fi was “BiggaBush Free”, originally released on Stereo Deluxe in 2004. The album title stems from a desire to break away from some of the conventions and habits of the normal Bush working method and produce some fresh sounds. Still sounding fresh after 10-years, its anniversary is marked by a digital re-issue available via bandcamp.
BiggaBush’s latest album is available to download through bandcamp.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT “MUSIC BY THE YARD”
“Really digging the tracks” Tim “Love” Lee, Tummy Touch
“An interesting and rewarding listen” Rob Luis, Tru Thoughts
“The kind of intelligent music one expects from Bigga Bush, and doesn’t hear often enough elsewhere.” DJ Sep, Dubmission San Francisco
“Great job at creating a 23 track album that flows together so well as parts of a cohesive work while remaining dynamic and evolving throughout. In some ways it sounds like a soundtrack to the movie of one of those unexpected ‘best nights of your life’, with Steve McQueen in the lead.
Thoughts of Chairman Nao has been in heavy rotation” Joe Rice, Justice League Sound System, SF
“Music by the yard, beats by the pound, tunes by the river bank! A veritable cornucopia of crucial cuts and nuggety … er nuggets. Its like an assorted choc box of Under My Glyn Tings but they’re all different and all your favourite flavour” Jim Pinckney, Stinky Grooves 95bFM NZ
“Just …. WOW for the new album. Turkish/Goblin/Library/Sabbath-riffing-tastic!” Phil Jones, Polish Jazz Radio, Warsaw, Poland
“Really cool music, per usual! I’m really enjoying the grooves”Velanche Stewart,Urban Landscapes radio show, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
“Great news, great sounds… eclectic & rich as expected. Will defo play out the slower jams on my Balearic radio shows the next weeks…congrats & good to have you back!” George Solar, Radio Illa 25 Formantera, Ibiza Sonica, Spain
“Diggin’ it big time. Deliciously surprising. Love its’ psychedelic feel!!” Borja, Lovemonk Recordings, Spain
“Real nice music” Daniel Haaksman, Man Recordings, Berlin
“This is an amazing album, the problem is the huge amount of music on it makes it hard to pay the attention it deserves. Truly astonishing work, I’m very impressed by the incredible mixing, and how rich and crunchy, warm and detailed the elements all sound. I need a week to go through everything.” DJ Kaspar, Groovement, Portugal
“Sounds great”Jason Bentley, KCRW, LA
“Since I love HipHop, and especially good beats, I love this album.”Marcus Maack, Vinylizer Wobwob, Hamburg
“All over the place in the very best NOW kind of way. Jamming all the right and wrong buttons down at the same time and making a glorious post-everything noise. Ace.” Ollie Cherer, Dollboy, UK
My website is now live so apologies for any mishaps during the construction process. Meanwhile here’s the latest news:
After several month’s intensive studio work I finished my new album, “Music By The Yard” in early December and plan to release it as a download in January 2012, hopefully with a CD version following. It’s quite a departure from the previous stuff I’ve done – part beat-tape, part library resource, part abstract breaks/prog rock sampler. The album was created in a flurry of activity between February and December 2011 and features 23 tracks designed to be played in any order.
This is “6 Figure Some”
The album reflects a lot of the stuff I was getting into through 2011, starting with the huge effect Suite For Ma Dukes – an orchestral tribute to J Dilla:
had on me, which then took me back to the hip hop and gave me an appreciation I’d never really had before. I hope I’ve done this justice on the new album…here’s another tune, “The Karaoke Sauron”, named after Marina Hyde‘s acerbic take on the evil mastermind behind the X-Factor.
You can check out my latest Mixcloud session to get more of an idea where I’m coming from.
Another big influence – not only for hairy funk grooves, and prog stompers – but also for brevity of tracks – were Andy Votel’s epic mixes, especially Vertigo Mixed,
….the fuzzed up guitars, leaden drumbeats and wonky time-signatures really took me back to my youth, obsessively staring at the Vertigo spiral as it span on my parent’s radiogram and seemed to go into 3-D (without taking any drugs, honest)
on albums such as Black Sabbath and Gentle Giant’s first eponymous releases, the latter featuring this one:
…so it was quite buzz to hear that Madlib and MF Doom had sampled this track “Funny Ways” on their excellent Madvillainy album:
So the template for this record was essentially short tracks, textures, beat-heavy and with elements of prog rock, library music and LOTS of strings…and plenty of non 4/4 rhythms.
Above all 2011 has been the year I’ve started buying records (as opposed to CDs and mp3s) again, not only from carboots (although these have been particularly fruitful) but also seeking out second vinyl shops, which have been on the up this year. Like the fantastic Disc-O-Box shops in Weymouth and Blandford, Dorset. If you’re in the area, give them your support, they are an invaluable public service, with tons of great vinyl plus CDs and DVDs!
Early in the new year I’ll be posting a special mix of the album, interspersed with lots of spoken word snippets.
Meanwhile here’s another track – Horizontal Hold – with film shot on my Digital Harinezumi.