From the Breakin Bread press release:
“Breakin Bread is proud to present the fifth and final single from London DJ and producer Chris Read’s debut album for the label ‘Small Steps’. While previous singles from the long player have focused on the uptempo and percussive end of the album’s spectrum of sounds, this latest offering visits both deeper and dubbier territory. Featuring the vocal talents of long time collaborator Lizzy Parks (Tru Thoughts), ‘Traditions’ is a soulful downbeat number backed with deftly chopped drum patterns that hint at the hip hop origins of Chris’s productions. Also featured is a fantastic dubbed out re-work from the mighty YesKing (BBE Records) which is complemented stylistically by Chris’s own ‘Forward Dub’. An instrumental version of the original track completes the package”
Traditions (YesKing Remix):
“The single’s lead track is deftly reworked into a dubbed out Summer number which evokes the spirit of the soundsystem. YesKing are no strangers to the craft of the remix / dub having produced similarly dubbed out reworks for the likes of Amy Winehouse and productions for reggae royalty Dawn Penn among others. Chris and YesKing production mastermind Rhys Adams share a long history, having first met at the studios of Different Drummer recordings, the label which released Chris’s first productions and where Rhys was in house engineer. Ten years on Chris and Rhys are label mates at BBE Records, Chris having remixed the lead single from Yesking’s BBE album ‘Overproof’ in 2013.”
Forward Dub (Refix):
“Forward Dub’ offers a unique take on the roots sound with a contemporary twist. A stepper’s delight packed with dubbed out delay and echo. This vibey instrumental cut was a natural choice to compliment the authentic roots stylings of YesKing’s remix.”
I’m very pleased to announce that alongside the release of my new single today, my ‘Small Steps’ LP (first released March this year) has been re-released as special ‘Extended Edition’ including all of the alternate versions, instrumentals and remixes from the various singles: 23 tracks in total for the bargain price of just £7.99!
Info from the Breakin Bread press release:
“‘Small Steps’ rounds up the best tracks from Chris’s many popular 7” inch releases for the label, placing them alongside new alternate versions and previously unreleased tracks. Not one to be held back by the restraints of genre classification, Chris’s productions cover a lot of ground, drawing from a palette of found sounds born out of the Hip Hop traditions of hunting for the unusual among the cast aside and forgotten. The resulting album is gloriously mixed bag of authentic sounding cuts influenced by groove led music from across the globe.
This extended package comprises the original album supplemented with a complete set of remixes, alternate versions and instrumentals from all six of the LP’s singles. Remixes come courtesy of BBE’s YesKing (producers for the likes of Amy Winehouse and Dawn Penn), German funk / jazz production outfit Renegades of Jazz and king of the tropical remix Captain Planet (Bastard Jazz Recordings). Also included are a selection of Chris’s own alternate mixes and instrumentals of album tracks.”
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