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Kid Acne Mix

Hometown hero Kid Acne breaks it down for South Yorkshire

Hometown hero Kid Acne continues his Sheffield reppin’ with a new mix to celebrate his recently launched South Yorks parties that insist that the music policy of all tracks originating, or having a very strong connection with South Yorkshire is maintained. And that means discovering the missing link between Tupac and Sheffield. Yup, that’s right. So this mix that connects the dots between Toddla T to Jarvis Cocker and Boogie Down Productions, created by Kid Acne and mixed by DJ Slick Dixxx, with Kid Acne explaining the South Yorks connections to a selection of the tracks in the mix below. Ackers’s SY cover art deserves a big ups too. Go Yorkshire!

Joe Cocker ‘Woman to Woman’
“I first heard this piano break on Ultramagnetic MC’s ‘87 smash, ‘Funky’. It was later sampled by Dr Dre for Tupac’s “comeback” joint, ‘California Love’ in ‘95. It was a revelation to discover Joe Cocker wrote the original back in 1972. So dope.”
Kid Acne ‘South Yorks’
South Bronx by BDP was made using the same SP 12 Ultramagnetics’ used to write ‘Funky’, which belonged to the group’s producer, Ced Gee. He also co-produced BDP’s first album, Criminal Minded. Stick that in your pub quiz.
I Monster ‘A Sucker for Your Sound’ (Toddla T & Ross Orton remix)
A mix from the minds of three contemporary heavyweights, this is a seminal track in the ever-evolving history of Sheffield Bleep.
DJ Mink ‘Hey Hey! Can You Relate?’ (Hard Rap)
One of the greatest UK rap records of all time. Originally released as a promo 12″ on FON in 1989 and a year later received an official release on the newly established Warp label. Extremely forward thinking in terms of production, with a Latin Rascals inspired bombardment of chopped drum breaks, courtesy of a young and gifted Rob Gordon. Strangely, this is the only 12″ to be released by the group (also known as 2Wice The Trouble) despite the fact it’s an absolute banger.
Forgemasters ‘Track With No Name’
This track could feature in a retrospective of any number of genres, combining luscious bass with an overall rave aesthetic. It also happens to have been the first release on Warp. Winston Hazell was one of the co-writers of this legendary yet unnamed tune, and is still very much active in the Sheffield night scene, holding down a residency at ‘where? house’ party Kabal.
Altern8 ‘Infitrate 202’ (Altern8 vs Asterix & Space remix)
Although Altern 8 are not from South Yorkshire, they did sample Asterix (a young Chris Duckenfield) at the start of this track, who certainly is. The sample was taken from Asterix & Space’s pirate radio show and lead to them doing the remix, I’m tellin’ ya. Probably one of the bestest rave tunes, ever.
Roots Manuva ‘Let The Spirit’ (Ross Orton & Toddla T remix)
Rodney Manuva lived in Sheffield for a few years and in that time recorded a bunch of tracks with the likes of Toddla and (Daddy Freddy) Bozzwell. This remix by Ross Orton and T Willy is one of the many smashers from that era.
Zombie Disco Squad ‘Twang’
ZDS are certainly a London phenomenon, but Sheffield was where (ZDS’s) Lucas Hunter spent his formative years, making naive yet significant forays into the worlds of public art, promotion, digging and spinning. Now recording on Made To Play and touring round the world, the Zombies produce an organic and mature sound with plenty of build for the hedonists with enough intricacy to keep the records on replay in headphones all o’er the shop.
Bozzwell ‘Siren’
Bozzwell’s work as part of Hiem (City Rockers) pre-dated but slid in beautifully with the electroclash scene of the early noughties, which was as big in Sheffield as anywhere, possibly the kids of the Human League generation catching up on the love of sleaze that their parents had seen flouish in the city nearly two decades earlier. This effort is one of Bozz’s subsequent solo tracks, an anthem of sorts on a more techno lean that caught the attention of the European minimal crowd.
Olive ‘You’re Not Alone’
Human League ‘Being Boiled’’
This is one of the first songs to be produced with entirely electronic intruments, way back in 1978. We included a clip from Phil Oakey’s interview from the truly insightful Made In Sheffield documentary to illustrate the anarchic ideals of the band as they were getting started.
Squarepusher ‘My Red Hot Car’
Tom Jenkinson used to live in Netheredge. A leafy residential district of southern Sheffield, which has historically been home to more musicians than any other part of the city. It’s basically like Williamsburg, Brooklyn, only with a few less hipsters. Anyhow, this track in particular is a great example of this phenomenally talented individual’s output, even if he does claim he’s gonna “f*ck you with his red hot c*ck”.
Jarvis Cocker feat. Beth Ditto ‘Temptation’ (live)
Apparently Beth Ditto had never heard of the original (released by Heaven 17 in 1983) and kept forgetting the words in rehearsal. I love the shambollic, yet anarchic nature of this version. Great ending to the mix. Ta!