Ram­mel­lzee Vs K-Rob

Beat Bop

Mojo (UK) - - Filter Reissues -

NO ONE boasted a wilder style than Ram­mel­lzee. The hip-hop vi­sion­ary eter­nally ob­scured by im­pen­e­tra­ble ski gog­gles and Sa­mu­rai ro­bot chain mail also fash­ioned one of rap’s most sought-af­ter 12-inch sin­gles – an un­hinged 10-minute duet with K-Rob wrapped in vi­su­als cre­ated by doomed artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (who pressed just 500 copies on his teeny Tar­town im­print). If it still sounds ut­terly crazed now, back in 1983 Beat Bop felt beamed in from an­other planet; the pair taking brag­ging rights to fresh lev­els of ab­strac­tion and ob­fus­ca­tion over spaced­out beats and found Afro­fu­tur­ist sounds as ran­dom ghosts twisted and twirled the re­verb con­trols. With orig­i­nal copies now edg­ing towards the £2,000 mark, this is a fleet­ing chance to af­ford­ably grab a true hip hop one-off, which comes with orig­i­nal art­work and more, on rather mod­ish black and white vinyl. Andy Cowan

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