Well Deep: Ten Years Of Big Dada
Various Artists

Release Date. 15/10/07
Catalogue Number. BDCD100

Big Dada, home of some of the most maverick, forward-thinking and innovative artists in hip hop and beyond has just hit double figures. To celebrate, we’re proud to present 'Well Deep', not so much a ‘best of’ as an overview of the label’s history and philosophy, available on double CD and DVD.

Big Dada was started when then-music journalist Will Ashon approached Peter Quicke (boss of Ninja Tune) and suggested a hip hop label to run alongside but independently of the venerable indie. Heavily influenced by the underground hip hop scenes that had grown up in LA in the early nineties and then New York in the mid-nineties, Ashon envisaged the label as a home for musical misfits and pioneers, for those who were more interested in producing something worthwhile than necessarily having a hit.

Whilst 'underground hip hop' became shorthand for a kind of nostalgic belief in 'real hip hop' and dusty samples, Big Dada continued to evolve. Ashon maintains, though, that the label has stayed true to its founding principles. “I always thought the basic principle of hip hop was to keep moving, to constantly be trying something new. To be fresher than everyone else!”

Certainly, few labels have operated such a broad-church policy to rap-based music, both in terms of style and geography. How many labels could claim to have had a consistent music policy over ten years while releasing artists as diverse as Wiley and cLOUDDEAD? How many labels could justify releasing French group TTC, Diplo’s early Brazilian experiments, some of the finest acts to come out of the UK (Roots Manuva, Ty, New Flesh, Infinite Livez), as well as some of the finest underground acts to emerge from the USA (Spank Rock, King Geedorah/MF Doom, Mike Ladd’s Infesticons project) in addition to some of the most wildly offbeat (Bigg Jus, Busdriver)?

“Hip hop has saturated the breadth of popular music and culture,” Ashon argues. “There can’t be any rules about what’s acceptable or authentic other than whether it moves you and excites you. That’s all we’ve ever tried to do.”

Formats

2xCD+MP3 (BDCD100)

£7.00

Tracklisting

1
Movements - Roots Manuva
2
The Tale - Ty
3
Night Night Theme - The Infesticons
4
Colossal Insight - Roots Manuva
5
Dead Dogs Two (Boards Of Canada remix) - cLOUDDEAD
6
Wherever We Go - New Flesh
7
Wait A Minute - Ty
8
Fader Party - The Majesticons
9
Percolator - Lotek Hi-Fi
10
Dans Le Club - TTC
11
Witness (1 Hope) - Roots Manuva
12
Diplo Rhythm - Diplo featuring Vybz Cartel, Pantera Os Danadinhos and Sandra Melody
13
Sweet Talk - Spank Rock
14
My Mistakes (XXXChange Remix) - Wiley
15
Hard Times - Part 2 feat. LSK
16
50/50 - Wiley
17
Stick & Move - New Flesh feat. Robotic EBU
18
Worcestershire Sauce - Infinite Livez
19
Super Pretzel (Diplo) - NMS
20
Monkey Theme - The Infesticons
21
Slang Teacher - Gamma feat. Defesis
22
Now’s The Time - Diplo
23
Beauty Supply And Demand - Busdriver
24
Anti-Matter - King Geedorah feat. Mr Fantastik
25
Look 4 Me - Ty feat. Eska & Breis
26
Killer Apps - Gamma feat. Shadowless
27
Kingspitter - Bigg Jus
28
Unemployed Black Astronaut - Busdriver
29
Can't Believe - Lotek Hi-Fi feat. Earl J
30
Closer - Ty feat. Maceo
31
Physics Of A Bicycle - cLOUDDEAD

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