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Friday, April 04, 2014

UTFO - Leader Of The Pack


UTFO had their moments. I wasn't keen on their debut release but I bought it all the same. This was always my fave though; picked it up some years back now, still sealed and a steal at two and a half quid. The emcees had skils but it was always the deejay I was interested in. Mixmaster Ice was underrated I reckon. He had that particularly cool scratch where you had to be real quick on the cross fade and do a kind of double back and forth with the record whilst doing the same with the fader, difficult to explain and I hope you know what I mean but it took me years to perfect but I did and I was the only one in our 'circle' that could. I don't know any other deejay that did that scratch; there probably was but he was the first I ever heard that did. Later releases didn't interest me that much. I bought a couple more of their LPs, 'Skeezer Pleezer' and 'Doin' It' but they just sat in the crate for years with little interest shown so they eventually went the way of the bay. Full Force's production skills were alright I guess but their harmonising on some of UTFO's stuff is ok for some but it's not for me, thanks all the same. 'Bite It' comes a close second to this for me which I'll get at some point no doubt, until then this is the only slice of wax I have but I think it's their best.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Brilliant track!!
Tight cut!

stonerphonic said...

"scribbles" is the scratch technique invented by Mix Master Ice that blew the skulls of DJ's everywhere when they 1st caught a U.T.F.O. track. These dudes are so savagely underrated it borders on the verge of criminal. Everything Snoop Dogg did with that whole "izzle" thing was done a decade before by these guys, AND done 10x better. U.T.F.O. really were the Leaders of the pack...

moyinka said...

thanks for the info. I never got a hold of the different names for scratches, in fact I think it wasn't until I heard Q-Bert talking about DJ Supreme of Hijack that I knew they even had names.

Kato said...

Deep bass on this one. We used to crank the 12" and watch the woofers wobble - much more than the LP cut. Wish I still had the vinyl of this. Thanks for sharing.

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