Coldcut

Genres: Electronic & Ambient
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Since the mid-80s the UK duo of ex-art teacher Jonathon Moore and computer programmer Matt Black have been responsible for a number of important innovations in the dance music arena. Like DJ Steinski, they realized the creative potential of sampling records, television, Walt Disney sounds and other non-musical sources, and in 1987 made their first records, ‘Say Kids What Time Is It?’, ‘Greedy Beat’ and ‘Bits And Pieces’; a sample of ‘Say Kids...’ was later used on MARRS’ ‘Pump Up The Volume’. With the acid house boom, Coldcut became a widely respected remix team, beginning with a mix of Eric B And Rakim’s ‘Paid In Full’. At the same time they were DJing on pirate radio stations, notably their Solid Steel show on Kiss, and at acid house parties such as Shoom. In 1988, with Yazz, Moore and Black (as the Plastic Population) produced groundbreaking pop that combined hip-hop and house styles on such...

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