US3

Genres: Dance R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Descriptive "tags": acid jazz jazz hip-hop funk electronic jazz hop Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
Links online: Wikipedia

Biography

One of 1993’s most intriguing musical experiments, the UK-based Us3 was formed three years earlier by Geoff Wilkinson and Mel Simpson. Wilkinson was best known for his jazz DJ work, and met Simpson at his own Flame studio, where they discovered mutually inclusive tastes. Together they struck upon the idea of sampling some of their favourite old jazz tunes and mixing them in with their own material. The resultant ‘The Band Played The Boogie’ was released in 1991 on Coldcut’s Ninja Tune Records imprint, credited to NW1 and featuring the rapping of Born 2B, and created a critical buzz. By hook or by crook the record came to the attention of executives at jazz label Blue Note Records, who quickly deduced that the sample of Grant Green’s ‘Sookie Sookie’ was lifted directly from their own catalogue. The miscreants were summoned, but then Capitol Records took the wholly laudable and progressive step of working out a deal whereby the duo...

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