Ghost’s debut album Seldom Seen, Often Heard came out earlier this year on Breakin’ Bread Records. It featured long time collaborators Asaviour, Verb T, Finale from Detroit and Kashmere but the track ‘Basic Instinct’ was always going to catch our ear as Abstact Rude is on the mic.
LA’s Mr. Rude has worked with all the top West Coast underground guys, like Mum’s The Word (‘Constant Evolution‘), Ammoncontact (‘Worth It‘), Busdriver (‘Map Your Psyche‘) as well as featuring on Project Blowed’s 10th Anniversary album.
I love his laid back style and his life guide on ‘Dos and Don’ts, Wills and Won’ts, Basic Instinct to make you think’. In the background, the wind instruments and gentle guitars in the breeze are a winning combination.
As we’re on Breakin’ Bread, I’m thinking there’s only thing that could improve this track; a Natural Self remix. Wow, think Abstract’s rap to a reggae-ska-dubout track which is going to be topping my chart for a while. Brilliant stuff by Mr. Pearn and note Hectic got the single right (nearly) from his duo project, The Broken Keys as ‘The Witch’ is coming out on 12″ soon. It looks like Mr. Self is the busiest bread breaker out and about up ’till Christmas (see gigs below).
As good as Abstract Rude is, the instrumental of the original and the Ghost remix are just as fine. There’s something of Daedelus on the original and the Ghost remix is full of funky bassline breaks.
There’s a bonus track on the 12″, ‘Round Trip’ which reminds me of a dark Dr. Rubberfunk on a dreamwork cinematic journey.
Small Hectic gripe, it’s a shame we didn’t get a real dub version of the Natural Self remix but that’s just my basic instinct.
Hectic Mix Nomination: Original (vocal), Natural-self remix and Ghost Instrumental remix
Reviewed – Ghost – ‘Basic Instinct’ (Brakin’ Bread) Cat. No. BNB027 12″ Release date: 27th Nov 2006
A1. Basic Instinct (original version)
A2. Basic Instinct (Natural Self Remix)
A3. Basic Instinct (Ghost Remix)
B1. Round Trip
B2. Basic Instinct (Instumental)
B3. Basic Instinct (Ghost Remix Instumental)
Breakin’ Bread Gigs
Nov 19 2006 Natural Self at SKETCH CITY, Manchester
Dec 3 2006 Natural Self @ Big Chill Bar, London
Dec 23 Natural Self at Jelly Jazz Xmas Party, Plymouth
Breakin’ Bread www.breakinbread.org
Breakin Bread’s monthly West End Session at The Social, London. The crew drop funk, hip hop and anything else related in a relaxed atmosphere. Skeg and Rob Life will be DJing. 7pm – 1am. First friday of every month. for more info check out thesocial.com