Label: Ninja Tune
Genre: Electronic / Hip Hop
Online: Artist Website


A few years ago, a new act with a unique concept and an amazing sound began to be spoken about by the in- the- know crowd. These people had been privy to early recordings, or had seen live a band that has established itself as one of the most exciting duos in the UK, and certainly one of the most unique. Since then scratch wizard Peter Parker and double bass player Sneaky have proven their sound and skill on two full length releases

Now amongst tales of space adventures, big bangs and strange characters, they return with Fingathing and the Big Red Nebula band, an incarnation which undoubtedly features their best work to date.

Peter Parker was discovered by Mark Rae of Grand Central records, when judging the 1997 DMC Mixing Championships - where he came second in the UK finals - and it wasn't long before he became a fully fledged member of the Grand Central turntable squad.  Enveloped by Hip Hop culture at the age of nine years old, Parker was first inspired by Streetsounds' genre defining " Electro" series. Trying his hand, first at breaking and then graffiti he soon realised his full hip hop potential was not linked with head-spins or spray cans but in the art of turntablism. For years he honed his hip hop technique on his mate's decks before finally getting the cash together to purchase his own set of 1200's. But there's a bit more to it than that as Parker explains….. "I could pretend I grew up with funk and jazz, but any jazz I heard was totally abstract and off it's rocker. My dad was a big Thin Lizzy fan. At school I swapped a copy of Oink, this really naughty kids magazine, for a tape to tape player and a cassette of Electro 6 and Electro 9. It was early 80s, the hip hop craze was in and I'd never heard anything like it before. Everyone started wearing name trainers rather than British Home stores and I started wearing sweat bands because a kid in the year above me wore them! I also started skating and listening to punk and proper, hardcore hip hop with loads of swearing and abusive language (laughs)."

Asked to describe influences and ideas behind the music, Q Bert, Frank Zappa, Marvin Gaye, Black Sabbath, Stan Lee and Ron Carter are all mentioned for various reasons, but actually pinning them down on describing the music is more difficult, something they're loathe to do… "It's something we've never really heard anyone else do before" says Sneaky, and he's right. Their combination of live double-bass and scratched, cut up beats in it's true raw sense is something very special indeed, you'll have to listen for yourselves…