The relationship between the worlds of electronic music and hip-hop is particularly evident in the form of Big Dada Records, a rap record label that is an offshoot of Ninja Tune Records, which is the British home to such accomplished electronicisists as Amon Tobin, Funki Porcini and Coldcut. Big Dada has recently released for free downloading and streaming ten promotional cuts by various of its artists, plus an additional six promotional videos for streaming. Listen past the rapping, and the sonic elements share a common ground with Ninja-style electronic music, with their emphasis on low-budget electronics, danceable rhythms, and taut samples. For more information, check out the Big Dada website, at BigDada.com. What follows is an annotated list of those files, produced in coordination with Big Dada. In the interest of time, the files are listed in order of recommendation, starting with the essential:• TTC‘s “Je N’Arrive Pas a Danser” (MP3, Real Audio stream, Windows Media stream). Leave it to a French act to make the strongest impression on a British label. For an even better TTC cut, check out “De Pauvres Riches” in the video section, below.
• Infesticons‘s “Hero Theme” (MP3, Real Audio stream, Windows Media stream). Spare as a Motown rhythm section, with a light dusting of hardened strings, this track backs an endless boast by member Mike Ladd.
• New Flesh featuring Roots Manuva as Cecil Pimpernel‘s “Norbert & Cecil” (MP3, Real Audio stream, Windows Media stream). Rudimentary scratching and a light funky offbeat rhythm make this track particularly memorable.
• Majesticons‘s “Brains Party” (MP3, Real Audio stream, Windows Media stream). Leave it to a British rap act to quote, repeatedly, the Pet Shop Boys’ “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money),” and add a certain element of threat.
Also available, six new Big Dada videos:
• TTC‘s “De Pauvres Riches” (Real Video, Windows Media). Rough animation reminiscent of Robert Longo’s paintings of battling yuppies flesh out this highly recommended track, assembled from snippets of woodwinds and raw beats.