CD Rae Road [Mark Rae] (CD 937903),
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Rae Road [Mark Rae]

  • 1. Lobster
    2. Lavish - (featuring Veba)
    3. Make No Mistake
    4. Skio
    5. Bamburgh Dunes
    6. Candystripe - (featuring Joseph Cotton)
    7. Dime Train
    8. I Need a Fix
    9. I'm Fast and Hot
    10. Fold or Flower - (featuring Veba)
    11. Sick Chick
    12. Throne - (featuring Spikey Tee)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 115

  • Credits
    ProducerBally; Mark Rae; Steve Christian
    EngineerBally; Mark Rae; Steve Christian

    Personnel: Mark Rae (various instruments, programming, vinyl scratches); Veba, Spikey Tee, Joseph Cotton, Keith Sinbad (vocals); Phil Turner (guitar); Roger Wickham (flute, baritone saxophone); Steve Brown (keyboards, bass, cabasa); Danny Ward (keyboards, percussion); Dave Bianco (keyboards); Josh Werner (bass); Damon Savage (vinyl scratches); Judy Whitehouse, Nicole Vergel De Dios (background vocals).
    Personnel: Mark Rae (keyboards, drums, programming, drum programming, scratches); Spikey Tee, Veba (vocals, background vocals); Keith Sinbad, Joseph Cotton (vocals); Phil Turner (guitar); Roger Wickham (flute, saxophone, baritone saxophone); Daniel Ward (keyboards, percussion); David Bianco, Steve Brown (keyboards); Judy Whitehouse (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Mark Rae.
    Recording information: Old Snooker Room.
    Best known for his part in the surname-studded hip-hop duo with Steve Christian, Mark Rae walks alone on this, his much vaunted and legendarily delayed debut solo album. Two years in the making and the resultant body of work is perhaps surprisingly more sulphuric soul than sleepwalking beats, twisting through a series of upbeat themes. From the opening mischievousness of the Scruff-esque "Lobster," the album quickly turns to the poppy R&B of "Lavish" before flipping a head-nodder and ducking into the strung-out shop doorway of "Skio." This mix-and-match approach works well, echoing his selection for the Ordered From the Catalogue compilation, deriving genuine pleasure from offering something for everyone, whether it's the Kinobe chill of "Bamburgh Dunes," the uptown ragga of the Joseph Cotton-lyriced "Candystripe," or the closing sweet soul of Spikey Tee -- it's all loaded with an infectious enthusiasm which amounts to a grand album indeed. ~ Kingsley Marshall

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