Sunday, August 31, 2008
Mmm sweet, never forget...
Roots of El-B CD
1 "The Club" Ghost [Ghost]
2 "2000" Ghost [Ghost]
3 "Express" El-B [Ghost]
4 "Show A Little Love" El-B feat Simba and Juiceman [Scorpion Records]
5 "Lyrical Tempo" Ghost [Ghost]
6 "Digital" El-B feat. Juiceman [Locked On]
7 "Buck n Bury (Original)" El-B [Tempa]
8 "Time Out (El-B Remix)" Zed Bias [Locked On]
9 "Neighbourhood (El-B Remix)" Zed Bias [Locked On]
10 "Celebrate Life [El-B mix]" Brasstooth [Well Built]
11 "Serious" El-B feat. Rolla [Locked On]
12 "Cuba" El-B [Bison]
13 "Cruiser" El-B [Ghost white]
14 "Amazon" El-B [Tempa]
15 "Among The Stars" El-B [Qualifide]
Roots of El-B 2x12"
A "The Club" Ghost Ghost
B "Serious" El-B feat. Rolla [Locked On]
C "Express" El-B [Ghost]
D "Lyrical Tempo" Ghost [Ghost]
There's been some talk about "the El-B album" of late. Officially the "the El-B album" from the Ghost era never got finished. Me and Hatcha have copies of the DAT, and the best tracks from it are on this, The Roots of El-B. There's talk of Lewis doing an album now, but I'm not sure of the details on that.
What I do know is this is the official tracklist for the "Roots of...", so thought I should share it, ahead of the release this autumn. The CD comes with 3,500 word sleevenotes by me, chronicling the brief but massively influential history of Ghost. The CD contains music that has lasted "the passage of time..." Just ask Burial, Skream or Kode.
El-B was literally the man who inspired me to want to make music, though Forward>> helped too, but that was a year or so later. Releasing this feels like dealing with some unfinished business. Justice has been done to El-B's scattered, lost but ultimately peerless canon.