Top UK MC Jehst is the latest co-conspirator for April’s edition of Days And Nights At The Takeaway, which is released today.
“Jehst is an amazing and unique MC – his lyrics are so imaginative, honest, fearless, playful and evocative, and delivered so you can hear every word,” says Seb. “The idea of this tune was to do something with him that was more primal and with no loops in it. I wanted all the elements to be live. I improvised the backing track imagining I was playing a song and thinking of the drums as the melody.”
Seb sent the track, Seven Nine Zulu, to Jehst, who finished the vocals in The Takeaway a week later.
“When I heard the beat it just put me in mind of classic B-Boy breaks, that ESG, Wildstyle soundtrack type of sound. Late ‘70s Bronx shit,” explains Jehst. “That definitely influenced some of the references in the rhymes and the title in particular which is a nod to the Zulu Nation and growing up on how that New York hip hop sound and culture developed, through the Cold Chillin’ years and all that. In my mind I could just hear that Kane, Rakim type of composed, serious flow, kinda how Black Thought from The Roots rhymes.”
Accompanying the track is a brilliant remix from percussionist Tom Skinner under his Hello Skinny guise. “Listening to anything tom does always inspires me and also humbles me as a drummer.”
You can listen to the tracks below and download them from our Bandcamp page.
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