Karl Hinds definitely deserves respect. Starting way back in 1993 he founded and put out drum and bass on the Assassin label. He then went on in 2000 to set up hip hop label Ill Flava Records. Self-producing and rapper on all his albums, Karl Hinds is definitely an entrepreneurial force to be reckoned with. I met up with him at his studio in Ilford for a serious discussion about his story so far in UK hip-hop and beyond.
Its been about five years since Karls Hinds last solo release, so I was looking forward to what he had in store with “The Need To Be Heard”, his 3rd LP. Once again he brings his unique character to the album, with his distinctive sounding voice spitting a narrative style over synth sound's and programmed beats with less emphasis on sampling. When you hear a Karl Hinds beat, you know its Karl Hinds, and you have to give props to that purely for originality. I find a lot of the sounds he uses take me back to the old “rave” days.
When we told you about Serocee’s demo, we knew it wouldn’t be long before he got things together for a higher profile release. Originally from Birmingham Serocee spent his formative years in the Caribbean and is now based in London. Having hooked up with Karl Hinds and producer Darkjoint he is now being released on the Ill Flava label.
Seanie T has put together the heaviest of heavyweight UK Hip Hoppers for a group of releases starting with 'Ere Comes Da Black'. All releases are on Seanie T's Dark Horizons imprint, with an album to follow later this year. 'Ere Comes Da Black' is out 10th October 2005.