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Main SourceMr Bongo
Think / Atom
Released: 4th December 2020
|7" - ltd sky blue vinyl||£15.99||Buy Now||In Stock. Dispatched on Monday.|
Dropping on Actual Records, the 12” of ‘Think’ and ‘Atom’ was soon a sought
after rarity, with scarce originals still fetching upwards of three figures. On it,
they only hint at the greatness to come, while simultaneously showing that
they’d already mastered the three-minute rap single - this is concise brilliance
with no flab whatsoever.
Engineered by the late, esteemed Paul C, ‘Think’ is a study in how to turn wellworn
samples into something new. The combination of several James Brown
snatches, along with bits lifted from Lyn Collins and Jimmy Castor Bunch, could
have been tired and almost parodic by 1989, but instead the group weave
something interesting from old fabric.
‘Atom’ is arguably even better, built around a brace of elements from Marvin
Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s 1967 duet ‘Little Ole Boy, Little Ole Girl’. On it, Large
Pro gives the first real hints that he’ll not just be a super-producer, but a committed
MC to watch. Mixing threats with humour, positivity with braggadocio,
it’s a calling card performance on a track that could have still sat comfortably
on 1991’s ‘Breaking Atoms’ album.
Heavily bootlegged, this is the first official double-sided 7” release bringing together
both these foundational cuts.
Available on Limited Edition Sky Blue Vinyl. Part of the Mr Bongo classic
hip-hop official reissue series. First official double-sided 7” release bringing
together both these cuts.