CJ Dread & Nomis KANE in the house, recorded Tuesday 18th December 7PM – THE Christmas edition of the show we went back in time to 1987 with this months Guest; DJ Errol Francis aka Dextrous started playing at parties and small clubs in 1987 and around this time he began putting his studio together all configured around the Atari 520STFM, Casio HT3000 keyboard, Casio CZ-101 Synth and a Yamaha TX7 Sound Module… He dropped his first record in 1992, on Ruff Quality Recordings (the sister label of Shut Up and Dance Records) entitled Ruffneck Biznizz which topped the Kiss FM House Charts) and was one of the precursors to the Jungle Scene, with its sped up breakbeats and reggae/dub bass-lines
Dextrous the composer and producer; born and bred in North London’s Stoke Newington area; same school as DJ Hype as well as Smiley and PJ from the group Shut Up and Dance, he played Jams at school discos, played the trumpet in the brass band, and sang in the school choir…..
After a while the man with a plan decided that he wanted to have more control of his creative output so came with his own label ‘King of the Jungle Records’ with Rude Boy Keith who was working for Shut Up and Dance at the time.
Dex and Rude Boy Keith became a DJ and MC double act that travelled widely, spreading their sound through Dubplate Specials and spinning their latest vibes and soon the pair signed to Suburban Base to release ‘Da Kings of the Jungle trilogy’. He also touched down Sunday mornings on Kool FM
In 1995 DEX launched two further record labels, Subversive Recordings (formerly Subliminal Recordings) and State of the Art Recordings with partners Paul Brown and Jon Stewart; this permitted Dex the creative freedom to express his jazz roots. A new collective was formed ‘Solid State’ and have in the past been credited to be one of the pioneers of the ‘Liquid Funk’ sound….. coming with different vibes including jazz, dub, Detroit techno, garage, funk and reggae.
Solid State recorded for Fabio’s Creative Source label as well as Renegade Recordings and Alan McGee’s Eruption Records (Creation Records’ sister label).
Dex is the only producer within the Drum and Bass scene to have been awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello Award which he gained this for his soundtrack to the BAFTA Award winning documentary Feltham Sings. He was also nominated for a Royal Television Society Award for Best Original Music for TV in 2003.
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