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Eleven:59

Ladbroke Grove, London, Britain duo of DJ Daniel X and rapper Gian Carlo Morroco, shaped when X heard Morroco chatting a reggae lyric, ‘My Ambition’s To Wipe out Mr Botha’, at a blues party in 1987. Jointly they agreed upon to Virgin Information subsidiary From A Whisper To A Scream, launching two critically acclaimed singles, ‘3 A.M.’ and ‘Digi’, the last mentioned using the O’Jays’ ‘For The Like Of Cash’ as the music foundation for an anti-stardom rap. Regardless of the curiosity generated, Virgin shortly taken the plug in the label, and Eleven:59 elected to create their very own Ticking Period imprint rather. Two even more underground EPs implemented, before they agreed upon a licensing agreement with China Information in 1994. ‘Difficulty On My Brain’ (1995) was motivated by poverty and its own frustrations, though Daniel X do at least involve some real estate to his name, in the form of a part-ownership of the hairdressing salon in Soho. Live they used some loops with live trumpet to make a sound that provided a soulful counterbalance towards the trio’s hard, politicized diatribes.

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