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DJs Jonathan More and Matt Black, aka Coldcut, rose to acclaim in the mid-'80s through production and remix work for a number of modern rock, hip-hop, and dance outfits, including Yaz, Lisa Stansfield, Junior Reid, Blondie, Eric B. & Rakim, and Queen Latifah. While that connection has pegged them as a product of the U.K. acid house and rave scenes, the pair's larger commitment has been to urban breakbeat styles such as hip-hop, ambient dub, and jungle; the three of which have constituted the bulk of their recorded output since their first mid-'80s white-label EP, Hey Kids, What Time Is It? Comprising project titles like Hedfunk, Hex, DJ Food, and Coldcut, More and Black have assembled an empire of U.K. breakbeat and experimental hip-hop through their Ninja Tune/Ntone labels and been a unifying force in underground experimental electronic music through their eclectic radio show, Solid Steel, and club and tour dates. More and Black got their start, not surprisingly, as radio DJs, working at the pirate station Network 21 during the first half of the '80s, and latching onto the snowballing club scene mid- to late-decade. Their claim to early fame, Hey Kids, What Time Is It?, was modeled on the cut'n'scratch turntable aesthetic of underground deck heroes like Grandmaster Flash and Double D & Steinski. Widely regarded as the U.K.'s first breaks record and an influential force in bringing identity to London's nascent club culture, the record -- released as a U.S. import billed to DJ Coldcut to avoid sample litigation -- opened as many doors for More and Black as it did for DJs, bringing scads of production and remix work their way. The attention (and sales royalties) also allowed them to launch their Ninja Tune and Ntone labels, which together have been home to some of the most acclaimed and influential artists of London's post-rave underground scene, including DJ Food, Drome, Journeyman, 9 Lazy 9, Up, Bustle & Out, and the Herbaliser. Although Coldcut was their earliest nom de plume, following a befuddled contract with Arista, the name remained in legal channels for the following few years. The intervening period found the pair no less active, releasing a flood of material under different names and continuing to work with young groups. The Coldcut name returned to More and Black in 1995, and the pair celebrated with a mix CD as part of the Journeys by DJ series dubbed 70 Minutes of Madness. The release was credited with bringing to wider attention the sort of freestyle mixing the pair were always known for through their radio show on KISS FM, Solid Steel, and their steady club dates, a style that has since taken off through clubs like Blech and the Heavenly Sunday Social. In 1997, Coldcut finally released another full-length, Let Us Play! Two years later, the pair followed up with the remix album Let Us Replay! Numerous mix CDs appeared before they returned in 2006 with the new album Sound Mirrors, a slick album that recalled their debut. ~ Sean Cooper
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  13.   True Skool by Roots Manuva
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  16.   Only Heaven by Roots Manuva
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  26.   This Island Earth
  27.   Aid Dealer
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  29.   A Whistle and a Prayer
  30.   Just For the Kick
  31.   True Skool
  32.   Man in a Garage
  33.   Doctorin' the House
  34.   Find a Way
  35.   Stop This Crazy Thing
  36.   Fat (Party and Bullshit)
  37.   Give It Up
  38.   Tale Of Miss Virginia Epitome
  39.   Last Night a Cliche Saved My Life
  40.   Border
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  42.   Beats and Pieces
  43.   I'm Wild About That Thing
  44.   Cloned Again
  45.   Every Home a Prison
  46.   Timber
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  48.   Music 4 No Musicians
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  50.   Atomic Moog
  51.   Colors The Soul by Dom Spitzer
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  53.   Only Heaven
  54.   Screw Loose
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  56.   Coldcut's Christmas Break
  57.   Walk a Mile I My Shoes by Robert Owens
  58.   Doctorin' The House by Yazz & the Plastic Population
  59.   Eine Kleine Hed Musick
  60.   Quality Control
  61.   Plastic Man
  62.   Donald's Wig
  63.   Flotsam
  64.   Dreamboats

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