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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 Yazz, 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, as well as club and tour dates. More and Black are also technological pioneers. They were early adaptors of the enhanced CD format, they've integrated live video sampling into their performances since the '90s, and they've developed innovative audio-visual manipulation programs and apps. 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 during the middle to the late decade. Their claim to early fame, Say 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 an 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 Ahead of Our Time label, succeeded by Ninja Tune and Ntone, 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 later took 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!, which was packaged with a CD-ROM including music videos and a demo of the group's interactive VJamm software. Numerous mix CDs appeared before they returned in 2006 with the new album Sound Mirrors, a slick album that recalled their debut. Following Sound Mirrors, Coldcut largely kept busy on the business and technological fronts. Black co-developed a "granular video synthesizer" titled Granul8, and the duo released a music production app called Ninja Jamm. Ninja Tune maintained their highly productive release schedule, celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2010 with Ninja Tune XX, an exhaustive box set including six CDs of remixes and rarities, six 7" singles, and a hardcover book. In 2016, Coldcut resurrected their earliest label, Ahead of Our Time, and released The Bullnose Step EP, the first release in 25 years by their little-known Bogus Order alias. They also issued Only Heaven, a new Coldcut EP featuring Ninja Tune regular Roots Manuva. In 2017, Coldcut and legendary dub/post-punk producer Adrian Sherwood (credited as On-U Sound) released the collaborative album Outside the Echo Chamber, featuring guest contributions from Manuva as well as Lee "Scratch" Perry, Ce'cile, Dennis Bovell, and others. ~ Sean Cooper
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    Popularity
  2.   Sound Mirrors
  3.   Walk a Mile in My Shoes
  4.   Atomic Moog 2000
  5.   Beats and Pieces
  6.   Music for 18 Musicians (remix after Steve Reich)
  7.   Creative
  8.   Only Heaven by Roots Manuva
  9.   The Tale of Miss Virginia Epitome by Salina Saliva
  10.   Rubaiyat
  11.   Last Night A Clich
  12.   Colors The Soul by Dom Spitzer
  13.   A Whistle And A Prayer by Fog
  14.   Mr Nichols by Saul Williams
  15.   Just For The Kick by Annette Peacock
  16.   Doctorin' the House featuring The Plastic Population
  17.   True Skool by Roots Manuva
  18.   Man in a Garage by John Matthias
  19.   Return to Margin
  20.   Colours the Soul
  21.   This Island Earth
  22.   Aid Dealer
  23.   Boogieman
  24.   Everything Is Under Control
  25.   A Whistle and a Prayer
  26.   Mr. Nochols
  27.   Just For the Kick
  28.   True Skool
  29.   Man in a Garage
  30.   Doctorin' the House
  31.   Find a Way
  32.   Autumn Leaves
  33.   Stop This Crazy Thing
  34.   Give It Up
  35.   Flotsam
  36.   Tale Of Miss Virginia Epitome
  37.   Last Night a Cliche Saved My Life
  38.   Border
  39.   Onamission
  40.   I'm Wild About That Thing
  41.   Cloned Again
  42.   Every Home a Prison
  43.   Timber
  44.   Space Journey
  45.   Noah's Toilet
  46.   Music 4 No Musicians
  47.   Panopticon
  48.   Rubyaiyat
  49.   More Beats & Pieces
  50.   Atomic Moog
  51.   Quality Control
  52.   Fat (Party and Bullshit)
  53.   Donald's Wig by Roses Gabor
  54.   Only Heaven
  55.   Donald's Wig
  56.   Dreamboats
  57.   Eine Kleine Hed Musick
  58.   Screw Loose
  59.   Walk a Mile I My Shoes by Robert Owens
  60.   My Telephone
  61.   Coldcut's Christmas Break
  62.   Doctorin' The House by Yazz & the Plastic Population
  63.   Plastic Man
  64.   Kinda Natural
  65.   Vitals featuring On-U Sound System
  66.   Metro by On-U Sound System
  67.   Everyday Another Sanction featuring Chezidek
  68.   Make Up Your Mind featuring Ce'Cile
  69.   Aztec Riddim by On-U Sound System
  70.   Kajra Mohobbat Wala featuring Hamsika Iyer
  71.   Divide and Rule featuring Elan
  72.   Make Up Your Mind featuring Elan
  73.   Robbery featuring On-U Sound System
  74.   Livid Hip Hop by On-U Sound System

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