Vinyl Junkie: ‘Assimilation’ by Cool Breeze

Released in 1995 when the 'jazz not jazz' ethos allowed labels such as Dorado, Mo' Wax and Kevin Beadle's Clean Up records to unite music makers of simpatico scenes - and in doing so showcasing how London would later give rise to the 'broken beat' movement - 'Assimilation' by Cool Breeze was more deceptive, much deeper in its construction and objectives than might have been originally thought – as much Bronx as Bristol and an emphasis on guitars and soul together with echo chambers and programmed beats.

Introduction to Caveman

Nowadays they’re barely a footnote in any Hip Hop history, but Caveman left us with good memories of a relatively brief yet still refreshing time in music when producers and rappers could look where they liked for inspiration, pushed an Afro-centric yet English viewpoint and were defiant about doing both.