Harry Harland (DJ Format – Statement of Intent)
DJ Format with his trusty sidekick (of his first two albums) MC Abdominal remains one of the best gigs I have ever been to. Format himself put down some awesome old school hip-hop beats while the unbelievably gifted Abdominal rapped over the top of them. The highlight being a section where the crowd wrote down topics on pieces of paper and he freestyled on each new subject for 30 seconds. It was pretty mind-blowing.
Fast forward over 5 years and there has been no sign of a release from Southampton’s finest Hip Hop DJ. Until now that is.
At first glance, I was disappointed to note the absence of any of his previous collaborators, D-Sisive, Charlie 2na (of Jurassic 5) and the aforementioned Abdominal. Their lyrical styles were a crucial part of what made the two previous Format albums (Music for the mature B-boy and If you can’t join ’em, beat ’em) so fantastic. The replacements here are more than adequate.
Spaceship Earth (below), led by rapper Edan is a cracking tune, while and of the collaborations with Sureshot La Rock are so old school that they might as well have been made by the Sugarhill Gang or Young MC. There’s nothing as obviously tongue-in-cheek as the likes of old classics I’m Good or Vicious Battle Raps (below), but the whole feel of the album is one of joyous fun.
Spaceship Earth (feat Edan)
Vicious Battle Raps (feat Abdominal)