Sunday, December 10, 2017

Blacksmith: Demo (199x)

8-track demo from 8-track demo/test-pressing from UK producer Peter Blacksmith (real name Peter Trotman)  featuring tracks for Rhythm-N-Bass and others from artists unknown. Formally known as The Beat Lads, Trotman later formed Blacksmith with Hugh Atkins and Karl Atkins and together they released a handful of 12" singles throughout the 90s before moving on to producing/remixing. Along with Cutfather & Joe, The Ignorants and Full Crew, they were at the forefront of remixing many popular UK artists in the late 90s and early 2000s. I don't know when this demo was recorded but the sound is early to mid 90s UK street soul/acid jazz with funky beats, lots of synths and smooth, melodic male vocals. Made at Sony Music Operations, presumably in the West Coast.

One of the people [Brady Blade] mentioned in the contact info was an A&R guy at several labels before working with the UK acid jazz/funk outfit the Brand New Heavies in the 90s.

Let Me Show You 6:05
Can't Stop 4:19 (Early demo) (Rhythm-N-Bass)
The Power 4:44
The One 4 Me 5:28
Never Leave U Lonely 6:17 (Early demo) (Rhythm-N-Bass)
Rhythm Of Life 4:50
Best Of Love 4:34
Time 4 Love 4:26