Spikey Tee – The Other Side of Me – QB Recordings

by | Apr 23, 2024 | Spotlight, Tunes

Yo D&B Fans!  

Got a real treat of a release for you all this week.  This one is the debut album from Spikey Tee on QB Recordings.  Lets delve into his bio as way of an introduction.

Spikey Tee is one of London city’s original ‘rude boys’. He has been recording and spinning tunes for over 20 years. Having been a pioneer of the UK Hip Hop scene as one of the founding members of The Sindecut. He has watched Drum and Bass grow from it..
 
If you are looking for a track record then Spikey Tee definitely has one. He was first involved with reggae sound systems at the age of 13 acting as a surprise selector/operator in soundclashes in and around London. It was after singing at one of these clashes, he met DJ Fingers from London hip hop crew the Sindecut who are credited as pioneers of the UK hip hop scene and was asked to contribute to an idea for expanding the group. With a love of hip hop culture Spikey agreed, the band subsequently went on to sign for Virgin Records and released the acclaimed “Changing The Scenery” album in 1990.
 
After The Sindecut, Spikey joined Jah Wobble’s Invaders Of The Heart and was lead vocalist for five years. As the group’s front man he brought a real edge to their live performances, particularly when he sang The Abyssinians’ Rasta anthem “Satta Massa Gana”. Considering the quality stock from which he comes (Spikey is related to legend Bunny Wailer no less!), it was perhaps inevitable that he would so compellingly make the Rastafarian connection. Look no further than the emotive Invaders of the Heart single, “Mount Zion”, for a sublime example of this particular string to his bow.
 
All the while Spikey continued to DJ in and around the UK, mixing hip-hop, R&B, ragga, and drum’n’ bass. Not content to rest on his laurels, Spikey also made hit tunes for numerous producers, most notably with top-20 UK hit “Dark Heart”, recorded for Bomb The Bass, and “Paper Soldier” for Mannasseh.
 
After a chance meeting with Dom (Blood and Fire Records/Sound System) and Mr Scruff at a Jah Wobble concert in Manchester, Spikey Tee teamed up with the Manchester hip-hop label Grand Central for a number of collaborations. A track with Mr. Scruff, “Is It Worth It”, was received extremely well, as was “Erase The Pain” for Tony D’s ‘Pound for Pound’ album, going on to tour with stablemate Aim as part of a 10 piece live outfit.
 
After striking up a relationship with Blood and Fire Records, he was included in the Sound System line up and performed around Europe with reggae legends such as Dennis Alcapone, Ranking Joe and Horace Andy. Spikey also appears on the Morcheeba album “Big Calm” and their live DVD From Brixton To Beijing, where his vocals feature on “Friction” and “Shoulder Holster”. He can also be found on Mark Rae’s debut solo LP, “Rae Road”, on the final track “Throne” and also on Dual Control’s Grand Central Records debut album “Left Or Right” performing “Burn It Out”..
 
His DJ-ing, MC-ing and singing skills have taken him around the world to Australia (where he now resides), Sweden, Czech Republic, Germany, Norway, Russia, and Finland to name a few. Spikey recently collaborated with New Zealand’s Auckland based producer Andrew “Sola Rosa” Spraggon and recorded “Badman” for his 3rd album release “Moves On” and has been touring New Zealand as a vocalist with the band playing several festivals over the last 18 months. He is now back on vocal duties, writing and recording his first solo album and is hoping it will be released mid 08. His appearance on DJ Hype’s Ganja label on a track “Hands Up” marked his first vocal drum ‘n’ bass outing. This lead to Spikey being introduced to Potential Bad Boy by DJ Hype, they immediately clicked and recorded Submission which was released as an AA sided single including another collaborative effort entitled “Show Me”. You can also hear Spikeys inimitable vocal on True Playaz artist Crystal Clears “Blaze”. Other releases include On The Rise and Rubadouble co-produced with New Zealands Agent Alvin. The first of these tracks has been remixed by Breaks DJ/Producer Timmi Schumacher and has received excellent reviews by numerous publications and is blowing up dance floors around the world.
 
Most recently there have been 2 more releases, one is another double a sided effort which is a collaboration with Sydney producer Ritual entitled “Bun Dem Down” and the flip being a DJ Suv remix of a track entitled “Zero Dub” released on Suv’s Playsides label. The 2nd is another collaboration with a very talented producer from the Czech Republic by the name of Rido (pronounced Reedoo) entitled “Life Is Strange” released on Focuz Records.
 
Having completed a successful dj tour of America last year, There are plans for another trip to the states where he hopes to be travelling with Prime Mover. Always a man to keep himself busy, Later this year Spikey is looking to start production on his Soundclash video game for the Playstation.
 
Credit:  Resident Advisor
 
So as mentioned earlier, this is Spikey Tee’s debut album and what a fantastic piece of music to behold  There’s a great variation of styles on this 10-Track collection with some filthy amen breaks on Fuckry to rolling beats on Fraid of No Man which has a really awesome bassy undertone of heaviness.  
 
Every track I listen to on this release, I can see how much talent Spikey Tee has for producing phenomenal music which bridges the full spectrum of Drum & Bass even throwing in some liquid funk in the shape of Thinking of You and a Dancefloor heater with Love Bubble.
 
So don’t waste any time, the album is released today (23rd April 2024) and can be grabbed by clicking the artwork below:
 
Also check out Spikey Tee’s guestmix below on the Greenroom with Stunna
 

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Strex

Absolute D&B nut! Love any type of Drum & Bass really but Neuro is my main passion. I got into D&B back in around 2004 where I started going raving, I then discovered heavier D&B in the form of Renegade Hardware nights in London which I attended almost every one for several years. Having developed my listening style with how the music has evolved I love the freshest tunes as well as the old ones! I've been mixing for fun since around 2005 and just love playing in front of people and sharing the music with likeminded people.