Sunday, 10 March 2013

UK Apachi with Shy FX - Original Nuttah

UK Apachi with Shy FX - Original Nuttah (SOUR, 1994)

Shy FX already had a couple of singles under his belt by the time he produced 'Original Nuttah' but this was the track that really made his name. One of the biggest jungle tunes of 1994 as well as being the sound of that year's Notting Hill Carnival, it was one of my earliest experiences of hearing this new and exciting style of music thanks to its appearance as the opening track on Jungle Mania '94, so always brings back some good memories.

The track opens with one of my favourite lines from Goodfellas, spoken by Ray Liotta's character Henry Hill: "One day, one day some of the kids from the neighbourhood carried my mother's groceries all the way home. You know why? It was outta respect". This sets the tone for the rest of the track as the lyrics have a decidedly gangster lean to them, beginning with UK Apachi's opening chatter over siren-like horns sampled from Cypress Hill's 'I Wanna Get High': "Take heed and take check, UK Apache along di Shy FX and when we come it's murderation! All original gangsta man". However, UK Apachi has said the phrase "original nuttah" isn't limited to someone who is a gangster but extends to anyone who is a fighter. His vocals borrow from two dancehall tracks by Anthony Red Rose: the "Nah-nee-nee-woh-oh, zig-ee-nah-nah-no-no-no" section is from 'Fat Thing' while the "You never know the gangsta, me say dem inna jungle / Weh-eh-ell, yeah" part is from 'Tempo' (with different lyrics). Although UK Apachi's energetic vocals played a large role in the tune's popularity, Shy FX's production was also key with a catchy bassline (which is a replayed version of the 'Love Is Not A Gamble' riddim) and a unique cut-up of the 'Amen' break giving the track plenty of momentum.

Courtesy of Deep Inside The Oldskool, check out this Micky Finn set at Club Pure X on the 5th August 1994 which features 'Original Nuttah' towards the end along with many other jungle classics.

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