VINTAGE STEREOTYPJune 20th, 2012
Stereotyp, the Viennese producer who released on Man Rec under the Ku Bo moniker, produced in 2011 two of the most outstanding tracks on Buraka Som Sistema´s “Komba” album ( “Vem Curtir” and “Hangover”) and is considered a mythical figure. Wherever I travel, people always keep asking me about him and what he´s up to musically. I havent been in contact with Stereo lately, but while going through some old vinyls last weekend, I stumbled upon the very first Stereotyp release, which came out in 1998 on the seminal Viennese label Uptight.
This debut was released under the name Sly n´ Mo, entitled “Joint Venture”. It was released at a time when drum n´bass rhythm concepts had worn out and the genre´s mid 90s hype on European dancefloors had faded. However, the technology knowledge and bass boost that drum n´bass largely introduced into electronic music production remained strong amongst various bedroom producers across Europe. The Sly n´ Mo album is an echo of this transcience between the sound and bass legacy of drum n´bass and it´s appropriation by a – then new – generation of producers such as Stereotyp (who started producing in 1996), trying their own take on the “hardcore continuum” and the legacy of Jamaican music. Thus, Sly n´ Mo´s “Joint Venture” still sounds fresh today, I was amazed how little the majority of tracks have faded over all these years, not only in style, but also in sound, showing that Stereotyp has been a very precise working sound engineer from day one. If you´re lucky, you can hunt down the double vinyl of this album on Discogs, Sly n´ Mo or buy the overpriced CD on Amazon UK. Unfortunately, the album was never released digitally as the Uptight label folded in the early 2000´s and their catalogue never made it into the online age.
I found Sly n´ Mo´s “Darker Sensimilia”, which I put on my very first compilation “Dub Infusions 1989-1999″ (Sonar Kollektiv, 2000) on Youtube. Don´t be misled, this is the most mellow track on the album, the rest of “Joint Venture” is fire.