At long last the Operation: Zombie Nation acapellas are available for all you producers out there. Chop, stretch and glitch them as much as you fancy, but be sure to send us your creations. Enjoy…
In August 2011, “Being Watched” got a brand spanking new video, so we got some remixes together from various producers in the fam, re-packaged it with some fantastic new artwork from Nottingham’s own Rikki Marr and put it on bandcamp as a free download (which includes the video in the download package).
In July 2011 Marz (of Brighton Hip Hop collective Scribe Tribe) dropped his debut LP – “Sax, Drugs & on the Dole”. It’s a dope Boombap Brighton Hip Hop LP and features our very own Bill Daggs on the track “Taught You To Kiss”. The LP is free to download from Zram Records bandcamp page, so don’t sleep.
We like to freestyle. We have spent years freestyling. We freestyle, we don’t bullshit our listeners by putting the word ‘freestyle’ next to a track, unless it is a freestyle. All mistakes, slurred words and slip ups are included at no extra charge.
Check out “Sounds Of The Cabin” (our SoundCloud page) to see how we do.
Before my Hard drive decided to die on me last year, I was in the middle of making a project called “Memoirs Of A Space Cadet”, which was going to be produced by myself and feature some of my favourite MC’s… then the day came, death of the Harddrive… and what was even more shocking was the fact I realised I hadn’t backed any work up for about a year!! (HEAD THE WARNING – BACK UP EVERYTHING, ALL THE TIME!!) I was gutted (it also took 2 other projects down with it, which I won’t go into cos I’ll get all teary).
While sorting through my itunes library the other night, I found some decent mixes of a few tracks planned for “Memoirs…”, so I thought, ***k it!! I’m gonna put these on a little mix… and I did.
None of the beats on the mix have any MC’s on, it’s purely an instrumental mix of unrecoverable beats, unmastered an raw as.
So, here you are, “Memoirs Of A Space Cadet… The Lost Beats”, a free download.
Bump it, spit to it, record on it – do what you want with it, just enjoy it (…sensibly).
Bill Daggs (PrymarySource)
In case you haven’t already heard, we have decided to give away our 2007 debut album ‘… A Prelude’ absolutely free!!! Not a penny, nor a sausage not even a thank you is required (though thank you’s are always welcome!). However, if you’re one of those good souls (/nutters) who still prefer to pay for your music, the album is available from iTunes and I think there may even still be some original CD copies (collectors item don’t you know?) on sites like Suspect Packages. Or just follow the link below to get it for free!!!!
Still need some convincing? Don’t just take our word for it, see what the press thought:
“On this pin-sharp debut album, their hard work is self-evident. Stepping from a refreshingly different angle”
“this crew are destined for greatness.”
“DefDFires are evidence of the dangers of generalisation…with lyrical content that knock the spots off many other rappers with their intelligence, humour and originality and beats to match.”
-HAM & HIGH
“DefDFires tell their street stories as storybook fables, over bustling boom-bap brushed with folk and psychedelic caginess… the intensity of the North London crew’s murkier moments will impress.”
-ONE WEEK TO LIVE
“Some welcome imagination… Check for DefDFires if cinematic sounds and huge production values tickle your fancy.
“bringing some refreshing drama and lyrical content to the game.”
“wasn’t really feeling it I’m Afraid”
-GUNS AND AMMO
“Well that’s just ridiculous,
It’s all a conspiracy innit?
These civil infringements are only in place to insure the safety and stability of our society as a whole.
It’s not an infringement on our civil liberties,
I’ve got nothing to hide…”
… Yeah right mate, you and the rest of the horse blinded, fear addicted zombies.
Whose un-wavering belief in an omnipresent system allows them to be painted into corners, divided into social categories and studied like a herd of cloned sheep.
The same fuckers who think that freedom and liberty are two different things, that one could be sacrificed for the other; that they don’t exist as basic human rights, but as archaic offerings to false gods in drab suits and fancy ties.
Who bellow orders from behind painted veils and iron curtains, wizards of Oz and witches of the west, constantly reminding the flying monkeys who they live for, who they die for and work for.
Lengthening the reach of their gaze with a thousand eyes, constantly multiplying, always watching, for your protection.
Never ceasing, unless of course, innocent men get blasted eight times in the head on tube trains, or bombs blow up buses.
There are more CCTV cameras in London than anywhere else and I don’t feel any safer.
I don’t remember anybody telling me to sign any document, or filing some application or waiting in a queue at some fucking post office to grant permission for me to be filmed three hundred times a day.
Can you honestly say that you feel safer in the knowledge that every inch of your city is being filmed by some mechanical eyes poking their spiky lenses into everything you do?
That bad things won’t happen because the man in the shiny box said the great steel eyes will always watch over you, and that they fend off evil and desperate souls who threaten the very fabric of our way of life.
Praise be the ever watching, all knowing, ever loving, ever growing great spheres of vigilance.
Thank you for averting 7/7.
Thank you for showing me the true nature of the pentagons destroyed west wing.
Thank you for being there when de Menezes lost his life to trigger happy pigs, high on propaganda and job dissatisfaction.
And thank you for bringing those responsible to justice, of course.
Does their presence make you feel safer? Or just remind you that there’s a higher power at work? Scattering symbolic references of its boundless power across the land, like a valley of crucifixes, or the totems of some other primitive deity.
What do you think?
Does anyone have anything to say about it?
- As promised, our faithful DefD-followers will be granted a sneak preview of our forthcoming LP, Operation: Zombie Nation. The first installment is ‘Being Watched’, produced by the mighty Salamander.
If you feel strongly about any of the points raised in the track, follow the links to take the discussion further:
We’re also interested in getting any visual feedback, artists or anyone with video ideas, get at us.
Here’s an old remix of our not-exactly-on ‘A Prelude’ track ‘Stop The Clock‘, chopped and twisted courtesy Manic. It was done ages ago, before the album I think, but we only heard it a couple of years back. Hope you enjoy.
For all the audiophiles out there, there’s the original too… this full version was also not included on “A Prelude”!!
Merry Christmas Bitches,
We saw snow, so it must be Christmas. In light of this revelation we want to give you more free music, more memories to revisit, our 2002 Christmas number 1 classic, ‘Christmas time is buzzing in my skull’. Enjoy!
Crack in ya chocolate calendar
In keeping with the festive spirit, we give you “Engage Virus” – An EXCLUSIVE Tales From The Cabin download (…not an S.T.D!!). “Engage Virus” isn’t going to feature on “OPERATION: ZOMBIE NATION”, this is a track we made specially for you, for joining us at our new blog.
…and if you’re lucky, next week we might give you an “O:Z.N” preview – but only if you’re good, we’re making a list and checking it twice!!