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Narco T - Gatecrasher / Weather 12" [Carbon Logic]
Narco T - Gratecrasher
Narco T - Gratecrasher
I believe this is the debut solo release from Narco T, although I recognise the name from somewhere. You'll have to fill me in on that, but I seem to remember Skinnyman name checking him or something like that. NARCO - T is one of the emerging lights on the British Hip Hop scene. Live and direct from London's East End, with a deep history on the underground MC circuit, his lyrics and beats deal with conscious vibes, from witnessing gun fights between Radics and crack muppets to the ongoing race for the penetration station. 

Anyway, this time he has surfaced on the Carbon Logic records label for this strong two track release. Carbon Logic was formed in September 2002 and the label's first release was the Reachin' 12" which also featured Narco T alongside I 'Eka. British Soul, Hip Hop style. On the A side of this record is the Gatecrasher track in which Narco describes how he is a gatecrasher and will turn up unannounced all over the place and cause trouble. He'll turn up at a boujie African event wearing trainers, or he'll be helping himself to birthday cake whilst getting a set of keys cut. A well dodgy dude, but who can say that they haven't ventured un-invited into someone else's private party before? There are two versions with similar production which is nice. The first version, the lean mix, has heavy slappy kicks and a deeper bass. There is a high pitch-shifting occasional tone, but the main melody is provided by a few nasal synth notes. It's at a relatively slow tempo, and sounds well mixed. The second version, the fat mix, has a more clubby feel mainly due to the addition to the mix of a more bouncy bass line. I think I like this second mix a bit more, and there is an instrumental as well. 

The backside features Weather, a track not too surprisingly about the changing seasons and the changing Human behavior that different meteorological conditions bring on. Conversely, things like drug taking don't change, its only the weather that has changed. The main message is that no matter what the weather one has to keep your things real tight to keep your family together. The feel of this is a fair bit darker due to the chords and progression of the notes provided by the keyboard. The beat pattern is a bit different with a double snare hit which has a clapping feel. The orchestration and arrangement is varied and relatively complex by Hip Hop standards. This gives the music a certain amount of longevity and is evidence of the composers musicality. There is an instrumental for this too, but interestingly features a long spoken shout out list at the beginning.

Overall I think this is a debut to be rated. Narco has skills, doesn't overcomplicate his style and can write thematic stories, something which adds depth to the content and understanding of the tracks. If you head over to the website, you'll also see that Mr Narco T is also a bit handy with a fibre tipped pen and knocks out his own cartoons. Look out for the T shirts soon. 

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