East London’s favourite brass juggernaut are back with a brand spanking new single that sets the pace for their hugely anticipated second long-player, due for release in September.
Since unleashing their eponymous debut back in 2011, Hackney Colliery Band have been in huge demand, having been almost constantly on tour for two years and played the length and breadth of the country and beyond, closing both the Manchester Jazz Festival and the Olympic Games (no less) along the way!
The response to their unexpected cover versions and twisted originals has been incredible, with huge amounts of radio play from the likes of Craig Charles and Huey Morgan, and with their covers of “Africa” and “No Diggity” fast becoming club staples for hip hop DJs like Mr. Thing and Questlove.
Finally, the new HCB album is almost upon us, and the first taster features another unexpected cover in the shape of Goldie’s 90’s soulful d&b classic, “Inner City Life”. The band deliver a deceptively smooth rendition that lulls the listener into a false sense of security before the jungle drums do their thing and those horns come crashing back in to blow the dance floor apart!
On the flip is another firing original from the band. “Hitched” is an intense and furious Balkan flavoured bomb that’s sure to be a festival favourite this summer.
“An amazing, clever version of Goldie’s drum & bass classic.. it’s wicked!” Craig Charles (BBC 6Music, UK)
“Outstanding tune!” Jazzanova DJ Claas Brieler (Berlin, Germany)
“It’s a great track!” DK (Solid Steel, Ninja Tune)
“It’s great-as ever!” Nicolas Ragonneau (Paris DJs, France)
“Queued up for 22Tracks this week! Added to the Glasto playlist too!” Nick Armitage (22 Tracks, Holland)
“4/5 Inner City Life given some extra soul! I got goosebumps when i first heard this… Love it!” Pimpernel Jones (Herma Puma, First Word, UK)
“Another killer cover version from HCB which featured on basic soul a week or so ago… Wow time goes too quick at times.” Simon Harrison (Basicsoul.co.uk, UK)
“Haha… nice one. Actually… better than the original by Goldie schmoldie..” Don Rogall (Micatone, Germany)
“ICL is big! Looking forward to playing it out!” DJ Gilla (First Word, UK)
“A great instrumental interpretation of the Metalheadz/Goldie classic. Definite radio plays from me!” Steve Johns (Solar Radio, UK)
“Heavy!” Dave, My First Moth Recs (UK)
“Lovin it!” Raj Selli (Solar Radio, UK)
“Excellent stuff! Can’t wait to catch this live.” Ross Wakefield (Part-Time Heroes, UK)
“I particularly dig Hackney Colliery Band and ‘Inner City Life’ is right up my alley as I am into funky jazz and horns so this nails it for me. A bit of a departure compared to their other covers in their approach but this just proves their talent and growth.” Mr Lob (Back Caesar, Melbourne, Australia)
“It’s always a pleasure to listen to HCB!” Georgios Paroglou (It’s Just Music, Greece)
“A fun tune!” Markus Milz (Further In Fusion, Germany)
“Yes, yes loving this, quality version of a classic, Hackney Colliery do it again!! Will be giving this a lot of love over the coming weeks!!” Big Red (Kane FM, UK)
“Love the cover-version of Goldie’s “Inner City Life” classic, fantastic!” Sven Thomschke / ‘Dr.Best’ www.radio-z.net (Germany)
“This is pure class.” DJ Aja (Ketch A Vibe, UK)
“Oh shiiiiiieeet! Wasn’t sure what to expect really… I mean usually you know what you’re gonna get with a brass cover (nothing wrong with that) but this has that 60’s theme tune sleeze jazz vibe – got me hooked. Such a classy version! LOVE IT!” DJ Pete Moore (UK)
“I was intrigued and wasn’t disappointed. Magical stuff again you brass lovers!! Big tings!” Mickey Duke (Code South Radio, Brighton, UK)
Radio play from Craig Charles (BBC 6Music, UK); Huey Morgan (BBC 6Music); DJ Food (Solid Steel Radio Show, UK); DJ Bobbito (East Village Radio, NYC, USA); Steve Johns (Solar Radio, UK); Jason Pulaski (KUCI 88.9FM, USA); DJ Aja (Ketch A Vibe http://aja.podomatic.com/entry/2013-06-21T13_29_25-07_00#.Ucl4hf6Ia-Y.gmail); Mr. Lob (Black Caesar events http://www.mixcloud.com/MrLob/the-horns-the-horns/); Up’n’Loud Radio (Greece / Germany) http://musica-re.blogspot.gr/2013/06/summer-2013-airplay.html; Higher Street Radio (Spain); Mans Stromberg (Radio Helsinki, Finland)