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SP4501 We Yo Nee ‘Needs Must’

October 24th, 2004

SP4501 Sleeve
Everyone likes a nice 45 – so here at Surface Pressure we’ve conjured up a perfectly crafted 7” treat with a beautifully hand-finished sleeve as our debut release.

With this first installment we have the great pleasure of introducing you to We Yo Nee (the combined talents of Dee J A’La Fu and Don Kazek).

‘Needs Must’ finds the We Yo Nee sound roaring out of your speakers, ably assisted by the prestigious vocal stylings of Juice Aleem, one third of New Flesh and part of the Gamma crew (Big Dada). Organic textures meet head on with beats, rhymes and intricate sample, studio and turntable manipulation for a full and distinctively modern take on the old boom-bap. Straight forward beats and rhymes this is not…trust us.


“Devastating 7″ from SP. ‘Needs Must’ sees Juice Aleem joing We Yo Nee to swap rhymes over a rolling Radiohead-esque soundscape. So far so weird, but when the chorus swings in under what sounds like a hymn to Chairmen Mao, it’s pure psche-rock bliss. It’s a sampladelic, entirely stitched together slice of wondrous warped acoustic funk and folk surrealism that kidnaps your day and won’t give it back. On the flip, ‘Capricorn Four’ is your typical beguiling, brilliant B-side (using the format for what it’s for, getting goddamn freaky on the flip). Slo-mo beats and the best bassline of the week slide under quite skin-tinglingly beautiful scratches, cello and broken-up harmonica. Like the dream music to a Nigel Kneale play yet to be screened except in your imagination. What a fabulous little single.”

Neil Kulkarni, DJ Magazine, 11/2004

“One tasty little seven from brand new Scottish label Surface Pressure… and what a way for them to start! We Yo Nee slam out ‘Needs Must’, a highly original slice of organic hip hop featuring ethereal strings, a haunting female vocal sample, acoustic guitars and smooth vocals from Big Dada’s Juice Aleem. Check the flip too for melancholic, space age beats and samples on ‘Capricorn Four’. Out there.”

Straight No Chaser – 10/2004

“…this hip hop treat stands tall with its refreshing take on the old boom-bap…. Musically minded production.Sensitive orchestral textures mixed perfectly with captivating guitar lines and creative beats. There’s also a hand-finished sleeve to make it even more special!”

Knowledge Magazine – 9/2004

“We Yo Nee are 100% imported talents – ‘Needs Must’s welt of infectious samples setting it ahead of standard rap, while ‘Capricorn 4’ leaps away for the ‘norm’ for such a release – scratching, sci-fi samples and an almost post-rock sound underpin the rap, plus an odd coda not unlike Lucky Pierre’s epics. . .”

Is This Music – #12 September 2004

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