DEPTH CHARGE

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Jonathan Saul Kane is an English DJ, musician - releasing material since 1989 as Depth Charge and The Octagon Man, amongst others. He is also the owner of the record labels DC Recordings and Electron Industries. He is well known for his pioneering use of samples, particularly from cult films in the martial arts, spaghetti western, and pornographic genres.. He has also made tracks celebrating his favourite football team (Brazil on the 1990 single Goal) and player (on the 1998 single Romário). Jonathan Saul Kane is often credited for inventing "trip-hop" and "big beat"; he used kung-fu film samples before Wu-Tang Clan. His other aliases include Alexander's Dark Band, T.E.T and Grimm Death. As a confirmed Kung-Fu movie fan, Kane was also involved in setting up the company Made in Hong Kong, which licensed Chinese movies, particularly those made by the Shaw Brothers and many from the Heroic Bloodshed genre (The read more...
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DEPTH CHARGE Nine Deadly Venoms album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nine Deadly Venoms
Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop 1994
DEPTH CHARGE Lust album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Lust
Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop 1994
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Lust2
Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop 1999

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DEPTH CHARGE Legend of the Golden Snake album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Legend of the Golden Snake
Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop 1995
DEPTH CHARGE Disko Vixen album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Disko Vixen
Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop 1997

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DEPTH CHARGE Presents Electro Boogie: Shape Generator album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Presents Electro Boogie: Shape Generator
Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop 1999
DEPTH CHARGE Spill album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spill
Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop 2002

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Bounty Killers
Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop 1989
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Disko Airlines
Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop 1998

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DEPTH CHARGE Lust

Album · 1994 · Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop
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In the mid 90s when the trip-hop formula had become a cliché pattern of lazy laid-back beats designed for the chill room at the local dance club, Depth Charge charted their own course with a more aggressive and downright nasty sound that borrowed much of its ascetic from Hong Kong gangster movies and hardcore porn soundtracks. These songs have the expected mid-tempo groove of the instrumental hip-hop genre, but the vibe is tense and dangerous, not relaxed and loungey. To further their difference from the pack, Depth Charge had real instrumental skills on funky wah-wah guitar, Hammond B3 and analog synthesizer that gave their songs a gritty rockin flavor.

Its hard to find a comparison for this group’s sound, possibly some early loops by EPMD, the early psychedelic funk-rock of The Funkadelics or Bob Marley’s charging 4 on the floor classic, ‘Exodus’, might give one an idea of this band’s blending of funk groove and rock aggression. In a genre that eventually got buried in cliché, J Saul Kane keeps things interesting with unpredictable breaks and darkly humorous snippets of dialog from crime movies.

Fans of the infamous comedian Blowfly might be interested in knowing that he makes a guest appearance on the cut ‘Sex, Sluts, Heaven’, but he is not always easy to pick out amongst all the other sampled voices. Fans of great synth work might also enjoy the obviously patchable synthesizer they use and its complex sound modulations. This is not your typical instrumental hip-hop record at all; real instrumental skills, streetwise aggression and creative arrangements set this one apart from the sleepy paint-by-numbers trip hop set.

DEPTH CHARGE Legend of the Golden Snake

EP · 1995 · Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop
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Depth Charge's musical guiding light, J. Saul Kane, is often credited with being one of the originators of a musical genre that eventually became known as trip-hop. Like many musical genres, trip-hop started off with promising recordings that featured new innovative use of samples and broad free-ranging compositions that challenged the imagination. Over a very short period of time though, the genre fell into cliche, repetitiveness and dull stoner boredom.

This fine EP recalls the earlier more creative days of trip-hop and features enough live keyboard work to keep things jazzy and real. Keyboardist Harry Twinch is the star of the show on this one. He's not really a great soloist laden with technique, but he does have a really cool, very fat sounding analog synthesizer that makes my stereo speakers beg for mercy.

My favorite cut is 'Poison Clan 95' on which Twinch breaks out a very nasty distorted B3 that plays funky riffs on top of a relentless wah-wah guitar riff while Kane provides Hong Kong style gangster film ambiance and automatic gun fire. This is a great EP that recalls the early glory days of a much maligned genre.

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