Well Deep: Ten Years Of Big Dada
by Various Artists

— Released 15th October 2007 on Big Dada

Big Dada, home of some of the most maverick, forward-thinking and innovative artists in hip hop and beyond has just hit double figures. To celebrate, we’re proud to present 'Well Deep', not so much a ‘best of’ as an overview of the label’s history and philosophy, available on double CD and DVD.

Big Dada was started when then-music journalist Will Ashon approached Peter Quicke (boss of Ninja Tune) and suggested a hip hop label to run alongside but independently of the venera...

Big Dada, home of some of the most maverick, forward-thinking and innovative artists in hip hop and beyond has just hit double figures. To celebrate, we’re proud to present 'Well Deep', not so much a ‘best of’ as an overview of the label’s history and philosophy, available on double CD and DVD.

Big Dada was started when then-music journalist Will Ashon approached Peter Quicke (boss of Ninja Tune) and suggested a hip hop label to run alongside but independently of the venerable indie. Heavily influenced by the underground hip hop scenes that had grown up in LA in the early nineties and then New York in the mid-nineties, Ashon envisaged the label as a home for musical misfits and pioneers, for those who were more interested in producing something worthwhile than necessarily having a hit.

Whilst 'underground hip hop' became shorthand for a kind of nostalgic belief in 'real hip hop' and dusty samples, Big Dada continued to evolve. Ashon maintains, though, that the label has stayed true to its founding principles. “I always thought the basic principle of hip hop was to keep moving, to constantly be trying something new. To be fresher than everyone else!”

Certainly, few labels have operated such a broad-church policy to rap-based music, both in terms of style and geography. How many labels could claim to have had a consistent music policy over ten years while releasing artists as diverse as Wiley and cLOUDDEAD? How many labels could justify releasing French group TTC, Diplo’s early Brazilian experiments, some of the finest acts to come out of the UK (Roots Manuva, Ty, New Flesh, Infinite Livez), as well as some of the finest underground acts to emerge from the USA (Spank Rock, King Geedorah/MF Doom, Mike Ladd’s Infesticons project) in addition to some of the most wildly offbeat (Bigg Jus, Busdriver)?

“Hip hop has saturated the breadth of popular music and culture,” Ashon argues. “There can’t be any rules about what’s acceptable or authentic other than whether it moves you and excites you. That’s all we’ve ever tried to do.”

Well Deep: Ten Years Of Big Dada
by Various Artists

— Released 15th October 2007 on Big Dada

Physical

2xCD (BDCD100)
£7.00
 

Physical

2xCD (BDCD100)
£7.00

Tracklist

  • 2xCD
  1. 1
    Movements
  2. 2
    The Tale
  3. 3
    Night Night Theme
  4. 4
    Colossal Insight
  5. 5
    Dead Dogs Two  (Boards Of Canada remix)
  6. 6
    Wherever We Go
  7. 7
    Wait A Minute
  8. 8
    Fader Party
  9. 9
    Percolator
  10. 10
    Dans Le Club
  11. 11
    Witness (1 Hope)
  12. 12
    Diplo Rhythm  (featuring Vybz Cartel, Pantera Os Danadinhos and Sandra Melody)
  13. 13
    Sweet Talk
  14. 14
    My Mistakes  (XXXChange Remix)
  15. 15
    Hard Times
  16. 16
    50/50
  17. 17
    Stick & Move
  18. 18
    Worcestershire Sauce
  19. 19
    Super Pretzel  (Diplo)
    Release only
  20. 20
    Monkey Theme
  21. 21
    Slang Teacher
  22. 22
    Now’s The Time
    Release only
  23. 23
    Beauty Supply And Demand
  24. 24
    Anti-Matter
  25. 25
    Look 4 Me
  26. 26
    Killer Apps
  27. 27
    Kingspitter
  28. 28
    Unemployed Black Astronaut
  29. 29
    Can't Believe
  30. 30
    Closer
  31. 31
    Physics Of A Bicycle
    Release only
  32.  
    Play All (28)

Big Dada, home of some of the most maverick, forward-thinking and innovative artists in hip hop and beyond has just hit double figures. To celebrate, we’re proud to present 'Well Deep', not so much a ‘best of’ as an overview of the label’s history and philosophy, available on double CD and DVD.

Big Dada was started when then-music journalist Will Ashon approached Peter Quicke (boss of Ninja Tune) and suggested a hip hop label to run alongside but independently of the venera...

Big Dada, home of some of the most maverick, forward-thinking and innovative artists in hip hop and beyond has just hit double figures. To celebrate, we’re proud to present 'Well Deep', not so much a ‘best of’ as an overview of the label’s history and philosophy, available on double CD and DVD.

Big Dada was started when then-music journalist Will Ashon approached Peter Quicke (boss of Ninja Tune) and suggested a hip hop label to run alongside but independently of the venerable indie. Heavily influenced by the underground hip hop scenes that had grown up in LA in the early nineties and then New York in the mid-nineties, Ashon envisaged the label as a home for musical misfits and pioneers, for those who were more interested in producing something worthwhile than necessarily having a hit.

Whilst 'underground hip hop' became shorthand for a kind of nostalgic belief in 'real hip hop' and dusty samples, Big Dada continued to evolve. Ashon maintains, though, that the label has stayed true to its founding principles. “I always thought the basic principle of hip hop was to keep moving, to constantly be trying something new. To be fresher than everyone else!”

Certainly, few labels have operated such a broad-church policy to rap-based music, both in terms of style and geography. How many labels could claim to have had a consistent music policy over ten years while releasing artists as diverse as Wiley and cLOUDDEAD? How many labels could justify releasing French group TTC, Diplo’s early Brazilian experiments, some of the finest acts to come out of the UK (Roots Manuva, Ty, New Flesh, Infinite Livez), as well as some of the finest underground acts to emerge from the USA (Spank Rock, King Geedorah/MF Doom, Mike Ladd’s Infesticons project) in addition to some of the most wildly offbeat (Bigg Jus, Busdriver)?

“Hip hop has saturated the breadth of popular music and culture,” Ashon argues. “There can’t be any rules about what’s acceptable or authentic other than whether it moves you and excites you. That’s all we’ve ever tried to do.”