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Saturday, June 14, 2008

US3

I just love this fusion between jazz and hip hop. It's full of good jazz rhythms on one side, and nice and powerfull rhymes on the odher side. When those two are put together it sounds very powerfull. So, I decided to entroduce to you one of true representatives of this jazz-hip hop style - group named US3.

BIOGRAPHY:
The jazz/hip-hop fusion collective Us3 scored a major hit in 1994 with "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)," a song that displayed the group's fondness for sampling classic recordings on the Blue Note label (in this case, Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island"). The group was founded in London in 1991 when concert promoter and jazz writer Geoff Wilkinson met Mel Simpson, who was writing music for television shows and ad jingles and had once played keyboards with John Mayall. The two produced an independent single, "Where Will We Be in the 21st Century?," which sold less than 250 copies. In 1992, their song "The Band That Played the Boogie" attracted the attention of Blue Note owner Capitol Records, which gave Simpson and Wilkinson free rein to sample anything from the catalog. The two immediately went to work, hiring several musicians and rappers Kobie Powell and Rahsaan Kelly, with Tukka Yoot joining later. The sessions resulted in the hit "Cantaloop" and the album Hand on the Torch. The group toured Japan and Europe, gradually weaning itself away from using samples in a live setting, and played a well-received show at the 1993 Montreux Jazz Festival. Hand on the Torch was ignored by most jazz publications, but was chosen Album of the Year by Japan's Swing Journal, and the group were named Jazz Musicians of the Year by Britain's The Independent. After a nearly three-year delay, Us3 returned in 1997 with Broadway & 52nd, an album which received positive reviews but failed to generate a hit. The band -- though it was mostly Wilkinson and guests at this point -- continued to release new material into the new millennium, however, including 2005's Questions and 2007's Say What!?




ALBUMS:

US 3 - Hand On The Torch - 1993


Songs:
01 Cantaloop
02 I Got It Goin' On
03 Different Rhythms Different People
04 It's Like That
05 Just Another Brother
06 Cruisin'
07 I Go To Work
08 Tukka Yoot's Riddim
09 Knowledge Of Self
10 Lazy Day
11 Eleven Long Years
12 Make Tracks
13 The Darkside
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US3 - Broadway & 52nd - 1997



1. Intro
2. Come On Everybody (Get Down)
3. Caught Up In A Struggle
4. True To The Game
5. Snakes
6. I'm Thinking About Your Body
7. Grand Groove
8. Nowadays
9. Sheep
10. Doin' A Crime
11. Recognise And Realise
12. Time And Space
13. Soul Brother
14. Hymn For Her
CORNER GRAB: DOWNLOAD ( PART1, PART2 )


US3 - AN ORDINARY DAY IN AN UNUSUAL PLACE- 2001

01 - An Ordinary Day In An Unusual Place (Part 1)
02 - Get Out
03 - You Can’t Hold Me Down
04 - Let My Dreams Come True
05 - India
06 - Sittin’ On My Park Bench
07 - Dead End Street
08 - Enough
09 - Enough (Bonus Beats)
10 - World No More
11 - Pay Attention
12 - Sugar Sugar (She She Wah Wah)
13 - Why¿
14 - Shady People
15 - An Ordinary Day In An Unusual Place (Part 2)

CORNER GRAB: DOWNLOAD ( PART1, PART2 )
or DOWNLOAD (megaupload) -
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US3 - QUESTIONS - 2005



01. A New Beginning
02. Whatcha Gonna Do
03. Get it Together
04. What Does that Mean
05. Believe in Yourself
06. Cantaloop 2004 Soul Mix
07. Can U Feel it
08. When She's Dancing
09. Why Not
10. The Truth
11. Goodbye
12. Give Thanks
13. The Healer
14. Cantaloop 2004 Bossa Mix
CORNER GRAB: DOWNLOAD (megaupload)
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US3 - SCHIZOPHONIC - 2006



01. That’s How We Do It
02. Kick This
03. Was It Love
04. Huff & Puff
05. What’s Going On In The World Today
06. Much 2 Much
07. Girls U Like
08. If Only
09. Don’t Even Ask
10. Jobsworth
11. Get Busy
12. K.I.S.S.Y.O.U.
13. 1-2-3-4U
14. Round The Globe
CORNER GRAB: DOWNLOAD (narod.ru)



US3 – SAY WHAT - 2007


01. Say You Belong To Me
02. Man On Top
03. Abc(Listen Up)
04. Afrodisiac
05. I Don't Care
06. Vip(Can You Hear Me Now?)
07. Truth & Lies
08. Intoxicated
09. Day That I Died,The
10. How 'bout It Baby
11. If You Don't Know
12. I'll Be Right Back
13. Money On My Mind
CORNER GRAB: DOWNLOAD (rapidshare)


Flip Fantasia Hits & Remixes - 1993




01. Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)
02. Yukka Yoot's Riddim
03. I Got It Goin' On
04. Different Rythms, Different People
05. Come On Everybody (Get Down)
06. I'm Thinking About Your Body
07. Cantaloop (Nellee Hooper Remix - Full Length)
08. Tukka Yoot's Riddim (Roberto's Riddim Remix)
09. Come On Everybody (O-Burn's Abstract Message Remix)
10. I'm Thinking About Your Body (Brixton Bounce Remix)
CORNER GRAB: DOWNLOAD (megaupload)
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US3 official web page: http://www.us3.com


This is all I've been able to find about US3.
Hope you like it.


6 comments:

Silent Springs said...
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jmule said...

hey.

these links are now dead but i am still interested in grabbing them. are you able to re-upload them?

Rapid vs Mega said...

this US# is damn rap masterpiece, I love it

Anonymous said...

Fuck You!

Geoff Wilkinson
Us3

Anonymous said...

these links are dead. can u re-up these albums please

Rap said...

Check this out Click Rap Up there!!!