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Featurecast announces new EP + Mini Mix Download

Around The Block EP
Released 26 March on Jalapéno Records

BAM! POW?!! And other comic book type exclamations meet the news that one of the baddest brothers on the breaks and bass scene has put pen to paper and signed to Jalapeno Records. Excited is for kids right – We’re older than that surely? Seasoned business people. Music Professionals. No goddammit we are EXCITED!! Featurecast (Lee Mintram to his mum) has an album on the way with a serious seasoning of top vocalists including Greg Blackman (a mainstay of the album), high flying UK bluesman John Turrell, Hospital Records D&B vocalist of choice Pat Fulgoni, plus MC Alaska, C Reid and Pugz Atom dropping urban science whenever and wherever required. Prior to signing to Jalapeno, Featurecast has released on a variety of happening labels like Bomb Strikes, Good Groove and Catskills as well as Funk Weapons in the US and the burgeoning Ghetto Funk label in the UK. One of his early productions was even snapped up by Apple to promote the IPOD – yep those ads with the silhouettes dancing round – that was our boy. His DJ sets are the stuff of legend and he regularly tours North America and Australia where his brand of bass fuelled turntablism is in serious demand. Featurecast has crafted his own unique sound combining amazing pinpoint scratching whilst effortlessly cutting between Funk, Hip-Hop, Breaks, Dubstep and Drum & Bass. He’s dazzled the crowds of some of the biggest festivals and venues around the globe with Canada’s legendary Shambhala festival being the scene of one of his biggest triumphs. Featurecast has shared productions duties on previous releases with legends of the bass scene like Krafty Kuts and house heavyweight James Zabiela (who credits Lee with teaching him to scratch) as well as remixing everyone from Aretha Franklin to Finley Quaye. Basically his whole life has been building towards this album and now his time has come.

First out of the gates from the new material is ‘Around The Block EP’. A big beating, ghetto funkin’ bad ass slice of bass and breaks business. Lead track ‘Around The Block’ features MC Alaska who is fresh from a hot collaboration with The Freestylers. C. Reid provides the science on two more tracks while soul man Greg Blackman rounds the ep off in style, already picking up radio plaudits from Craig Charles on his 6 Music Funk show for this track. ‘Around The Block’ will be released on March 26 on 12” and digital download. The Featurecast album is due Summer 2012.

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