on 19 September 2003
DJ Andy Smith is not a record spinner merely trading off the name of Portishead (we all gotta build a rep somehow right?). He is without doubt one of the most talented eclectic DJ's in the country serving up his pungent brew of funk, hiphop and soulful rock sounds to the people. Anyone who has seen Andy will know just how hard he works the circuit consistently putting in blinding performances, keeping the audience guessing and even throwing a few surprises their way. Technically he can cut it whilst for crates count this man could set up his own record store. So it is with eager anticipation that the new chapter of the Document is released, again fairly hush hush but odviously with a loyal expectant following given the awesome debut mix up from 2000. On that occasion the Jungle Brothers were sitting down for dinner and a little chitchat with the likes of Marvin, Jeru, Steve Winwood and Tommy Jones no less.
On this occasion Andy has gone for the bigger and badder approach with a track listing numbering over twenty and with a fair helping of classic hip hop for that nodding factor. Following one of the most bizarre but attention grabbing intros in mix tape history courtesy of Kate Bush (Yes that's right!) just check the spreading of Akbar's "Hot Ya Hot" over three instrumentals including a little "Lowdown Popcorn" from Soul Brotha Number 1 James Brown. Ah Yeah! There are tippings of the hat to Black Sheep and Eric B & Rakim also. No doubt Andy brings the funk also with something old, something new. There's a tasty take on Otis Redding's "Hard To Handle" by Patti Drew while the fast rising Quantic Soul Orchestra prove that the funk is still alive down in Brighton with "Super 8 (Pt 1). "Need it...I gotta Have It!" Typical random unpredictable findings from Andy are Serge Gainsbourg getting a little spooky on "Requiem Pour Un C" as well as an unknown take on Hendrix's "Fire" by Five by Five(?) His love of Northern soul is legendary so why not throw a little stomper from Barbara Randolph (Marvin's "Can I Get A Witness") into the mix? Its simply impossible to keep still when this man is putting it down. The right tune at the right time. It's a surefire sign that good music is still out there and you're listiening to it. Putting the miserable harsh elitist critic hat on for a just little bit, the Document is probably a more focused and technically mixed up affair but given the scope of tracks worked with and the awesome four track intro, this more than delivers the goods. This man has even made me curious about Kate Bush. A miracle worker? I think so. As Kate whispers at the beginning, "he's here" and very much in effect. The hardest working man in deckbusiness will no doubt be coming to a town near you so get on your good foot and move. It's hot you lot.