Ragga Twins

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Ragga Twins or "RTC" are a jungle group from Hackney, England, composed of London UNITY sound system veteran MCs Deman Rocker and Flinty Badman (real names David and Trevor Destouche).[1] They are regarded as pioneers of jungle.[2] In 2008, Soul Jazz Records issued a compilation album of their early 1990s recordings (notably their collaborations with production team/label Shut Up and Dance) entitled Ragga Twins Step Out.[3][4]

The Ragga Twins' longest musical relationship is with Aquasky, a partnership that was first cemented in 2001 when the tracks "All In Check ft. CoGee" and "Loko"[5] were written for Botchit & Scarper. Four months later the tracks "Coffee" and "Dem No No We" were recorded for drum and bass label Moving Shadow, and in 2002 the DnB track "Dirty Entertainers" was recorded with Aquasky on their now defunct Sonix label. The following year a remix was created and white labels distributed but the single was never released due to Aquasky leaving their distribution deal with ST Holdings and moving to SRD.

A series of 12" singles have been released with Aquasky on their Passenger label since 2002, including new tracks for the 601 album "We Do Bass" and a forthcoming Ragga Twins 2002-2013 compilation album. In 2004 Aquasky were approached by HBO for the usage of the tracks 'Loko' or Dem No No We' to be used in the Ali G series "Ali G in Da USA". HBO finally settled on "Dem No No We" which took the Ragga Twins' new breakbeat output to America. A video was shot for the "Superbad" single in 2011.

In 2008 the Twins lent their vocals to the Backdraft single, "Rock the Mic".[6] In 2010 they were featured on Mason and the Fraudster's track "U Appear". Flinty Badman & Deman Rocker appeared in the Plan B crime film Ill Manors in 2012. In 2014, they featured on "All is Fair in Love and Brostep" and "Ragga Bomb" from Skrillex's debut album Recess.,[7] and "Zipper" from MUST DIE!'s album Death & Magic.

Ragga Twins play regularly on Kool FM, now Kool London.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Reggae Owes Me Money (1991) - UK #26
  • Rinsin' Lyrics (1995)
  • Ragga Twins Step Out (2008, Soul Jazz Records)[8]

Singles[edit]

  • "Illegal Gunshot" / "Spliffhead" (1990) - UK #51
  • "Wipe the Needle" / "Juggling" (1991) - UK #71
  • "Hooligan 69" (1991) - UK #56
  • "Mixed Truth" / "Bring Up The Mic Some More" (1992) - UK #65
  • "Shine Eye" (1992) - UK 63 †
  • "Freedom Train" (1995) RT 4 track 12"
  • "All In Check ft CoGee" / "Loko" (2002) - Aquasky vs Masterblaster - (from Aquasky's "Beat The System" album on Botchit & Scarper)
  • "Coffee" / "Dem No No We" (2003) - Aquasky vs Masterblaster - (from Aquasky's "Stayfresh" album on Moving Shadow - "Dem No No We" was used for the theme music for the second series of "Ali G In The USA")
  • "Dirty Entertainers" (2003) - Aquasky - released on Sonix Records (Aquasky's d&b label)
  • "Ready For This" (2005) - Aquasky vs Masterblaster - 777 Records - (also included on Aquasky's 2006 album 'Teamplayers' on Passenger Records)
  • "Everybody Hype ft. DJ Go (from the Mixologists" / "Let It Burn") (2006) - Aquasky - 777 Records
  • "Let Me See Your Hands" / "Let Me See Your Hands (The Bodysnatchers Mix)" (2007) - Aquasky - 777 Records
  • "Rock The Mic" (2007) - Backdraft - Passenger Records
  • "Bring Forth Ya Booty" (2008) - 10 Sui & La Resistance - (featured in Hollywood Hit Epic Movie)
  • "Give It Up (Old Skool Style)" / "Give It Up (Old Skool Style) - Aquasky Clunk Clik Mix" / "Give It Up (Old School Style) - Trevor Loveys Fidgerty Dub Mix" / "Give It Up (Old School Style) - Trevor Loveys Vocal Mix" / "Give It Up (Old School Style) - Michael Morph Legit Mix" (2008) - Aquasky - Passenger Records
  • "Living Legends" / "Raggatron" (2010) - Aquasky - Passenger Records
  • "Superbad ft. Pedro Slimer, M-TEK & Mr. Thing" / "Humble ft Tenor Fly" (2011) - (from Aquasky's "Raise The Devil" album on Passenger Records)
  • "Heatwave ft. MC Spyda, CoGee, Pedro Slimer & M-TEK" (2012) - (also on the "Bring The Ruckus" (2013) album on Passenger Records)

† Ragga Twins featuring Junior Reid[8]

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