Wicked Beat Sound System
|Wicked Beat Sound System|
Damian Robinson and Linda Janssen
|Years active||1992 – present|
Wicked Beat Records
|Past members||MC KYE
Wicked Beat Sound System is a Sydney based group whose sound is best described as a mixture of electronica, dub and soul. The group formed in 1992, following a series of live "jams" instigated by DJ Dave Carnovale (Crucial D) in collaboration with Damian Robinson and other DJ's Scott Pullen and Mark Walton which took place at the Bentley Bar c. 1991 in Sydney's Darlinghurst area. They have released five albums to date. Originally featuring reggae and hip hop, the group expanded their sound to incorporate elements of soul, jazz, latin, funk and breaks. They have been nominated for three ARIA Music Awards and an Australian Dance Music Award as well as creating dozens of remixes for others.
The lineup of the group was originally Linda Janssen and MC KYE on vocals, alongside producers Damian Robinson and DJ Dave Carnovale. Over the years many other artists have been included in the lineup of the 'Live' band including Marko Simec (Waiting For Guinness), the late Bruce (Babs) Clarke, well known breaks producer Andy Page, Dave Norris (Nubreed) as well as current performers Gerard Masters, Ian Mussington and Cameron Undy. Dave Carnovale departed the band in 2003 to concentrate on his 'Dubnosis' project and MC Kye departed the band shortly after the release of their fourth album 4ormation in 2005 to work on his Budspells Album. They have headlined their own tours and have supported Ben Harper and The Fugees
The first single releases, Stand Up, Inside and Summer Sun were produced by John Prior at Unity Gain Studios. Stand Up was the group's first video, Inside and Summer Sun were originally released on Matt Hayward's independent label One Movement, while Summer Sun was picked up by DJ Andy Glitre and continued to receive high rotation on national radio network Triple J for several years. The first album release, Music From The Core was also originally released on One Movement in 1996 and the single "Local MP" also achieved high radio rotation. These tracks were featured on the soundtrack to the French film Clubbed to Death (Lola). They collaborated with other local artists such as Yothu Yindi, Directions in Groove, Deborah Conway, Iva Davies, Christine Anu and Renee Geyer.
The second album, Inna Styles was released through Mushroom in 2000, followed by an extensive touring schedule. Three singles from the album I Don’t Wanna know, Church of Al Green, and Stay With Me Til Dawn were again featured on Triple J. The album also featured dancefloor tracks Cookin’ with Kazz and Genie of the Lab. In 2000 Wicked Beat Sound System received an ARIA nomination for Inna Styles and a Dance Music Award nomination (DMA) for Best Band. They also played festivals across Australia including the Perth International Arts Festival, Vibes On A Summer's Day and the closing of the Sydney Paralympics.
In 2002 the third album, New Soul Breaks was released and featured vocal tracks by Janssen including I Want To and Brand New Day, as well as instrumental tracks Do The Tings and Ounce Of Swing. In the same year they received another ARIA nomination for Best Dance Release. In 2005 Wicked Beat Sound System released 4ormation featuring the track Nightmare. Shortly after the release of 4ormation MC Kye departed the group to concentrate on his solo project and the group ceased touring for a period of time. In 2006, Wicked Beat Sound System, now largely Robinson and Janssen, recorded Hydromajestik which was released on 24 March 2007. More in the vein of their previous Inna Styles album this album featured vocal tracks in addition to dub-influenced instrumentals, the first single was Won’t Let Go.
- Music From The Core (1996, Mushroom Records)
- Inna Styles (2000, Mushroom Records)
- New Soul Breaks (2002, Wicked Beat Records through Sony)
- 4ormation (2005, Wicked Beat Records through Inertia Distribution)
- Hydromajestik (2007, Wicked Beat Records through Inertia Distribution)
- Dreaming (2008, Wicked Beat Records)