Coldcut come to Glasgow.


Some like it cold

Andrea Baxter talks to Coldcut about what they call their cybernaut music half man. half machine.

You’ve probably heard the name. You‘ve almost certainly heard some ofthe hits— like. Eric B. and Rakim‘s “Paid in Full‘. Yazz's "l‘he Only Way is Up‘. the Yazz and Coldctit collaboration ‘Doctorin‘ the llouse‘. Lisa Stansfield‘s ‘People Hold On‘ and The Falls "I‘elephone 'l‘liing‘ »— which they‘ve been fully or partially responsible for. But despite being among Britain's top producers, DJs and remixers. not to mention a successful recording outfit in their own right. the duo of Matt Black and Jonathon More who make up Coldcut are sublimely anonymous. It's a safe bet you won‘t ever find their faces beaming out of the front cover of Smash Hits but as Black explains. that‘s exactly how they want it.

‘We keep ourselves in the background on most occasions because we don't really feel there's much benefit in being mobbed in Safeways when we go shopping ~ it's too much grief. ljust want to do my work and get paid. We know a lot of people who become a big star like that. you‘ve sold yourself to the public. everything you do is public property and I don‘t really fancy that. Both Jon and me are quite private people.‘

However. it seems that in one part of the world at least. (‘oldcut are pop stars. 'l‘hey‘yc recently returned from a prestigious tour of .Iapanese clubs exposing the youth ot'loky’o. ()saka. Nagoya and Sapporo to the delights of house. ()ver there Black and More have major cult status dating from the days when they used to export their early records that they pressed themselves. ‘We were just walking up the street one day when this guy ran up. w hipped out a camera and with a big smile shouted “Stop this crazy thing!" at us,”

Both Yazz and Stans‘field. now doing nicely in the disco diva stakes. were first heard as unknown guest singers on (‘oldcut tracks: the former with the token vocal on ‘l)oetorin‘ the House” and the Rochdale nightingale with a few more lyrics on what i-D called ‘the best British house pop record ever'. ‘People Hold ()n‘. Coldcut are not keen. though. to be seen as a (slightly trendier perhaps) Stock. .-\itken and Waterman style team which plucks young hopefuls from the gutter and. Svengali-like. makes them stars. Black emphasises that both singers had been around the business for some time and that they made more of a contribution to the songs than just being wheeled on to lay down the vocal.

‘\Ve were able to giy e them a break because of our know ledge of dance music which at the time was iust starting to cross oy er and become really

big as it‘s done oy er the past three years or so. We

w ere l).liiig and w e had that dance sensibility and we introduced them to that.‘

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