09/12/2014 – Kate Tempest and Loyle Carner–Guts (Mr Dan’s Balloon Dub) (2014)

Good things come to those who wait, and wow, this is worth the wait!



Regular readers will know about my love for Speedy Wunderground. Everything about the setup is quality. The idea is about as punk/DIY as you can get. 6 releases a year. 24 hours to write and record a song. 1 week to master, and to create a B-Side (if one is needed) and then off to the pressing plant. A few weeks later 250 7” singles return. The studio is badass and the man in charge of the whole thing is possible the best producer working in music at the moment. The one, the only Mr. Dan Carey.



This week sees the release of the ninth instalment in the SW saga. It contains the two brightest lights in the UK Hip-Hop scene. I won’t bore you with the back story of Kate Tempest and Loyle Carner. All you need to know is that they are young, hungry and insanely talented. The track that they created Guts, with Mr. Dan at the controls, could possibly be the Hip-Hop track of the year, but I’ve already waxed lyrical about this (http://wp.me/p32DDF-Ei), let’s concentrate on the B-Side.



Mr. Dan’s Balloon Dub, concentrates on a simple back and forth between Kate and Loyle but with a dub version built around it. What makes this B-Side shine is that Dan’s production is so against what is going on at the moment that you can’t help take notice of it. At times it sounds like the RZA at his peak, but without being lost in a sea of Kung-Fu samples and bass.



By the time you read this, SW009 will be sold out. Sorry about that, but you were warned early about this. Best start saving those quids for eBay and Discogs, which will be the only place you’ll probably find this now. Other than wait 6 months for the Speedy Wunderground – Year 2 compilation next year…












  1. Heard Guts on the radio the other day whilst parking the car, the type of track you wait to the end of before unclipping your seat belt!

    • I know! The first time I heard I had to stop what I was doing, then play it again straight after!

  2. teazoa said:

    Listen to it, but I don’t like it:(

  3. I love it and I don’t like it. I absolutely love the beat but I feel like the lyrics aren’t needed or should be different. The beat had me going and I thought Oh yeah I like that but then she started and I felt sad.

  4. This reminds me a lot of the late 80’s KROQ genre. Do you remember “Warm Leatherette”?

  5. I love the 80’s music. The History Day works for me.

    • I never got the 80’s vibe in this before. I’ll give it another listen…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: