Saturday, 26 February 2011

Skimming Stones ... eleven times

Nick Plytas is one of the stars of Skimming Stones, the special issue of Your Heart Out which can be downloaded for free here, for the essential role he has played in the making of many an On-U Sound release. It, however, is acknowledged that I have no idea how he came to be part of the set-up. It is, after all, a bit of a sideways step from the pub rock-not-pub rock of Roogalator - or is it? There is also a bit of a confession within the pages of this edition of YHO, which is that I have on occasions got my Nick Plytas mixed up with my Nick Straker. Nick Straker was an old school friend of Dennis Bovell, and played in the early line-up of Matumbi. Sometime later Nick pretty much accidentally became a pop star when his track A Walk In The Park became a disco smash. Again, a little further down the road, he found himself on the ultra-cool Prelude label with his song A Little Bit of Jazz a perennial Paradise Garage favourite. Nick, however, wasn't comfortable with being a star and prefered playing in Dennis Bovell's Dub Band ...

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