The Solid Doctor - Bless The Herb

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"The phrase "Hull's finest" hasn't conventionally inspired the most fevered enthusiasm in folk but uttered in relation to Pork Recordings it should, if there's any justice left in the world, ignite fanatical rioting and : topple governments around the globe.

Let's flaunt convention also by avoiding the normally irrepressible Pork review gags about curly tails, bringing home the bacon and : rooting out musical truffles from the sonic undergrowth and get on with the business of Steve Cobby's major contribution to downtempo funk in this country and leftfield dance music in general. He is one half of Fila Brazillia and one third of Heights of Abraham, which on their own should get him a knighthood.

He's also The Solid Doctor, his (inevitably) princely solo project of subtle beats and warm, ambient sound space. Sod the sculpted wombic interior of the modern luxury car, the second most comfortable place you'll have ever been is immersed in the amniotic aural fluids of 'Faustian Bargain', the ambient breakbeats of 'In The Offing' or in the sunny electro phonic jazz funk of 'Intranauts'. The funky but slightly aqueous junglisms of 'Daddy Mik Mik' don't quite hold up as drum & bass and 'Our Sorrow's crack at soothing dub reggae is slightly lacking. But in true Pork fashion the rest is, pure and simple, the pig's bollocks." - DJ Magazine

In April 2013 The Solid Doctor moved from Twentythree Records to the Steel Tiger Records label.


from 23 Twelves, released December 4, 2003
Steve Cobby



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Twentythree Records - is home to Fila Brazillia

The label was founded in 1999 by Steve Cobby and David McSherry of Fila Brazillia along with Sim Lister of Heights of Abraham. From the early 90s to 1999 both Fila and Heights had been part of the distinctive Hull-based label Pork Recordings. ... more

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