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Tony Thorpe is best known for his groundbreaking Moody Boyz output as well as setting up a host of independent labels including Warrior Records, BPM, Language Records, and his newest imprint Studio Rockers. As well as this he curated the 'Dub Step Chronicles' for Massive Attack's Meltdown Festival, and continues to keep busy with his DJing around the world. He has also laid down classic remixes for artists including Amy Winehouse, Erykah Badu, Prince Fatty, Lee Scratch Perry and Bloc Party. Tony has been surfing the contours of echo drop dub since he first started fusing tape looped noise with earthbound funk as 400 Blows over 20 years ago.
In 1987 he released the first UK acid compilation Acid Beats and soon after launched his acid guise Moody Boyz with the funk-fried Boogie Woogie Music on his second acid house compilation Acid House Volume One.
Moody Boyz released a series of groundbreaking house cuts from the B-Boy-meets-techno top 50 hit Acid Heaven/ Acid Rappin to the groundbreaking LFO bass attack of Funky Zulu. But it was Journeys into Dubland that became Thorpe's defining moment thanks to its fusion of acid house, reggae, dissonant noise-scapes and a heavy dose of dub medicine.
Tony Thorpe is one of British musics true mavericks. His groundbreaking approach has laid the way for numerous artists to follow and succeed while he has all too often been ignored.
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