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Little Axe & Adrian Sherwood | Eva Lazarus

Adrian Sherwood & Little Axe | © Promo

Adrian Sherwood & Little Axe | © Promo

From rap and dub to blues: The guitarist Skip “Little Axe” McDonald and the bassist Doug Wimbish were part of the house band of Sugar Hill Records as early as the beginning of the 1980s and can be heard on hip hop milestones such as The Message. In 1984 they moved to London as Tackhead to investigate dub and electronics at the side of the producer Adrian Sherwood. Under the name Little Axe they now also apply what they’ve learned there since 1993 to the blues.

Eva Lazarus | © Promo

Eva Lazarus | © Promo

Eva Lazarus

Eva Lazarus has internalized the bass culture ethos of her hometown Bristol like hardly any other British MC at the time. She can be heard on drum’n’bass tracks as well as Ragga Riddims: Lazarus is the front woman of the band Dub Mafia, but she has also already contributed her voice and her texts to tracks by Zed Bias, the hip-hop constructs of DJ Vadim or the neo-dancehall productions of her friends Mungo’s Hi Fi. All the while she fluidly switches from soul singing to rap punchlines.