UK-based beatsmith and mash-up maestro Cut La Vis channels hip-hop, reggae, dancehall, dub and ska on his debut album One Step Forward, which features a myriad of established artists and newer talents, including Tippa Irie, Mystro, Peppery, Eva Lazarus, Lotek and Maddy Carty.
Cut La Vis started his music career in the 90s as the DJ for a local reggae band in his hometown, but soon started competing in local competitions and B-Boy jams, which led him into the reggae mash-up scene. He produced skanking hip-hop and made remixes for artists such as Blend Mishkin, Dreadsquad and Max Rubadub.
His debut album collects original cuts, but has the same vibe as reggae and hip-hop mash-ups with a dubwise twist. The first single off the album – the Maddy Carty combination Still Have the Love – was released earlier this year and it has, just as its follow-up single Rinse & Repeat, received lots of praises from the likes of David Rodigan and Don Letts.
Other highlights include fierce songstress Eva Lazarus’ pulsating It’s Alright, which features a nice Marvin Gaye vocal sample, and Parisa’s sweet Apple Sauce & Cinnamon.
A bouncy hip-hop-fused reggae bubbler nodding towards the future whilst retaining inspiration from the past.