Monday, 4 May 2009

Darkman - Yabba Dabba Doo - (1994)

Wildcard Records, CARDD6 855781-2

Here's a total banger!

Wildcard were another label on a roll in the early nineties. They'd signed China Black after their massive indie success on the Reggae charts with the still brilliant Searching (available for download elsewhere on TSV - I'll also post up a rip of the original indie release which had different mixes), and helped propel it into the pop charts. They also had Nu Colours, another up and coming urban act, and then they signed Darkman, who would go on to score the biggest UK Hiphop chart position to date with the infectious Yabba Dabba Doo.

I remember this track absolutely dominating airplay in the UK in the summer of '94. It was massive both on radio and in the clubs. it would blow up again the following year as well, when it was remixed and rereleased (I'll post the re-release at a later date for sake of completion). However, the finest version of it for me was always the Party Like That Mix, available on both releases.

The Ghetto Lab mix is interesting for the more gangsta take on the lyrics, the 7" Mix is thoroughly decent, as is the bonus track What's not Yours, but, as stated above, it's the anthemic Party Like That Mix all the way for this girl.

Some trivia - Yabba Dabba Doo was produced by Darkman AND a guy called Micky P (I'm pretty sure he was the same Micky P who used to be on KISS FM back in the day, when it was actually good) - no relation to our bossman, I take it? Also, and I never realised this back then, but there was additional production by the Young Disciples' very own Femi Fem. Cool, huh?

- Kymba :)
  • Yabba Dabba Doo (7" Mix)
  • Yabba Dabba Doo (Party Like That Mix)
  • What's Not Yours (Power Lab Censored Mix)
  • Yabba Dabba Doo (Ghetto Lab Mix)

The Download Link is here: Download
Filename: Yabba Dabba File size: 25 MB


  1. Now this takes me back!!!! I always had a soft spot for whats not yours.

    Great post!!!!

  2. Thanks, Frank!

    I'll post up the remix CD and the follow-up track "Who's The Darkman" sone time soon.

    Kymba :)

  3. Just remember dancing and jumpin -Whats Not Yours (Power Lab Censored Mix)- here in a club in my city. No Soul or R&B music but i love it. Thank you Kymba for remember clubbin days years ago.

    Kind regards

  4. That's my girl, one day Honey, all this will be yours!

    Love the Ghetto Lab mixes, as I recall, of everything. I wish I was the Mickey P on the remix tip but he spells it Micky anyway. There was also Jungle mixes of Darkman but I think it was another track. Must have a dig? ;-)

  5. Really i don't know so many releases on Wilcard records, and i suppose that at the end it was bought by polydor.
    I searched into my cds and i discover one that i love it.

    Kind regards

  6. Hi Kymba/Mickey you wouldnt have a copy of Jimi Polo ' Express Yourself' by any chance?

    Ta in advance!!!!

  7. Memories wow! Please post the 'Who's the Darkman?' track. I remember it was such a hot track... but i'm kinda scared its gonna sound very very dated when i hear it again :-)

    1. Still sounds great to me - did you ever DL it?

  8. Ney Frank, still working on Jimi Polo mate. I know I have it on CDS somewhere?

  9. Oww man, i'm from Curitiba , Brazil. thanks man for this amazing song. i watched the video clip in 94 yo mtv raps, and since i looking for this song in mp3, cd, and i never found!!!! thanks man, good memories,


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