Thursday, 9 April 2009

Intelligent Hoodlum - Back To Reality (CJ Mackintosh Mixes) - (1990)

A&M Records, AMCD 598
Not so sunny here in North London today, but I thought I'd post another BBQ classic regardless.
I'm not sure really how well you'll receive this one, as it's not soul as such, but a nice, chilled out slice of Hip-hop, reminiscing about simpler times.
Intelligent Hoodlum (born Percy Chapman, although he would later switch to the monicker "Tragedy Khadafi") is an extremely eloquent rapper from Queens, New York. His first, self-titled album was a politically charged affair featuring the excellent Arrest the President, and a whirl of other contentious tracks.
However, amongst the anger and social commentary on his debut there lurked a rather good party jam, the Soul II Soul sampling Back To Reality - no surprises for guessing what sample was used there, huh? ;)
On its release in the UK, Back To Reality was given a suite of remixes by one CJ Mackintosh. The pick of which for me is CJ's Drum And Bass Mix (nah, not THAT kind of Drum & Bass), which cranked up the Soul II Soul elements, added nice piano chords and strings stabs, and made a great summer vibe kinda tune out of it. The Ragamuffin Version is also pretty dope (love the strings), but for me, it's all about the Drum And Bass Mix.
Hope you dig this as much as I do. If you don't know it, give it a try and tell us whatcha think.
- Kymba :)
  • Back To Reality (Drum And Bass Mix)
  • Back To Reality (Back To Basics)
  • Back To Reality (Ragamuffin Version)
  • Back To Reality (Ragadub)
The Download Link is here: Download
Filename: Back To Reality (Maxi-Single).zip File size: 28 MB


  1. Interesting post today Honey, I don't know this one? Oh my gosh, the shame of it.

    The sound of the drum and the bass, I used to like that sparse sound. Long before Jungle spawned Intelligent Drum & Bass. Imagine a yawning smiley here.

  2. Awesome post today. A real classic back in the day! Many thanks and much respect to you for all the quality that arrives day after day!

  3. i don't know this one, too. shame on me. an i thought i was a the biggest souliisoul fan alive. shame shame shame ...

    thanks for this!


    btw: what sample did they use here?

  4. yes remember it well, bit obvious at the time and soul ii soul beat had been used to death by that point - but great to hear again!

  5. Aha! Had forgotten this one. Thanks!

    Funny how they used the actual sample and a resung version of it...


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