Take two hip hop aficionados that live, eat, and breathe music,
mix with equal parts talent and drive to push the sound to the next
level, and you get Circle Research. Astro the Guillotine and Nix
the Finger Prince embarked on their mission to spread Hip-Hop love
many, many moons ago when practicing scratches and beat juggling
for their high school breakdancing crew. Obsessive about classic
Hip-Hop, jazz, funk, soul, and all fusions in between, the duo began
throwing parties around Toronto in 1992. Armed with six turntables,
a slew of emcees, and enough wax to keep the party bumping for days
on end, Circle Research caught the attention of Hip-Hop heads all
over the city. Soon enough they were playing shows with legendary
Toronto crews like the Oddities, Cryptic Souls, the Quartertones,
Abs and Fase, and DJ Serious, and getting busy onstage with Jungle
Brothers, Del, Dan the Automator, Rahzel, Casual, and Aceyalone,
Of course, when you spin other people's music, soon enough you
get the itch to create some beats yourself. Nix and Astro began
amassing various bits of gear and started beat construction in 1994.
Honing their technique through experimentation with samples and
original composition, their first 12" release "Speak n
Read" (2002) cemented its place as a bonafied classic the moment
needles dropped onto its grooves. With side A featuring a stripped
down beat peppered with Speak n Read vocals and back-n-forth rhyming
by Abdominal and Nix, and side B featuring a jazz swing lick with
Psy of the Oddities weaving tales, the 12" cleared record store
shelves across Canada, England and the US, and collected impressive
reviews from fellow producers and the underground music press.
When not producing beats or rocking parties, you can find Nix and
Astro on the radio waves. Tune into the "Circle Research Show"
Wednesdays 2-4 AM EST on CKLN 88.1 FM in Toronto www.ckln.fm
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