Mongrels are (MC) Kid Acne and (DJ) Benjamin. The duo joined forces in the mid 1990’s through a shared love of hip-hop and graffiti, recording their first 7″ vinyl in 1996.
Soon became part of a larger recording collective known as Toah Dynamic, who released two studio albums and a string of EPs in the early 2000’s. This era was followed by several Kid Acne solo LPs, with Benjamin taking up DJ duties while they toured around the UK and Europe, supporting the likes of El-P, Flying Lotus and Anti Pop Consortium.
For over a decade Mongrels music has lay dormant but following a recent discovery of early demos and half-finished material, they’re back in the studio, writing and recording where they left off. Their debut long player, Attack The Monolith is due for imminent release and features the likes of Sebastian Laws, Juice Aleem and Lord Rao (Strange U).
In this exclusive mix for us, Benjamin has dug deep into his pile of records, highlighting some of the artists who have inspired the Mongrels sound, ethos and passion for rap music over the years, including Fu-Schnickens, Cappo, DJ Format and New Kingdom. Lock in.
Fu-Schnickens – Ring The Alarm
A Tribe Called Quest – Mr Incognitio
Skool Beats – Be Black
Raiders Of The Lost Art – Back In The Day
Mark B – Subliminal Access
Burgundy Blood – Out The Box (Mongrels Remix)
Cappo – Kitted Out (Instrumental)
Cappo – Kitted Out
Strange U – Strange Universe In Africa
Andre “Suku” Gray – Version: Sign
Andre Gray – Kashmir
Augustus Pablo – Fight The War Dub
Red Ninja – Bad Horsemen
Atorie – It’s My Time
Mongrels – Mic Tyrant
DJ Format featuring Edan – Spaceship Earth
DJ Black Steel – Subway
DJ Black Steel – South Bronx Theme
New Kingdom – Paradise Don’t Come Cheap