Oh! feat Foreign Beggars / Smell The Vibe
Released: 29 January 2012
It’s been a busy year for beatboxer and vocal-manipulator extraordinaire Beardyman. After months of playing packed out tents and stages at some of the biggest international festivals (SXSW, Coachella, ACL, Edinburgh and many more), being named the highlight of the Royal Albert Hall’s Comedy Proms, appearing on Conan O’Brien’s show and working with Mike Judge (Beavis & Butthead, Office Space) on a new animated series, it’s no surprise that Beardyman was nominated for Hardest Working Band/Artist at this year’s inaugural AIM Awards – even replacing Bjork as the final performer of the night.
Oh! (Featuring Foreign Beggars) is the 2nd single to be taken from I Done A Album, and its backed by b-side Smell The Vibe.
Oh! (Feat. Foreign Beggars) – a track that is Ragga mixed with Bangra? Of course! Why not? A stand-out track from Beardyman’s debut LP as it is the only one which features any voices other than Beardyman’s own and who better than Foreign Beggars? A long-time coming, this collaboration has been executed perfectly.
B-side Smell The Vibe – Beardyman’s love of 90s hip-hop and the native tongues movement specifically, is brought into sharp relief in this bafflingly accurate rendering of what would appear at first listen to be an undiscovered A Tribe Called Quest track. Ali Shaheed Mohamed’s production and Q-Tip’s voice are recreated with astonishing attention to detail.
Also included on the single release is a package of remixes from Duke Dumont, Trojan Sound System, JFB, Low Fro and Sunday Best, plus an EP of exclusive previously unreleased material including Biggest Beard and Is It, as well as the brilliant video for album track Big Man.
“King of Sound and Ruler of Beats” BBC
“Enjoyingly Abrasive” Q
“There is much to recommend here and it’s easy to forget this is all being generated by a guy’s mouth…I am sold” Clash
“Darren ‘Beardyman’ Foreman is a genius at live improv performance, sampling and looping his own mighty arsenal of vocal sound effects with quickwire wit and dazzling dexterity” Uncut
“All we can say is, Beardyman – fuck he’s good!” i-DJ
“Breathtakingly talented, an awe-inspiring vocal genius” Time Out
Oh! feat Foreign Beggars
Smell The Vibe
You Need Some Samples
Big Man (video)
Oh! feat Foreign Beggars (JFB Remix)
Smell the Vibe (Duke Dumont Remix)
Oh! feat Foreign Beggars (Trojan Sound System Version)
Smell the Vibe (Sunday Best 78 Dub)
Oh! feat Foreign Beggars (Low-Fro Remix)