Influenced and inspired by sound system culture and bass music Capitol 1212 have been releasing records for 10 years now. Take elements of Hip Hop, Grime, Soca, Jungle, Dancehall, Ska and Reggae, add conscious lyrics, big bass lines and the vibes of carnival and you start to get close to describing the Capitol 1212 Sound that people have grown to know.
Capitol 1212 are Kenny and Dave also known as Professa Fresh and Fly T, two Edinburgh based Dj’s/producers, who met when playing in bands, djing on sound systems and running independent club nights in the capital. Since then they have been busy releasing music with labels such as Big toes HiFi, Irish Moss Records, Run Tingz Recordings , Sub Slayers, In Da Jungle Recordings and their own label 1212 Records. Grabbing people’s attention with now sought after pieces of vinyl like the “Raw and Disorder EP”, songs such as the summer Hip Hop anthem “Good Feelin” and reggae dance floor thumper “Don man Sound“, their singles have been play listed on MTV and regularly played on various Radio 1 shows.
Far from being studio hermits, they have taken the sound on the road with their Dj and live sets, from playing festivals like Soundwave in Europe, Boomtown Fair , headlining the Reggae stage at Electric Picnic to performing in the South Bronx the main objective is always to make you feel like you’re at carnival . Having shared the stage and toured in Europe with artists such as Wu Tang Clan, Congo Natty, Grandmaster Flash, Prince Buster, Lee Scratch Perry, Guru and Max Romeo to name a few. The pair are in demand for their production and remix skills, writing original songs with a range of stellar artists including Million Dan, Tenor Fly, Jungle Brothers, Gappy Ranks, EDO G, Grandmaster Caz and Daddy Freddy. After years of honing their craft behind the mixing desk, all of their influences came together in a mashup of Hip Hop, Reggae, Jungle and Dancehall for their first LP. “The Return Of Rudy Nacho” , going straight to the top of sales charts in various shops across the world such as Juno records it was embraced by fans, Dj’s and critics alike . Maxim from the Prodigy commented “luv it , we need more music like this!” and Roots Manuva posted 1212 music on his sites claiming “I fucking love that”. The lads received praise on the back of it from a whole range of people from Irvine Welsh to Don Letts putting them in his top 20 BBC Radio 6 tracks of that year.
Since the album the singles and remixes have kept coming for the likes of J Star, King Yoof, Lutan Fyah and more and continued to fill the Dj boxes of the top Jungle and Reggae selectors . 2017 has seen Dave regularly hosting and mixing on New York Radio Station “Brooklyn Radio” whilst Kenny has been working on his solo drum and bass project “Ekwols ” . The lads also released the first single by their bass heavy side project “Razor Gully” with Prophets of Rage/ Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Dj Lord. With upcoming Capitol 1212 releases coming out on Scotch Bonnet Records as well as the recently resuscitated 1212 records it is time to Sound the airhorns !
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