Lotek

Lotek

 London, England, GBR
BandHip HopReggae

Wayne Lotek is the producer of 2009 Mecury Prize album "Speech Therapy" by Speech Debelle. Proving his versatility as a songwriter, MC and producer, he has just completed recording his debut album, "International Rudeboy". An album set to revive the distinctly British/Jamaican sounds of Ska/Reggae.

Biography

Ska Revivalist, Wayne Lotek is a Jamaican-English born Music Producer and Reggae/Hiphop Artist, who has contributed greatly to the sounds of Big Dada artists including Lotek Hifi, Roots Manuva culminating in the 2009 Mercury Prize winning album ‘Speech Therapy’ for Speech Debelle.

The debut solo album, International Rudeboy, from Mercury Prize winning producer Lotek is primed to ignite the music scene. As summer pushes winter down the cold hard stairs of spring and struts back into our lives, Lotek brings us his own blend of cheeky UK hip hop laid over traditional reggae, dancehall and ska sounds.

"International Rudeboy" offers a rare insight into the musical genius that has already achieved critical acclaim as a producer with albums such as Roots Manuva’s Mercury Prize nominated, Run Come Save Me, and Speech Debelle’s Mercury Prize winning Speech Therapy under his belt.

For the half Jamaican, half Londoner who now calls Melbourne home, this self-penned and self-produced offering is set to follow his past work and please some ears.

According to Roots Manuva, the godfather of UK hip hop: ‘It’s pure carnival music and is going to be a real Summer treat for Australians. There’s not many out there with skills like Lotek, to take the familiar sounds of reggae and add a cockney hip hop twist as well as he can’.

Lotek says: “I wanted to fuse the feel good tunes of traditional Jamaican reggae and ska with the lyrical realism and wit that people expect from UK hip hop.

They’re two cultures that represent who I am and when combined musically, they create a really original hybrid sound.” I’ve been able to perfect my trade working with many talented artists but the time has finally come to put into action all the ideas and tunes that have been forming in my head and tell my story. Whether that’s kicking it around London where too much booze and rain can get you down, to arriving in Melbourne for
the first time and it was raining here too!’.

Alongside heavy influences on the album from reggae legends like Tommy McCook, King Tubby and Jimmy Cliff, International Rudeboy also features the lyrical prowess of home-grown MC’s with Ozi Batla, Dialectrix and RuC.L (the other Jamaican artist in Melbourne) all making appearances.

International Rudeboy is available from http://lotek.cc.

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VIDEOS:

"RUDEST DUDE" Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCaCZnKUwdE

ISLAND VIBE FESTIVAL OCT 2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTp6bXbuST0

LIVE GIG in Hamburg (Sept 09)
http://www.facebook.com/v/173386886140

CTRL ALT DELETE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGbqZeIDvZk

"START ANEW" Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIHwrsir_fU

Lyrics

CTRL ALT DELETE

Written By: Wayne "Lotek" Bennett

Control Alt Delete

Time after time my computer won't start
so the next reboot will be a kick in the arse
if it dont start soon then its gonna get smashed
I'l bring new meaning to "my computer's crashed!"
it dashed my plans to sit and surf the web
so this jumped up calculator's getting hurt instead
there's only one thing that stopped it from getting tossed
a little voice in my head said "remember how much it cost"
so instead of seeing if my desktop could do the bird
I decide to pay a visit to the neighbourhood nerd
I carried my computer all the way on my back
but all he said when I got there is "ya shoulda bought a Mac!"
now in my opinion the expense is unnecessary
you can keep your over hyped fashion accessory
but if i speak the truth my computer's screwed
in this situation only one thing to do

(Chorus)

Control alt delete press control alt delete
turn it off and on again if that don't work repeat
Control alt delete press control alt delete
end task, not responding, end task, repeat
Control alt delete press control alt delete
turn it off and on again if that don't work repeat
Control alt delete press control alt delete
end task, not responding, end task, repeat

I got a brand new system with a pentium core
state of the art, half the price of G4
it should never ever crash, touch wood
but deep down I knew it just could
and one day it did to my dismay
I saw nothing but a blue screen on my display
now this may well be a debatable question
but what on earth is a fatal exception?
whatever it is it don't sound constructive
the technical term is "ya shit done busted"
I put my trust in Bill Gates and he didn't deliver
but the thought of buying Macs always gives me the shivers
maybe its just me and I'm way too stubborn
or maybe i want a mouse with more than one button
whatever it is its all academic,
my computer's down, send for a medic!

(Chorus)

It could be wormblaster or I love you,
it could be adware or spyware I don't got a clue
but what I do know is that something's wrong
each and every home computer is a ticking timebomb
set to go off when you least expect it
so now its all backed up I checked and double checked it
save to my server, CD and USB
so even worst case I won't lose my new LP
it seems computers have a mind of their own
and this is how it might sound if they could rhyme on their own
they'd be like....(CPU Voice)
I'm the one who endangers your data
you can save now I'll just corrupt it later
and even though my talking
is like Stephen Hawking
you can't beat a computer cos we keep the scoring
so careful where you're storing your waves and your text
today I'm made of circuitry, one day I'll take a breath!

Control alt delete press control alt delete
turn it off and on again if that don't work repeat
Control alt delete press control alt delete
end task, not responding, end task, repeat
Control alt delete press control alt delete
this computer's come alive should never taught it how to speak
Control alt delete press control alt delete
end task, not responding, shut down you freak!
Control alt delete press control alt delete
turn it off and on again if that don't work repeat
Control alt delete press control alt delete
end task, not responding, end task shutdown!

Discography

(SELECTED)
Getaway 2- SONY Playstation
Roots Manuva "Brand New Second Hand" (1998)
Roots Manuva "Run Come Save Me" (2001)
Speech Debelle "Speech Therapy" (2009)
Lotek Hifi "Lotek Hifi" (2003)
Lotek Hifi "Mixed Blessings" (2005)
Lotek "Go" (2007)
Roots Manuva "Awfully Deep" (2006)
Plutonic Lab "Echoes" (Midnight on Pluto)
Mark "Chopper" Read "Interview with a Madman" (2006)
Astronomy Class "Exit Strategy" (LP)

Set List

An energetic show of 45 minutes to 1.5 hours with Lotek's hits!

International Rudeboy
Rudest Dude
Hand On Skin
Sundance
Control Alt Delete
Never Gonna Drink Again
Drink Triples See Double Act Single
Still Splendid
Dreader Than Dread