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"Reachout Roks 'N' Rolls Review"

From the multi-lingual greeting of 'Here It Is!' through collaborations with Roots Manuva and the reminiscing of 'Sunny D Life'. Reachout's debut fills your world with witty and compelling rhyming. Made up of ten tracks that stand out on their own for a variety of reasons, the album features some of the brilliant 'Bristo Sq' EP along with some new UK raw Hip Hop. Room prevents me from waxing lyrical about this phenomenal release but if you are in any way interested in Hip Hop then this is a must for the collection.
(Stewart Dalley) - The List

"Reachout 'Bristo Sq EP' Review"

This is Hip Hop, NO this is Hip Hop, NOOOOO this IS REAL HIP HOP! Reachout is an increadible MC from Edinburgh, yes the town in Scotland. Edinburgh has spawned a few genius' of late, the almighty Blackanised and Finley Quaye both hail from the burgh. But wait a minute Reachout not only holds his own on this increadible EP but he has a little help from the likes of Roots Manuva, Mr Wiz from Krispy and the Dynamic Duo.
You're not listening to me are you, F***ING WAKE UP AND SMELL THE HAGGIS, this is Hip Hop in it's purest form but with something a little more. You simply have to buy this.
RM. - Big Cheese Magazine


Reachout ‘Everything U Knew/Just Nothing Eh?’
Oh Eye Records June’98

STS ‘Rainy City Blues E.P’
Fenetik Music July’99

Blackenized ‘Future Generations’ LP
Yush Recordings September ‘99

V/A ‘The Word in the Sound’
Soma Records October ‘99

Reachout ‘Bristo Sq The EP’
Oh Eye Records Oct ‘99

V/A Nemis Midem 2000 Compilation January 2000

STS ‘Seven Seals EP’
Oh Eye Records June 2000

V/A Nemis Popkomm 2000 Compilation

V/A ‘The Eye Drops Vol 1’
Oh Eye Records Oct 2000

V/A ‘Ragga V’S Hip Hop’
Yush Recordings Feb 2001

Reachout 'Roks 'N' Rolls' LP
Oh Eye Records May 2001

Reachout 'When The Kingdom Come/The Trail' LP
Oh Eye Records May 2001

Badmeaningood Roots Manuva Compilation
Ultimate Dilema Oct 2002

Reachout 'This Town/ The Only Ones'
Oh Eye Records April 2004

V/A Nemis Midem 2004 Compilation

Joseph Malik 'Aquarius Songs EP'
Mistress Moonlight (Reachout Remix)
Compost Records June 2004


Feeling a bit camera shy



Raised in Scotland by American parents, Reachout has been a prolific traveling and expanding MC and Hip Hop activist for the last ten years. Having spent the majority of his life in Scotland, he is now based in the States from where he continues to travel and collaborate. Regular visits to New York in the Nineties brought him into association with the Zulu Nation. Here he was immersed in the essence of Hip Hop culture by Afrika Bambatta and co. These visits culminated in him performing at the wreck community center in the Bronx as part of the Rock Steady Crews 20th Anniversary.

He was also the man behind 'Seen' one of the UK's most legendary Hip hop clubs. After retiring from club promotion to concentrate on his first love of music he set up Oh Eye records and in 1998 released his debut single 'Everything U Knew'. Good response to this fun summertime groove paved the way the following year for the release of the more serious Bristo Sq EP. Receiving plaudits and great sales globally the EP, now a collectors item on vinyl, featured a memorable collaboration with Roots Manuva 'For Whom The Heart Beats' which was chosen as the Radio One Session in Scotlands' favourite song of the year. Also on Bristo Sq was the soon to become classic 'Stimulation of Chaos'. Somewhat of a anthem for Reachout this track has recently taken on a life of it's own. After appearing on Badmeaningood, a compilation of Roots Manuva's favourite tracks, it was heard by Soundwalk, an innovative New York company who produce daring audio urban tour guides, and selected as part of the soundtrack to their CD tour of DUMBO in Brooklyn.

After the success of Bristo Sq, Reach dug deep and began work on his debut album 'Roks N Rolls'. Collaborating with local musicians and Hip hop artists he emerged with a truly memorable LP that came across as distinctly Celtic while still holding down a true Hip hop sound. Rave reviews and a multitude of gigs followed and he was also asked for a live session by Radio One which resulted in the formation of a five piece band which he has continued to work and gig with ever since.

Having previously worked with different producers engineers at Edinburghs' Golden Acrid and Fuguestate studios Reach decided it was time to get 'hands on' and began putting together his own studio. Now after a period in seclusion while learning the ropes he has named the studio 'Restless Native' and begun work on a new album. Aptly named the studio, based round his G4 Powerbook, is fully portable and has enabled Reach to scratch his increasingly itchy feet while continuing to write and record. Consequently this second album has been recorded between Scotland, England, Ireland, America, Spain and Morocco. Here he worked with local musicians at the legendary mountain fortress of Chaochen. So far other collaborations for the album have been with Joseph Malik of Compost Records, rising starlet Nuwella Love, Big Dada bad boy Lotek, Spanish folk musician Javier Garcia and host of local Edinburgh bods including long time cohorts Stevie Christie and Haji. Drawing from such a diverse selection of sources this second album is even richer and more varied than previous outings and presents a completely unique perspective and approach to creating a Hip Hop album. The first offering from the new album is a double single of 'This Town' and 'The Only Ones'. 'This Town' produced by Reachout and Dr. Locke is a bittersweet urban treat featuring Joseph Malik of Compost Records. The video for This Town, directed by The 16k Design Works, has been picked up by MTV and can also be viewed at 'The Only Ones' produced by Reachout and Haji is a call to all underground strugglers. Time to Rise!!