Spikey Tee

Spikey Tee

 Sydney, New South Wales, AUS
BandEDMReggae

Former Sindecut and Jah Wobble sideman, Spikey
Tee’s influences reach deep into hip-hop, R&B,
ragga and drum’n’bass with recordings released with
Bomb The Bass, Mannasseh, Mr. Scruff, Tony D,
Morcheeba, and Marcus Intalex. He also vocalizes
on Mark Rae’s debut solo LP, Rae Road.

Biography

If you are looking for a track record then Spikey Tee definitely has one. He was first involved with reggae sound systems at the age of 13 acting as a surprise selector/operator in soundclashes in and around London. It was after singing at one of these clashes, he met DJ Fingers from London hip hop crew the Sindecut who are credited as pioneers of the UK hip hop scene and was asked to contribute to an idea for expanding the group. With a love of hip hop culture Spikey agreed, the band subsequently went on to sign for Virgin Records and released the acclaimed "Changing The Scenery" album in 1990.
After The Sindecut, Spikey joined Jah Wobble's Invaders Of The Heart and was lead vocalist for five years. As the group's front man he brought a real edge to their live performances, particularly when he sang The Abyssinians' Rasta anthem "Satta Massa Gana". Considering the quality stock from which he comes (Spikey is related to legend Bunny Wailer no less!), it was perhaps inevitable that he would so compellingly make the Rastafarian connection. Look no further than the emotive Invaders of the Heart single, "Mount Zion", for a sublime example of this particular string to his bow.
All the while Spikey continued to DJ in and around the UK, mixing hip-hop, R&B, ragga, and drum'n' bass. Not content to rest on his laurels, Spikey also made hit tunes for numerous producers, most notably with top-20 UK hit "Dark Heart", recorded for Bomb The Bass, and "Paper Soldier" for Mannasseh.
After a chance meeting with Dom (Blood and Fire Records/Sound System) and Mr Scruff at a Jah Wobble concert in Manchester, Spikey Tee teamed up with the Manchester hip-hop label Grand Central for a number of collaborations. A track with Mr. Scruff, "Is It Worth It", was received extremely well, as was "Erase The Pain" for Tony D's 'Pound for Pound' album, going on to tour with stablemate Aim as part of a 10 piece live outfit.
After striking up a relationship with Blood and Fire Records, he was included in the Sound System line up and performed around Europe with reggae legends such as Dennis Alcapone, Ranking Joe and Horace Andy. Spikey also appears on the Morcheeba album "Big Calm" and their live DVD From Brixton To Beijing, where his vocals feature on "Friction" and "Shoulder Holster". He can also be found on Mark Rae's debut solo LP, "Rae Road", on the final track "Throne" and also on Dual Control's Grand Central Records debut album "Left Or Right" performing "Burn It Out"..

His appearance on DJ Hype's Ganja label on a track "Hands Up" marked his first vocal drum 'n' bass outing. This lead to Spikey being introduced to Potential Bad Boy by DJ Hype, they immediately clicked and recorded Submission which was released as an AA sided single including another collaborative effort entitled "Show Me". You can also hear Spikeys inimitable vocal on True Playaz artist Crystal Clears "Blaze". Other releases include On The Rise and Rubadouble co-produced with New Zealands Agent Alvin. These performances lead to more producers seeking out his dulcet tones for their releases stretching his list of collaborative efforts in this genre further, all of which have lead him to become a sought after and respected spoke in the global drum and bass wheel.

In 2008 Sydney based UK producer Klaus Hill asked Spikey to contribute a vocal for his “Boombaclart” release on Ministry Of Sound's Hussle subsiduary, this lead to the duo touring and releasing “Slipstream” on the imprint seeing them tour Australia and in the process raise the bar for acts in the same arena to follow. They had international recognition with both tracks earning berths on several compilations to reflect their respective dancefloor successes.
In 2005 Spikey collaborated with Andrew Spraggon, Auckland based producer and founder of Sola Rosa to record "Badman" for his 3rd album release "Moves On". The relationship has grown and Spikey also contributes two more songs to the “Get It Together” release that followed, has has been touring New Zealand as a vocalist and DJ with the band playing several tours and festivals to date.
Written by: Ali Little.

Discography

Discography
1. Changing the scenery - The Sindecut
2. Creation Rebel - Rebel MC
3. Element of speed - The Demon Boyz
4. Life on loop - Steve Spyro
5. Just another night on the town - 11:59
6. Ruff life - 11:59
7. Amor - Jah Wobble
8. Tiger Tiger - Jah Wobble
9. Third heaven - Jah Wobble
10.Wine, women and song - Jah Wobble
11.Mount Zion - Jah Wobble
12.Darkheart - Bomb The Bass
13.Paper soldier - Mannasseh
14.Is it worth it - Mr Scruff
15.Erase the pain - Tony D
16.Friction - Morcheeba
17.Shoulder holster - Morcheeba
18.Throne - Mark Rae
19.Guilty - Parry/Gendler/Rennie/Bell
20.Timelocked -Rennie/Konstandinides
21.Stand firm - 2 Dogs
22.You look fine - Submariner
23.Vibration Version - Mannasseh
24.Hands up- DJ Hype
25.Gunshot dub - Resin Dogs
26.Greener pastures - King Kapisi
27.The signal - Noiseshaper
28.Ember - Blue Foundation
29.If Only She Knew -Feelstyle/Submariner
30.Adore You - Resin Dogs
31.Burn It Out - Dual Control
32.Gusto Remix/It's Not Hard - Hermitude
33.Submission - Potential Bad Boy
34.Show Me - Potential Bad Boy
35.Roaring Lion (Re-Rub) - Flexitones (Propellerheads/Eat Static)
36.Simple Jealousy Sindecut
37.Oh Little Sheila - Nil by Mouth Soundtrack
38.Badman Sola Rosa
39.Blaze Crystal Clear
40.Zero - Ritual/Spikey Tee/DJ Suv
41.Rubadouble Agent Alvin/Spikey Tee
42.Bun Dem Down - Ritual/Spikey Tee
43.On The Rise Timmi Schumacher Remix
44.Live the life - Sindecut
45.Crack Business - Sindecut
46.Life Is Strange - Rido/Spikey Tee
47.Whip Them Soundboy - Marcus Visionary/Spikey Tee
48.Love Love - O.G/Spikey Tee
49.Boombaclaat - Klaus Hill/Spikey Tee
50.Slipstream - Klaus Hill/Spikey Tee
51.Far Far Land - Ritual/Spikey Tee
52.Whip Them Soundboy - Visionary/Spikey Tee
53.Whip Them - Spikey Tee/Ritual
54.5am Soul City - Lynx/Spikey Tee
55.Dragon's Lair - Ritual/Spikey Tee
56.These Words - Sola Rosa/Spikey Tee
57.Love Alone - Sola Rosa/Spikey Tee
58.Bass Speaker - Chrome Yellow/Spikey Tee
59.Rebel Dub - Lotek/Spikey Tee
60.Aunties Sunday Lunch - Lotek/Spikey Tee
61.Handheld Shout Machine - Lotek/Spikey Tee
62.Love Alone - Sola Rosa
63.These Words - Sola Rosa
64. Calypso Blues – Yolanda B Cool/DCup/Spikey Tee
65. Someting Special – HSD&Macro/Spikey Tee