Ladbroke Grove, London, England duo of DJ Daniel X and rapper Gian Carlo Morroco, formed when X heard Morroco chatting a reggae lyric, ‘My Ambition’s To Kill Mr Botha’, at a blues party in 1987. Together they signed to Virgin Records subsidiary From A Whisper To A Scream, releasing two critically acclaimed singles, ‘3 A.M.’ and ‘Digi’, the latter utilizing the O’Jays’ ‘For The Love Of Money’ as the musical foundation for an anti-stardom rap. Despite the interest generated, Virgin soon pulled the plug on the label, and Eleven:59 elected to form their own Ticking Time imprint instead. Two more underground EPs followed, before they signed a licensing contract with China Records in 1994. ‘Trouble On My Mind’ (1995) was inspired by poverty and its frustrations, though Daniel X did at least have some property to his name, in the shape of a part-ownership of a hairdressing salon in Soho. Live they utilized a series of loops with live trumpet to produce a sound that offered a soulful counterbalance to the trio’s hard, politicized diatribes.
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