Monk & Canatella

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The name used by Bristol, England-based experimental hip-hop duo, Simon Russell and Jim Johnston. Friends of the Bristol scene’s darlings, Portishead, their sound is a similar hybrid of turntablism…
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The name used by Bristol, England-based experimental hip-hop duo, Simon Russell and Jim Johnston. Friends of the Bristol scene’s darlings, Portishead, their sound is a similar hybrid of turntablism and more traditional instrumentation reflecting the twin musical obsessions of Johnston (indie) and Russell (hip-hop). The duo signed to the Bristol dance label Cup Of Tea, debuting with 1995’s well received Fly Fishing EP. After two further singles, ‘I Can Water My Plants’ and ‘Who’s Who?’, they released the eclectic Care In The Community in 1997. Soundtrack work with Mount Vernon Arts Lab and Revolutionary Corps Of Teenage Jesus followed, before the duo signed a new recording contract with the London-based Telstar Records. The singles ‘Enter The Monk’ and ‘Slagger’ premiered the heavier, more beat-orientated direction of their second album, Do Community Service.