Saturday, 12 May 2007

People Under The Stairs......

Los Angeles residents Michael Turner (Double K) and Christopher Portugal (Thes One) came together as People Under The Stairs in the mid-1990s , through a common love of record digging, making beats and the classic hip hop sound of The Beatnuts and Freestyle Fellowship.
Thes One and Double K worked together making music and soon had a completed debut in the shape of 'The Next Step'. Released in 1998 the album was an unexpected success, especially in the UK, securing the duo a record deal and several overseas tours.

After performing across the globe, Thes One and Double K returned to the studio and came out with another classic 'Question in the Form of an Answer' in 2000. By this time their jazz, funk, rock and soul inspired albums, infamous vinyl collections and energetic live shows had gained them acclaim all over the world, from America and Europe to Australia and Japan.
In 2002 they released O.S.T. - confirming their position as masters of the art in the hip hop scene. An EP '...Or Stay Tuned' quickly followed the year after.

Although widely unrecognized, PUTS is often considered one of the hip hop underground's most prominent acts, with a musical style similar to that of A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde, and fellow Los Angeles group Ugly Duckling. PUTS is also renowned for their incredible live shows, featuring a large amount of crowd interaction and humour.
The array of Jazzy Samples & Inricate Drum Patterns compiled by the consisitent Thes-One opitimises (for me) Hip-Hop at its Purest.
PUTS The Next Step

1stly The Debut Album, The Next Step Which was released, well nearly Ten years ago (1998), seems so recent!

PUTS: Question in the Form of an Answer

The 2econd release came 2yrs later in A Question in the Form of an Answer


Last & certainly not least the Original Soundtrack which again cme 2yrs later

Four years since their last full-length release, People Under The Stairs have finally returned with another breath of fresh air in full drum-banging, chorus-shouting, feel-good musical form with their long awaited album 'Stepfather'.
"People are really going to be surprised by this album," says Thes One, "We're flipping the script on this one, coming with an extremely progressive approach. We study a lot of music theory and classic material, and this album reflects that."

Once again setting the standard for the rest of hip hop to follow, Double K and Thes One have created their most impressive album to date; released 18th April 2006 on CD (with DVD and poster) and vinyl, be sure to pick it up

P.U.T.S. online

Thier Currently Touring England If You Can.....Get There! Definately Worth It
May European Tour with Time Machine

11th May - Winterthur, Switzerland, Albani Music Club
12th May - Brighton, UK, Ocean Rooms
13th May - Bristol, UK, Clockwork
14th May - London, UK, Jazz Cafe
16th May - Edinburgh, UK, Cabaret Voltaire
17th May - Glasgow, UK, King Tut's Wah Wah Hut
18th May - Manchester, UK, 'Friends and Family' at The Mint Lounge
18th May - Sheffield, UK, Plug
19th May - Bournemouth, UK, The Consortium

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