January 25, 2015

The Beatnuts "We Came Here" (12", 1997)

There's not too much from The Beatnuts catalog that would classify as truly obscure, but here goes one of their lesser known 12" releases from 1997. Classified as an unofficial release, it comes with "We Came Here" as a vocal track and instrumental, and the B-Side is the remix to "Hellraiser," again vocal and instrumental. The interesting story behind this release requires us to fast forward to 2009. I was working at Fat Beats and Psycho Les of The Beatnuts came in the shop. He was dropping off The Beatnuts' compilation release called "U.F.O. Files: Rare & Unreleased Joints." I hadn't heard anything about it at the time, so I told him if he sent me the artwork and info, I'd post it to the blog I had then. The next morning I woke up to an email with just a video file (not a link, the actual video). I searched YouTube and it wasn't online, so I confirmed he wanted me to post it up and sent it out to the blogs for coverage. It got several thousand views that week and generated a lil' buzz online and at the store for the project. Unfortunately, YouTube being what it is, at some point it flagged the video for a sample and instead of fighting it, I took it down. Either way, these are two of the rare tracks included on that compilation release, along with 20 others. Listen below.