"Eco-conscious UK rapper who allied his intelligent, highly wordy raps to a jazz/soul/funk mélange which was characterised beyond anything else by its cool, restrained vibe. He debuted for Manchester independent Play Hard with the 12-inch only ‘Slaphead’ in May 1988, following it with ‘How Sleep The Brave’ and ‘The Sequel’ the following year. It was enough to procure a recording contract from Polydor Records, who released his ironically titled debut album in 1991. However, a series of singles, ‘The Last Tree’, ‘Never Change’ (delayed due to problems in obtaining clearance on a sample from Bruce Hornsby’s ‘That’s Just The Way It Is’) and ‘Don’t Have The Time’ during that period failed to break him, as he became yet another UK hip-hop under-achiever. He made a comeback in 1993 by providing the vocal to Lionrock’s ‘Pocket Of Peace’."
Links to Peel
JP supported MC Buzz B throughout his period in the limelight via repeated plays of his singles and virtually the whole of his LP (including three tracks in one show). A session (containing only two tracks instead of the customary four) appeared in 1990.
Festive Fifty Entries
- One session, produced by Dale Griffin. No known commercial release.
- Mr Smooth / Good Mourning
Other Shows Played
- 15 June 1988: Slap Head (12" with Hard To The Core) Play Hard
- 21 June 1988: 'Slap Head (12")' (Play Hard)
- 21 June 1988 (Radio Bremen): Slap Head (12" - Slap Head / Hard To The Core) Play Hard
- 11 July 1988: Slap Head (12" - Slap Head / Hard To The Core) Play Hard
- 01 March 1989: How Sleep The Brave (Jazz Mix Vocal Edit) (12") Play Hard
- 15 March 1989: How Sleep The Brave (70s Funk Mix) Play Hard (12") Play Hard
- 13 November 1989: The Sequel (12") Play Hard
- 06 April 1989: How Sleep The Brave (12") Play Hard
- 13 April 1991: Inner Control (album - Words Escape Me) Polydor
- 14 April 1991: Don't Have The Time (album - Words Escape Me)
- 20 April 1991: three album tracks from (album - Words Escape Me)
- 27 April 1991: Utopia (album - Words Escape Me)
- 04 May 1991 / Peel May 1991: The Last Tree (album - Words Escape Me) Polydor
- 05 May 1991: The Sequel (album - Words Escape Me) Polydor
- 11 May 1991: Follow (album - Words Escape Me) Polydor
- 13 October 1991 / JP Dance 91 L060: 'Never Change (12")' (Polydor)
- 27 October 1991: 'Never Change (7")' (Polydor)
- 03 November 1991: 'Never Change'
- Peel 199 (BFBS): 'Never Change'
- ↑ The Peel Sessions names him Sean.