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Loose Cannons prepare to blast off


Feature: Jack Foley

KAISER Saucy and Lord Fader would like to welcome you to Cannonia, with the forthcoming release of I Like It When Ya, probably one of the most addictive, funked out extravaganzas that you will hear all year.

Following their recently acclaimed Superstars single, on lsland Records, DJ sets from In The City to Miami WMC, to Manumission, and triumphant live performances at Return To New York, and as special guests to the Scissor Sisters across the UK, The Loose Cannons look set to blast into the spotlight in spectacular fashion.

Superstars was released last November and came backed by a series of high-profile remixes, and support from the likes of Zoe Ball, on Xfm, and almost every DJ on Radio 1 (from Pete Tong, Jo Whiley and Zane Lowe, through to Mary Anne Hobbs and others).

The Cannons were born perhaps three years ago, forged largely from one fortuitous occurrence: the boys were Djing at a movie wrap-party, in Soho, when Bootsy Collins turned, as he was leaving, and bestowed upon them that most beautiful of burdens; ‘keep the funk alive, fellas,’ he said.

From that moment on, Fader & Saucy have worked every day as self-confessed ‘funktopic missionaries’, striving in their small way to make a difference, first as DJs, taking their inimitable brand of Jump-Up, Jump-Up Smash-It-ness as far afield as New York, Chicago and Tokyo.

They then expanded their mini-empire to encompass promoting, running the legendary Name Th@ nights in Soho.

At the beginning of 2002, the boys took their first small steps into the heady world of remixing, and, less than a month later, on a wintry Friday morning, a cry was heard emanating from behind a poorly soundproofed door: "Bollocks to this Fade… let's make our own shit..."

Thus, rhythm and dirt was born.

So who are the Cannons. Lord Fader, as the man responsible for taming the many unruly ways that make up the Cannon sound, has never balked from the gargantuan task he was set all those moons ago.

His tireless quest for the best of B-lines, mixed with the paradigm of percussive filthiness, has left him with an encyclopedic knowledge of dirty beats the world over.

While lead-vocal guru, Kaiser Saucy, is a self-confessed dirty old man, who lives for the ‘bright lights and the birds’.

Their debut long-player, Make The Face, is set for release on July 12, and was produced by the boys themselves at their Children's Television Sweatshop studios in Cannon Heights.

Billed as the distinct soundtrack to life in the bustling metropolis in 2004, the album is a journey through the world of love, lust, grime, hedonism and exultation and the usual daily grind.

Or, as the boys put it: "Imagine the world of Outkast, had they spent their childhood in south London, during the Thatcher years, and then you are pointing in the right direction."

For those who just can’t get enough of the Cannons, Fader and Saucy can also be found Djing across the capital each and every week, with residencies across London’s club circuit.

The band can also be seen live, bringing their own blend of dirty pop funk to venues across the UK over the coming months.

The single, I Like It When Ya, is released on June 28, and is another supreme taster of what to expect from the album, coming backed by supreme new mixes courtesy of hip-hop legends, The Jungle Brothers, DJ to the stars and uber cool producer, Mark Ronson, and a pair of club bangers, courtesy of Moto Blanco.

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