Monkey Steak, the electronica duo comprised of Hanuman and Atki2 (Shadetek, Combat) were formed in New Cross, South London in October 2000. Initially Monkey Steak pursued the drum and bass / jungle vibe with tunes such as "Shiva Las Vegas2, a rinsing dnb blast which is still a firm crowd favourite and "Jamaican Girl Style" a classic ragga / jungle cut. Since then they have diversified their sound quite considerably and now mix up a variety of styles including dub, ragga, hip-hop, 2step, grime, as well as more eclectic styles like funk, soul, bhangra, and rave. Monkey Steak's exploration of garage and grime has been an important step in the development of the Steak Beat sound and has led to the first Monkey Steak release, Grim Dubs 01 released on Werk discs.
The A side of the "Electric Birdland EP" features two tracks of jungle sweetness; "Too Late" and "Toxic RIP VIP", the later a tribute to the late Toxic Dancehall (probably the UK's best ever breakcore party!). The B side is a more 2 step garage / grime flavoured affair; "Black Milk" and "Gaza Stripclub" have Monkey Steak flexing their bass muscles, proving that its not all about junglism. The release also features superb artwork by my bro John, check his stuff out at www.johnepainter.com. "Electric Birdland" will be having it's very own launch party at the next GoatLab on Friday 1st December @ Timbuk 2 (Bristol), where Monkey Steak will be performing a special live set.
Limited to 500 copies Worldwide! Cut in the UK for maximum dance floor pressure! (Death$ucker)