Artist: Cabbage Boy
Title: Sausage Doctor E.P.
Catalogue Number: NTONE14
Year of Release: 1995
A1 Bean (To This World)
A2 Casiotone Disco
B1 Ken's Seedy Break
Relatively interesting early single by Si Begg, under one of his many aliases, on Ninja Tune off-shoot N-tone. Comes in one of their neat anti-static sleeves, which although a good idea, never really caught on. My suspicion is that they afford little protection from other hazards, unlike a sturdy cardboard sleeve.
Anyway, four tunes indicative of the period on this E.P. Bean (To This World) and Ken's Seedy Break could have graced a parent label release and no one would have minded, being as they are, built up around break beats. Casiotone Disco and Channelhopper are both heavier on synths than drums, and more experimental. Still very listenable and not dated as badly as some mid-90s electronica.
My main complaint is with the titles, which seem to be words just thrown at each other at random, rather than having any relation to the tunes.
OK, A1's isn't a very descriptive title, I'm not sure what a track called Bean (To This World) would sound like, but I wouldn't expect it to sound seedier than a track called Ken's Seedy Break. Casiotone Disco one would expect to sound a bit disco and possibly feature Casio keyboard presets, neither of which it does. Channelhopper might sound like someone, I dunno, hopping channels.
And I haven't even started on the E.P.'s title.
Just to reiterate - none of them are bad tracks. It's the kind of E.P. you could play people and they'd say, "That was nice". But if they then asked, "What was that track called?", we'd be entering some difficult territory (as the bishop said to the actress).