RootZ Musik – Musikfeature – Radio Talk zwischen David Rodigan und Top Frankin Anf. 2001


by Top Frankin’

Talk zwischen David Rodigan und Top Frankin Anf. 2001

David Rodigan: Stand by
for our global top five countdown where we find out what the hot tunes
are in various parts of the world. Er, there are now more new young sound
systems in Germany than there are in England, stretching from Berlin in
the east to Hamburg in the north, Munich in the south and Essen in the

And it’s to Essen that we
go now for our global top five as we hook up a link with Franklin, founder
of the Top Frankin’ Sound System at his Top Frankin’ Record Store in Essen,
but before he tells us what the top five reggae records are in his store
this week, take a listen to this: it’s his unique mega-mix in which he
fuses the orgasm rhythm with the shine/bad-boy Horace Andy fever bass line
to give us a medley of big tunes in one mega-mix. The Top Frankin’ master-mix
– on the orgasm/bad-boy rhythm featuring, amongst others, Barrington Levy,
Burru Banton, Lexxus, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Mr. Vegas there, Tanto
Metro and Devonte, Red Rat; TOK and Capleton coming up. 

So how does that sound on
the radio over there in Germany – Top Frankin’. 

Franklin, how are you doing?

Top Frankin’:  Yes,
thanks, fine David. 

David Rodigan:  (chuckle)
You’re hearing it loud and clear are you?

Top Frankin’:  Yes. 

David Rodigan:  It’s
sounding crisp. Uh, what made you go and fuse those two rhythms together,
what inspired you to do that Franklin?


Top Frankin’:  It comes,
sometimes it comes like from a vibe. Me sit, in the evening, me sit in
my flat, listen to some new tunes, some old tunes and then me get a vibe
and say ”OK, me try it” and do a remix.

David Rodigan:  But,
sometimes with the records there are no acappellas and yet you seem to
have created your own acappellas. How do you do that?

Top Frankin’:  Yes,
I use an equaliser.

David Rodigan:  Right,
and just EQ-out all the, as much of the instrumentation as you can leaving
the voice…

Top Frankin’:  Yes.

David Rodigan:  …and
then you start building the beats on top of that?

Top Frankin’:  Yes.

David Rodigan:  Well
there you go. I was very impressed with that, which is why I played it.
The Top Frankin’   orgasm-fever megamix. Franklin, how long have
you been into reggae, when did you first get into it all?

Top Frankin’:  Oh it
was in the ear(ly), like when me was a little boy in the early eighties
I start to listen to Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, that’s how it start. And
then me go to visit some concerts and then me see more and more artists
that me never see before and so, and so that’s how it grow.

David Rodigan:  Now
listen, something else that you sent for us on this CD is – in my opinion
– very exciting, it’s called the coffee-grinder rhythm. Now at this stage
it’s only a raw rhythm but I was very impressed with it and we’re going
to play it in just a moment. But first of all, tell us why it’s called
the coffee-grinder rhythm and how you recorded it.

Top Frankin’:  Yes,
first me have to say me recorded it with Natty U, a bredren, and we get
a vibe, we get an idea from a man in our crew named Mr. Coffee – that him
real name – and him has a special kind to dance, a special art of dance,
because him have something with his knees and so then we say OK we have
to make something with this dance and build a riddim. 

David Rodigan:  This
is somebody in your crew?

Top Frankin’:  Yes. 

David Rodigan:  Right.

Top Frankin’:  Him named
Mr. Coffee.

David Rodigan:  Alright.

Top Frankin’:  So when
we get the idea we say OK,how we start to build the coffee-grinder riddim.
And then we say OK, we have to use some real sounds for the riddim like
a grinding machine and an electrical grinding machine, a hand-grinding
machine and we recording it, sample it and so we start to build the riddim.

David Rodigan:  So you
actually recorded a coffee-grinder?

Top Frankin’:  Yes!

David Rodigan:  And
I remember you telling me that you were very specific about the coffee
beans, right?

Top Frankin’:  Yes,
so me filled some coffee beans in a machine and it make a noise, so we
recorded it, put it in the riddim. 

David Rodigan:  (chuckling)
And they were Blue Mountain coffee beans….

Top Frankin’:  And we
used Blue Mountain coffee, that’s true.

David Rodigan:  Oh,
the Blue Mountains of Jamaica. So you recorded the sound of the coffee
beans grinding and then, how did you then – ‘cause you’ve got that bass
drum in there as well – how did you get that effect?

(The foot drum.)

Top Frankin’:  So first
we use a bass drum from a drum computer and when we start to record the
sound from the grinding machine, I´ve shaked the grinding machine
to get the sound of the shaking beans

and me make a mistake and
thump the microphone and it make a special noise that we also put under
the bass drum. 

David Rodigan:  So you’ve
tied that into the bass drum, the thump of the actual coffee grinder knocking
against the microphone … 

Top Frankin’:  (laughing)

David Rodigan:  … and
the sound of the coffee beans being put through, being ground up – Blue
Mountain coffee beans – the end result, Top Frankin’, Franklin with Natty
U and the coffee-grinder rhythm, have a listen to this London: the coffee-grinder
rhythm. Stay with us Franklin.

David Rodigan:  Are
you smelling the coffee?

David Rodigan:  (laughing)
I do love this – the coffee-grinder rhythm. Recorded live, so to speak.
What are you going to do with the rhythm, Franklin? Are you going to put
artists on it, what is your game plan at the moment?

Top Frankin’:  Yeah,
the plan is, me have an artist, a Jamaican artist, named Shocking Murray,
a very talented young artist …

David Rodigan:  Yes

Top Frankin’:  …and
he voiced the title track of the riddim, it named the Coffee Grinder, about
the coffee-grinder dance.

David Rodigan:  (laughing)

Top Frankin’:  We have
a real dance in Germany that we call the coffee grinder.

David Rodigan:  It’s
your own dance …

Top Frankin’:  Our own
dance, that’s true

David Rodigan:  … that
the Top Frankin’ crew do.

Top Frankin’:  Yes.

David Rodigan:  Well
I know you have a residency where you play out in Dortmund as well as playing
all over Germany. And that’s every two weeks, the second Friday of every
month, correct?

Top Frankin’:  The second
and fourth Friday of the month.

David Rodigan:  Right.
And that’s in Dortmund. And let’s go now – ‘cause you’re in your record
store, thank you for coming in on a Sunday evening to give us this link
up here on Kiss 100 – go now with the global top five, as I say we home
in on different cities to find out what the big tunes are. What are the
top five selling reggae records at the Top Frankin’ record store in Essen
this week, Franklin?

Top Frankin’:  The number
five is Buju Banton ”Judgement Morning”, number four General Degree ”Yeah
Man”, number three ”Gimme di Woman” from Capleton, number two is ”Tribal
War” by George Nookks, Beres Hammond, Junior Kelly, Richie Stevens, Bounty
Killer – so many names – Morgan Heritage, Tony Rebel and Nitty Kutchie
and the number one is Shaggy with Rikrok ”It wasn’t me”.

David Rodigan:  It wasn’t
me, it wasn’t you, either. 

Franklin, thank you very
much indeed for the link up from the Top Frankin’ record store in London,
er, er, in Germany, on Kiss 100. There was the coffee-grinder rhythm and
Top Frankin’s monster mix of the orgasm/fever rhythm. This is the number
one record in your store this week. Thank you, Franklin.

Top Frankin’:  Thanks

Copyright Text: Top
Frankin’ / Layout: Dr. Igüz 1998 – 2001
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