DJ Format's debut album Music For The Mature B-Boy was one of the slow-burn success stories of 2003. An album of soulful, funk-fuelled hip hop packed with infectious beats and lyrical dexterity, it delivered the promise of his early releases for Mo' Wax and Bomb Hip Hop. Received with quiet acclaim in the press it quickly became a word of mouth triumph, going on to establish itself as one of the most successful debut artist albums from the UK alternative/urban scene. The campaign was successful for a number of reasons, not least its supporting batch of three incredible music videos, all directed by the then unknown Ruben Fleischer. The most famous of these will undoubtedly be the rap and breakdancing costumed animals of We Know Something You Don't Know, featuring the vocals of Chali 2na and Akil of Jurassic 5. Played out by a shark and tiger respectively on the big screen it is an unforgettable piece of feel good hip hop. Music For The Mature B-Boy also led to Format supporting (alongside regular collaborator MC Abdominal) Jurassic 5 on their European tour, and through subsequent touring in 2003 establishing Format as one of the hottest live hip hop tickets in town, culminating in triumphant appearances at the Reading & Leeds festivals of 2004 and worldwide touring taking in the whole of Europe, North America and Australia. The 2005 follow-up album If You Can't Join 'Em Beat 'Em saw Format step up a gear, tightening the loops still further for a tougher, leaner sound. A heavy schedule of acclaimed shows followed the release throughout 2005 and 2006. In 2006 Format was asked to contribute to the successful Fabric DJ mix series. Format's Fabriclive 27 was one of the most well-received of the series. His DJ sets are renowned for their boundary-crossing selection of funk, soul, rock and hip hop. This was followed up by his own underground mix of obscure Eastern European beats, the now highly collectible European Vacation CD. In recent years Format has delivered another mix album, this time for the legendary Fania label, applying his signature B-Boy style to the catalogue of Latin music. Alongside this, Format's discreetly released 12" tribute to James Brown 'Stealin' James', has been a huge success both with DJ's and dancefloors alike.
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