Bristol rapper T. Relly growls out polemic against the relentless cacophony spun by Andy Spaceland and describes it as “ what I see in the struggle and ongoing battle but also the resilience, humor, character, originality, and style of people living within a system of seemingly two sides”. The brutality of bass and horns is temporarily soothed with Relly’s soulful, swaggering placation of ‘Turn your speakers on/ Till ya speakers blown baby/ If you’re feeling strong baby/ We can keep it going baby’.
Ree-Vo, from Bristol UK, are rapper T.Relly and producer Andy Spaceland. They release their debut LP ‘All Welcome on Planet Ree-Vo’ in July 2021 It’s a record that could only really have been made in one city, steeped as it is in Bristol’s decades of less conventional hip hop and bass music. Tweaked and fine-tuned during the summer of 2020 the record punches with a mix of red-eyed paranoia to a playful future funk.
T. Relly is pure Bristol hip hop royalty – known in the community variously for his links to all of the city’s major club nights, his passion and support for the most disadvantaged (through his work with the youth and prison leavers), through to compering stages at St Pauls Carnival and his seminal 2018 LP with DJ Rogue ‘Let Them Know’.
Andy Spaceland (AKA Andy Jenks) got involved in Bristol bass music as soon as he moved to the city with Statik Sound System, before his band Alpha were signed to Massive Attack’s label Melankolic, and he also became one of their tour DJ’s. His CV of collaborations ranges from Smith and Mighty to Madonna to Elizabeth Fraser, and he continues, from releasing underground beats with White Bully on DJ Die’s Gutterfunk label, writing and producing with US producer Butch Vig in the band 5 Billion in Diamonds, and working on new tracks with Mark Stewart (The Pop Group) for his new LP.