Akira The Don & Chilly Gonzales, London, 2003
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We're gonna kick off with Nah Nah Nah. This shit is a classic already. I knew it was gonna be a classic the second I laid a drum break on top of that Serge Gansbourg sample at 06:08 am, June 23rd, just over an hour into the twenty four hour recording process of the mixtape. A few hours later Mary Turner and Chilly Gonzalaes walked into the studio and confirmed it.
I only just realised this is the first song me and Chilly have recorded together. We've performed together on stage - first time was at the Eden Project in 2002, where one of my buddies tagged Pulp's tour bus, igniting a short-lived Beef between the Sheffield indie stars and the Canadian supervillain, and the second was at The ICA in 2009, when I joined dude to do my verse from the Working Together remix - but never before on a record, in the same room.
Chilly Gonzales and the then Adam "Akira" Alphabet, 2002.
The song came together at awesome speed. We did the hook in about half an hour, including a vanguard of fine harmonies from Mary, and Gonzo aced his verse on the second take, before racing off to catch the Eurostar to Paris. Then at around 10pm my old school chum Ginge and The Mighty Jeres came round and added the guitars and sax. I mixed it at 4am, by which point I had gone a little mad, and deaf. But it sounded like a classic.