Hot on the tails of their 2017 breakthrough album Push On – which shot straight to number three in the iTunes hip hop chart (where it stayed nestled beneath Skepta and Drake for a full week) – Bristol hip hop duo The Allergies are back with new album Steal the Show, due for release on Jalapeno Records on 19 October.
The Allergies are Roy Spencer aka Ninja Tune bedfellow DJ Moneyshot and drum-and-bass-turned-funky producer Rackabeat aka Adam Volson. Combining fun-funk with an appreciation of golden era hip hop, The Allergies create infectious tunes you can’t help but move to.
Combining fun-funk with an appreciation of golden era hip hop, The Allergies create infectious tunes you can’t help but move to
Some familiar faces return on the new album, including Ugly Duckling legend Andy Cooper on four tracks, who has been working with the duo since their 2016 debut album As We Do Our Thing. Andy Cooper joins them on their live tour, along with soul singer Marietta Smith, coming to Colston Hall’s Foyer this October. The album also features input from A.S.M, Mizo FitzRoy, Skunkadelic, Unkle Frank and Dr Syntax. Don’t miss a chance to witness the energy of the new album live.
Some familiar faces return on the new album, including Ugly Duckling legend Andy Cooper
1. What have you learned today?
Adam: That there are people currently living on carnivore diets, eating nothing but red meat and are really healthy! Got to love the Joe Rogan podcast.
Roy: That the neighbour’s cat must have a key, ’cause he keeps getting in my house.
2. Favourite track of all time?
Adam: Bump and Hustle Music – Tommy Stewart.
Roy: Time’s Up – OC. The bruises off them punchlines still smart.
3. It’s 3am and the party is winding down, what track do you play to get everyone going again?
Adam: Barbara Tucker’s cover of Think.
Roy: Gloria Jones – Tainted Love. Ages 8-80 clap on that.
4. Who are your top three acts right now?
Adam: Tom Misch, Mr Jukes and Jay Electronica.
Roy: Remi, Oxygen & Paul Nice, Lack of Afro.
5. If you couldn’t work in music, what would you be doing instead?
Adam: Cooking food for people, mainly ramen and BBQ.
Roy: Bearded lady in a travelling freakshow.
6. What was the last book you read?
Adam: Tried to read a book about anxiety recently, but it made me anxious! I’m not much of a reader… I’m more into my podcasts at the moment.
Roy: The latest Paper Girls graphic novel, nicked off the Mrs.
7. Favourite thing on TV?
Roy: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I’m like each of them, in parts. They’re my Sex and the City.
8. Are you afraid of anything?
Adam: Just the usual stuff, snakes, death… and tin foil!
Roy: People, places and loud noises. I’ve picked the wrong business.
9. Tell us something people don’t know about you…
Adam: I once worked as a dinner lady.
Roy: I was the only one in the history of my school to fail my Cycling Proficiency Test.
10. What are you doing tomorrow?
Adam: Preparing the music for our upcoming live show.
Roy: Interviewing Graham Massey from 808 State for the monthly Classic Album feature I write for Future Music mag.
Photo by Khali Ackford