Juice Aleem, Strange U and Mongrels play UK benefit for ailing Wu-Tang Clan/Prince Paul/Jungle Brothers/New Kingdom collaborator Scott Harding
Over the course of his career as a musician and producer, Vancouver born, Brooklyn based Scott Harding aka Scotty Hard has worked with a varied assortment of artists including Teo Macero, Wu-Tang Clan, The Master Musicians Of Jajouka, Salif Keita, De La Soul, Nação Zumbi, Jungle Brothers, Bjork, Medeski, Martin And Wood, Vijay Iyer, Prince Paul, Chris Rock, Vernon Reid, Stan Douglas, Matthew Barney and Arto Lindsay.
The two albums Harding produced for 1990s psychedelic hiphop duo New Kingdom (Sebastian Laws and Jason Furlow) arguably constitute his finest work to date. Expansive and imaginative, Heavy Load (1993) and Paradise Don't Come Cheap (1996) drew on influences as diverse as 70s Miles, Butthole Surfers, Jimi Hendrix, Sun Ra, Tom Waits and Black Sabbath. Sebastian Laws aka Sebash recently surfaced on Attack The Monolith by Mongrels, a UK duo comprised of rapper Kid Acne and producer Benjamin. Longtime New Kingdom and Hard heads, Mongrels also marked the 20th anniversary of Paradise by posting a 37 minute mix on their SoundCloud page.
In 2008 Harding was paralyzed below the shoulders in a hit and run car accident. Consequently The Scotty Hard Trust was set up by friends and associates to raise funds for his treatment and mobility.
An Evening For Scotty Hard takes place on 1 October at The Crypt in Camberwell, London with Mike Ladd, Mongrels (Kid Acne & Benjamin), Strange U and Juice Aleem plus guest DJs, food by Bukowski Grill and cocktails by Oscar Mitchell. Tickets are £15 in advance.