In 2009 producer Endemic Emerald released his classic first album Terminal Illness on CD, it featured both UK and US artists. On February 26, 2021 Endemic will be re-releasing the album on 12″ vinyl. We caught up with him to talk about the album.
You’re about to re-release Terminal Illness on vinyl on February 26, 2021. What do you think has helped the resurgence of vinyl?
The realisation of younger generations that music sounds so much better on wax. Also, it’s more enjoyable to kick back and listen to albums on vinyl rather than flicking through mp3’s on a digital device.
You worked with artists such as Sean Price, Killah Priest, and M9 to name a few. How did you choose the artists you wanted to work with for this release?
It was all of my favourite artists at the time. All of the UK artists were on the same page as far as US influences so it flowed really easily.
Did you have a beat in mind for each artist or did you just send them a bunch of beats to choose from?
Most, if not all of the emcees chose the beat to rhyme on. I then sent that joint on to the next emcees and it went on like that. It came together so naturally.
How long did the album take to put together?
Maybe 2 years I think.
What was the most memorable moment of working on this release?
When we mixed the album and put it all together, it was summer 2008. We did it at my boy’s studio in Birmingham. There were a lot of people coming through the studio at the time that made it dope.
We would go out and party every few days and I would be DJing in Europe and London during that summer. A great time.
I know it’s a hard question but what’s your favourite joint on there?
Coming to Kill featuring Sean Price, Ruste Juxx and Sav Killz.
With the success of this release do you think that you will release some of your other material on vinyl or cassette?
Yes we will be doing other back catalogue vinyl pressings and possibly cassettes.
You’ve got your own lable No Cure Records and previously released a collaborative album with Dakim Be Allah. What’s next for yourself and No Cure Records?
Next up is an album I produced for Brooklyn’s Lucky Tatt. That record has that soul sound and Tatt has that BK swag! Look out for that soon!
Where can people go and buy Terminal Illness and check out, listen, and purchase your other releases?
It drops February 26 via Fat Beats so it will be available to cop in all record stores worldwide. Hit up your local vinyl dealer! Also can be pre-ordered on No Cure Records Bandcamp.
Tell us your socials
Peace! Everything is @EndemicEmerald. Salute.
Interview by Jai Boo