Urban Species is a British hip-hop band, best known for several hit singles during the 1990s. The band's music draws on a diverse range of influences and combines live playing with samples and programming, resulting in an organic sound that has sometimes been compared to a British version of Arrested Development; the band's music is associated with the acid jazz movement of the mid-1990s. Urban Species' consistent core figure and effective leader has been Peter "Mintos" Akinrinlola, but the band's line-up has at various times included other producers and rappers plus many of the best musicians from the London funk and jazz-funk scenes; the band is known for collaborations, most notably with Terry Callier and Imogen Heap. The band was founded in Tottenham, North London, England, by childhood friends Peter Akinrinlola and Winston Small. Growing up in the 1980s, both shared an interest in various underground music including hip-hop, dancehall reggae and blues; the duo began writing together in 1988.
For sampleable material, they drew extensively on the stock of jazz and funk records owned by Renegade's older brother, which came to shape their organic, live-sounding musical approach. Under the MC Mint & DJ Renegade name, the duo recorded their first white-label release – "It's My Thing" – in 1989; the disc became an underground and pirate radio hit in the UK and came to the attention of two high-profile New York radio stations who put the track into frequent rotation. Inspired by this initial success and Renegade produced a second self-funded and distributed single called "Got To Have It"; this attracted the interest of British DJ Gilles Peterson, a champion of new black British music, the owner of the Phonogram Records subsidiary Talkin' Loud. Talkin' Loud signed Mintos and Renegade in 1992 under the new project name of Urban Species; the first formal Urban Species track to be released was "Hide And Seek". Shortly afterwards, Urban Species expanded from a core duo to a trio with the addition of a second rapper, Doc Slim.
Slim was one of Mintos' and Renegade’s old school friends, had an MC delivery inspired by ragga-style toasting and street humour. For live appearances, Urban Species drew on a pool of live funk musicians to ensure that they delivered full-fledged musical shows instead of DAT-based PA performances; as a consequence – and following well-received support slots for MC Solaar, Guru's Jazzmatazz project and the Stereo MCs – the band developed a strong live reputation and soon attained headline-act status. Urban Species released their debut album – Listen – in May 1994; the band had extended the musicality of their concerts to their recording sessions, incorporating live instruments alongside the samples and programming, going for a spacious, organic feel to the album atmospheres. Listen included the earlier single "Gotta Have It" as well as "Hide And Seek", it produced three more singles – the title track, "Spiritual Love" and "Brother". The latter two were hits, the album received wide critical acclaim.
Over the next eighteen months, the band continued to develop their profile. They became successful in continental Europe and maintained their inroads into the US via New York, where they had developed an underground following considerable airplay and an acclaimed performance at the 1994 New Music Seminar. Aiming for a international approach, the band toured the Far East and Africa, where they continued to befriend other musicians and educate themselves; as the success of Urban Species grew, Mintos became the dominant force in the band. This in turn caused friction between him and Renegade, finding the rigours of touring to be difficult. Not without regret, Renegade opted to leave Urban Species in 1995, he would subsequently follow a career as a hip-hop/R'n’B producer with Dub Wise Productions. With Mintos now in overall charge of the project, Urban Species began to move towards a more collective approach in which the group's core membership was less important than the opportunities offered by collaboration.
In 1997, the band began recording material for Blanket. The first sign of a new approach came with the 1997 EP Religion and Politics; the two songs featured on the EP were both collaborations with 1960s American jazz-folk-soul singer Terry Callier, whose career had been reinvigorated in the UK by the interest of the acid-jazz community. Further album sessions followed, with the assistance of new producer Raw Deal. During this period, Doc Slim was replaced in the band by a new MC called Tukka Yout. Mintos invited contributions from various other artists outside the Urban Species core; these included veteran British rappers Blak Twang and MC Mell'O', plus singers Elizabeth Troy, Jeffery Darnell, future house star MJ Cole and singer-songwriter Imogen Heap. Due to Urban Species' higher European profile, Blanket was rel
Lake Forest is a railroad station in Lake Forest, United States served by Metra's Milwaukee District/North Line. Platform 1 is where outbound trains board, platform 2 is where inbound trains board; the station is located on 10205 North Waukegan Road, is 28.4 miles away from Union Station, the southern terminus of the line. In Metra's zone-based fare system, Lake Forest is in zone F. Another Lake Forest station exists along the Union Pacific/North Line east of this station. Therefore, this station can be referred to as West Lake Forest station. No bus connections is there any connection to the East Lake Forest station; however parking is available along Telegraph Road along the west side of the tracks, the station is accessible from North Waukegan Road through Settler's Square on the east side of the tracks. On weekdays, the first scheduled outbound Metra train terminates at Lake Forest. On Saturdays, train #2617 terminates at this station. There is no crossover at Lake Forest, so trains must either run north to Rondout or south to Deerfield to switch to the southbound side.
For this reason, many trains on weekdays terminate at Deerfield. Lake Forest is the northernmost station on the Milwaukee District / North Line to be located on the C&M Subdivision, serves as an emergency stop for Amtrak Empire Builder and Hiawatha Service trains. Since 2010, Amtrak has had plans for its Hiawatha trains to stop at Lake Forest, but as of 2019, has yet to come to fruition. Metra has proposed the construction of crossovers at Lake Forest to make the station better suited to turning trains around. Metra – Stations – Lake Forest station Flickr - Lake Forest Station Station House from Google Maps Street View