In the late 80s, Malcolm (then under the name DJ Emelle) began Djing on local pirate
radio station People’s FM supplying his local community with a show consisting of
mainly Hip Hop and house music, whilst beginning to make very basic hip hop and
By the early nineties having played a few parties and secured regular spots at the
infamous blues parties in Leeds a the time Twilight and Sonny’s, Malcolm teamed up
with Dougie Bug and DJ Beks to form production team Cromatone Express.
The team relocated to London and released a few tracks on labels including Dave
Beer’s Back to Basics and Afrocat, run by Matt Jam Lamont.
Once the UK Garage scene had “developed” into a more MC led sound, Cromatone
Express decided to opt out and DJ Emelle was no more as Malcolm set about
concentrating on developing his production skills over “serious” Djing and earned a
living as a professional DJ in many of London’s bars such as 10 Rooms,
Smollensky’s and Noble Rot.
In 2008 after a return to his hometown of Leeds, wanting to fill a deep and soulful
music void in he city, Malcolm held the first Afro Coalition parties which led to
the hosting of Peven Everett at The Wardrobe as part of a group including Dean
Creole, Sy Legg, and Euan Mitchel, amongst others such as Jagga of Very Soulful
The four members continued Djing and hosting parties in the city, attracting great
names such as Phil Asher, Atjazz, Spen, Karizma and Jazzy Jeff whilst being invited
to DJ on events alongside the likes of Frankie Knuckles, Norman Jay, Gilles Peterson, Lil Louis and Roy Ayers plus were asked to play at the last ever Southport Weekender.
With a monthly residency in the city plus a monthly Radio Show on KMAH Radio in
2016 Malcolm launched record labels RedKyte Records and AfroCo Music to release
his and his AfroCo crewmembers music plus other unknown and more established