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DMX feat Ian Paice - X Moves cover art

Ian Paice, along with Steve Howe and Bootsy Collins, were guest musicians on the latest single from hip hop artist DMX. We understand that this particular genre may not be among the favourites amongst our audience, but try to approach it with an open mind — the groove is there.

The promotional blurb reads:

“X Moves” is the newest single from DMX. It’s a full-fledged rock/hip hop hybrid that recruits not one but three Rock Hall Of Famers: Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice who provides the track’s stampeding groove and YES/Asia guitarist Steve Howe who throws down a riff for DMX to ride. In addition, “X Moves” finds DMX trading verses with the great Parliament-Funkadelic maestro Bootsy Collins who also provides a bit of extraterrestrial magic with his signature Space Bass. And finally, bringing an international flavor to the mix, German producer/artist Jürgen Engler of Die Krupps produced and mixed the track alongside Cleopatra Records founder Brian Perera who co-produced the track. All told, “X Moves” is a magnificent work that may prove to be DMX’s most daring move yet!

The single is out via Cleopatra Records on red and silver vinyl and can be ordered here.

[Update Apr 9]: This proved to the final release for DMX (a.k.a. Dark Man X, real name Earl Simmons), who have died today at the age of 50. He collapsed at home on April 2, 2021, and passed away on April 9 at the New York’s White Plains Hospital after being on life support since admission. Apparently, the underlying cause was a heart attack triggered by drug overdose.

Thanks to BraveWords and Reuters for the info.

43 Comments to “Provider of stampeding groove”:

  1. 1
    aireight says:

    Hmm. It seems that Ian said he didn’t much care for that type of music. I know I don’t.

  2. 2
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    DMX is in a bad way…. According to the media, he apparently OD’d & is in a medical facility on life support & currently showing little to no brain activity.

    X MOVES reminds me of earlier times.






    & so on… ⏳⌛

  3. 3
    Leon says:

    Looks like DMX is about to die, so this might be his last release.

  4. 4
    Dave says:

    I listened to about ten seconds of this. Ten seconds I will never get back.

  5. 5
    MacGregor says:

    April fools surely is a little later this year. Could be my karma also, always banging on about ‘diversity’ in music. Although I am sure I say good music or more importantly, the kind of music I like. What is going on in this world, aaaaaahhhhhhh, the sound of the music falling into the abyss. Lost forever! Cheers.

  6. 6
    Rajaseudun Rampe says:

    Ian Paice working with Bootsy Collins! What a great new opening for DP member! Gotta hear this.

  7. 7
    stoffer says:

    made it 30 seconds…..🔇

  8. 8
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Guys please respect the craftsmanship of musician. Ian Paice said clearly when he was showing his drum kits including his electric one that he does work for other people and it cost them money. So the guy is keeping busy and fit and getting paid.
    No harm done at all.
    BTW what is Ian Gillan doing to lubricate his vocal cords and what is Mr Glover doing with time in the Swiss alps to keep his fingers moving (I hope he is not recreating senes form the sound of music with his young family.
    Peace and Respect to you all.

  9. 9
    mnagoda says:

    I enjoy rap music, and am a huge Deep Purple fan- I love this!!! Ian’s groove is of course solid and funky- though I’m a bit surprised, as I remember him saying rap really wasn’t his thing, so now I’m curious as to how they got him on the track?

    Perhaps he just wanted the opportunity to play, given the pandemic? Maybe he appreciates rap music a bit more than he previously indicated? Who knows, but I for one, am here for it! Great stuff!

  10. 10
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Prince Phillip has died. 🇬🇧 🇬🇷

    With respect, sympathies & tribute,
    keep smiling & remember…


  11. 11
    Leslie S Hedger says:

    I like it. I enjoy some of the older rap songs of the late 1980’s also.

  12. 12
    zinabre says:

    “How the mighty have fallen…”

  13. 13
    Gerriet says:

    DMX actually died today.

  14. 14
    Uwe Hornung says:

    My son listened to so much Eminem back in the day, I had no choice but to like it at one point. There was no escaping it, if you can’t beat them, join’em.

    I’m no rap specialist, but yeah there were songs by Grandmaster Flash and Kurtis Blow that I dug. Also the commercial, more banal stuff like Sugarhill Gang, MC Hammer, I’m even a sucker for this here, great groove …

    ’cause away



    down the drain!


    I think it’s great to hear Ian play (essentially his Hush rhythm, that is what DMX probably picked up on) on a track like this, what’s not to like?

    Free your mind – and the rest will follow.


  15. 15
    rock voorne says:


  16. 16
    Adel Faragalla says:

    R I P DMX 😢

  17. 17
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Rap in peace, Earl Simmons.

    And it’s not like this is a first in the DP family either:


    (I guess you recognize who sings the chorus.)




    Hell, at least it’s not medieval!!!

  18. 18
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Funny how the most hated people can be the most loved once they pass away.
    RIP Price Phillips
    The guy loved to crack jokes and was so witty and had bags of Carisma till the Palace spin personal adviced to take away his voice just not upset or offend anyone.
    When was the time anyone expressed an opinion without fear of upsetting the fly on your window 🤔🤔🤔

  19. 19
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    @17 Uwe, this one’s for you!


    & this one…


    & these guys could be you & me & anyone else out there on the trail of them thar’ horny little critters…. 🤠💃🥳


    & then you’ll feel like IG did in the old days!


    This presentation has been brought to you by a figment of an imagination. Enjoy!.

  20. 20
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    @18 Adel, I’m not certain that Prince Phillip was actually hated by people. For the most of it, he was always the life of the party, & people were always wondering what he was going to say next.
    I’ve heard at least one person (who had attended a royal function) say that when given the choice of which line to stand in (in order to meet either the Queen, or Prince Phillip), that there was practically a rush amongst attendees to get into the Prince’s line-up.
    He was quite popular. Yes, he made gaffes from time to time, but by & large he was a first-class chap!.
    A jolly decent sort of fellow indeed, & he shall be missed… HRH RIP.

  21. 21
    Matti Alakulju says:

    Where could I get an instrumental version of this?

  22. 22
    James Steven Gemmell says:

    The drum work is quite good.

  23. 23
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Horrified. Rap is not music. It’s Noyze. But opinions abound, right, wrong, or indifferent. And for years now, Howe keeping the Yes Tribute Band alive. Now this.

    But as I always sign out….

    Peace, (May all Rest In….)
    Ted :>

  24. 24
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    I’ve noticed that my spellchecker keeps changing Prince Philip to Prince Phillip.
    His spirit will be spitting chips!.

    On the other hand, here’s something completely different from Glenn:


  25. 25
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Blackwood Richmore @24
    All spelling mistake are blamed on predictive spelling or at least that’s what I tell myself about my poor spelling.
    BTW it’s amazing how the British media managed to find the time to tell us about the goodness of a person after his death while they filled the pages with negative publicity about the same person so they can sell papers.
    They did it with Princess Diana and they called her Britain,’s Queen of hearts after her death.
    Does anyone who works for the media ever had pure honest intentions…. I rest my case
    Peace and love will always rule the world.

  26. 26
    Rob says:

    Adel, I soooo agree with all you have posted here. Oh, except give people the benefit of the dubby with prescriptive splatting! I am currently listening to Imagined Village and loving the folk rap! Keep those ears open, good people.

  27. 27
    MacGrgeor says:

    Ted @ 23 – excellent comments, couldn’t agree more. Cheers.

  28. 28
    robert says:

    It’s great to hear Ian Paice trying something different,even if it’s just for the hell of it. Same goes for Steve Howe, right now they’re not doing anything else, so why not? You only live once and both of these guys are in they’re 70’s, so good for them!

  29. 29
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    @25 Adel, yep, you got that right!. The bastard press & the paparazzi will say anything to sell their scandal rag newspapers & magazines (excluding this venerable THS website of course!).

    @23 Ted, if I’m not mistaken, everything is evolution… Blues became jazz & jump blues, which became boogie woogie, which became old R&B & rock & roll, & then on to doo wop which became soul, then soul became funk, funk became rap… & somewhere amongst that you can shove modern R&B into the mix.
    The only real constant is change.

    Real sick beats come from very sick minds.
    When I hear most rap, particularly that gangsta shit, I start to quote lyrics:
    My head is spinning endlessly, my senses won’t react, then I’m falling through a black hole… part of me is never coming back.

    You can take it any way you want… oh well, you’re not so bad yourself!. 😎

  30. 30
    Uwe Hornung says:

    “BTW it’s amazing how the British media managed to find the time to tell us about the goodness of a person after his death while they filled the pages with negative publicity about the same person so they can sell papers.”

    That’s very comforting, Adel, because it means that there is hope for Ritchie too.

  31. 31
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Well….. I have nothing good to say about this except for, one more rapper hits the crapper. As for Paicey…. sounded like he was just going through the basic motions. I detected none of his spark. Anyway… RIP DMX.

  32. 32
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    @21 Matti Alakulju,
    no sooner said then done!:


    Oops!, ain’t I a stinker?! 😁

  33. 33
    Uwe Hornung says:

    BR @19: You just reminded me, Apollonia was both vocally and visually no comparison to Vanity! The latter is now a reborn Christian, what a waste, sin has real benefits.

    That said, I did like Prince. Ever since I heard Little Red Corvette in the States in the early 80ies. I liked the Marc Bolan vibe of that song. The little guy was one heck of a guitarist.

    His masterpiece was however this nod to James Brown, the rhythm is divine (and white people can’t dance to it!):


    You can’t – like I do – dig Glenn Hughes without some appreciation of Black Music.

  34. 34
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Uwe, Vanity died in 2016 of kidney failure.
    It’s a pity, but I guess evangelism disagreed with Denise…

  35. 35
    uwe hornung says:

    Oh, I didn’t know that, belated RIP then too. Lethal kidney failure 12 years after o.d.’ing on something? How tragic. Does put her envangelism in a different light.

  36. 36
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    @ Uwe, & yet an Apollonia a day keeps the doctor away!. 🍎💃 😁

  37. 37
    Kramo says:

    I opened my mind. It still sucked.

  38. 38
    Uwe Hornung says:

    BR @36: Indeed!


    Kramo @37: Your attempt alone is commendable! I listen to William Shatner recordings with Ritchie too, that takes real willpower and Teutonic discipline.

  39. 39
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    @ 32 Blackwood Richmore

    Bro… that was just pure evil right there…. 😉

  40. 40
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    OK, so firstly, well done to Ritchie for surviving another year!

    Now, on a more sombre note… It looks like the pandemic may be around for another year or two, or three. So has it occurred to anyone that our elderly favourites may never return to touring?. Are Deep Purple done & dusted?.

    Being out of practice (Gillian’s “use it or lose it” theory), will these old men be physically & mentally up for such a challenge?. When you’re past 75, health becomes more of an issue.

    That’s not all. It’s not a huge stretch of the imagination to guess that international travel might not be as easy & free flowing as it was pre 2020.
    Will touring other countries even be viable, financially or otherwise?

    You may need a digital ‘green (vaccination) passport’ to go anywhere or do anything.
    Yet a vaccination doesn’t prevent you from catching the virus again… it will likely only reduce the risk suffering the more severe symptoms of the virus, or shorten it’s duration.

    Herd immunity takes a long time… either by vaccinations or by catching the virus & recovering from it. There’s suggestions in the media that normal international flights may not resume until sometime in 2024.

    Will we see some out of practice 78 year olds go back out on the road?. I believe that scenario is unlikely… but I could be wrong.
    In any case, they are pretty close to their retirement. So the old saying goes that there’s no use in flogging a dead horse!.

    I love Deep Purple & all the related acts, but I recognise that time is the great equaliser of all living things. I will miss them. ⏳ 😟

  41. 41
    Uwe Hornung says:

    It’s a possibility, DP as a touring entity only have a few years left. It’s unfortunate that they could not tour Whoosh! as intended, but Corona has made us all more humble as regards our ability to control events.

    If DP dissolved tomorrow, I’d say that it was all worthwhile. Co-inventing 70ies heavy rock with Gillan and Glover, continuing after Mk 2, getting a guy from Redcar und a funky bass player in, the ultimately failed, but interesting und rewarding Bolin experiment, the reunion, the Joe Lynn Turner experiment, getting Gillan back, even at the expense of Ritchie’s happiness, the Steve Morse era (which lasted way longer and proved more fruitful than I for one ever expected – I’d seen the Steve Morse Band in the early 80ies und would have never believed that the blond guy with his Telecaster he then still played would one day end up in my beloved Purple of all bands, thinking about it, Purple only ever had one blonde, Steve, even Tommy with all his highlights – an early trendsetter – wasn’t naturally blond), Don Airey taking the place of Jon because it reignited the band, and finally the Bob Ezrin era which sees them going out on a high. It’s been a long ride, but a good one.

  42. 42
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    @41, Hallelujah Uwe!… & yet I hear the faint cry calling out from the core of my innermost being:
    One more album, pleeeeeaaaaasssse!.

  43. 43
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    @21 Matti Alakulju,
    OK, here’s the real thing now, the instrumental track without the vocals:


    You can google up a free youtube downloader to grab a copy of it.

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