THE FLYING LIZARDS
THE SECRET DUB LIFE OF THE FLYING LIZARDS
In 1978, David Cunningham was commissioned by Virgin’s Front Line imprint to remix a collection of songs by reggae singer Jah Lloyd – he accepted, only to be presented with a mono tape master. “So I began to invent (or perhaps re-invent) techniques of editing, looping, filtering and subtraction to deal with unremixable mono material (these were the days before samplers),” he recalls. The finished work, which didn’t see release until 1995, is one of the most engrossing, oneiric dub albums you’ll ever hear, bringing to mind – among other things – Arthur Russell’s World Of Echo.
PRIMAL SCREAM / ADRIAN SHERWOOD
Having lapsed into lazy Stones pastiche with Give Out But Don’t Give Up, Primal Scream thoroughly reinvented themselves for 1997′s Vanishing Point, recruiting Stone Roses’ Mani on bass and making the most of their obsession with cult road movies, motorik krautrock and Jamaican dub. It made perfect sense to invite On-U-Sound lynchpin Adrian Sherwood to have a go at remixing the whole shebang: Echo Dek amplifies Vanishing Point‘s audio surrealism, bass-weight and air of barely contained paranoia tenfold, and is a lost classic waiting to be rediscovered.
(LO RECORDINGS, 1998)
In 1998, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore sent 25 different one-minute guitar improvisations to around 100 visual artists and musicians, inviting them to reinterpret the material and send their work back. The album that arose out of the process is surprisingly coherent, and furthermore constitutes a who’s-who of 90s post-rock and experimental music, with the likes of Stereolab, Russell Haswell, V/Vm, David Cunningham, Merzbow, Bruce Gilbert and even Blur among the contributors.
ARRANGE AND PROCESS BASIC CHANNEL TRACKS
As much a DJ mix as a remix album, Arrange And Process Basic Channel Tracks finds DJ Pete and Rene Van Der Lowe re-editing of Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus’s techno productions subtly, but in a way that also strongly emphasises their dub DNA. It ends up functioning as a kind of “best of” Basic Channel, an unbeatable one-stop shop for anyone looking to grasp the importance of their work; it’s also an admirably selfless offering, an act of admiration and tribute, from Scion to their mentors and forebears.