The butcher is back.
Back in the late ‘90s, Leyland James Kirby – widely known now for his ambient projects as Leyland Kirby or The Caretaker – stuck two fingers up at the po-faced IDM scene with his V/Vm releases, a series of abrasive albums and EPs and a live show that had to be seen to be believed. Today, via Facebook, Kirby announced out of the blue that the project would be returning.
“V/Vm is back and ready for business,” he wrote. “Remember the old slogan ‘nobody is safe’. I’m bringing that idea right back out to play soon with music nobody wants or needs. Call this a pre-warning.”
Kirby was most notorious not for his live performances – where he would dress up in a gorilla costume (not sure how well that would go down post-Harambe) and harass clubgoers while piercing noise erupted from the soundsystem. And his grotesque meat-themed noise reworks of popular songs such as Chris de Burgh’s ‘The Lady In Red’ (renamed ‘The Lady In Red (Is Dancing With Meat)’) and Berlin’s ‘Take My Breath Away’ (‘Take My Beef Away’).
His most widely-known stunt however was a four-part Aphex Twin remix project called HelpAphexTwin, which looked so much like Aphex Twin’s Richard D. James Album that it ended up being stocked in high street record stores and shelved in the Aphex Twin section.
In 2014, Kirby reissued tracks from V/Vm’s ambitious The Death of Rave project as Leyland Kirby Presents V/Vm – The Death Of Rave (A Partial Flashback).