Nov 22, 2015

Sundaze 1547

Hello, well the media storm around Adele's new album has subsided somewhat a day after it's release. It had been a completely over the top affair and unnecessary, but then it's all about eyeballs these days. The divine one has birthed a new album and everyone wants a stake. Poor Adele, next will come the big labels and a fat checkbook forcing her to sign a 3 record deal worth 500 million dollars, and a commercial bonanza ensues, millions will worship her holograms. Adele gets more and more isolated and only her children keep her sane (i'm sure she'll have several more). Yes your future is so bright, you better ware shades (and a bomb vest).

In 1998, Youth (Martin Glover) decided to set up, LSD - Liquid Sound Design as Dragonfly's sister label, specializing in chilled out soundscapes, sonic beats and mellow grooves. LSD was as natural progression for Dragonfly keen to create an outlet for more experimental and down-tempo music as well as satisfying the demand for the post club chill out sounds. Today a second post of their compilations..  .... N'joy

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Martin Glover, also known as Youth or Orion, (born 27 December 1960 in Farnworth, Lancashire) is a record producer and a founder member and bassist of Killing Joke.

Glover originally named himself Pig Youth after the reggae chanter Big Youth, who was popular with late 1970s London punk bands. At age 15 he was in a punk band named The Rage, which toured with The Adverts. Later he joined 4" Be 2" - a band formed by John Lydon's brother Jimmy Lydon - and recorded the "One of the Lads" single with them.

Glover is most famous for being the bass player in Killing Joke. He left the band in 1982, together with Ben Watkins he released 2 albums, The Empty Quarter and Delerium, soon after he founded his own commercially orientated dub funk band Brilliant, which recorded one album in 1986 before later disbanding.

In 1989, Youth and Alex Paterson started the WAU! Mr. Modo label. Their early releases of a selection of industrial techno dubs and heavy sound system dubs from artists such as Napthali, Manasseh, Bim Sherman and Jah Warrior are long deleted and fetch high sums in private sales.

Youth's connections with dub continued in the mid-1990s when he was asked by Adrian Sherwood to remix some of Bim Sherman's tracks for a reworking of the Miracle album. He also recently appeared on a Ted Parsons/NIC dub album, contributing a remix which opens with a sample from Glen Brown's "Version '78", a track originally released on the South East label.

In the early nineties, Glover formed techno and house music duo Blue Pearl together with American singer Durga McBroom. They scored a handful of hit singles including their blue vinyl debut "Naked In The Rain", which reached #4 in the UK Singles Chart and was also a #5 dance hit in the U.S. in 1990.

Glover is credited with founding the first psychedelic trance record label, Dragonfly Records, as well as the Liquid Sound Design and Kamaflage Records labels. He is well known on the psychedelic trance scene, collaborating with Simon Posford and Saul Davies as Celtic Cross, with Greg Hunter and Simon Posford as Dub Trees, and on the project Zodiac Youth. He has performed both full-on trance as well as chill-out DJ sets at several Return to the Source parties, and released the Ambient Meditations 3 mix album on their label in 2000. His Butterfly Studios were also home of the Return to the Source offices circa 1999-2002.

Glover is a member of the band Transmission, together with Simon Tong of The Verve, Paul Ferguson of Killing Joke and Tim Bran of Dreadzone. He also played guitar on several tracks on the 2007 Client album "Heartland."

In mid-2010, Glover teamed up with Alex Paterson (The Orb) to compile a retrospective compilation album of tracks from the WAU! Mr Modo label. The album titled "Impossible Oddities" was released on CD and double vinyl on 25 October 2010 via Year Zero records.

On 27 October 2012, during the International Festival of Music Producers and Sound Designers SOUNDEDIT, Glover was awarded The Man with the Golden Ear Award

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Yet another brilliant old chillout compilation that holds in the magnificent Nomads of Dub song Spirals. That song itself hasn't aged a bit since it first saw the daylight in Twisted Records' compilation Eclipse: A Journey of Permanence & Impermanence. Followed by Dub Trees' Buffalo and the funny samples in it. And in this point it's always good to fly off to distant beach and we get that with Albatross by Suns of Arqa, this is has been one of my favourites ever since I first heard it. Let's continue to drift off with Guy Pratt & Alex Paterson and their song 4 Horsemen. Kiosk's a bit over two minute Pip in the Pudding is quiet, it let's you calm down a bit before Killing Joke's Requiem (Remix) which itself is a bit more harsh. Industrial Suicide Tribe continue to taking more deeper, it has a nice guitar in it too. After this it's time to make you feel easier and D'ya Dig' and close things off with an outro. This is how more chillout albums should sound and Alex Paterson has done a great job with selecting and mixing his voyage into paradise. This has a darker side and a happier side, it's soft and it's hard. It's magical! This is an must have for all Liquid Sound Design fans.

Various - Dr Alex Paterson's Voyage Into Paradise  (flac 354mb)

01 Nomads Of Dub - Spirals 7:23
02 Dub Trees - Buffalo 10:44
03 Suns Of Arqa - Albatross 3:51
04 The Rob - 4 Horseman 6:43
05 Kiosk - Pip In The Pudding 2:19
06 Killing Joke - Requiem 9:30
07 Industrial Suicide Tribe - Aqua Sufi 15:07
08 Easy - D'ya Dig' 6:24
09 Unknown Artist - Outro 0:58

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Chilled albums were the curse of dance music in 2001. Hidden between the Ministry-Essential-Clubbers Guide chillout releases there were some more underground-friendly releases that catered more to the discerning electronic fans than the coffee-table lounge set. And quietly, Liquid Sound Design has pulled a blinder with a nice set of unpredictable, unclassified grooves that are a veritable cool breeze on the feet for your summer listening pleasure. DJ Humphrey (Cafe Del Mar, Big Chill) has selected a smooth and smiling set of tunes high on the pleasure factor, and away from the cheese and uniformity that characterises a lot of other chilled releases.

Ott and Drum Druid (new moniker for the much-missed Laughing Buddha) offer a nice slice of psychedelic dub, the latter’s contribution being a trifle delight of nice pads and cute lines. Lusine ICL’s “WScheming” is another particularly special tune, and Abacus’ “Return to Rama” is a sweet tune, plenty to lay back and remember summers past (excuse me) as well as pleasing everyone from the Cafe Del Mar posse. All in all a solid album, fresh stuff and manages not to fall into the traps set by previous noncey downtempo groove compilations.

Various - Elucidations (flac 408mb)

01 Ott - Ott Meets Billy The Kid 6:52
02 Kiwa Arachnoid Dub 8:08
03 Drum Druids -Last Summer (Dub) 6:49
04 Humito - Monkey Puzzle 7:51
05 Violet Vision - Sign Of Bliss 6:53
06 Lusine ICL - Scheming 6:00
07 The Kumba Mela - Himalayan Dub 7:51
08 Abacus - Return To Rama 8:37
09 Humito - Wider Horizons (Drum Druids Remix) 6:31

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DJ Unity Dub has chosen a fine series of some of the best proponents of modern dub and mixed them flawlessly into a steadily rising set. Sounds From The Ground, Groove Corporation, Bill Laswell and Global Youth shine out. Starting with a lovely, natural intro of waves, waterfalls and birdsongs the bass of Jah Wobble then kicks in to shake the floor. The overall vibe is deep, witty and adventurous. Every track is a highlight and the mixes are sometimes dramatic and sometimes very subtle. One of the highlights is the bizarrely named Chillage People and their version of the Dr Who theme tune that's a must for any other Dr Who fans out there. The album is perfect for a bit of post-club chilling or relaxing to on a summer's day.

Various - Unity Dub's Voyage Into Paradise (flac 491mb)

01 Unity Dub - Pastoral Journey (Intro) 2:32
02 Jah Wobble & Bill Laswell - Subcode 7:43
03 Shpongle - A New Way To Say Hooray 6:28
04 Mere Mortals - Last 4:19
05 Zen Lemonade - Die Ashanti 6:15
06 Chillage People - Dr Whooo (Live At Destination Venus) 7:24
07 Global Youth - All Of The Youth 4:57
08 The Kumba Mela Experiment - Cleaning Fluid (Druids, Dreads & Sadhus Mix) 8:30
09 Sounds From The Ground - Where The Wild Things Were 7:17
10 Dub Mix Convention - But Do You Realize? 5:09
11 UVX - Bug Dub 7:24
12 Groove Corporation - Roots Controller 5:13

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Anonymous said...

Hi Rho,

Can you please re-up the LSD compilations of Sundaze 1547, Nov. 22 2015 ? Many thanks in advance. Best, JF

Anonymous said...

Thank you!