The wizard of dub returns, in tandem with bassist Jah Wobble, to offer fans of electronica and dub another fascinating experience.
The wizard of dub returns, in tandem with bassist Jah Wobble, to offer fans of electronica and dub another fascinating experience. Bill Laswell, an ace musician and producer, has become quite adept at producing intriguing soundscapes that never fail to challenge and please the listener. Here, he works with percussionists Karsh Kale and Abdou Mboup and keyboardist Bernie Worrell in addition to Wobble, who co-authored four of the six tracks with Laswell. At their foundation, all the tracks have a genesis in a Laswellian techno bass sound which, unlike basic techno bass, overlays elements that are ambient and avant-garde rather than retro. Other tracks, including "System Malfunction," also morph in and out of compelling drum'n'bass interludes. With Laswell, stylistic parameters are there to be transcended in the name of groove. But for all the sonic layers, the tracks have a minimalist feel, which only adds to the intrigue. Distributed by Revolver.—PVV