The fourth and most engaging chapter in producer/mixmaster/bassist extraordinaire Bill Laswell's ever-inventive ambient-dub series for ROIR has a twist in the form of Ethiopian vocalist Ejigayehu "GiG

RELEASE DATE: Oct. 29
The fourth and most engaging chapter in producer/mixmaster/bassist extraordinaire Bill Laswell's ever-inventive ambient-dub series for ROIR has a twist in the form of Ethiopian vocalist Ejigayehu "GiGi" Shibabaw, who sings on three of the six tracks. Laswell produced her Palm Pictures debut album to many-layered, star-studded effect; here, though, simplicity rules and ambience is all. GiGi spins her shining, often playful vocal poetics over a bed of Leviathan bass lines and cavernous reverb. Dub cliché may threaten, but Laswell's feel for sensuous textures and body-heat rhythms carries the day. Dub reggae fans, world-music buyers hip to GiGi, and the Laswell faithful will all find this irresistible; newcomers to any of those constituencies could find far worse places to enter than Book of Exit.—BB