Bird Seed was the transformational album following the release of the seismic Wriggle Like A Fucking Eel, where Whitehouse first shockingly employed all kinds of new technology, incorporating acoustic elements such as African djembes and doundouns for their sound, featured also on the extraodinary Cut Hands Has The Solution and Munkisi Munkondi (recently interpreted by the Berlin-based classical orchestra Zeitkratzer)
Tracklisting: 1. Why You Never Became A Dancer 2. Wriggle Like A Fucking Eel 3. Philosophy 4. Bird Seed 5. Cut Hands Has The Solution 6. Munkisi Munkondi 7. Wriggle Like A Fucking Eel (instrumental version)
Available for PRE-ORDER, shipping on the 2nd of September.
A collaboration between Aphex Twin (Richard D. James) and µ–Ziq (Mike Paradinas), Mike & Rich - ’Expert Knob Twiddlers’ was made back in 1994.
Richard edited the tracks into shape later in 1996 with his new Apple Mac computer and it was released later that year on Rephlex, the label he co-owned and which released the first two albums by µ-Ziq.
This new reissued version has been carefully cleaned up, re-edited and remastered from the original DAT tapes, put into a more fitting order and, more excitingly, seven new bonus tracks and alternative versions have also been added. The album was recorded over a few days during the 1994 World Cup, back when Richard lived in a big shared flat in Stoke Newington.
Richard had tried to collaborate with a few other likeminded artists but something clicked when Mike and Rich worked together and the sessions have a unique feel; playful and at times actually drunk. These are fun experiments in the spirit of lighthearted moog pop and ripe 70s British TV themes, standing out from the po-faced electronica of the time with a garish glee.
The record was made on what is now seen as pretty primitive gear - an Atari, Roland MKS-80, Memorymoog, Roland R8 and a handful of samples on a Casio FZ-10M - but it’s to their credit that it resonates well with the hardware workouts coming out today.
There's a broadminded but sloppy funk to the record, even whistling, singing and harpsichord in 'Reg' and wonky beat pile-ons in 'Jelly Fish'. There's latin piano and wheezy drunken techno in ‘Vodka’, or the sleepy spaced out ambience of ‘Bu Bu Bu Ba' with its barely contained laughter which seems to reflect the absurdity.
The new versions and bonus tracks are an absolute delight - from a trancier version of ‘Vodka' to the wonky bounce of ‘Portamento Gosh', The 3/4 dub of 'Waltz,' the banging door bass of' Brivert and Muonds', the creepy seasick atmosphere of 'Clissold Bathroom' and finishing with the strangely graceful and serious 'Organ Plodder'. A generous and welcome return to the racks.
3LP: Side A: 1. Mr. Frosty 2. Reg
Side B: 1. Jelly Fish 2. Eggy Toast 3. Vodka
Side C: 1. Winner Takes All 2. Giant Deflating Football 3. Upright Kangaroo
Side D: 1. The Sound Of The Beady Eyes 2. Bu Bu Bu Ba
PRE-ORDER, shipping on the 2nd of September. Available on CD, Vinyl (Limited Edition run of 300).
“Jinnwoo is the most singular new folk talent I’ve heard in some time.” - The Independent
“A rising talent in the folk world.” – The Line of Best Fit
“Jinnwoo is a true original.”- Clash
The release follows Jinnwoo’s critically-acclaimed debut ‘Your Baby’ E.P. and a series of singles - the E.P.’s title track, ‘Solo Man’, ‘You Should Be Feeling This Elliott’ and ‘I Am, I Am, The World’s Oldest Man’ - all released in 2014, collectively garnering coverage across The Guardian Guide, The Line of Best Fit, Clash, 405, For Folk’s Sake – among many others –and accumulating in Jinnwoo being named one of The Independent’s ‘Faces to Watch 2015’.
2015 saw perfectionist Jinnwoo lay the finishing touches to ‘Strangers Bring Me No Light’, an album which has been years in the making and began with Jinnwoo hand-picking collaborators to work with, as he explains: “I wanted to make an album that was interesting to me so I included musicians that I appreciated and admired on the record.” As a totally unknown artist Jinnwoo found most of collaborators online - such as Malcolm Middleton and Alasdair Roberts - and emailed them demos with all of them agreeing immediately to work with this strange and exceptional new talent. Others were met on the live circuit such as Kyla La Grange, “she invited me to sing on her record (‘Cut Your Teeth’, 2014, Sony) so we swapped and did a vocal for each other”.
A few were met through Jinnwoo’s work as a photographer, he shot the artwork for Kami Thompson’s (The Rails) solo album ‘Love Lies’ (2011, Warner Music UK) and they remained firm friends and collaborators. Working with established musicians on the record gave Jinnwoo a needed distance from the lyrics and meaning of the songs, “when you hear someone else sing about your life in your words, it sort of distances you - that's quite nice for a while.” Jinnwoo’s work has been described aptly as “confessional folk” (The Guardian) and he himself has described ‘Strangers Bring Me No Light’ as ‘autobiographical’, with the artwork a self-portrait and the lyrics an outpouring of personal experiences and lingering emotions from his 20’s.
Jinnwoo’s confessional reel is one sung in a voice so distinctive no adequate comparisons can be made, but the story-telling style of Bob Dylan and the fragile delivery of troubadour Michael Stipe have been raised as a starting point. His sparse atmospheric folk-soundscapes, laced with ghostly string arrangements and his exceptional acoustic guitar work, offer a kind of ‘spooked’ ‘gothic’ folk that sounds like no other.
‘Strangers Bring Me No Light’ is nothing short of a seminal record and Jinnwoo a true original.
Tracklisting: All tracks written and guitar and vocals by Jinnwoo. 1. Solo Man (Prod. Gerry Diver, guest vocals by Alasdair Roberts) 2. I Am, I Am, the World's Oldest Man (Prod. Weikie, guest vocals by Malcolm Middleton) 3. You Should Be Feeling This Elliott (Prod. Noah Georgeson, guest vocals by Kyla La Grange) 4. Woman (Prod. Weikie, guest vocals by Georgia Ruth) 5. Your Baby (album version) (Prod. Young Montana?, guest vocals by Kami Thompson, Score by Hannah Peel) 6. Sorrysong (Prod. Weikie, guest vocals by Caroline Weeks) 7. Waiting for P to Have a Vision (Prod. Gerry Diver) 8. Wicked Hare(Prod. Weikie, guest vocals by Georgia Ruth) 9. With Birds (Prod. Ben Walker, guest vocals by Georgia Ruth) 10. Strangers Bring Me No Light (Prod. Weikie and Christian Madden, guest vocals by Rachael Dadd)