WALLS HAVE EARS - 21 YEARS OF WALL OF SOUND COMPILATION
‘Walls Have Ears - 21 Years Of Wall Of Sound’
Wall of Sound are pleased to announce details of a new label compilation ‘Walls Have Ears-21 Years Of Wall Of Sound’ to be released on the 13th of April 2015 through [PIAS].
The brainchild of Mark Jones -1994 saw the launch of Wall Of Sound, and following the underground acid-house explosion of the preceding years, set about unleashing a catalogue of releases that were to become synonymous with the era; mixing sonics and genres together. First ever signing to the label, Mekon (John Gosling), sums them as “A well-oiled machine reversing into the future”.
"I just want to give artists the platform to do what they do. That's what it's always been about for me. It's never been about sitting in a studio saying, 'Don't do it like that, do it like this’. Wall of Sound has always been about artists being themselves. It's been a very very interesting journey, 21 years....who would have thunk it?" Mark Jones / Wall Of Sound
The compilation features an array of artists from the heady days of the label’s inception and includes tracks and artists from the off shoot labels: We Love You and Bad Magic and cruise through a catalogue that encapsulates the diversity of a label that has been home to the likes of Royksopp, Grace Jones, Propellerheads, Les Rythmes Digitales, Reverend and the Makers, The Human League, Aeroplane, The Bees, Tiesto and more...
“Happy 21st Birthday and thank you Mark Jones for funding, pressing and distributing the first ever Basement Jaxx record EP1(I visited him one lunchtime wearing a suit, after playing him a tape cassette of the material I asked 'Would anybody buy this?' ,'Yes' he said. 'Any chance you could press some records? we don't have any money', 'Yes' he said. Thank you Mark! Thanks for living and thinking outside the box!” Felix / Basement Jaxx
“Spending time with Wall Of Sound is like being in an epic road movie, without a map. And no road”. Banksy
Available digitally and on a double CD and digital download - including tracks culled from various BBC sessions the full tracklisting is:
Propellerheads - Take California
Royksopp - Poor Leno
Les Rythmes Digitales - (Hey You) What’s That Sound?
Grace Jones - Williams’ Blood (Aeroplane Remix)
The Wiseguys - Start The Commotion
Zoot Woman – It’s Automatic
The Bees – A Minha Menina
Tiesto vs Diplo (feat. Busta Rhymes) - C’mon (Catch ‘Em By Surprise)
E – Kletik – Maracana Madness
The Human League – Night People
Reverend And The Makers – Heavyweight Champion Of The World
The Jolly Boys - Rehab
Aeroplane - We Can’t Fly
Two Culture Clash - …And Dance
Kids On Bridges - Walls
B.E.F. (feat. Boy George) - I Wanna Be Your Dog
Scala & Kolacny Brothers - Nothing Else Matters
Sykur - Curling
Shawn Lee - Happiness
Ceasefire - Trickshot
Mekon (feat. Roxanne Shante) - Yes Yes Y’all (Duke Dumont Remix)
Propellerheads - Dive (John Peel live session1996)
Royksopp - Remind Me (Jo Whiley live session 2002)
Dirty Beatniks - Whores, Freaks, Saints and Angels (Lamacq Live session 2000)
Grace Jones - Love You To Life (Later With Jools Holland 2008)
Wiseguys - Ooh La La (Lamacq Live session 2000)
Infadels - Can’t Get Enough (Lamacq Live session 2006)
Blak Twang - Kik Off (Jo Whiley session 2002)
Reverend and The Makers - The State Of Things (Zane Lowe live session 2007)
The Jolly Boys - Perfect Day (Later With Jools Holland
The Elektrons - Get Up (Giles Peterson live session 2007)
The Shortwave Set - Now Til 69 (Rob Da Bank live session 2008)
Akasha - Brown Sugar (Mary Anne Hobbs live session 1998)
Ugly Duckling - A Little Samba (Lamacq Live session 2001)
Shy Child - Drop The Phone (Tom Robinson live session 2007)
Röyksopp - ‘The Inevitable End’
Röyksopp will release their fifth and final album ‘The Inevitable End’ on 10th November 2014, through their own Dog Triumph via Wall Of Sound and Cooking Vinyl.
‘The Inevitable End’, is electronic music overlords Röyksopp's second album release in the space of 6 months, following the critically acclaimed mini album and sell out tour with fellow Scandinavian legend Robyn ‘Do It Again’. ’The Inevitable End' is their most personal album to date and features Jamie McDermott (The Irrepressibles), Ryan James (Man Without Country), Norwegian singer songwriter Susanne Sundfør and Robyn.
“With ‘The Inevitable End’ we've moved into a darker subject matter, with emphasis on the lyrical content. This candid approach feels very both personal, sincere and conclusive.” says Svein, “With this album it became clear we wanted to make an album in a classical sense even if it's the last one we make,” adds Torbjørn.
Having now created five complete bodies of work, the pair feel like the future is open to being more experimental with how they share their music.
KIDS ON BRIDGES - Kidology - ALBUM RELEASE
Kids on Bridges debut album ‘Kidology’ is packed with a heavyweight cast of contributors including Dr John, Chemical Brothers producer Steve Dub, New Orleans funk drummer Zigaboo Modeliste and BAFTA award winner Jim Howick from Hellboy and Peep Show also makes an appearance!
Kids on Bridges hail from the mecca of pop music Liverpool which suits them just nicely with their upcoming album ‘Kidology’, which is full of hook-laden rock ‘n’ pop gems. They are currently blasting their way through the new music ranks which has seen them supporting Soulwax, Goldfrapp and Friendly Fires and book a slot at Bestival performing right before Beck. They have also picked up fans on the national airwaves with plays from BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac and Scott Mills, XFM’s John Kennedy and BBC 6Music’s Steve Lamacq to name just a few.
Following the critically acclaimed single ‘Walls’ which also doubled up as Wall of Sound’s 20th Anniversary theme tune (watch the video HERE) and follow up single ‘Bankers To Feed’ which is released on the 29th September (watch the video HERE) the band now release the full length album ‘Kidology’ on 13th October 2014.
This is no ordinary collection of songs, as lead singer Christian Bragg explains: “The big thing we wanted to do with this album was to represent a full listening experience by creating a journey and not just a batch of songs you scan through on iTunes - hence we created interludes to set the mood and flow of the album. The album was heavily inspired by New Orleans, where we have spent a lot of time, and our hometown of Liverpool. We wanted to merge our natural Kids On Bridges sound with the positive vibes we take from both cities to give the album a unique sound and setting.”
The album was originally had the working title of ‘Trickology’, a word the band had heard Dr John use (who plays on the album no less) but later changed it to ‘Kidology’ following a mix up which resulted in the band discovering the word meant ‘the art of deception and quintessentially British’. That definition could not have summed up the ethos of the album any better, with many of the songs examining modern Britain and the deception within news media. Album opener ‘Dear Routine’ is the perfect example of this which sees actor Jim Howick, famed for his roles in Hellboy and Peep Show, taking on spoken word duties.
Another collaborator on the album is legendary funk drummer Zigaboo Modeliste. The band first met Zig (as they now call him) whilst DJing before The Meters show in New Orleans and soon formed a friendship based on their mutual love of new electronic music. At the time he was working with Mos Def and Mark Ronson on a track for the Grammys, but the band soon managed to get him hooked on their album demo tracks which he described at the time as “electro voodoo rock”. Following that, Kids On Bridges were asked to remix one his tracks and before they knew it were jamming out album tracks of their own with the legendary drummer in a London studio.
Finishing up the heavyweight collaborators list is Chemical Brothers producer Steve Dub who worked closely with the band in the studio to realize their forward vision for ’Kidology’ making it the album it is today - which is one which stands out from the crowd and demands to be heard.