After the recent Reunion Tour and Rarites Collections issues & Reissue of “We Are Time” The Pop Group (i.e. Mark Stewart, Gareth Sager, Dan Catsis, Bruce Smith) announced a new Album for February 2015 recorded during the last two years and a batch of live dates in Japan, Australia and the States for the coming spring.
Recently and suddenly gone is the semi-legendary Dub Syndicate mainforce & long-time On-U Collaborator Style Scott. October 11th the news reached me that these gentle percussive force which actually played on 41 releases I own and 27 I want (according to discogs stats) among countless others died.
Style Scott was maybe best know for playing with The Dub Syndicate but he was also an integral part of nearly all early On-U Bands and projects i.e. Creation Rebel, Singers & Players, New Age Steppers and Playgroup and worked with nearly everyone centred around Adrian Sherwood’s Label one way or another in a supportive and non-egocentric way which shows due to the only Album actually featuring his name upfront is a collaborative one with Bill Laswell from 1997. Needless to say I gave it another spin while realizing what a untimely loss his death means.
There’s a new blog about the hilarious Frank Weghardt, probably best known as inspiration for the Weber & Schuster EP from 1990. This was released back in the day just after they won the Scharfrichter Price for their musicial cabaret.
Ralf Schuster meanwhile is still also otherwise active solo and in various formations…
Some stuff I intended to mention (and praise) earlier comes in form of free downloadable releases. This should have been the the first one;
In March 2012 Jim Avignon released some more of charming minimal electro pop odes as in the truest meaning of the word: Unpaid Work.
Get it while it’s up and look around there’s quite a few more to find, nearly all self-published in true DIY spirits like back in the day..