September 21st, 2004
Version 2 Version - A Dub Transmission, Laswell's fifth release for ROIR, brings us back to the elemental power that made Laswell's earlier releases so compelling: thick earthy basslines, a bedrock of drums, fiery percussion, blustery guitar and atmospherics-all played by a world-class group of musicians who know how to breath life into a musical whole greater than the sum of its parts. On Version 2 Version the listener is drawn into a musical ecosystem full of life, death, earth, wind, fire and brimstone and a fecund existence as powerful as life itself. This dub transmission includes bassist Jah Wobble with whom Laswell co-wrote most of the tracks, keyboardist Bernie Worrell, percussionist Karsh Kale, and drummer/percussionist Abdou Mboup.
About the band:
Jah Wobble was introduced to the world as the bassist in Public Image Limited, John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten's post-Sex Pistols group. He has since gone on to a successful solo career and worked with artists such as Brian Eno and Peter Gabriel. The Julliard-trained Bernie Worrell made his name in George Clinton's Parliament & Funkadelic, of which he was an integral member. Worrell has gone on to play as a session and touring member of Talking Heads and on albums by The Pretenders, Yoko Ono, Ginger Baker, Gov't Mule, & Pharoah Sanders. Karsh Kale, has come to prominence with two solo releases for Six Degrees & playing with Talvin Singh & with Laswell's Tabla Beat Science Project. Abdou Mboup is a renowned and respected drummer and percussionist.
Bill Laswell is internationally hailed for his genre-breaking, innovative and revolutionary musical concepts-daring, original ideas that consistently transcend boundaries of musical content and context. By relentlessly rendering obsolete the comfortable delineations separating genres, techniques and cultures, he has become one of music's most controversial and important figures.
As a world class bass player and producer, Laswell has worked with Afrika Bambaataa, Bachir Attar, Bootsy Collins, Fela Kuti, Foday Musa Suso, George Clinton, Ginger Baker, Herbie Hancock, Henry Threadgill, Iggy Pop, James Blood Ulmer, Maceo Parker, Laurie Anderson, Manu Dibango, Material, Last Exit, Mick Jagger, Motorhead, Peter Brotzman, Praxis, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Sly & Robbie, Sonny Sharrock, Swans, Last Poets, Yellowman, Yoko Ono, Brian Eno, Golden Palominos, John Zorn, Peter Gabriel, and has remixed albums by Santana, Bob Marley & Miles Davis. And don't forget it was Laswell who discovered" Whitney Houston.
Tracks: 1 Dystopia (9:43) 2 Simulacra (8:57) 3 Space-Time Paradox (6:18) 4 Babylon Site (8:43) 5 Night City (8:55) 6 System Malfunction (8:39)