Release Date: Nov 15, 2011
Record label: Cherry Red
“A post punk album in the original PiL mode,” is what [b]Jah Wobble[/b] – [b]PiL[/b]’s original bass player – was aiming for on this hook up with [b]LoneLady[/b], and in the sense of melding dub-heavy, club-ready grooves with unsettling lyrics (“[i]I’m not adapting to the machine[/i]” goes the very first line of ‘[b]Tightrope[/b]’), he and she have succeeded. In truth, though, it’s the less controlled, less sleek excursions – only a DJ wanting to go home early will be spinning the disjointed ‘[b]Phantasms Rise[/b]’ or ‘[b]Isaura[/b]’ – that are more exciting. Oh, and be sure to avoid the two-part ‘[b]Slavetown[/b]’, which is Jools Holland-slick…[i]Hamish MacBain[/i] .
A liaison forged in Heaven - or, more precisely, Manchester’s Deansgate, which can attain heavenly qualities on any given day. In February, unlikely resident of Stockport Jah Wobble and north east Manchester’s edgy, aloof Julie Campbell (aka LoneLady) met over snails and beer. It was Warp Records boss Steve Beckett who alerted Wobble to Campbell's talents, one presumes in the vague hope of some kind of collaboration.