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Isle Of Jura’s second longplayer reissue comes courtesy of Tyneside duo Ingleton Falls. Originally released in 1991 as a limited run of 100 self distributed cassette tapes, "Chamagne In Mozambique" draws together elements of ambient, dub, house and Balearic into a deep and heady listening experience. The collaborative vehicle for indie kids Andy Hannam Seymour and Andy Eardley to explore their love of acts like Dub Syndicate, African Headcharge, Gary Clail, The Orb and The KLF, Ingleton Falls burned brightly before fading into undeserved obscurity.
Andy Hannam Seymour remembers “It was a very creative time musically, there was a lot going on around us that used new technology. I was excited by the possibilities. Up until then I'd been playing guitar with a more traditional drums/bass/guitar/vocal band with all the 'musical differences' that entailed (the two bands ran side by side for a while). I also liked the idea that you could write and record a piece of music that was ready to release yourself, rather than it being a demo or having to pay a lot of cash for studio time. That DIY aspect was a lot of fun.”
The album is split into 2 parts, ‘Aware’ and ‘Unaware’. Andy explains “We decided that 'side1' and side2' were pretty dull and came up with the aware and unaware division based on a kind of enlightened and unenlightened mind kind of idea. The unaware side had the tunes with themes like necrophilia and samples of christians and the aware side was more expansive mindful themes.”
Equipment used the make the album included a Cheetah SX16 sampler, Alesis HR16 Drum Machine, Yamaha FG440 Acoustic Guitar, Tokai Stratocaster Guitar and an Atari ST computer running a Steinberg Pro 24 sequencing program (from floppy disk!). Due to a lack of sampling memory sounds were added live from cassette into the final mixes.
Patrick says: It should be obvious by now that Isle of Jura releases are absolutely essential, and their latest reissue is no exception. A vinyl pressing of a decades old tape by a couple of geordies, "Champagne In Mozambique" is a slept on stroll through dub, ambient, downbeat and house which dodges all the cliches of the era to achieve a pretty timeless sound. Haway the lads!
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