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The British post-industrial / ambient group O Yuki Conjugate arrives on Other Voices Records with a new CD edition of their previous CD-only album Equator from 1995. Coming four years after their lauded Peyote release, the group split and reformed into their Mk II phase with the two original members Roger Horberry and Andrew Hulme, along with Malcolm McGeorge, Dan Mudford & Pete Woodhead (who later went on to form Sons Of Silence on Leaf Label).
Making use of the emergent technology of the early 90’s, Equator was one of the first albums to be mixed with digital equipment, weaving together a blend of studio, live and location recordings to create their own deeply immersive, enveloping soundscapes. Brooding atmospheres unfold underneath a wide range of ethnic percussion and deep, meditative basslines – existing in a unique cross-section of Hassell inspired 4th world mystery, Industrial landscapes, and the rich middle-eastern projections pioneered by Muslimgauze.
It’s a deeply hypnotic work that joins the dots between the late 80’s industrial scene and the smoked-out chill-out rooms of the ’90s, released on the brilliantly haphazard Staalplaat label who ensured O Yuki Conjugate remained total obscurity in their home country. Now revisited, this expanded edition features an additional 30 minutes of material, together with new glorious artwork from artist and actor Frederick Schimmelschmidt.
OYC on this album: R. Horberry / A.Hulme / M.McGeorge / D.Mudford / P.A.Woodhead
Instrumentation: tongue drums, bass, thunderegg, voice, keyboards, samples, wireless, stratus, airtubes, skin, percussion, marimba, digital edits, dharbouka, roto-tom, sholak, finger cymbals, rain stick
featuring J.W.Gardiner (soprano sax) – P.Schütze (percussion and Keyboards) – R.Jenkins (bass on track 3)
Recorded and mixed in London Oct 92 – June 94. Live Mix (tracks 5 and 9) by C.E.Webster. Location recordings (Vietnam and Morocco) by Jez Higham.
Produced by Paul Schütze and OYC
Painting: ‘Silence’ by Frederick Schimmelschmidt
Layout by Oleg Galay
Originally released on Staalplaat (STCD088) in 1995 and features the second incarnation of OYC.