ERIC RANDOM Subliminal 1980-1982 2 x CD
Double CD set from cult Manchester electronic music pioneer Eric Random, best known for his early recordings for New Hormones and Les Disques du Crépuscule, and collaborations with Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks), Cabaret Voltaire and Nico.
As an original member of The Tiller Boys with Shelley, Random injected a healthy dose of Krautrock into the dour Manchester post-punk scene in 1978/79 before going solo the following year. Early singles included Dow Chemical Company, Subliminal and That's What I Like About Me, the latter an NME Single of the Week. His first album Earthbound Ghost Need followed in March 1982, with guest contributions from Richard H. Kirk and Stephen Mallinder of Cabaret Voltaire. These early records are variously informed by electronica, loops, jazz, dub and mutant funk.
This remastered set features the first three Random singles on New Hormones and Crépuscule, two rare compilation-only tracks for Touch and Plurex, and 1982 album Earthbound Ghost Need. The whole adds up to 105 minutes of sinister, sonambulent Random music.
Cover art by Claude Stassart. CD booklet features liner notes and archive images.
1. Fade In
2. Dirty Bingo
3. Call Me (Live at the Lyceum)
4. Fade Out
6. 23 Skidoo
7. Skin Deep
8. Dow Chemical Company
9. In Cassette Conference
1. Rubber Dabble Dub
2. Eastern Promise
3. Regret and Despair
4. Force Feed
5. Sense So Lightly
6. Bolero (Version)
"Eric Random's 23 Skidoo is a prescient bolt of weirdness - a stumbling collage of dubwise rhythms, submerged tape snippets and flickering electronics that wouldn't have sounded out of place on The Orb's debut album a full decade later. It's a heck of a long way from 'here are three chords, now form a band'."
- The Wire
"Born in Manchester, but a Sheffielder in musical spirit. While the likes of Dirty Bingo (with its spitting drum machines, heavily mistreated vocals and spidery guitar), or Fade Out (muffled, vocal intimations of some Big Brother in the offing) are faithful imitations of early Cabaret Voltaire, they remain immensely listenable. Furthermore, it wasn't long before Random established his own variant sound, with the nightmarish, full-frontal overload of 23 Skidoo a case in point. And CV would surely never have thought of conducting an exercise like Random's heavily messed but strangely faithful version of Ravel's Bolero. For those who enjoy wheeling around in the weightless past/future zone of early 80s Sheffield industrial, this set is mandatory"
- The Wire