Published Apr 19, 2011While English electronic duo Basement Jaxx recently worked on the soundtrack for UK sci-fi flick Attack the Block, the pair haven't released an album since 2009's Scars. That may seem like a while, but it's been even longer since member Simon Ratcliffe released a record under his solo moniker Ratcliffe.
Over the years, the Basement Jaxx member has done remixes for David Lynch and Throbbing Gristle, and he's performed the occasional DJ gig, but he hasn't released anything proper since his 1995 EP City Dreams. That's all about to change, as he's finally dropping a follow-up.
A press release explains that Ratcliffe will issue the Dorus Rijkers EP June 6 on Atlantic Jaxx. The EP apparently synthesizes Ratcliffe's existing house background with one of his earliest musical influences: experimental psych rock.
The musician's four-song outing reportedly weaves the sounds of Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa into "the world of contemporary electronic music that he normally inhabits," making for "a schizophrenic blend of Battles-inspired time signatures and multi-instrumental synth movements spliced into a whirlpool of abstract beats."
In a statement, Ratcliffe says of his latest, "The music was made with an urban cinescape in mind, a soundtrack to a dreamer's life, reaching through the clouds of chaos and confusion that is the modern city to find beauty and peace. Dorus Rijkers was a famous Dutch lifeboatman and also the name of the street where I was born in Holland. At age 3 I fell into the creek that ran by our house. An old man reached down and pulled me out. Some kids took me home. I never saw the man again but always assumed he was Dorus Rijkers."
You can check out the new funky yet off-kilter track "Tightrope" below.
3. "Flying By The Sun"
Tightrope - Ratcliffe by Atlantic Jaxx Recordings