Album: Jah Wobble and the Chinese Orchestra, Chinese Dub, (30 Hertz)
Sunday 08 February 2009
Since his seminal work with Public Image Limited some 30 years ago, no other bass player has left so recognisable a sonic footprint on their work than Mr Wobble.
Even here, when his job is to anchor a 22-piece Chinese orchestra, the bass holds this ethereal, imperial music down, at the same time as funking it up. Mongolian/Tibetan singers Gu Ying Ji and Wang Jingqi provide the tranquil "yin" to Wobble's solid, speaker-busting "yang" on this epic landscape of a record.
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