closing date: 16 Mar 2013
'PIECE OF WORK' (ALBUM)
WALL OF SOUND
RELEASED 25 FEBRUARY
Mekon, aka John Gosling, has worked with some of the most influential cultural innovators of the last 25 years including Genesis P.Orridge, Goldie, Marc Almond, Schoolly D, William Orbit, Afrika Bambaataa and Alexander McQueen. He's also been an integral artist for the pioneering Wall Of Sound Records (Royksopp, Grace Jones, Jacques Lu Cont, Aeroplane, The Bees, I Am Kloot, Felix Da Housecat et al) run by lovable eccentric music mogul, Mark Jones. 'Piece Of Work' is Mekon's fourth album for the label.
'Piece Of Work' features a roll call of likeminded collaborators including Schoolly D, Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV's Peter Christopherson, Marco Pirroni from Adam & The Ants, PIG and more, with the album's 12 tracks ranging from electro rap, industrial techno and balearic to ambient and neo-classical.
Beginning with the South East's post-punk scene through early electronic music, graffiti culture and acid house, proto-jungle/drum & bass with Goldie (who provided the nickname, Mekon), big beat and then the Noughties fashion/music crossover soundtracking catwalk shows for McQueen, Mekon has brought his influence to bear on numerous key moments in British alternative music culture. The first artist signed to Wall Of Sound, this album follows 'Welcome To Tackletown', 'Relax With Mekon', and 'Some Thing Came Up'.
A personal history this rich (and an evergreen set of ears) gives Mekon his unique musical edge. 'Piece Of Work' begins with the breathy industrial electro-pop of 'When I Was Walt Whitman', featuring cult NYC fashion icon Leslie Winer. After an ambient interlude, 'Atlantis', eases into 'No Business I Know', a great angelic, shimmery Balearic anthem. 'Sleazy Says' features the late Peter Christopherson, one of the original members of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, a neo-classical choral piece paying homage to the post-industrial artist.
A robo vox kicks off Schoolly D's electro-rap re-work of 'Saturday Night', leading into the sleazy new-wave of 'Wasted Mind' with Celo Torrez from Agent Provocateur. 'Disco Bloodbath' features Psycho-style violins and shuffly hi-hats, then the grinding industrial techno of forthcoming single, 'Bin Therre', with Pig. Schoolly D returns alongside Marco Pirroni from Adam & the Ants on the punk funk of 'Hardcore'. The lilting piano of 'Be Like Me Intro provides a brief pause before the riotous closer, 'Ravagable' featuring Rita Brown.
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