Live In The Earth
Soul Jazz Records
New album of electonic and digital dub and reggae from legendary post-punk pioneer Richard H. Kirk. Richard H. Kirk founded the group Cabaret Voltaire in Sheffield in 1973 alongside Stephen Mallinder and Chris Watson. One of the earliest signings to Rough Trade records, the group created a unique industrial sound that perfectly fitted into the post-punk ethos of the late 1970s. The name of the group was taken from a meeting of Dadaist artists in Zurich, Switzerland in 1910. Cabaret Voltaire were at the centre of the burgeoning Sheffield music scene that also gave rise to The Human League, Clock DVA, Heaven 17, Pulp and now the Arctic Monkeys. In the 1980s, Cabaret Voltaire left their punk roots and moved into a post-industrial dance territory - even recording an album with Marshall Jefferson in Chicago - citing him as a similarly inclined maverick artist of the house community. As early as 1978, Richard H. Kirk had started his solo career with the album"Disposable Half Truths", releasing material under his own name as well as under a stream of pseudonyms such as Electronic Eye, Sweet Exorcist, Trafficante, Blacworld, Nitrogen and more. His work has contined to appear on Rough Trade, Mute, Warp and numerous small independent labels. Since 1992, Kirk has been using the name Sandoz and in 2002 released "Sandoz in Dub: Chant to Jah" on Soul Jazz Records, an album of electronics mixed with reggae and dub. "Live in This Earth" is the second chapter in Richard Kirk’s journey into the heart of Dub. Taking his influences from dub producers King Tubby, Lee Perry, Scientist and more, Kirk has mixed these sounds together with his trademark electronic experimentation to produce a remarkable album.