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The bass always used to be the poor cousin of the electric guitar, often attracting the least musical member of the band. Over the last two decades Wobble has helped to transform it into a lead melody instrument, the anchor, rocket motor and spiritual center of the music. Perhaps only New Order's Peter Hook, or Parliament's Bootsy Collins, have come close.
Deep Space renews the classic pairing of Wobble with drummer Jaki Leibezeit, late of the Kraut Rock super group Can, and the album hangs off the fusion of Wobble's heavy bass riffs with the sparse structural rhythms laid down by Leibezeit. Interleaved are drones, ethnic flutes and chunks of systems music and beguiling vocals from Bosnian singer Amelia Sulejmanivch.
Mainly instrumental, with lengthy tracks and odd time signatures, this is not bound for Top of the Pops. It's a fine album, though, and confirms Wobble's status as the nation's favourite quiz show guest, joker, spiritual guru, star trooper and bass player extraordinaire.
Review from Daily Telegraph - Richard Wolfson.
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