Tummy Touch Records Founder Tim “Love” Lee
Remixes Groove Armada, Tom Vek, and More
for New Compilation
Fully Bearded: 15 Years of Tummy Touch in Dub
Out November 8th
From it’s roots as a cult dance music label and club night in East London to it’s current homes in Brooklyn, New York, and at the UK’s legendary Rak Studios , Tummy Touch Records has been defying convention, resisting categorization and championing the unique musical vision of label founder Tim “Love” Lee. In honor of its 15 year anniversary Lee chronicles Tummy Touch’s output to date with an authentic and lovingly created dub album from across the labels catalogue. Fully Bearded: 15 Years of Tummy Touch in Dub will be released November 8th on Tummy Touch Records.
Download Groove Armada Feat. Bryan Ferry (Fully Bearded Dub)
Since the first release back in 1994, if it’s doped up, blissed-out or living on the margins of the acceptable, it’s found a loving home at the label. Having launched the careers of artists like Groove Armada, Tom Vek and The Phenomenal Handclap Band, Tummy Touch now has, according to the BBC, “an influence far in excess of it’s tiny size.”
In his Brooklyn studio Tim created new sounds from raw audio tracks using a heavily modified vintage radio broadcasting mixing board and a handful of esoteric effects units. He enthuses “It was common practice with reggae to create a dubbed version of an artists new album, sometimes with several dub versions of the entire album or one song released at the same time.”
Lee continues, “The huge influence of Jamaican music and UK reggae legends like Dennis Bovell and Mad Professor in the late 70s inspired NYC dance music pioneers like Larry Levan and Francoise Kevorkian and British new wave experimentalists like Adrian Sherwood, XTC and Scritti Politt to try out similar ideas. I’d love to get my hands on an album like Metronomy’s English Riviera or even a classic from someone like Ian Dury or The Talking Heads but in the meantime I guess it’s lucky I have my own label to be let loose on!”
Lee, the maverick A&R recluse behind Tummy Touch Records, has been DJing since 1988, releasing his own music since 1990 and working his studio magic on other people’s tracks since 1994. With this year marking the 15th anniversary of the label, and alongside this album of old school dub mixes, Tummy Touch will be hosting stellar line-ups of labelmates and associates at parties in London and New York before the end of the year. More details to follow.
TRACKLISTING ‘FULLY BEARDED':
• Bing Ji Ling: Everybody Dub – A collaboration with Tommy Guerrero from the singer / guitarist with Phenomenal Handclap Band.
• Bud Bongo: Dub One – Tim’s first ever commercially released dub mix, from 1994.
• Circuits: Dubbing At Dawn – Indie hopefuls from 2007 who imploded after their one and only tour of Japan.
• Dawn Landes: Love Dubbed – A cover of Margo Guryan’s 1968 proto-psyche rarity.
• Groove Armada feat Bryan Ferry: Shameless Dub* – A complete re-work of the stand out song from their last album, Black Light.
• Little Barrie: Dub It Over – Tummy Touch will be taking care of the US release of the Nottingham blues rock trio’s new album.*
• New Young Pony Club: Dub Cherie* – Once signed to Tummy Touch as Organic Audio, NYPC have since taken the pop world by storm.
• Phenomenal Handclap Band: Following Dub* – A moody interpretation of the first single from PHB’s brand new album, Form And Control, which is released in Jan 2012.
• Sargasso Trio: Dub The Saxlingham One* – From Tummy Touch’s sister “folk” label, Boy Scout Recordings, comes Norwich’s own electro samba band.
• Striplight: No Dub No Entry – as featured on DFA’s “Not Wave” compilation.
• Tom Vek: Aint Dubbin’ My Goodbyes – commissioned by Island Records for Tom’s ground breaking debut album but never released.*
• Zook: Slinky Dub* – two ex members of 2 Tone Records’ The Higsons get the Love Lee treatment.
*previously unreleased track