Jah Wobble “The Lago Years” (1981-1985, Emotional Rescue)
via Bandcamp: While the story of Jah Wobble, from post-punk bassist to Tube driver to world music explorer is well documented, the fact he founded his own label, Lago Records, at the age of just 23 years old has often been overlooked.
Lago Records was set up by John “Wobble” Wardle soon after his acrimonious departure from college friend John Lydon’s Public Image Ltd band at the end of the recording of the Metal Box sessions.
Although still young, Wobble had already experienced a music career most would dream of and was experienced enough and singular in his thinking that while now working with both Island and Virgin Records, he did not want to be constrained by the traditional label / artist format and release schedule.
With a mindful of music ideas and working with a group of friends and musicians, Lago allowed Wobble to express his wider musical interests that now forms it’s own unique document in time.
This release takes a collection of songs from the 6 EPs released on the label between 1981 and 1985 and captures some of his best ever music, covering a wide palette including dub, jazz, spoken word and even some pop sensibilities, all held together by his instantly discernable bass rumble.
The driving post-punk-dub of ‘Invaders Of The Heart’ is clear a link to the PiL years, while the psychedelic nature of ‘Long Long Way’ and ‘Fading’ offer long, drug-induced meditations. ‘Nocturnal’ and ‘East’ take this further with long-form instrumental experiments, before both ‘Voodoo’ and the now highly sought after ‘Blowout’ take in (Balearic) pop touches that the mid-80s were beginning to encapsulate.
Packaged with DJs in mind as much as for the “Heads”, “The Lago Years” double pack is a revelation to those who thought they knew the Jah Wobble sound and offers a perfect framing of a unique musical journey.
“The Lago Years” released physically on May 30, 2017 via Emotional Rescue