Widely regarded as pioneers of the ‘90’s electronic scene, Lamb mark the 21st anniversary of their seminal eponymous debut album with an autumn tour – and the release of new material. Earlier this year the musical partnership of Andy Barlow and Lou Rhodes reconvened in Barlow’s Sussex studio in order to revisit ‘Lamb’ and work on live interpretations of the songs. This period in the studio reignited the creative process and new material began to take shape. Amongst the songs was “Illumina”.
A heavy slice of dub electronica, with the beguiling vocals of Lou Rhodes, the heart of Lamb beats as deep and strong as ever on new single Illumina. Andy Barlow’s rich production, rock solid beats and broad palette of industrial, organic and digital sound, combine with Lou Rhodes seductive vocals providing a timely reminder of their distinct place in the musical firmament. “Illumina was inspired by the way two people can see the same situation in very different ways and this difference, rather than being a point of conflict, brings a kind of illumination. In love we come together to learn and shine light in each other’s shadows…” explains Rhodes.
The autumn European tour celebrates the 21st anniversary of Lamb’s ground breaking debut with the album played in it’s entirety and a live band including the trumpet-player and double-bassist who played on the original record. ‘Lamb’, released in 1996, set the template for Lamb’s alternative electronic pop – soulful, laced with drum & bass, twitchy funk, melancholic downtempo grooves, yet never, ever settling into easiness. Twenty years on it sounds just as contemporary. It’s an album that keeps the listener on their toes, from its trio of tech-step-laced numbers, ‘Lusty’, ‘God Bless’, and ‘Cotton Wool’, to the explosive, epic ‘Gorecki’, and the closing heart-worn slowie, ‘Feela’.
Lamb at Funkhaus / Wednesday, 6. December 2017
6.12.2017 | Doors 19:00 CET | Starts 20:00 CET
Funkhaus | Nalepastraße 18 | 12459 Berlin