Sunday, July 27, 2008
Dif Juz - Time Clock Turn Back (81-83 demos)
Dif Juz - Time Clock Turn Back cassette (81-83 demos)
This one is for the collectors only. If you don't know Dif Juz, please don't start here, start by searching them on You Tube or something. These were their early demos circa 81-83 and it shows that these were little more than rough sketches. This is easily my least favourite release by the band, though there are some interesting things here. The slow guitar riff in "Sea Shanti" is hard to get out of my head and somewhere towards the end of "Good Bad The Ugly" it starts to get really interesting. I apologize that this track might not sound as good as the others - it's the only track here I didn't rip myself, but I didn't want to rip my own copy because this version I found includes more than what is actually on the cassette I have (which was a dub to begin with - this cassette was impossible to find even in the 80's). I also apologize for writing "A Certain Ratio" on the spine of the cassette - this was because whoever made it for me included some ACR at the end!
For the uninitiated, Dif Juz were an instrumental band that eventually landed on the 4AD label in the 80's and were produced by Cocteau Twins' Robin Guthrie on their last album "Extractions". Their sound was often borrowed from dub reggae in spots, though it seems they shed more of their dub roots later on. They're one of my all time favourite bands, and one of a kind.