Today sees the release of the 20th Anniversary Edition of “Igizeh” and hopefully those of you who pre-ordered will have received their copies by now. We sent them out early this year as postal services are understandably a bit wonky at the moment.
“Igizeh” was my fifth studio album, and built on the groundwork laid by it’s predecessors. Full of references to Indian and Near Eastern music, as well as less obvious glances at American minimalist music, the album was everything one had come to expect from a Banco album, but with additional highlights. Chief amongst those were the two tracks featuring the vocals of Portland, Oregon native Jennifer Folker, including the album’s first single, the chilly, atmospheric ‘Obsidian’.
The album also featured field recordings made on location inside Egypt’s Great Pyramid at Gizeh, and on the streets of Cairo, Luxor and Aswan. From these, I created multi-world music, featuring pumping synths and percussive accents, tribal drums and trumpet sounds, whirring electronics and whooshing jungle strings. The result was widescreen, technicolor worldwide grooves, some designed for the dancefloor, others for more horizontal listening.
The 20th Anniversary Edition comes with a second disc of standout remixes from the time, including the previously vinyl only Jack Dangers dub, plus a handful of fresh remixes by myself, dr trippy, Andrew Heath and 100th Monkey.
If you haven’t ordered a copy yet, you can source the album from my website
or from Bandcamp
as well as Amazon
. If you’re in North America, you can also order direct from my distributors there, MVD
Now this re-release is safely out into the world, I’m heading back into the studio to carry on working on my new album ……