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|Real Name||Wajid Yaseen|
|Producer seit||1998 (professionell)|
|In Clubs aufgelegt|
|Biographie-En||2nd Gen, aka Wajid Yaseen, born Manchester, releases his debut LP, Irony Is, through novamute on 5th March, his debut album for the label following 1998's ferocious Against Nature EP.|
A truly unique artist, Yaseen began his musical exploration at the age of 7 providing backing vocals for his father, an Indian devotional singer. By the time he had reached his teens he had begun to tutor himself in the aesthetics of noise via a new wave of US artists such as Sonic Youth and The Butthole Surfers. Forming a thrash punk band in Sweden eventually led to a link up with Fun-Da-Mental, with whom he played bass in the mid-nineties.
By 1997 he had begun to hone the extreme sound that would later define his work. Manipulating shards of white noise by looping sounds back and forth through an armoury of effects pedals, Yaseen was soon able to harness and direct his musical experiments into focused and often caustic slices of sound. By the end of 1997 he had linked up the Flo label through which he released his debut EP, Noise Sculptures in the same year.
Signing to novamute in 1998, Yaseen released the frighteningly brutal Against Nature EP. An intense barrage of white-knuckle industrial strength hip hop beats and claustrophobic soundscapes, the EP signalled his intent to delve deeper into the uncharted territories of noise.
Re-entering Schism Studios in 1999, Yaseen began work on what would later become his debut LP, Irony Is. Initially working alone, and with a single minded agenda to operate outside the accepted boundaries of style and genre, he fused together beats, sounds and moments of harsh intensity to create a truly mesmerising piece of work.
With an almost arrogant rejection of convention, Yaseen has moulded an album of startling originality. Opening with the single, And/ Or, released on 12th February and featuring vocalist Mau the album unfolds itself in a most unconventional style. Slowburn, sounds like a barbarous clash between Mark E Smith, Stockhausen and Public Enemy. The swamp fed Black Spring featuring James Johnston from Gallon Drunk on guitar, harmonica and vocals gives way to the languid yet ruthless Scarred, while the fabulously titled Musicians Are Morons propels itself on a tsunami of mordant beats. Ending with the tightly wound hip hop fed title track, Irony Is, Yaseen's debut long player is a near perfect exploration of the power of noise. Controlled yet wild, Irony Is will stand the test of time and be rightly proclaimed as a pivotal release both now, and in years to come.
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