Method of Defiance

August 1, 2006

The Only Way to Go is Down
Sublight Records

Fierce Drum N’ Bass album from Bill Laswell, drummer Guy Licata, and Submerged on electronics, released late in 2005.
From a news article about Laswell, the album and the live performances that went into creating it:

At the beginning of the first set, behind his drum kit, Licata establishes a hypnotic foundation of breakbeats as Submerged applies a mixture of jazzy samples and ambient loops—a complex juxtaposition of cut-up rhythms and rapid-fire drumming timed so perfectly that someone listening to an audio recording would swear that Licata’s beats were programmed. Then Laswell plugs in with a series of silky, effortless runs up and down the fretboard at frequencies so low that his bass lines aren’t merely heard but are also felt in intense, gut-rumbling waves. Surrounded by pedals and effects boxes, Laswell tirelessly experiments with filters, reverberation techniques, and styles so varied they resemble everything from free-form jazz guitar to crunchy metal-chord progressions.

If you like Laswell’s D&B excursions, this is the shit.

Holiday in Guantanamo



  1. yesterday i bought the last Otomo/Laswell/Yoshida und today i discover this one..woah!

  2. Which album would that be? Was it a sequel to Soup?
    I think there’s a live one out there, but I can’t get my grubby mitts on it.

  3. Nice blog, Chardman. I have a lot of Laswell, but have not heard this one yet. Many thanks!

  4. Thanks for this new Laswell album.

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  6. Hey Stefan!
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