Review: The latest volume in Music From Memory's impressive 12" series of reissued obscurities takes us back to late '80s St Louis and the hard to find world of Workdub. Formed of Virgil Work Jnr. and Nicholas Georgieff, Workdub's output was restricted to a pair of highly limited albums recorded between 1989 and 1992. All four tracks are taken from these two albums, and offer a lucid, ear-catching fusion of early ambient house electronics, experimental oriental synth-pop, alien jazz breaks, spacey Detroit influences, and stuttering drum machine rhythms. It's a hard-to-place but wonderfully evocative mixture, arguably best displayed on standout opener "Island Breeze". That said, the curiously Balearic, Tangerine Dream influenced "Caravan" is rather tasty, too, while its' ambient alternative mix, "Caravan Revisited" is almost overpowering in its' simple beauty.
Review: Last year, Music From Memory released an EP containing a handful of tracks from previously forgotten Missouri outfit Workdub. On the back of that, interest in their hard-to-find back catalogue rocketed, hence the appearance of this handy compilation on Left Ear. Subterranean (1889-95) contains material from each of the fluid collective's full-length excursions (one album and two cassettes) and is as evocative, imaginative, loose and enjoyable as the tracks previously showcased by Music From Memory. Stylistically, the material is thrillingly hard to pin down, though we can hear clear nods to dub, post-punk synth-pop, electro, Balearica, electronica and ambient amongst the ten superb selections on show.