O Yuki Conjugate - OYC25(CD/DVD) [Soleilmoon - 2009]This CD and DVD release is a celebration of 25 years of O Yuki Conjugate. What you have is a recording produced by all the members of the three line ups of O Yuki Conjugate in a studio in West London 25 years after their first ever gig at the Newshouse pub in Nottingham.
I donít know much about the history of the band so donít know whether or not all the members have played together before or not but it all seems to work incredibly well and makes you hope this isnít just a one off and becomes more of an on-going project.
The first thing that came to mind when listening to this was Zoviet ĖFrance. The ambient-ness, the use of ethnic instrumentation (or possibly samples of those instruments) being used and the use of lots of space in the recordings makes that seem like a fair comparison. Where it perhaps differs is that on top of that you got a large splattering of dub and electronic rhythms thrown into the mix. Itís perhaps a cross mix of experimental and electronica.
As a taster to the delights of O Yuki Conjugate itís a wonderful release and the Cd itself is complimented by a DVD (in both PAL and NTSC) featuring live recordings and rare footage plus a completely alternative mix of the album.
The booklet inside comes with an essay written by Dr Philip Shaw a Lecturer at Leicester University who gives us a brief run the history of O Yuki Conjugate.
This is an excellent introduction to a band that has remained in the shadows for far too long. Hopefully this release will go some way to addressing that and bring them a new audience.David Bourgoin