It seemed fitting for us to run Martin Rushent next in the Producers Series due to his untimely passing this week. For a lot of people he opened the door to electronic music by taking synths to Top Of The Pops and beyond, and was, in many eyes an out and out genius. Play loud.

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Right I am going to get many of my facts from Wikipedia on this one so any complaints on facts and them being incorrect we can blame the crowd sourced world of the internet. Konrad “Conny” Plank (frequently spelled Planck) was born on May 3, 1940. Born in Hütschenhausen, he was heavily involved in defining the krautrock sound and worked with bands such as Kraftwerk, Neu!, Cluster, Harmonia, Ash Ra Tempel, Holger Czukay (Can), and Guru Guru.

Plank began his career as soundman for Marlene Dietrich and was an ardent believer in the possibilities of electronic music. He was also a master of creating electronic soundscapes and was adept at blending them with conventional or natural sounds, or in some cases industrial objects used as percussion instruments.

He was one of the first European producers to fully exploit the possibilities of using multi-track recording facilities to create dramatic production effects and treatments that acted as musical and rhetorical elements in their own right. Plank used radical combinations of echo, reverberation and other electronic, mixing, equalisation, editing and tape-based effects and was influenced by the work of Jamaican pioneers like Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. It is said that he has been a key influence on producers and artists such as Brian Eno, David Bowie and John Lydon.


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We decided (well Dr Rob did) that Adrian Sherwood has too much good music to only do one compilation dedicated to him so here we go again. Round 2 and with a special funk reprise to boot. He really is flipping amazing on that desk. Hope to get up the road and interview him at some point. Next up if our mate Pete gets round to it is Lee Perry.

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I love the thought of that New York period before hip hop became cemented into a predictable kick and snare sound and there was a whole melting pot of sounds going on. You had the dub disco records coming out of Compass Point and Bill Laswell producing everyone from Yellowman to Ryuichi Sakamoto. The influences felt broad and the music was genre free.

The early Laswell years saw him playing bass in his group Material and from there hooking up with Jean Karakos and Celluloid Records, producing Fab 5 Freddy, Africa Bambaataa, Fela Kuti and Ginger Baker, before moving onto co-writing with Herbie Hancock on the album that gave birth to ‘Rockit’ and from there through the years enjoying (still) an illustrious production career working with Sly & Robbie, John Lydon, Wayne Shorter, The Last Poets and the catalogue of Miles Davis and Bob Marley. All in all it’s a who’s who of jazz, funk and alternative music.

Here the good Dr Rob pulls together his favourite Laswell moments and also puts together a lovely little reprise in a dub style. I love this series and this is definitely up there as one of the best.


Download The Producer Series #9: Bill Laswell here…


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Tony Thorpe, one of the UK’s finest dance producers, steps up to the plate (well Dr Rob does it for him), with a selection of his finest productions to date. From raw house (‘Koro Koro’ is still sounding incredible) to the KLF and some rude boy business. He’s massively underrated, so here we go with some Tony Thorpe specials to try and readdress the balance.

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