Killing Joke bassist and producer YOUTH announces new record label

Killing Joke bassist and producer YOUTH announces new record label
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Killing Joke bassist and award-winning producer, Youth has announced that he will launch a new record label in December 2020. The Youth Sounds imprint will unleash an innovative, exciting and varied array of artists on vinyl, CD and DVD over the next six months and beyond, beginning with ‘I Have A Voice’ a twelve-inch vinyl EP from ‘Punk Professor’ Vivien Goldman.

A taste of what to expect from Goldman’s debut album ‘Next Is Now’ which is due on the label early next year, ‘I Have A Voice’ will also come with additional mixes by Youth and Toby Andersen together with a whattodo V’s Massive dub re-work.

January and February 2021 will see the release of ‘Interstellar Energy’ an album Youth has recorded with Hawkwind’s Nik Turner, and the Youth Meets Jah Wobble album ‘Acid Punk Dub Apocalypse’ which also includes singers and players such as Hollie Cook, Richard Dudanski, Andrew Weatherall, Nina Walsh, and The Orb’s Alex Paterson.

There will be new records from Blue Pearl, Mad Professor, Lee Scratch Perry, Big Paul Ferguson (Killing Joke) and ‘Youth – Sketch, Drugs & Rock N Roll’ – a DVD that charts the amazing life of the man himself with contributions from Boy George, Paul McCartney, David Gilmour and Alan McGee. Next Spring will also see the arrival of Youth’s debut album – the eagerly awaited first-ever solo outing from the multi-talented musician, producer and mixer after a genre – bursting career that spans forty years.

Youth has been there, seen it and done it. He has produced albums by the biggest superstars on the planet such as Paul McCartney and Pink Floyd, cult stars such as the Jesus and The Mary Chain, reggae legends like Toots and The Maytals worked on records that have sold over 20 million and thrived in the deepest and weirdest underground dance scenes all over the world. From the wild sound of Killing Joke via blissed-out ambient and acid house and the mainstream of Crowded House and The Verve (his work on ‘Urban Hymns’ won him a BRIT Award for Best Producer) to pure pop. From creating some of the UK’s first-ever hip hop beats in the early eighties to pioneering brand new 21st century methods for sonic immersion.

He’s also been a member of The Orb, Brilliant and Blue Pearl played bass for Kate Bush, and remixed everyone from U2 to Siouxsie & The Banshees, De La Soul, A Guy Called Gerald, Malcolm McLaren and Marc Almond. He continues to influence generations of producers and musicians and is, without doubt, one of the most adaptable and diverse musical figures of the modern age.

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