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Electric Skies

by Gary Clail Sound System

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    500 copies only for Record Store Day 2018. Comes in a Disco Bag with sticker, 70's Reggae style.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Electric Skies via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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Featuring Tony Wrafter and Mike Bennett
“Electric Skies” / “Twisted Love (Dub)”
Released on Limited Edition 10” Vinyl
(500 copies only) for RECORD STORE DAY 21st April 2018

Emerging from Bristol’s early post-punk scene, back in the eighties one-time roofer Gary Clail began to make musical waves with his white-boy toasting over the dub splendours of the On-U Sound reggae stable as a warm-up at their live shows.

With his strong Bristol burr and ragamuffin stage presence, Gary has remained a force of nature ever since. He has a polemical street passion that remains undiminished and his socially conscious pronouncements of dissent are both unsettling and yet sometimes extremely funny. His music is uncompromising, political, often dark but also extremely danceable.

Gary began his recording career in 1985 and he soon achieved his own underground fame. He had a brief flirtation with the overground too when his “Human Nature” single made the top ten in the1992 national charts. Gary disappeared from the music scene for years but formed the Gary Clail Sound System in 2013.

This double A-side limited edition ten inch single on Sugar Shack Records is the result of a series of sessions that took place throughout 2017, when Gary collaborated with producer Mike Bennett, whose credits include Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, The Specials, The Fall and Shane McGowan.

Gary’s idiosyncratic On-U Sound System production touches provide the cornerstone to this new track, especially in the enveloping dub sections where veteran multi-instrumentalist Tony Wrafter brings brass and flute parts that add both depth and drama to the piece.

Electric Skies is in three movements and starts off as an industrial workout before morphing into classical-orientated psychedelia, then culminating in a heavy bass-orientated dub.

Lyrically, Gary is on top form, sending up conspiracy theories about mind-altering chem trails, drones and illuminati.

The second track, Twisted Love (Dub), witnesses Gary’s eerie vocals filtered through space echo sounds against a dark, dub-orientated groove provided by Tony Wrafter, again with Mike Bennett and also collaborator Alan Keary, who has worked together with the likes of Dillinger, John Cooper Clarke and Intastella.

The two tracks were recorded in a succession of bedroom studios before being mixed at Far Heath Studios with Angus Wallace, who notably played drums on The Prodigy’s Fat of The Land.

Both tracks evade convenient categorisation in a dense thicket of dub, electronica, industrial, classical, and even psychedelia. Enjoy!

National and international distribution will be via Shellshock/Discovery.

ARTIST: Gary Clail Sound System Featuring Tony Wrafter and Mike Bennett
TITLE: “Electric Skies” / “Twisted Love (Dub)”
RELEASE DATE: Record Store Day 21st April 2018
LABEL: Sugar Shack Records
DISTRIBUTION: Shellshock / Discovery
BARCODE: 5052571075517

Track Listing:

A Side – “Electric Skies”
AA Side – “Twisted Love (Dub)”


released April 28, 2018

Gary Clail Sound System featuring Tony Wrafter and Mike Bennett

A. Electric Skies - 10.36
Written by Gary Clail, Mike Bennett and Tony Wrafter
Copyright Control 2018

Produced by Mike Bennett

Engineered by Alan Keary

Recorded at Take the Hiss studios and Far Heath studios, 2017

AA. Twisted Love (Dub) – 6.03
Written by Gary Clail, Mike Bennett, Tony Wrafter and Alan Keary
Copyright Control 2018

Produced by Mike Bennett

Associate producer and engineer Alan Keary

Recorded at Take the Hiss studios, 2017

Tracks licenced from Desolation Boulevard Ltd

(p) & © Sugar Shack Records 2018




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