Grammy-winning electric bassist, producer, and re-mixer Bill Laswell has formed the record label M.O.D. Technologies, which is set to release albums this October by the group Method of Defiance and one of Ethiopia's most famous contemporary vocalists, Gigi. In addition, the label is planning releases from Dr. Israel, Gnawa Fusion, Afa Negus, and DJ Krush in the near future.
Method of Defiance is an all-star cast that consists of the following members:
Bill Laswell Bernie Worrell (Parliament Funkadelic, Talking Heads, Keith Richards) Dr. Israel (Sublime, The Mad Professor, KillahPriest) Hawk (Tricky, Tool, The Roots' Black Thought) DJ Krush (Ronny Jordan, Luna Sea & Ryuichi Sakamoto) Toshinori Kondo (Herbie Hancock, Derek Bailey, Henry Kaiser, Peter Brotzmann) Guy Licata (Santigold, Massive Attack, Hercules & Love Affair)
Method of Defiance will release three albums, first the immediately accessible Jahbulon (October 5). The album incorporates elements of reggae, hip hop, dancehall, dub, electronica, rock, roots music and more.
This will be followed (October 19) by Incunabula a spontaneous improvisation of musical interaction featuring a special appearance by keyboard legend Herbie Hancock.
Ending the trilogy in Jan 2011 with the remix project Dub Arcanum Arcandrum a mix of both Jahbulon (the vocal) and Incunabula (the instrumental) by Bill Laswell, Lee Scratch" Perry, Mad Professor, Dr. Israel, DJ Krush, and others.
Stay tuned for more info on Gigi, whose album Mesgana Ethiopia will be released on October 19.