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Domestic Jungle

by Derek Bailey

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cubert what should have been originally released. the lo-fi nature works wonderfully in the record's favor... feels very natural. bailey plays off of the backing quite nicely!
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Teedubyabee Totally wild - DB vs. 'Ackney 'Ardcore. You couldn't make it up... but I'm glad Derek did.
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dabowm When Derek Bailey let slip in early-mid 90s interviews that his home practice routine at the time was playing along to random London pirate DnB/Jungle stations, there was soon a Bailey release called 'Guitar Drums and Bass'. It was good, but THIS is what should have been released. 93-96 Jungle is some of the most exhilarating music of all time -- just add Bailey and it's pure bliss.
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Michael Peers The genius in full flow. Lo-fi but generating massive excitement as a result. Also hugely entertaining. Favorite track: 7.
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caroline mckenzie Incredible to hear some of these recordings at last. Remarkable. Top tier domestic Bailey. Favorite track: 7.
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1 01:54
2 01:33
3 01:06
4 04:17
5 03:01
6 09:24
7 11:24


(DB plays with radio for a while - horrible noise drowns out our voices on the tape) "The station's not there now - usually they've started by 5.30... They've no announcements - when they go off it just stops, when they come on it just blasts in... It's enormously loud - I get it accidentally sometimes when I'm just fucking about.
So I've been listening to it, and I really like the way they do it on the radio - I have to say that in recent times it seems to have got softer, a lot less abrasive in some ways. There are more vocal samples, for example... But what I like about the radio is the live quality - although the stuff is records, they don't leave them alone - they'll talk over them, advertise gigs, order a pizza - the music's constant but with interruptions. It's very live - and with that sustained pace, which of course is inhuman... And it's nice to play along with, particularly as opposed to free jazz situations where the pace is often very slow.
I've found it fantastic to practice with. So for a long time I've been doing that...
I've always liked the parts where the music stops and drifts along - you get some ridiculous string orchestra, then it just slips a bit, the pitch goes or they slow it down or something. Then the drums come back - it's completely meaningless! I like that...
What is a pain and can sometimes dilute it is the repetitive - looped or sampled - vocals... The funny thing is, I've never heard a jungle record, all I've heard has been off the radio..." Derek Bailey [talking to Stefan Jaworzyn]

full interview here



released June 9, 2022

recorded in the 1990s onto cassette by Derek Bailey at home in London

these are private home recordings which were copied (on Derek's frequently idiosyncratic cassette duplicator) and posted out to interested individuals
except for tracks 08 and 09, which were originally released on David Toop's compilation "Guitars on Mars" [1997], the collection here comes from two different tapes and the sound quality is [inevitably] wildly variable, but does allow a fascinating and valuable insight into a particular period of Derek's domestic practice routine

audio restoration by Jim McEwan

with thanks to Karen Brookman, David Toop and Stefan Jaworzyn

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