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Maim That Tune

“Only a handful of people are really aware of the existence of Fila Brazillia. Only their friends know what they look like. But that’s no excuse for ignoring this album. Don’t miss out on their quirky confectionary of reprocessed audio-etchings any longer than you have to. Going unrecognised has induced Fila to set their sights on becoming the terrorists of downtempo. Continually refusing to pander to mainstream diktat, the Brazillia boys have inoculated themselves against the music industry bullshit syndrome with some Do It Yourself vaccinations. They assault people’s musical sensibilities with a full-scale musical bastardisation. Which is the most likely the reason why they’ve been condemned to the outer reaches of their genre….”

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Label: Twentythree Records. Cat No. T005. Originally released on Pork Recordings (PORK 027). Format: CD/Download. Country: UK. Artwork – Photograph: Michael Banks. Design: Mule. Release Date: 13 June 1995

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Label: Twentythree Records. Originally released on Pork Recordings (PORK 017). Format: 12″/Download. Country: UK. Artwork: Mule. Release Date: October 1994. Track listing: A) Slacker – 11:10. B1) Leggy – 06:40. B2) Subtle Body – 09:04.

1994 – DJ Magazine Most jazzy hip hop-esque records consist of a couple of cheesy jazz chords and a funk bass, little real thought goes in, so they pass you by unnoticed. Pork material is always quirky and surprising, quite brilliant. Some of the bass and atmospherics on ‘Leggy’ remind of Andrew Weatherall’s dubby style, though overall it suits the acid jazz genre more. Throbbing, then funky, with extremely clever editing, and that delicate brass sample makes it. Feather in the cap stuff.

1994 – The Wire Slacker is a slow winding coil of harmonium synths, a barely beating pulse rate of near-death ambience, while the second B-side track, “Subtle Body”, is barely there at all, the merest, most delicate flatline tremor of piano. Austere and intimate solipsism from an underrated group.

Old Codes – New Chaos

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“Buried Treasure… The one that got away. There can be little doubt that this is one of the best dance music albums ever made. Released in 1994, the debut album from Fila Brazillia was launched into a world before big beat and trip hop took hold, but after the first flush of Orb and ELF-inspired ambient. Coming after the initial chunky Leftfield-style house of the first Pork releases, but before the spliff took hold and Pork got stuck into their current down ‘n’ easy groove we now all love so well, this album is truly unique….”

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Label: Twentythree Records. Cat Nos. CD – T004. LP – TT004LP. Originally released on Pork Recordings (PORK 014). Format: CD/LP x 3/Download. Country: UK. Artwork: Watercolour, Catherine Brennand RI. Layout: David McSherry/Mule. Release Date: August 1994. Discontinued 2014.