Start of the letter “R”. It also seems too long since we had something from Lord Sabre, so let’s rectify that. Red Snapper put the jazz into 90s dance.

Notable for their pioneering synthesis of acoustic instruments and electronic textures, the British acid jazz trio Red Snapper comprised guitarist David Ayers, double bassist Ali Friend and drummer Richard Thair. Formed in 1993, the group’s debut EP The Snapper appeared the following spring; after two more EPs, Swank and Hot Flush, Red Snapper signed to the acclaimed Warp Records label, where their early singles were later compiled as Reeled and Skinned. The full-length Prince Blimey was released in 1996, followed two years later by their American debut Making Bones. After releasing one more LP, Our Aim Is to Satisfy Red Snapper, the trio split in 2002. (Thair formed a new band, Toob, while Friend worked on a soundtrack and Ayers collaborated with Alan McGee and Felix Tod.) Compilations, remix albums, and stray tracks satisfied the faithful until a 2007 reunion and a 2008 studio record, Pale Blue Dot. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

Of their reunion, their MySpace says: “In summer 2007 they were asked to headline a stage at the BigChill festival. Rich, David and Ali were joined onstage by youngblood Tom Challenger on sax, melodica and clarinet and Darius Kedros on sound/dub duty. The show was a great success with fans from all musical backgrounds and resulted in the band being commissioned to compose the music for the art/film installations run by Big Chill for the opening of Eurotunnel @ St.Pancras (see link for ‘time out of place’). Winter 2007 saw Snapper in the studio recording new tracks with Tim Holmes (Death In Vegas), instrumental influences ranging from afrobeat, hendrix, rockabilly and surf. Live…. they promise to continue their relentless search for the real fuckoffjazz. Gigs are flying in and we welcome feedback on the new tunes and shows. Thanks to everyone who is supporting us again.”

And on new material they say: “To all our Red Snapper fans, we are currently in the studio writing our new album due for release in 2010. Exclusive / free downloads from the new album will be available to everyone on our mailing list. This is where you come in. Please email your address either to our myspace page, our website http://www.redsnapperofficial.com or our facebook page so we can build the mailing list to get these tracks directly to you. Please spread the word. New live dates being confirmed all the time and posted on this page.”

Mostly when Red Snapper’s work is mentioned, it is their early work collected on Reeled and Skinned and their early remixes by Weatherall in his Sabres of Paradise guise. Instead, let’s have some later work and 1998 single “Bogeyman” which had both Two Lone Swordsmen and David Holmes mixes.

Red Snapper – Bogeyman (Two Lone Swordsmen 5 Day Wonder Mix)  

Red Snapper – Bogeyman (David Holmes Mix)  

Red Snapper – Bogeyman (Two Lone Swordsmen Blue Jam Cologne Mix)  


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~ by acidted on November 5, 2009.

One Response to “R IS FOR RED SNAPPER”

  1. […] Ken Ishii has been around since the early 90s with his delicate techno. He started out on Belgian techno label R&S. More here. Today’s track is from a 1996 10″ on R&S. Given it’s a Red Snapper remix, expect lots of double bass. More on Red Snapper here. […]

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