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Josh Werner

Mode For Titan (MODRL00105)

October 9, 2020

CD and Digital

Vinyl: TBA 2021

Mode For Titan Mode for Titan proves that the bass is a melodic and ambient force in its own right. Writing on and for the bass, Josh Werner explores new dimensions of composition and improvisation, and effortlessly moves through sonic textures, all without a conventional rhythm section. Producer Bill Laswell steers the seasoned composer, performer and abstract painter Werner into novel instrumental territory, including the sitar bass, seven-string and fretless bass. The record's wide array of influences reflects Werner's experience and diverse skillset, yet Mode for Titan maintains its introspective focus and stays grounded in minimalist beauty throughout. Laswell's production endows this sonic journey with a vast sense of space, painted in a ray of colors as boundless as the producer's own palette.

Werner's work with Ghostface Killah, CocoRosie, Lee Perry, Cibo Matto, Popcaan, James Brandon Lewis, Matisyahu and Tunde Adebimpe has cemented the producer and songwriter's status as a low-end heavyweight.

Recorded and mixed at Orange Music, West Orange, NJ
Engineered by James Dellatacoma
Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at TurtleTone Studio, NYC
Artist photo by Bianca Casady
Artwork by Josh Werner
Designed by Yoko Yamabe @ Randesign
M.O.D. Reloaded: Dave Brunelle, Yoko Yamabe


Mike Sopko/Bill Laswell/Tyshawn Sorey

On Common Ground (MODRL00104)

October 2, 2020

CD and Digital

Vinyl: TBA 2021

Mike Sopko, Bill Laswell, Tyshawn Sorey

On Common Ground Since the days of Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the guitar/bass/drums trio has been a springboard for innovation and experimentation. In the hands of visionary tone scientists, this venerable lineup continues to be a laboratory for music of primal power and tonal subtlety.

ON COMMON GROUND features three such players, all of whom have individually created highly personal sonic universes. Mike Sopko has explored the frontiers of the guitar with Bill Laswell, Dosh, Dave King, Los Lobos, DJ Logic, and Tyshawn Sorey from bases in Oakland, California and his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, including 2015's Sopko/Laswell/Pridgen with drummer Thomas Pridgen of The Mars Volta. Like Laswell, a fellow Midwesterner, Sopko transmutes the industrial crash and hum of his hometown into music of muscular authority. Over the last several years, no one who has followed the protean career of Tyshawn Sorey should be surprised by anything he does as a composer, instrumentalist and conceptualist. Still, the oceans of primal rhythm he conjures in the five compositions of ON COMMON GROUND open a startling new vista of his art.

Together, the sounds brought into being by these three improvisors are at once grounded in a deep inquiry of traditions that span space and time while cracking open a window onto eternal radiance.

This is fearless music, the kind that can only be made when master musicians meet ON COMMON GROUND.

Mike Sopko: guitar
Bill Laswell: bass
Tyshawn Sorey: drums

Recorded at Orange Music, West Orange, NJ
Engineering: James Dellatacoma
Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at TurtleTone Studio, NY
Artist photos: Nathan West
Artwork: Yoko Yamabe @ Randesign
M.O.D. Reloaded: Dave Brunelle, Yoko Yamabe

Special Thanks to Oz Fritz


Kristo Rodzevski

Hubris (MODRL00102)

May 1, 2020

CD and Digital

Vinyl: TBA 2021

Mary Halvorson, Bill Laswell, Ikue Mori, Tomas Fujiwara

Hubris HUBRIS is the fourth album from the New York based songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Kristo Rodzevski. The album is a natural continuation from his previous free jazz/pop infused work, but includes a more hard-edged, rock sound.

Rodzevski works with his usual troupe of notable musicians from New York's avant and experimental music scene. His abrasive guitar chords provide an ominous foundation over which vulnerable vocals and deelply personal lyrics are intertwined with the scintillating, architectural electronics of Ikue Mori (DNA, Phantom Orchard), the forward driving drums of Tomas Fujiwara (Thumbscrew, Triple Double), the phantasmagorical sound of Mary Halvorson (Code Girl), and the grounding, iconoclastic bass of Bill Laswell. Richly produced to craft a singular landscape of sound by Laswell, it achieves a blended and layered effect while still allowing the songs space to breathe.

Acerbic and provocative, HUBRIS is a sonic mural, a turning, folding chimera with themes of distorted intimacy, unconscious fantasy, mortality, loss and the realities of the immigrant experience. This is life in it's unflinching wholeness - messy, sad, exhuberant and joyous.

Recorded at Orange Music, West Orange, NJ
Engineered by James Dellatacoma
Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at TurtleTone Studio, NYC
Cover Photo by Ivanco Talevski
Artwork by Yoko Yamabe @ Randesign
M.O.D. Reloaded: Dave Brunelle, Yoko Yamabe


Bill Laswell

Against Empire (MODRL00100)

April 10, 2020

CD and Digital

Vinyl: TBA 2021

Peter Apfelbaum, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Hancock, Chad Smith, Jerry Marotta, Hideo Yamaki

Against Empire Over the course of three decades, visionary bassit/producer Bill Laswell has been one of the most prolific and restlessly creative forces in contemporary music, always a few steps ahead of the curve, EVOLUTION/REVOLUTION.

AGAINST EMPIRE, a new catagory of magical, electro/acoustic technology. Further research may shed a most revealing light on thr development of sound storage in material culture.

AGAINST EMPIRE projects a hybrid activity, constantly evolving texture crashes against smooth, unfolding rhythms built around the solid and elastic drum foundations of four iconic drummers - Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Hideo Yamaki (Japan's top dummer) and Satoyasu Shomura (Japanese pop phenomenon). The legendary saxophoniost Pharoah Sanders, especially known for his radical collaborations with John Coltrane, versatile multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum, minimal contributions from the great Herbie Hancock on electric piano and the unmistakable touch of master percussionist Adam Rudolph.

AGAINST EMPIRE, an iconoclast offering of multi-directional movements .... avant-jazz, rock, dub, experimental, ambient, sub-bass and on and on .... a dream colonization, a bizarre image of paradise, an imagined quality of elsewhere, constucts of the imagination, essense of difference.

Nothing is True, Everything Is Permitted

AGAINST the EMPIRE of LIES

AGAINST the ANTI-MUSIC of MEDIOCRITY

AGAINST COMPLACENCY and COMPROMISE

AGAINST SHAMELESS and UNINFORMED PRIVILEGE

AGAINST INHERENT RACISM DIRECT or INDIRECT, KNOWN or UNKNOWN

AGAINST EMPIRE

Recorded at Orange Music, West Orange, NJ
Engineered by James Dellatacoma
Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at TurtleTone Studio, NYC
Photo by Toshiya Suzuki
Artwork by Yoko Yamabe @ Randesign
M.O.D. Reloaded: Dave Brunelle, Yoko Yamabe