“Igizeh”, Banco de Gaia’s fifth studio album, built on the groundwork laid by it’s predecessors. Full of references to Indian and Near Eastern music, as well as less obvious glances at American minimalist music, the album was everything one had come to expect from Banco, but with additional highlights.
Chief amongst those were the two tracks featuring the vocals of Portland, Oregon native Jennifer Folker, including the album’s first single, the chilly, atmospheric ‘Obsidian.
The album also saw the introduction of field recordings to Banco’s arsenal, in this case made by Toby on location inside Egypt’s Great Pyramid at Gizeh, and on the streets of Cairo, Luxor and Aswan. From these, Banco de Gaia created multi-world music, featuring pumping synths and percussive accents, tribal drums and trumpet sounds, whirring electronics and whooshing jungle strings. The result was widescreen, technicolor worldwide grooves, some designed for the dancefloor, others for more horizontal listening.
The 20th Anniversary Edition comes with a second disc of standout remixes from the time, including the previously vinyl only Jack Dangers dub, plus a handful of fresh remixes by fellow Disco Gecko artists
released July 10, 2020
All tracks written and produced by Toby Marks at New World Bank, Somerset, except Obsidian written by T. Marks and J. Folker.
Vocals on Obsidian and Glove Puppet by Jennifer Folker.
Some drums on Creme Egg, Fake It till You Make It and Sixty Sixteen by Ted Duggan.
Parts of this album were recorded inside the Great Pyramid at Giza, the Temple of Seti I at Thebes, and other locations in Egypt.
Mastered by John Dent at Loud Mastering, 2000.
Remastered by Toby Marks at Bruton Mastering, 2020.
Seti I (Radium88 Remix) Remixed and produced by Radium88, 2002.
Additional violins by Clare Hunt.
Obsidian (Asian Dub Foundation vs Babu Storm Remix)
Remixed and produced by Asian Dub Foundation and Babu Stormz, 2002.
Creme Egg (Banco de Gaia Remix)
Remixed and produced by Toby Marks, 2020.
Glove Puppet (Dreadzone Remix)
Remixed and produced by Dreadzone, 2002.
Gizeh (Animat Remix)
Remixed and produced by Animat, 2020.
How Much Reality Can You Take? (Jack Dangers Dub)
Remixed and produced by Jack Dangers, 2001.
B2 (dr trippy Remix)
Remixed and produced by dr trippy, 2020.
Fake It Till You Make It (100th Monkey Remix)
Remixed and produced by 100th Monkey, 2020.
Sixty Sixteen (Andrew Heath Remix)
Remixed and produced by Andrew Heath, 2020
Mastered by Toby Marks at Bruton Mastering.
DESIGN by Lachie McDonald @ www.redline.work.
Images on discs are edited from All_Gizah_Pyramids.jpg by Ricardo Liberato and licensed under: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en#
THANKS to everyone involved then and now, especially Sandy (then and now), Dave Whitehead (now and then), Jasper Edwards (at Disco Gecko, now) and Jen Folker and Ted Duggan (there and then).
In memory of John Dent and Karina Duggan