Bill Laswell Research Institute: Vol I & II

The Bill Laswell Research Institute was coined by a group of like-minded record heads based in Philadelphia. We gather regularly and listen to records in a Hi-Fi listening room under the moniker Health Connection. Time and time again, someone in the crew would bring something mind blowing to a listening session and Bill Laswell’s name would pop up in the credits. This inevitably led to unraveling minds and eye-opening conversations, followed by more worm-hole like research where we realized the true prolificness, scope and breadth of one man’s body of work. It’s truly astonishing how Laswell collided with vastly divergent musicians and genres while somehow still representing complementary musical spheres. We know we were late to a party that super fans have been having for years, but we’re just happy to be at the party.

While pulling together tracks to compile a mix that we felt would best represent Bill’s work, we realized it was going to take multiple volumes due to the sheer magnitude of his output. As such, we decided to compile the mixes based on two 15 year blocks.

Bill Laswell Research Institute: Volume One (1980-1995)

Volume One: 1980-1995
01. Material – Reduction [Red Records, 1981] 
02. Herbie Hancock – Rough [Columbia, 1983]
03. Nona Hendryx – Transformation [RCA, 1983]
04. BeSide – Change The Beat (French Rap) [Celluloid, 1982]
05. Bill Laswell – Work Song [Elektra Musician, 1983]
06. Genji Sawai – 1969 (The Real) [Agharta, 1984]
07. Material – Bustin’ Out [Ze Records, 1981]
08. Lenny White – My Turn To Love You (Dub Version) [Elektra, 1983]
09. Kip Hanrahan – This Night Comes Out Of Both Of Us [American Clavé, 1981]
10. Haruomi Hosono – Spinning Spirits [Mercury, 1995]
11. Laurie Anderson – Gravity’s Angel [Warner Bros. Records, 1984]
12. Bill Laswell – Lost Roads [Virgin, 1988]
13. Deadline – Boat Peoples [Celluloid, 1985]
14. Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes (Special Mix) [Geffen Records, 1986]
15. Public Image Limited – Rise (Instrumental) [Virgin, 1986]
16. Material – Cosmic Slop [Axiom, 1991]
17. Hector Zazou – I’ll Strangle You [Crammed Discs, 1992]
18. Blind Light – Our Completion [Alida, 1994]
19. Monday Michiru – Is This How It Feels [Kitty Records, 1994]
20. Aiyb Dieng – Boka Devotion [P-Vine Records, 1995]
21. Ginger Baker – Under The Black Skies [Axiom, 1990]
22. Automaton – The Terran Invasion Of Alpha Centauri Year 2794 [Strata, 1994]
23. Transonic – Flow Cycle [Fax +49-69/450464, 1995]
24. Cypher 7 – Ladder Of Lights [Strata, 1994]
25. Bill Laswell – Ruins [Axiom, 1994]

Bill Laswell Research Institute: Volume Two (1996-2010)

Volume Two: 1996-2010
01. Gigi – Kahn [Palm Pictures, 2003]
02. Sacred System – Black Lotus [Wicklow, 1998]
03. Ryukyu Underground – Koi No Michikusa (Bill Lasswell Remix) [High Note Records, 2005]
04. Bill Laswell & Style Scott – Brooklyn Dub Syndicate [WordSound, 1997]
05. Maghrebika With Bill Laswell – From Mecca To Najar [Barraka El Farnatshi, 2006]
06. Jah Wobble and Bill Laswell – Alam Dub [Axiom, 2001]
07. Activities Of Dust – Written In Nowhere [Adluna Records, 2008]
08. Shin.e – Interwoven [Ion, 2007]
09. Bill Laswell – Cut Virus [Sub Rosa, 2004]
10. Bill Laswell – Dystopia [ROIR, 2004]
11. Bob Marley & The Wailers – Exodus (Bill Laswell’s Dub) [Axiom, 1997]
12. Outland – An Intelligent Force [Fax +49-69/450464, 1997]
13. Havana Mood – Ai El Vaiven De Mi Carreta Dub [APC, 1997]
14. Bill Laswell – Habana Transmission #3 / Shango Sound Scan [Wicklow, 1999]
15. Fanu & Bill Laswell – Transfer Code [Karlrecords, 2008]
16. Miles Davis – Black Satin (Bill Laswell Remix) [Columbia, 1997]
17. Gigi – Salam [Palm Pictures, 2006]
18. Sacred System – Thunupa [ROIR, 1997]
19. Equations of Eternity – 5th Element [WordSound, 1996]
20. Bill Laswell – Beyond The Zero [ROIR, 2000]
21. Possession – Shadow Crossing [Sub Meta, 1996]
22. Haruomi Hosono & Bill Laswell – Jeephead Shamen [Baidis, 1996]
23. Pharoah Sanders & Graham Haynes – Morning Tala [Evolver, 2003]
24.Mark Nauseef, Kudsi Erguner, Markus Stockhausen & Bill Laswell – Suspension [Metastation, 2008]
25. Divination – Reflection [Meta Records, 1998]

It’s impossible to cover all of Bill’s work in just three hours–there are numerous parts of his creative output we did not touch on, or barely covered. With such a vast and diverse catalog, we believe no two fans would make the same mix. That said, here’s our take on some favorites from throughout his career, hopefully providing an accessible entry point for the uninitiated or a fun listen for fellow fans. | Dryw Scully / Shawn Ryan

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