Release: Sept 2000
CD Tracks: 01: ‘Dance in the Mill’ Abigail Hatherley 02: ‘Nuances’ Chilled by Nature
03: ‘Stack’ Freeform 04: ‘Blue Dub’ KLaSH productions 05 ‘Energise’ Ovni
06: ‘Wide Open’ Tom Churchill 07: ‘Vittel’ CiM 08: ‘Message 4 Friendly Scientist’ I’m sore
with shift-option and beck uk 09: ‘Jazzy Rhymes’ Max 10: ‘Rush for Love’ Les Elles
11: ‘3 mellow miniltes for turntablists’ Isabelle Waidner 12: ‘Fug’ Muma Sounds
13: ‘Rumbler’ Phantom Beats
Raya are a collective of film-makers, designers, visual artists, DJs and musicians whose critically acclaimed festival and club events have brought a little bit of street culture into gallery spaces and a little bit of gallery culture into club-land.
This compilation is a platform for all the artists that have contributed to Raya over the past 3 years. ‘Collectivism’ is a celebration of the artists that have all played at the Raya residency at The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA). Time out called Raya ‘simply it's own thing and part of a new breed of nightlife events that fall between known worlds - gallery, disco, rave and installation - to make fresh ones'.
As well as their residency at the ICA Raya have managed and designed the environment and lighting in the club tent of the 3 day Big Chill Enchanted Garden festival; promoted ‘Girls Need Modems’ at the 291 Arts Club, Hackney Road, provided visuals at top London clubs like the Scala (RAHA, Female of the Species), Open (first night industry party) and the 333 Club (Liquid); managed the soundsystem, lighting and staging at an ambitious community fashion show seen by over 4,000 people at the Brick Lane festival (1998); run a soundsytem featuring school age DJs and MCs at the Brick Lane festival (1999); run a monthly internet radio show; hosted a monthly 'Sunday cinema club' showing underground films; a web-link with Tokyo, Manila and Singapore at the ICA attended by ministers of the arts from over 25 European and Asian countries as well as contributing a cd-rom art piece to Guest List magazine.
This compilation begins with the beautiful contemporary classical of Abigail Hatherley and includes exclusive tracks from the likes of Tom Churchill (i-D magazine’s DJ of the month, Jan 2000) & Big Chill co-founder Pete Lawrence (in his Chilled by Nature guise) and takes in all that’s good about the current leftfield electronic scene. From the "beautifully fragile electronica" of CiM (Muzik) to the twisted breaks of Phantom Beats via the wigged out Joe Meek meets toy town sounds of the Friendly Scientist (NME single of the week) and the sublime dub house of Whistle Bumps Simon Haggis (Klash Productions).
We suggest that you listen to this outdoors in the sunshine.
For more information about any of the artists involved or the Raya crew, please contact: