Various Artists

Dugga Dugga Dugga: Play Drill

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Dugga Dugga Dugga is an amazing collaboration of artists interpreting Wire's "Drill." The term is "collaboration," as opposed to "compilation," because due to final engineering by London artist Mark Gage (Vapourspace, Cusp, Carl Marks), the material was milled, sieved and refined so that the final recording amounts to a single composition, an extended version of "Drill" where one track seamlessly segues to the next, held together by the repeated, if transformed, theme. Wire, or now Wir, is so enamored of the piece that it appears on at least five recordings and has become a 30-minute portion of the band's live set. The alchemists of electronica called in to brew this 14-part potion are Baboon, Chris & Cosey, Electric Company, the Ex-Lion Tamers and others. No portion of the final product is directly identified as originating with any of the listed contributors. By finalizing the product as a continuous mix of variations, Wire elevated what could have been one more of many, awkward tribute albums into a cohesive, apotheosis of the piece, a grand opus of multiple derivations. This injection of a compositional, visionary element into what is an electronica concept album exploits the possibilities of the genre (simultaneous, parallel processing of a single problem in separate studio workshops) while retaining the theme-centered focus of enduring, great works of art.

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