Dark Eros and transcendental blues
Hugo Race, formerly of The Wreckery and the Bad Seeds and now an internationally based producer, performer and writer, delivers intense sonic soundscapes that merge folk, experimentalism, electronica and rock.
Originally from the 1980's Melbourne post-punk music scene, Hugo’s eclectic collaborations and bands such as Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds are spread over several continents.
With his new project "John Lee Hooker’s World Today" Hugo Race and Michelangelo Russo are no strangers to either Hooker or the blues.
Hailed as a supreme influence on the music of their band Hugo Race & The True Spirit, Race and Russo’s reimagining of Hooker is simultaneously blues, electronica, avant-garde and ambient, a homage to one of the greats of rock and roll prehistory.
Recorded in a single, continuous day and night live session at the Berlin studio of Einsturzende Neubauten engineer Boris Wilsdorf, this is an epic album of sonic sorcery suspended in time and place, looking back through twenty-first century eyes at John Lee Hooker’s delta blues legacy in a swirling mix of analogue grit and deep trance pulses on the 100th anniversary of Hooker’s birth.
'"This voyager without frontiers advances through a menacing atmosphere of no-wave electroacoustics. There is the spirit here, and it doesn't forget the body and the soul..." Rock&Folk
'"At times dreamlike, there's an indie cinematic vibe throughout: Johnny Cash on the Lost Highway. Elegant lyricism and wistful insight adds weight to some finely crafted songwriting and if Australiana is a genre, this is it." Classic Rock UK