3 albums/2 EP's
I first heard Dif Juz (pronounced di-'fyüs, as in "diffuse") when I bought the 4AD compilation album "Lonely Is An Eyesore", on which their song "No Motion" appeared. I was immediately hooked, and to this day all of my flying dreams are scored by that song. This music is VERY rare and difficult to come by, so download it all.
Dif Juz may not have been the most successful band on the 4AD roster, but their music typified the label's quixotic approach. They were an all-instrumental quartet whose evocative compositions - sometimes ambient, sometimes angular - were invariably quietly mesmerising. They made a great deal of sense in the context of the so-called 'post-rock' music which emerged some 15 years after the group disbanded.
At the heart of the band were brothers Dave and Alan Curtis, guitarists both, who were joined by bassist Gary Bromley and Richie Thomas, who played drums and also contributed some marvellously evocative saxophone parts. Dif Juz recorded two EPs in 1981, Huremics and Vibrating Air, before leaving for the Red Flame label, where they released a further EP in 1983.
The band returned to 4AD to make a full-length album, 1985's Extractions, which was produced by Robin Guthrie and featured guest a vocal by fellow Cocteau Twin Liz Frazer (on the song "Love Insane").
Shortly after this, Dif Juz were introduced to Jamaican dub innovator Lee 'Scratch' Perry. They served as his backing band for a series of shows, before eventually attempting to make a record together. The five tracks that made it onto tape (including a nine-minute version of "The Mighty Quinn") never quite gelled, despite Robin Guthrie's attempts to mix them, and the collaboration remains unreleased.
Instead, 1986 saw Dif Juz issue a typically quirky mini-album which bundled all of the tracks from the Huremics EP with a re-recorded, re-mixed version of "Vibrating Air". The disc was titled Out Of The Trees and proved to be their final release.
The Wolfgang Press, Budd, Raymonde, Guthrie, Fraser, This Mortal Coil, Cocteau Twins
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9. No Motion*
LABEL: 4AD (GAD109/116CD)
NOTES:This CD compiles the first two Dif Juz eps. They were previously collected on the «Out Of The Trees» LP, but the first EP was remixed for that release. «Soundpool» has the original versions. Sleeve by Tim Davis.
† Originally appeared on the EP "Huremics" (BAD109 )
‡ Originally appeared on the EP "Vibrating Air" (BAD116 )
* Originally appeared on the compilation album "Lonely Is An Eyesore".