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The first remix collection from the Grid, and the last album before their indefinite hiatus, assembles the band's biggest singles in theremin-acid house fallout form. Founders Dave Ball and Richard Norris were unconventional and inventive in the way they stuck by the ideas of light rave loops and weighty experimental effects, but not in an irritating, obvious way. Their mixes of "Figure of 8," a minor favorite of Deko-Ze's, "Rollercoaster," "Texas Cowboy," and "Swamp Thing" weren't much different than the originals apart from an accent on their tendencies toward acid house and Andy Warhol samples. It was when they gave listeners new song "Diablo" (flamenco guitars, smoky vocals) and they allowed others to enter their strange home, be they Justin Robertson or Andrew Weatherall, that the band's crossbreeding of cowboy cartoons and large-beat Goa dance asserted just how wrongly underrated they really were. Unfortunately, this was to be one of the last releases from the Grid. After Music for Dancing, Ball joined the Soft Cell reunion, Norris worked with Joe Strummer on his solo Rock Art and the X-Ray Style album, and it was nearly five years later when they resurfaced as a duo to produce Billie Ray Martin's 4 Ambient Tales LP.

Biography

Formed: 1988 in London, England

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s

The Grid formed in the late '80s when Richard Norris -- who collaborated with Psychic TV on the group's acid-house album Jack the Tab -- hooked up with ex-Soft Cell member Dave Ball. The duo recorded the single "Floatation" in 1990 with vocalist Sacha; the debut album Electric Head appeared the same year, fusing the best of late-'80s house and techno into a poppy yet danceable mix. Follow-up 456 (1992) included contributions from Sun Ra and Robert Fripp, among others. Ball & Norris rode the crest...
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  • Genres: Pop, Music, Dance, Techno
  • Released: 29 January 1996

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