Lee Gamble

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Lee Gamble’s elaborately designed recordings draw equally from club culture and avant-garde electronic music, as well as concepts related to philosophy and technology. He first received acclaim for Diversions 1994-1996 and Dutch Tvashar Plumes, a pair of 2012 LPs that contained ghostly ambient deconstructions of jungle and techno. 2014′s Koch was a bracing set of experimental techno tracks, and 2017′s Mnestic Pressure was a more complex, cerebral album of mutated jungle and IDM. The triptych of EPs compiled as Flush Real Pharynx 2019-2021 contained sculpture-like compositions that respond to consumerism and contemporary city life.
Initially from Birmingham, the London-based producer and DJ first emerged from the jungle scene, DJing on pirate radio stations and co-founding the CYRK collective. He took his early influences to develop sound production with an experimental twist, joining the Entr'acte label and releasing the 2006 mini-album 80mm O!I!O, 2009′s Join Extensions album, and a 2010 cassette with the musician Yutaka Makino. Moving to Bill Kouligas’ Pan label, Gamble’s deconstructed jungle album Diversions 1994-1996 appeared in 2012, followed shortly by the reverberating, techno-charged Dutch Tvashar Plumes. Both albums were highly acclaimed, and featured on The Wire and Fact magazines’ year-end lists. Gamble became an in-demand DJ; for his sets, he would play house and techno or a fully vinyl jungle set from what he calls “The Golden Age of Jungle.”
In 2014, he developed his techno style with the EP Kuang and the full-length Koch. The B23 Steelhouse 12” followed in 2015. Gamble started a forward-thinking club label called UIQ, which issued records by artists such as ZULI, S Olbricht, and Lanark Artefax, in addition to Gamble’s 2016 EP Chain Kinematics. In 2017, he signed to Hyperdub and released the abstract club album Mnestic Pressure. February 2019 brought the EP In a Paraventral Scale, the first in a three-part series titled Flush Real Pharynx. Exhaust followed later in the year, and the final third, A Million Pieces of You, arrived in 2021, with all three parts compiled as Flush Real Pharynx 2019-2021. The trilogy explored themes such as artificial intelligence and the overwhelming stimuli of cities and virtual spaces. ~ James Pearce & Paul Simpson