Jah Wobble & Keith Levene set to release 'Yin & Yang'

Jah Wobble & Keith Levene set to release ‘Yin & Yang’ album

Due for release on Cherry Red Records on 19th November, ‘Yin and Yang’ is the first collaboration by PIL founder members Jah Wobble and Keith Levene since they co-wrote Gary Clail’s hit ‘Beef, How Low Can You Go?’ in the early 1990s.

Jah Wobble spills the beans on the making of the album…

“I reunited with Keith a couple of years ago. He was off smack and keen to play again. We had a bash in a rehearsal room and it went well. To start with I got him to play on three tracks of the album, (Psychic Life) that I was making with Julie Campbell (Lonelady). Since then we have performed ‘Metal Box in Dub’ live (LTW boss John Robb performed with Wobble & Levene at both The Ruby Lounge Manchester, and in Hebdon Bridge – Review) . These shows were very well received. As far as I was concerned he was back and on top of his game again. I thought it would be a good idea to go and record some new material.

I wasn’t sure what we would come up with. As we proceeded, in a very relaxed fashion, the realisation dawned on me , that we were making music that was linked to psychedelic music (especially the British variety), of the swinging sixties through the mid seventies that we both would have been exposed to when we were young. (Albeit our stuff has a spiteful post modern edge to it, I must admit it was a good, (if rather juvenile), laugh referring to myself, (and the listener) as a c*** , as well as eulogising about my beloved Jags and Staffs in the mist of a psychedelic onslaught). Bands such as Hawkwind and the Pretty Things spring to mind. Our 7/4 version of George Harrison’s ‘Within/Without you’ reminds me of Cream, in its wild approach and execution. There are elements of Americana in ‘Yin and Yang’ as well. Check out the Keith’s acoustic work on the dubby Appalachian flavoured ‘Strut’ . Likewise listen to the Southern States R&B of ‘Mississippi’, especially the baptist church organ of the multi- talented Jonas Persson. But my favourite track is the moody instrumental ‘Back on the Block’, just listen to the controlled anger of Keith’s electric guitar.

Jah Wobble & Keith Levene set to release 'Yin & Yang'

When Keith and I performed Metal Box In Dub I invited my regular trumpet player Sean Corby along. I knew that he would help inject an element of ‘Electric period Miles’ into the mix. Not long after we had finished recording Metal Box back in 1979 I heard Miles Davis’s ‘Dark Magus’. Well, it absolutely blew me away. Talk about cathartic moments. Since then I had dreamed of introducing trumpet into compositions such as ‘Graveyard’ and ‘Memories’.

Sean steals the show on ‘Fluid’, my old friend ‘Little Annie’ does the same on ‘Vampires’. Marc Layton-Bennett, my regular drummer, plays like a demon throughout. The track ‘Understand’ features Nathan Maverick on vocals. He is the singer that we employed to handle vocals on the Metal Box in Dub performances. I was determined to get him to help write a song for this album. And the boy did good. He really reminds me of someone. Just can’t quite put my finger on who it is.”

The album track list has been confirmed as;

Track listing:

1. Yin & Yang
2. Strut
3. Jags & Staffs
4. Mississippi
5. Within You Without You
6. Back On The Block
7. Fluid
8. I See That Train
9. Understand
10. Understand Dub

The album is available for pre-order direct from Cherry Red Records

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Phil Newall is from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


  1. Good news; Levene is my favorite guitarist by far and the EP he put out with Wobble plus the videos from the metal box in dub shows reminded me why. He’s been tweeting to fans a lot recently. It made my year when he responded to me! He is @missingchannel on Twitter.

  2. Just to update anyone that is interested, while only the CD is listed at the moment, a vinyl of this is coming soon so keep checking (Cherry Red Records I assume).

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