It's Tomorrow Already
is the third LP from ambient godfather/DJ Mixmaster Morris. Basically, eight tracks that combine soft beats, astral jazz, pretty electronics and teasing vocal samples, to a certain extent all the tracks sound the same. However, this might be the album's strength--like Morris' fabled DJ sets the intention is to buck reality with a sense of dreamlike flow. The rhythms take influences from jungle but stretch breaks into a form where they seem to dissolve rather than mark time. Keyboards come from kraut or cosmic rock and rise like strange vapours or druggy mists. And suggestions of intelligent/radical content are made with vocal borrowings from Sun Ra, Marshall Mcluhan and 60s psychedelic radical Wavy Gravy. Standout "Nepalese Bliss" is a slow-motion hymn to marijuana but is treble rather than bass-oriented. In fact, much of the album is treble-heavy but this is floating world or space-music and it dreams of rising so high that the Earth (and therefore bass) is left behind.--Tony Marcus
About the Artist
Mixmaster Morris is an underground legend who hardly needs any introduction. He started on pirate radio in '85 with "the Mongolian Hip Hop Show," and since then he's been the most dynamic force on the UK avant garde. Morris started The Irresistible Force in '87 and made two very collectible early singles. He developed a live acid house concept into The Madhouse (1988), which was widely credited as the first live techno event in London. He joined up with The Shamen at the end of '89, creating the highly acclaimed Synergy club, which toured the UK and Europe for over two years. Morris also supported The Orb at many of their early shows, and other bands including Spiritualized, System 7... MMM then signed to Rising High and released two classic Irresistible Force albums, Flying High and Global Chillage. Both made the indie top 5 and were released in the US (Astralwerks, Instinct) and Japan (Sony.) The Mixmaster made his name as the hardest working chillout DJ in the world, doing all-night soundscapes in 30 countries at a bizarre selection of parties. In the US he appeared at 'Even Further' in '96, at the Full Moon Party in the Mojave Desert, at the Plantasia rave in San Bernadino, on a boat party in San Francisco, and at many small clubs in NY, SF, LA, Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, Milwaukee etc. In Germany, he appereared at the Berlin Love Parade for six years running (the world's largest techno event,) and recorded two deeply chilled Dreamfish albums with Frankfurt electroguru Pete Namlook. Morris is still one of the UK's most popular DJ's across the country, he has been resident DJ at Glastonbury Festival for five years, warming up for The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Jamiroquai, Stereolab etc. In Japan he played all over the country, including the massive rainbow 2000 raves on the sacred Mt. Fuji. Morris recorded The Morning After mix CD, released on Positiva in the UK (1996) and then around the world, which shows his mixing style at the time, blending trip hop and ambient jungle into a cool soundtrack for head-nodding. He also made a classic ambient mix CD, split with Alex Patterson for Mixmag. From 1995 to 1999 he was the only DJ with his own page in the latter magazine, with a chance to champion underground music and chillout vibes. Nowadays he's recognised as a leading critic of corporate dance music. Many of the leading electronic acts had their first press coverage courtesy of the Mixmaster, for example Aphex Twin, Ken Ishii, Black Dog, Orbital, Atom Heart, Bedouin Ascent and more recently T Power, Squarepusher, Dot Records and Jimpster. No wonder Radio 1's John Peel named him as his 'natural successor.' After a break from recording he signed to Ninja Tune, and recorded the acclaimed "Its Tomorrow Already," releasing the single Nepalese Bliss/ Fish Dances to preceed the album release in 1998. The single contained strong remixes by the likes of Fila Brazilia, Jimpster and Amon Tobin. In early '99 Morris recorded the "Quiet Logic" album with SF's Jonah Sharp (Spacetime Continuum) in Tokyo's YMO studio, released by Daisyworld. In 1999, Morris ran the acclaimed 'Nubient' night at the Dogstar in Brixton. A weekly Sunday event, Morris played alongside heavyweight friends such as Luke Vibert, Coldcut and Claude Young. Best of all, it was free! Morris also toured extensively in '99, completing a mini-tour of America with a larger US tour at the end of the year. He also toured the UK and Europe, and somehow kept up with his relentless schedule of DJ bookings around the world.