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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sonic Records
  • ASIN: B00000I8S1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,264 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
I was introduced to Dif Juz by some middle-aged artists who dug 4AD's roster. With a quick purchase of the only proper full-length, "Extractions," the names are all familiar: Robin Guthrie lends both his production skills (with Lincoln Fong) and his girlfriend to the band; Vaughn Oliver with Envelope 23 offer sleeve art; thanks to Ivo. Apropos, before the album, these are a collection of EPs the band made in the early 80s.
It's strange music, played at unusual tempos, with very common instruments. It's the typical two guitar, bass and drums, with drummer Richard Thomas lending the occasional brass or woodwind (Richard is actually a celebrated session man who made the records of Renegade Soundwave, Jesus and Mary Chain and Moose even better.)
Highlight on the album is "Re" with it's intro of harmonics and bass, until sliding into a great jangle groove and off time. It really is a shame the band's talents weren't encouraged nor flourished to the full potential, because without great doubt, they are one of the true unique outfits that were doomed to be mere footnote status.
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I remember getting hold of "Extractions" in my teens and developed a musical lust for the highs and lows of Dif Juz.
I just wish that this bunch of guys were still together writing such artistry, carving up rocks with the twang of strings.
When I listen to tracks like "Gunet" & "No Motion", It's like getting a rust of blood to the head or the feeling of holding on to a sneeze. The guitar fretwork is unlike anything that you will ever hear.
"Soundpool" is made up of two e.p's with "No motion" taken from the 4ad compilation "Lonely is an eyesore".
It is hard to describe how this music really pulls the listener in without going over the top.
it sounds just as fresh as the first day i listened to it.
If you like the Cocteau's, buy this one, and let your euphoria fly!
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These guys really had something special going on. Drawing on dub-scapes & post-punk experimentation they forged something quite unique; the propulsive insistent drumming, the exquisite basslines & textured guitar interplay. All this well before Tortoise & the so-called 'post-rock' bands that emerged in the early nineties.

'Soundpool' contains the EP's 'Huremics' & 'Vibrating Air' owned by the 4AD label with their magnificent stirring contribution to the 'Eyesore' compilation-'No Motion'- stuck on the end. The two EP's were earlier paired on the 'Out of the Trees' LP where the four tracks comprising Vibrating Air had been substantially re-worked.
VA appears here in its unaltered form which is interesting and fine, but a shame the improved versions were not also included, as they differ greatly from the first release ('Heset' for instance, has a guest vocalist, and 'Gunet' is one of their most arresting pieces).

The flowing loose-form instrumentals presented here gave way to the more structured & fuller sounding pieces on the 'Extractions' album. Other collections of their early work are 'Who Says So?' & 'Time Clock Turn Back' if you can find them. No Motion gives a taste of where they were headed. It's all vital really.
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Before achieving cult status with the Cocteau Twins, Robin Guthrie produced this instrumental collection on the 4AD label with a group of four musicians including brothers Dave and Alan Curtis on guitars. One can detect the Cocteau Twins' sound with the spectral guitar rhythms that dominate this CD compilation. At only 9 tracks in length, this collection of two EPs is minimal in both length and effects. However the nagging tunefulness on 'Re', 'CS' and the dramatic closer, 'No Motion' demonstrate that the complex chord changes and that 4AD air of mystery make this a highly listenable artefact from more innocent times.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Built for the future 10 May 2000
By loteq - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There's no doubt that Dif Juz are one of the most underrated and most mysterious bands of the '80s. Entering the music scene in 1981 with the stunning EP releases "Huremics" and "Vibrating air" -- as the art-rock of the '70s had already turned into the overblown arena-rock of the '80s -- they were one of the very few really progressive bands of that time. When I was listening to Dif Juz for the first time, I thought it sounded like Cocteau Twins without vocals. Meanwhile, I guess they transfer the free-form arrangements of '70s fusion jazz into 4AD's brand of ethereal, dreamy independent rock music. Instead of the normal rock approach where guitars and keyboards are the predominant instruments, Dif Juz invert the formula, letting inventive polyrhythms and arpeggiated bass lines lead the way for the sharp-edged guitar cuts of the Curtis brothers. Well, and exactly this focus on rhythmic elements is the most important characteristic of today's post-rock and techno music. Beautiful, gripping, and at times quite futuristic, "Soundpool" is Dif Juz at its challenging best.
Dif Juz's only full-time album "Extractions" (1985) was produced with the help of the Cocteau Twins and proved to be a more gentle and polished affair than the early EP releases. Nevertheless, the sound of this album was even more far-out, with impressive, dense rhythm constructions and transparent, extremely complicated compositions of otherworldly beauty. Unfortunately, the band hasn't released more stuff of this sort.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best records in the 4AD history 23 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This new compilation of old Dif Juz tracks comprises all titles from the 1981 12" releases "Vibrating Air" and "Huremics" as well as their 1987-track "No motion" from the lovely "Lonely Is An Eyesore"-Sampler. Parts of the two 12" releases have appeared on the CD "Extractions", but this is the first time the whole tracks are available on CD format. Dif Juz sound can be described as an "avantgarde-jazz-band" playing Cocteau-Twins-soundscapes. Swirling layers of
ethereal guitar-sounds are backed by strong bass-playing and polyrhythmic drumming, mostly evident on the very complex "No motion". For anyone who has an ear for 4AD-artists like Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance and Clan Of Xymox, this is a must- hear and must-have recording.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, THE overdue recognition for four talented lads! 2 April 2000
By Michael C. Tellison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Dif Juz's Vibrating Air and Huremics EPs in the early 1980s while working on air as a disc jockey at college (Northern IL Univ.). They were masters of some incredibly sensual and memorably ethereal guitar pieces. The lack of vocals made them all the more unique and passionate. The video to NO MOTION on another 4AD soundtrack (Lonely is an Eysore) combines some incredible camera work capturing this band in motion. David and Alan Curtis, along with Gary Bromley and Richard (not John Boy Walton) Thomas fashion an incredible wall of sound and It's gratifying to hear these tracks again and together on cd. I play this one often! Every cut is hot and if you appreciate Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, Throwing Muses or Bauhaus, you'll absolutely be thrilled with this. Impress the daylights out of your friends and Buy it NOW!
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A forerunner for "Post-Rock" 5 May 2000
By Nick Storring - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Great disc. Just think though, we're all rabid for Godspeed You Black Emperor! et. al, but if you listen to this you can hear that trend starting 15 years before all of the bands now. Don't get me wrong, I love GYBE! but they, and others that fuse a bunch of styles into an interesting instrumental but rockesque style owe tons to Dif Juz.
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