Their earlier work is noted for genre-crossing stylings, distorted, morose, and at times alien lyrics, distinctive funk bass lines, and extensive use of lo-fi recording practices (although it would be a stretch to call the style of the music as a whole “lo-fi”, in the more traditional sense).
This work is best exemplified by their 1998 debut album How To Operate With A Blown Mind on Skint Records. At this time, the Lo Fidelity Allstars were credited by pseudonyms rather than their actual names. After its release, the band’s lead vocalist David Randall (credited as The Wrekked Train) left shortly followed by the keyboard player “Sheriff” John Stone. For their second studio album, Don’t Be Afraid of Love, the members of the band discarded their pseudonyms in favor of using their real names.
The departed members set up as a new group called The Big Sleep and did record a live mix for BBC Radio 1’s Mary Anne Hobbs show.
Before the split, they found time to record a mix album On the Floor at the Boutique (a follow-up to Fatboy Slim’s mix album of the same name) containing an unsurprisingly eclectic selection of tracks, including 2 short tracks recorded by the original line-up especially for the mix: “You’re Never Alone With A Clone” and “Bootsy Call”. Another track, “Many Tentacles Pimping On The Keys”, was also included which was released previously as “Disco Machine Gun Part 2” on the Disco Machine Gun single released in 1997.
Though the group’s later work leans more towards pop electronica than the brooding techno sounds of How To Operate With A Blown Mind, the lyrics of the group continue to be at times alien, or at the very least, off-color. The 2002 album Don’t Be Afraid of Love includes a number of guest vocalists, including funk legend Bootsy Collins.
Lo-Fidelity Allstars (Skint – UK) – dj set
Palotai (Tilos) – special big beat set
Fonetik (Vibes / Töréspont Radio)
Nano + Visin