Ralph Lawson’s Basic Vision label will release the first in a four-part series of limited edition 12” vinyl EPs, ‘Basic Vision 001’, this Monday 29 January. The full series will then be compiled into a 14 track album entitled ‘Back To Basics - Rare Classics’, available from April 2018. Selected and compiled by Lawson, who played the first ever record at the club, ‘Basic Vision 001’ features club classics Lil Louis & The World’s ‘I Called You (The Story Continues)’, M-I-Cara’s ‘Casa Beat’ and Mike Perras’ ‘Keep Movin’.
The limited edition vinyl series and 14 track album both feature original artwork from the apparent ‘godfather of punk’, Jamie Reid. The four vinyl sleeves will together form one piece of collectable artwork.
The ‘Back To Basics – Rare Classics’ project, which has taken over two years to compile, includes tracks from artists Neal Howard, Cajmere, Cassio Ware, Mood II Swing, Eddie Fowlkes, Black Science Orchestra and Armando, who will also be on featured on forthcoming 12” vinyl EP releases.
Ralph Lawson has been part of the bricks and mortar of Dave Beer’s Back To Basics since its inception, going on to become music director - Daft Punk, Danny Tenaglia, Derrick Carter and Francois K all made trips to Basics for their earliest UK gigs. Ralph has also helped the club win five major industry awards so far for Best Club and has been personally nominated for Best Breakthrough, Best DJ and Lifetime Contribution.
Lawson then founded electronic music label 20/20 Vision. Alongside production partner Carl Finlow he produced a series of tracks including ‘Raptures of The Deep’ by Wulf n Bear and ‘Lovelee Dae’ by Blaze. The record label has apparently been influential in building careers for a multitude of international dance music artists including Maya Jane Coles, Crazy P, Huxley, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Paul Woolford and Audiojack.
Lawson then became an integral founder of the live electronic project 2020Soundsystem, touring constantly around the world and hitting festivals from Sonar and Exit to Glastonbury and Burning Man.