Turbo Recordings is excited to present this lovingly rendered reissue of Neutron 9000’s lost ambient trance classic. Composed and recorded at London’s Orinoco Studios in 1994 by Dominic Woosey, Lady Burning Sky was originally released on the legendary UK label Rising High.
Turbo prides itself on living in the moment and fighting for the future, and this rare excursion into the past is arguably the most forward-looking release of the next five years. To learn how this is possible, we sat down with label owner Tiga, for whom this represents a true passion project.
Why a reissue?
I live my life with no regrets. That said, I do see the value in righting the wrongs of history and shining a light on music that hasn’t received the recognition it deserves. I’ve never met anyone who knows Lady Burning Sky, and it’’s usually the first thing I ask as a way of establishing dominance. This album has been a constant companion of mine for decades, and it’s high time others got in on that companionship.
What is your history with Neutron 9000?
I met Dominic Woosey on my first trip on my own to Europe. Yeah, I was a Eurail Kid, stowing away in sleeper cars and riding the winds of culture across the continent. I got Dominic’s number through a mutual friend, and when I met up with him in Berlin. he instantly became the coolest person I had ever met, which is crazy when you consider I grew up in Quebec. It was like I had fallen in with Berlin techno royalty, an eager young squire getting my first glimpse of a kingdom I had no idea existed.
What was so special about him?
He was the only person I knew who was into early trance, but he wasn’t a new age hippie. He was aloof. He was witty. He took the piss. And this album reflects that. It’s like hardcore ambient. It is distinctly not about peace, love, and unity, and that made a real impression on me.
The album originally came out on Rising High, which was my favorite label at the time. And while a lot of early 90s stuff has been revived, this hasn’t. There simply aren’t that many albums this good that have remained largely unknown.
Why is this such an important release for you?
Ambient has perhaps the lowest bar to clear in all of music, and Lady Burning Sky stands out as a real record by a real multidimensional artist, something no one else could have made. As someone who chilled out super fucking hard throughout the 90s, I can say with full confidence that it is a true anomaly in the genre, as tangibly great a the best pop and dance music. It was made with a real record company budget, but is completely uncompromising and uncommercial. This album should not exist, but it does. And you should not be hearing it, yet you are. I once said that real art is a celebration of the impossible. That sounded great at the time, and now it rings truer than ever as you come to realize this secret flame has endured all along. A lifetime burning doing the neutron dance.