A longtime linchpin of the New York City underground music scene, Bill Laswell has been among the most prolific artists in contemporary music; as a performer, producer, and label chief, his imprint is on literally hundreds of albums, the majority of them characterized by a signature sound fusing the energy of punk with the bone-rattling rhythms of funk. Born on February 12, 1955, in Salem, IL, he initially played guitar, but soon switched to bass; raised primarily in the Detroit area, he honed his skills in local funk outfits before relocating to New York in 1978. There Laswell formed Material, an outlet for his experimental approach toward sounds ranging from jazz to hip-hop to worldbeat; originally the backup unit for Daevid Allen, the group soon began working on its own, issuing its debut EP Temporary Music in 1979.
By 1982, Material was the duo of Bill Laswell and Michael Beinhorn, collaborating with different musicians and singers on each track.
From the album “One Down”, a dance mix by John Luongo of “I’m The One”/”Don’t Lose Control” was released as a 12″ single.
Guest artists on “I’m The One” included Bernard Fowler, Nile Rodgers and Tony Thompson while “Don’t Lose Control” featured Jean Karakos, Nicky Skopelitis and Tony Thomson.
I’m The One (Remix) 7:18
Don’t Lose Control (Remix) 6:28