Founder member Ralph Lawson explains 2020 Soundsystem:
“The 2020Soundsystem has its origins in a request from Fat City Records in Manchester to make a mix for their ‘Stars on 33’ series. I was totally bored of everything at the time and wanted to try something different. I wanted to mix records from 1979-1999 and many weren’t done on computers so you couldn’t beat match them. I wanted to find a new way to mix them. I spoke about it with Danny ‘Dubble D’ Ward and he suggested that he played kit over the records and handled any changes in tempo and then made our own ‘breaks’ coming out of the tracks. I would then mix the next record into the drums that were now tight. Basically the idea worked and I still love the mix we achieved. We left the idea for a while but I became obsessed with putting a band together. It had been a dream since my teenage years and became an itch I still felt I needed to scratch. So when I was sent a demo by two Argentineans called Silver City (Fernando Pulichino and Julian Sanza) that featured live bass and keyboards I put 2 and 2 together and we made 4. Our first gig was at BRB in Leeds in 2003. It was more of a jam over my records as we didn’t have any songs. Over time we started to get our own hooks and those then became the basis of original tracks”.
Their last full length Falling came out in 2009 and since then there have been multiple releases on the 2020 Vision label. The Ray Mang remix of Ocean is extremely dope but only available on vinyl. I just ordered it and I’m very pleased.
2020 Soundsystem – Ocean (Ray Mang Remix)