Jeremy Deller and Adrian Sherwood sample bat frequencies on new glow-in-the-dark Freetail Dub

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Deep in the cave.

Turner Prize-winning UK artist Jeremy Deller has teamed up with dub producer and On-U Sound boss Adrian Sherwood to release ‘Freetail Dub’, featuring samples of bat echolocation sounds.

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Released on The Vinyl Factory, the limited edition 12″ is housed in a screen-printed glow-in-the-dark cover designed by Deller and Jan Lankisch. Check it out in more detail below:

Layered over Sherwood’s guttural bass, the high frequency pitches rebound across the track, first exhibited as a soundtrack to Deller’s 2017 installation ‘Send Bat Echolocation Sounds to Dub Reggae Producers’ at BRÜCKENMUSIK 23.

Located under at the Deutzer Brücke in Cologne, the installation’s cavernous aspect also nods to Deller’s 2004 Turner Prize-winning work Memory Bucket, which captured a bat colony leaving its cave in Texas. The Mexican Freetail bats featured here on Sherwood’s dub were recorded at that Frio Cave in West Texas in the autumn of 2011.

Speaking of the release, Deller said: “Bats love dub, it relaxes them as they roost after a busy night hunting for insects, and the echolocation clicks they make are pure electronica. It made sense for them to work with Adrian Sherwood to make this track, and I am glad I could bring them both together.”

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