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International People Gang
International Peoples Gang are Nottingham residents Martyn Watson and Ric Peet who have created their own sublime sound through their IPG albums and masses of production work and remixes. After fighting the punk wars and tasting pop success with Pookah Makes Three, Martyn Watson produced bands in Paris, A&R’d for Arista in London and co-founded the uber-hip house label T:me Records in 1991, fired by the Balearic hedonism of Nottingham’s legendary Venus club. Ric was thrust into the limelight as one half of ‘baggy rave duo’ Candyflip with their 1990 reworking of “Strawberry Fields” whilst as a producer/engineer he has worked on studio albums with John Leckie and Muse, The Charlatans, Six By Seven and Bent as well as doing live sound for V2’s fantastic Amusement Parks on Fire and Nottingham’s own Crazy P amongst others.
Together, as IPG, Martyn and Ric use concepts of sound as their material, throwing them at blank spaces and watching abstract images and audio-visual beauty take shape. The result combines warm, organic dub soudscapes with classical stylings, elements of folk with fuzzed guitars, creating a manipulation of language with electronic experimentation. This anything goes approach fits with the original concept behind the group; The International Peoples Gang (inspired by a lyric from David Bowie's Panic In Detroit) which one is born into; a kind of collective consciousness.