Brass band strike a record deal

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The award-winning Leyland Brass Band have hooked up with the former boss of dance label Ministry of Sound to record in a cutting edge new project.

The band, who are known as one of the country’s finest, joined forces with hotly tipped Manchester electronic outfit, Dresden, to record a version of their tune, Cold Hands, for former Ministry of Sound director Tony Rigg, in Preston’s St Peter’s Arts Centre.

The resulting collaboration will be released as part of a new venture by the producer called The Laboratory Project on a compilation album called Taste Masters Volume 2.

Due out on May 28, it also features ex-Happy Mondays star, Rowetta, Clint Boon of the Inspiral Carpets and MC Tunes, of dance outfits, 808 State and Dust Junkies, among others.

A state-of-the-art recording set up was erected in the room and members of Dresden took charge of the recording and production process while the Leyland Band committed their parts to tape.

Though based in Lancashire, the members are drawn from all across the United Kingdom and beyond and the current line up boasts players from Norway, Australia and Luxembourg, led by respected conductor John Doyle.

Tony was Ministry of Sound operations director for years. He also signed a record deal himself when working as part of club favourites, Dance Assassins, but says this latest project is ‘miles away from dance music’.

Rigg said: “The Leyland Band are very well known in their field and John, their conductor, has worked with people like Peter Gabriel on the Jools Holland show. They are very well respected.

“They are remarkably professional and know exactly what they are doing. I am no stranger to working with top class performers and I hold them in the highest regard.”

An official launch party for The Taste Masters Volume 2 recordings will be held at former New Order and Joy Division bassist Peter Hook’s FAC25 Club in Manchester on Saturday May 28.