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L’Illustration Musicale, Sonimage, Técipress-In Editions (Timing), Musax, Freesound, Montparnasse 2000 in France but also De Wolfe and Chappell in England: each and every of these sound library labels have in common to bring out as a legendary spectre the name of Jacky Giordano and his aliases. The use of aliases was a widespread practice in the library music world, and Rubba - chosen for the In Motion album - is just one of the many (along with José Pharos, Jacky Nodaro, Gruppo Sounds, Joachim Sherylee...) used by the French composer, that we also remember as well as Black Devil with Bernard Fèvre or even for the Schifters with Yan Tregger.
For his enthronement on the mythical English label De Wolfe, it's under the obscure name of the Rubba collective that Jacky Giordano sneaked in the londonian De Wolfe studios with the companionship of British colleagues such as John Hyde (aka John Saunders, James Harrington, Astral Sounds or even Wozo) and his wife Monica Hyde (aka Monica Beale), Alan Howe (aka John Collins), Robert Poole and Tim Broughton.
Published in 1980, the In Motion: Modern Progressive Group Sounds Played By Rubba LP comes housed in a minimalistic and red cover and contains 13 tracks, mainly composed by Joachim "Giordano" Sherylee, and was never reissued since then. The record became cult over time; it will have taken that the Hip-Hop world seizes it in order to dig it out from the disregarded and underestimated musical gems graveyard. First of all with beatmaker Madlib and Freddie Gibbs in 2011 with the track Thuggin', which used a sample from Way Star, also used more recently by Mil Beats and the rapper Westside Gunn on his track Brains Flew By.
Nearly 40 years after, the Farfalla Records label - after publishing Timing Archives - presents another aspect, more progressive and psychedelic, of the multi-faceted composer Jacky Giordano by fully reissuing this coveted, mysterious and mesmerizing Rubba LP. Very sought-after by crate-diggers, In Motion appears in the want-list of plenty of enthusiasts of the enigmatic world of library music. - Erwann Pacaud