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Heavyweight says final goodbye

Heavyweight says final goodbye

Output compilation looks back...

Trevor Jackson's revolutionary label Output Recordings, now sadly defunct, was one of the most important UK independent labels. A compilation of their finest moments, 'I Hate Music', due for release on 12th November, sets out to secure their influential legacy.

Having first released epochal cuts like The Rapture's 'House of Jealous Lovers' and LCD Soundsystem's 'Losing My Edge' before the majors came a-sniffin', Output presaged the vogue for punk-funk and also predicted a new thirst for old skool acid house with the likes of DK7 and Mu.

"Output didn't give a flying fuck about what anyone thought about it," Jackson retorted. "What I was trying to do was to create an alternative. I wanted to release music that was different to anything else. When it started to become part of a movement - that to me was the beginning of the end. I didn't want recognition, I just wanted it to exist in its own world, to make interesting music available."

And indeed Output did, as the new comp shows with Colder's skeletal electroid post-punk, The Boy Lucas's freak folk and Gramme's heavyweight grooves all vying for attention.

"I would never do a label again," Jackson revealed. "This is saying, it's over, that's it, I'm proud of it but let's move on."

Yet although Output is done, Jackson's highly enthusiastic about a multitude of his own projects, due to appear next year.

"I'm producing tracks for the Gossip, working on a new Playgroup album and I've got literally 100 tracks that I'm ready to drop in various guises," he grinned. "I've got some of the most gnarly, fucked-up underground shit!"