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Rob Dougan

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Rob Dougan in 2003 for the promotion of his debut album Furious Angels

Rob Dougan, who started as Rob D, is a genre-blending music composer mixing the sound of orchestral film music, the beat of club Trip Hop, and bluesy vocals, only tangentially relatable to electronic music. Known primarily for his 1995 breakthrough single "Clubbed To Death (kurayamino mix)", popularized by 1999's The Matrix soundtrack, it wasn't until 2002 that he released in the UK his debut album Furious Angels. He is born ca. 1965 in Sydney, Australia and moved to London, UK ca. 1990.

" I'm associated with dance music, with electronica, which makes me feel ill. I only learnt all the boring computer crap as a means to an end. Virtually all musicians these days use computers, but if you write a book on a computer, nobody calls it electronic writing; the format you use doesn't necessarily affect the outcome. " (Rob Dougan) [1] (http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/homeentertainment/story/0,12830,1030987,00.html)
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History

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Rob Dougan in 2003 for the promotion of his debut album Furious Angels

Ca. 1990, his friend Rollo brings Rob Dougan from Australia to London. From 1991 to 1995, "Rob D" is a DJ and remix artist. In 1994 his remixes start charting in the UK. He also releases his first own single, "Hard Times".

In 1995, his hit single "Clubbed To Death" gives him a recognized name in the UK dance club scene. He'll produce almost a dozen of remixes of it, including fan-favourite "kurayamino mix". His label Mo'Wax Records is so pleased they commission him the follow-up "Clubbed to Death 2" (later the bonus track on the album).

But in 1996, his new track "Furious Angels", which should have heralded his first album, doesn't please his then label; Dougan will eventually release it as a single in 1998 with his new label Cheeky Records, just a few months before Cheeky goes bankrupt, stopping the production on the album that was about to be released. Dougan will toil six more years, doing remixes and licensing his tracks, in order to self-produce the album exactly like he intends it: backed by a full orchestra and a full choir.

In 1999, his exposure increases dramatically when his "Clubbed To Death (kurayamino mix)" is featured on the soundtrack of The Matrix, but this hit remains the only public face of then "Rob D". He has also provided remixes of songs by U2, Moby and Kylie Minogue, and contributed two more tracks to the soundtrack of the 2003's Matrix sequel The Matrix Reloaded.

In 2002 in the UK, and 2003 in the rest of the world, he eventually releases his debut album Furious Angels to mixed responses [2] (http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/douganrob/furiousangels) and some surprise from the new tone of his work, as well as from his own Leonard Cohenesque gravel-voiced vocals. Later in 2003, a two-disc re-release of Furious Angels features all-instrumental versions on the second disc.

Dougan's music is difficult to pin down into a single genre. He obviously composes with a significant dance club-influenced beat, but with major symphonic elements such as full-sized string orchestras, and his own, rough, alternative-rock-like lyrics. When asked, Rob Dougan's usual response is that the album is "antigenre".


Discography

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The cover to Rob Dougan's 2003 debut album Furious Angels

Studio albums

  • (2002) Furious Angels
    • 1-CD (14 tracks) on the basic edition.
    • 1-CD (15 tracks) on the UK edition (bonus "Clubbed to Death 2")
    • 2-CD (15+10 tracks) on the 2003 re-release (the second disc provides the instrumental versions of the first disc, for those who disliked Dougan's gravelly voice).

Singles, EPs

  • (1995) "Hard Times" - Single, various remixes.
  • (1995) "Clubbed to Death" - Single, many variant EPs ranging from 2 to 8 remixes.
  • (1998) "Furious Angels" - Single, many variant EPs ranging from 2 to 7 remixes.
  • (1999) The Matrix (OST) has "Clubbed to Death (kurayamino mix)" credited to his then DJ alias "Rob D".
  • (2003) The Matrix Reloaded (OST) has "Furious Angels [instrumental]" and "Chateau" (an original track).

Selected songs showcasing style

  • "I'm Not Driving Anymore" (instrumental and vocal versions. From Furious Angels album)
  • "Chateau" (features beats, strings, and brass. From The Matrix Reloaded fight scene of Neo against the Merovingian's henchmen. Fast pace, atmospheric, modern instrumental)
  • "Born Yesterday" (also from Furious Angels album. Vocal version offers plaintive, powerful lyrics)
  • "Left Me for Dead" (Furious Angels album. Vocal version poses some angry lyrics alongside strings and deep bass beats)
  • "Clubbed to Death 2" (Furious Angels exclusive track. A more driving version than the 1 counterpart)
  • "Will You Follow Me", & Instrumental (Furious Angels. Virtually all orchestral elements creating some romantic modern orchestra music)

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