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Rob Dougan

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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, he is only tangentially relatable to electronic music. He was known primarily for his 1995 breakthrough single “Clubbed to Death (Kurayamino Variation)”, popularized by 1999’s The Matrix soundtrack. It wasn’t until 2002 that he released his debut album Furious Angels in the UK. He was born in 1969 in Sydney, Australia and moved to London, UK ca. 1990.

Around 1990, his friend Rollo Armstrong brought Rob Dougan from Australia to London. From 1991 to 1995, “Rob D” was a DJ and remix artist. In 1994 his remixes started charting in the UK. He also released his first own single, “Hard Times”.

In 1995, his hit single “Clubbed to Death” gave him a recognized name in the UK dance club scene. He produced almost a dozen remixes of it, including the fan-favourite “kurayamino mix”. His label Mo’Wax Records was so pleased they commissioned 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) didn’t please his then label; Dougan eventually released it as a single in 1998 with his new label Cheeky Records, just a few months before Cheeky went bankrupt, stopping the production on the album about to be released. Dougan toiled six more years, doing remixes and licensing his tracks, in order to self-produce the album exactly like he intended it: backed by a full orchestra and a full choir.

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