Dif Juz

Formed: 1980 in West London, UK.
Ceased activity: circa 1986.

A British instrumental quartet, Dif Juz (a play on "different jazz") consisted of brothers Dave & Alan Curtis (both guitarists), bassist Gary Bromley and drummer/occasional sax player Richard Thomas. They released two seminal EPs; Huremics and Vibrating Air in 1981 on the then fledgling 4AD label. The band then departed 4AD for the label Red Flame in 1983 where they released an experimental mini LP Who Says So?, following this they toured extensively through 1984 and 1985 supporting Cocteau Twins and Wolfgang Press before returning to 4AD to record their first full-length LP Extractions which featured contributions by Cocteau Twins Elizabeth Fraser (vocals) and Robin Guthrie (production). Shortly thereafter Dif Juz were introduced to Jamaican dub innovator Lee Perry and served as his backing band for a series of shows before eventually attempting to make a record together. The five tracks that were recorded - including a nine-minute version of "The Mighty Quinn" - never quite gelled, despite Robin Guthrie's attempts to mix them and the collaboration remains unreleased.

With the exception of a reissued and re-recorded Huremics and Vibrating Air (respectively) in the form of Out Of The Trees and a contribution to the 1986 4AD compilation Lonely Is An Eyesore the band effectively disappeared, though the members remained active separately; the Curtis brothers and Ritchie Thomas both recorded parts for This Mortal Coil's Filigree & Shadow album, whilst Thomas would also appear that year on the Cocteau Twins/Harold Budd collaboration The Moon And The Melodies playing drums and saxophone. He and Dave Curtis also contributed to The Wolfgang Press' albums Queer and Funky Little Demons, respectively.
It is rumoured that the band's 'final' dissolution came when Richard Thomas became a touring drummer for The Jesus And Mary Chain, though the band never officially split up.

After many years of silence, the posthumous release by 4AD of Huremics and Vibrating Air appeared in the form of Soundpool in 1999. Coinciding with the album was the creation of a website which appeared to be created by the band. This page ran the banner "By us about us", as well as "More soon" though this never materialized.



RFM 24 Dif Juz - Who Says So? album art Dif Juz Who Says So?(12", MiniAlbum) Red Flame RFM 24 UK 1983 Sell This Version
CAD 505 Dif Juz - Extractions album art Dif Juz Extractions (Album) 4AD CAD 505 UK 1985 Sell This Version
009 Dif Juz - Time Clock Turn Back album art Dif Juz Time Clock Turn Back(Cass) Pleasantly Surprised 009 UK 1985 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

BAD 116 Dif Juz - Vibrating Air album art Dif Juz Vibrating Air(12") 4AD BAD 116 UK 1981 Sell This Version
BAD 109 Dif Juz - Huremics album art Dif Juz Huremics(12") 4AD BAD 109 UK 1981 Sell This Version


830 949-4 Dif Juz - Out Of The Trees album art Dif Juz Out Of The Trees (MiniAlbum, Comp) 4AD 830 949-4 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
GAD 109/116 CD Dif Juz - Soundpool album art Dif Juz Soundpool (Comp) 4AD GAD 109/116 CD UK & US 1999 Sell This Version


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March 1, 2017
edited over 4 years ago
I am suprised more people nowadays don't name check Dif Juz as an influence, you can hear their influence in so much modern music that pales in comparison to the music they made 30 years ago.

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