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3 April 1962 |
Tottenham, London, United Kingdom
|Occupations||Record producer, musician, Record Label owner|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, piano, guitar, keyboards, violin|
|Associated acts||Cocteau Twins
In 1984, Raymonde joined Cocteau Twins, filling the void left by the departed bassist Will Heggie. He remained as a core writer in the band until its dissolution in 1997. As well as his work with Cocteau Twins, he also contributed to the first two albums by This Mortal Coil, another 4AD project.
Raymonde's debut solo album, Blame Someone Else, was released in 1997, and featured contributions from Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins.
Raymonde runs the Bella Union record label, which has released music by Fleet Foxes, Treefight For Sunlight, I Break Horses, John Grant, Laura Veirs, Midlake, Lift to Experience, Howling Bells, Stephanie Dosen, Beach House, Hannah Cohen, Dirty Three, Marques Toliver, The Low Anthem, Veronica Falls, Vetiver, Andrew Bird, J Tillman, Wavves, Abe Vigoda, Peter Broderick, Department of Eagles, Zun Zun Egui, Lanterns on the Lake, Alessi's Ark, Sleeping States, The Dears, Explosions in the Sky, Fionn Regan, Cashier No 9, Jonathan Wilson and Philip Selway.
Raymonde has acted as producer and mixer on many records, including Clearlake's Cedars, James Yorkston's Moving Up Country, the first two albums by John Grant's first band The Czars, The Duke Spirit's Cuts Across the Land, and The Open's Silent Hours. He co-produced the posthumous album from Billy Mackenzie. He also mixed the Fionn Regan album The End of History, which was nominated for the 2007 Mercury Music Prize, and the debut album by Lift to Experience. Raymonde remixed tracks for Archive, Tristeza and Departure Lounge. His more recent output includes work with Anthony Reynolds, Lucas Renney, and Archie Bronson Outfit.
In 2010 Raymonde formed the group Snowbird with Stephanie Dosen.
In 2012 Bella Union celebrated its 15th year, and the label was asked to host and curate the Friday lineup at the End of the Road Festival that September. Since February 2012, he has hosted a show on Amazing Radio on Monday evenings, and also presents a late-night show on Strangeways Radio.
In February 2013, Raymonde filmed the first three pilot episodes of his television show, Live At The Village Underground, introducing new bands each week.
- Treasure (1984)
- The Pink Opaque (Cocteau Twins album) (1986)
- The Moon and the Melodies (Cocteau Twins album)(1986), (in collaboration with Harold Budd)
- Blue Bell Knoll (Cocteau Twins album) (1988)
- Heaven or Las Vegas (Cocteau Twins album) (1990)
- Four-Calendar Café (Cocteau Twins album) (1993)
- Milk and Kisses (Cocteau Twins album) (1996)
- Blame Someone Else (1997)
- Luminus Love in 23 (1998) with Nanaco