I’m not sure what got me into Lamb: I’d say James, but back then it probably would have offended his sense of drum and bass purity to have a girl singing live in front of it, or that it meant they were a pop band, or something. But what an amazing racket they made (and still do: I saw them last year at Roundhouse with Laura, and they were still amazing live).
I saw them at SummerStage in Central Park back in 2000: Giles Peterson (James siren alert!) was DJing between bands, with Anoushka Shankar (her dad Ravi dropped in for a bit too), Roni Size and Reprazent (James relaxes again), Fela Kuti and Lamb, a cauldron of beat and continents, and I knew there and then, as the sun set and the crowd jumped in time, that they were one of my bands. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ny_90mIletI