More On-U, I’m afraid. I seem to be listening to a lot of this stuff at the moment. These two are from early in the On-U story, 1981, when the label was focused on reggae, albeit a twisted version thereof.

First up is Jah Woosh, from the ‘Wild Paarty Sounds vol1’ compilation. ‘The Woodpecker Sound’, one of a long line of Jamaican DJ records devoted to bird calls.

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After that it’s the essential dub version: ‘Chemical Specialist’ from Creation Rebel & New Age Steppers. Killer dub effects on this one.

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Tim Hayter takes a look at the new Soul Jazz ‘cosmiche’ compilation.

Oddly, there has never been a definitive Krautrock compilation. This isn’t it, but it’s close. There is some phenomenal music contained herein. Many of the usual suspects – Harmonia, Faust, Can and Neu! – make an appearance. What always amazes me about Soul Jazz comps, though, is that alongside the classic there is always a healthy chunk of stuff you’ve never heard of before. As in: ‘Rambo Zambo’ by Kollektiv, a monster kraut freak-out: classic flutes & bongos material.

If I have a criticism it’s that, in going up to the 80s for track selections, it gets into the synth-based material of people like Conrad Schnizler. All good, except that the sequencing of the CDs veers from wailing guitar madness to cold synths and back again with no discernable pattern.

That said, the quality is top-notch throughout. Well worth checking.

Elektronische Musik – Experimental German Rock And Electronic Music 1972 – 83 is released by Soul Jazz on the 5th of April

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My fascination with all things Arthur Russell began in the mid 80s, spurred by David Toop’s championing of his work in The Face. Things like ‘Wax The Van’, ‘Schoolbell/Treehouse’ and ‘Let’s Go Swimming’ were current releases, but only gave a partial picture of the breadth of Arthur’s interests. In the background were not only his avant garde cello pieces – ‘World of Echo’ was the only easily available example – but also his short-lived career in a new wave band in 1981/82.

The Necessaries made one-and-a-bit LPs (two releases, but some tracks are common to both). You can hear how they would have fit with that almost-funky guitar sound current a the time – The Feelies, The Bongos, pre-Eno Talking Heads – the kind of thing Vampire Weekend lifted their style from.

This track is a favourite. There’s something both vulnerable and hopeful in Arthur’s lyrics and delivery which I love.

The Necessaries: More Real
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Coldcut Deconstruct Paid In Full
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David Sylvian Veil Dub
I’m never quite sure about David Sylvian. Some of his music is sublime, but he has a tendency to take himself a bit too seriously, and sometimes his music gets a bit too over-thought and safe as a result. His first couple of solo LP’s are terrific though. ‘Taking The Veil’ is from the second. Apiento and I reworked it, stripping out most of the vocals and emphasising the rhythm section. I think it turned out pretty well.

David Sylvian – Veil (TIm H & Apiento Dub Version)
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Ned Doheny Streathma Island Discs

Ned’s an interesting character, from a wealthy family, part of the David Geffen set in the early 70s. That’s him on the far right in the photo, next to Geffen and Joni Mitchell and (I think) Mama Cass. He then went on to make the classic Yacht Rock LP ‘Hardy Candy’ in 1976.

In 1979 he released ‘Prone’, and ‘To Prove My Love’ from that LP went on to become a soul weekender classic. It was all over pirate radio in the early 80s.

But for reasons lost in the mists of time, the version everyone knows only has vocals on the choruses – the lead vocal line is missing.This is the version with the full vocal, only released in Japan. Good song, great voice.

Ned Doheny – To Prove My Love
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George Cromarty

Head to the Numero Group site for info on this chap. They put this track out on their ‘Guitar Soli’ LP last year, and are threatening to release more of his stuff in the near future. It’s an amazing piece. I need to practice my guitar more…a lot more! Love the harmonics at the beginning.

George Cromarty – Flight
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