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I was round the guys house that engineered the Bang The Party releases and we were going through his records. Within the standard genre sections (disco, funk, dub etc…) he had a further category for Murk. I liked that. Not really ‘Under The Radar’ but here’s my favourite Murk moment anyway.

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Under The Radar

Yennek: Dancing Tides

Lovely uptempo Detroit track with a mellow edge from Kenny Larkin under his Yennek guise. When asked about the Yennek moniker Larkin replied, “”I don’t have any deeper meanings for this. You do without thinking; I just put the Kenney letters backwards.” (That actually doesn’t make sense as it would mean he can’s spell his own name but there we go… – Ed).

Yennek: Dancing Tides
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Under The Radar

Thomas Leer: International

Found this one in a little shop in Chichester and it just ‘looked’ good. Made in ’84 it sounds perfect for now and has been the morning record in my house for a while. On the surface it seems quite pleasant but the song is basically about trafficking heroin (‘traveling across the world, selling it to boys and girls’). Seems like there’s lots of digging to be done into the world of Thomas Leer.

Thomas Leer: International (Global Mix)
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Jorge Ben,

This is one of the first Brazilian records I ever bought, and its still my favourite, nearly twenty years later. The credits on the back of the sleeve read like half a Brazilian football team – Joaozinho, Wagner, Dadi, Bidu, Gil, and Jorge. The flute arrangements are by the great Artur Verocai. A very special record.

Jorge Ben: Minha Estrella E Do Oriente
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David Byrne Came To Town

April 17, 2009

David Byrne

So the Talking Heads frontman hit London and all reports were it was amazing. Facebook was buzzing the next day and it seemed like half of London was there. Well at least half of London that I know. Was gutted to have missed the shows but glad to see he’s back in London in August playing at the Barbican. The following two tracks were on the re-release of ‘Remain In Light’. ‘Right Start’ is the demo groove of ‘Once In A Lifetime’ (best bassline ever award?) and ‘Double Groove’ shows Eno and Byrne hitting hard on their African influences.

Talking Heads: Right Start (Unfinished Outtake)
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Talking Heads: Double Groove (Unfinished Outtake)
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When ‘Deluge’, Michael Karoli’s 1984 LP with Polly Eltes, got issued on CD it included a stack of previously unheard stuff. This is one of those unheard bits. Jaki Leibezeit’s on drums, playing a typically wonky drum pattern. Michael’s rhythm guitar is nice and summery, and Polly’s vocals have a nursery-rhyme simplicity.

Feelgood krautrock.

Michael Karoli & Polly Eltes: You’re The Driver
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Tim Hayter is a friend and record collector of note who may or may not be familiar to some of you. With good ears and a wonderful record collection, he is a trusted source when it comes to quality music across the board. I have asked Tim to get involved in Test Pressing and post the odd song when he feels like it so here we go…

Thomas Dolby is clearly some kind of genius in the studio: you only need to hear production work with Prefab Sprout to realise that. But sometimes the technical genius gets in the way of his songwriting – listen to ‘Hyperactive’ or ‘She Blinded Me With Science’ for evidence. The gimmicks, for me, are distracting.

Not on this track though. It’s a demo of ‘Airwaves’ – cheap drum-machine, treated piano, bass & vocals. No gimmicks. I’ve no idea what it’s about, but I think it’s lovely. From 1980.

Thomas Dolby: Airwaves (Demo)
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