More from Mike B and this great little collection of early Blow Monkeys with 6 Pete Wilson produced tracks. A taster for the “Animal Magic” LP and a couple from their debut “Limping For A Generation.”
A timeless arrangement, a bit Divine Comedy meets The Smiths on the main track. “My America” combines jangle and a sultry saxophone, top track! “Wildflower” is a classic again with those lush arrangements.
” Sweet Murder (Eek-a-Mix)” sees them dabble in Dancehall, is that Eek-a-mouse guesting ? “Atomic Lullaby” was a previous single, coolness personified. “Kill The Pig” closes this little selection, showing the social conscious of the band, Pig = The Police.
A debut on here for Taco Ockerse and his own brand of Euro Synth Pop. Not revisiting the 40’s in a series of electro covers, this features early samplers and sequencers. The track has a definite Dolby feel in the arrangement. Produced by German studio boffin, David Parker.
“Standing In The Shadows” goes into more Italo disco territory with some interesting sample noises.
Adding to the collection of 400 Blows already on here we have the electro jazz of this from ’86. Deep in Paul Hardcastle territory and just as well produced.
Flutes and funk surround some samples of the London riots. Finishing with some rock guitar shredding. The “Stripped Mix” is quite a rework, an interesting deep bass and a stripped back arrangement. More 400 Blows if you require a re-up.
From 1985 and some synth rock from Benatar. Produced by Mike Chapman and remixed by John “Tokes” Potoker.
The bass hooks you in and those vocals ! I had forgotten this track, yes really so it was nice to come across it again on the fuller 12″ version. It was written by Simon Climie and Holly Knight and as the title suggests was from a film.
From March 1982 and featuring; Synthesizer – Kevin Komoda, Synthesizer, Vocoder – Bill Vorn and Vocals, Synthesizer – Tracy Howe. The sound of the future had certainly got cheaper! Formed in 1980 in Montreal, Canada they were Kraftwerk obsessives.
Produced by Pat Desario it will appeal to any synth fans with lots of analogue sounds. I do love a geeky gear list, Moog Source, Logan String Melody, Roland SH-5, MC-4 MicroComposer, TR-808, System-100, System-700, Vocoder SVC-350, Space Echo 201 and Casio VL-1. Wow!
Some of the lyrics may seem a little cringe worthy, but the sounds are pure, Canada didn’t release purely synth records!
There is a nod to Human League on track 4, love the instrumental ” Le Meilleur Des Mondes ” and the pure synthpop of “City Of Night.”