D'Ya Hear Me!


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+ All tracks are reissued first time incl. previously
unreleased versions.
+ Scarce photos
+ Liner notes written by Brenda Ray
+ Appeal to the listeners of D.I.Y. / post-punk / Reggae funk crossover dub-up, also fans of New Age Steppers, the Slits, Pop Group, Young Marble Giants and her masterpiece Walatta [EM1071CD]

Cardboard / gatefold paper jacket + a liner

Quality pressing + a liner

Sweet post-punk, with a heartfelt reggae/funk influence, analog dub effects and lovely femme-vox. A unique slice of late-70s/early-80s goodness, starring Brenda Ray, whose previous release on EM Records, Walatta, has been embraced by a large number of listeners. Recorded in North West England, D'Ya Hear Me! is warm-hearted, open, fresh and slyly experimental.

With an independent spirit and a true D.I.Y. soul, these thirteen tracks, originally released in various formats by Ray a.k.a. Brenda Kenny a.k.a. Natalie Sand a.k.a. Polly Rith'm and her musical friends under the moniker(s) Naffi/Naffi Sandwich, were recorded in a simple home-made studio, making full use of the creative options opened up through the full use of simple means - although the warm, full audio belies any notions of primitivism. Far from media-crazed London, Naffi created a musical world free from lust for the spotlight, focusing solely on the music, and the results are fittingly pure.

D'Ya Hear Me! is a wide-ranging release, with lovely vocal tracks, warm dubs and pleasingly odd instrumentals, all knitted together with a special trans-Atlantic rhythmic sense. Two songs of special interest here are "Moonbeams" and the Young Marble Giants-esque "Everyday Just Another Dream", which are early versions of "Starlight" and "Another Dream" from Walatta. Also noteworthy are several previously unissued longer versions of some songs.
This year-round collection of summery breezes is available from EM on CD and LP.


This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 16 August, 2012.

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