Friday, July 01, 2005

You're My Kind Of Climate

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It's a funky Friday, and to end this week's '80s themed posts is a cool tune from Rip Rig & Panic. They were an offshoot of then recently defunct Bristolian legends the Pop Group. A jazz-funk combo, they left behind the art-punk of their old band, but held onto it's free thinking "no boundaries" attitude. From 1981 to 1983 they released three albums of funky, jazzy grooves with loads of anarchic SKRONK! mixed in. They are also notable because they feature the tough vocals of a young up and comer by the name of Neneh Cherry. It's her unmistakable flow you hear on You're My Kind Of Climate (Party Mix). This version is taken from another cool Virgin Records compilation, 1982's Methods Of Dance Volume 2, and was previously only available as a DJ promo 12". It's got a great big-band feel to it, Neneh is fierce on the vocals, and the dubby breakdown that happens halfway through is big - I love how it breaks down and then builds back up into a sax driven squall of noise before petering out.

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