Café Del Mar blue pedal steel ambience. July skies. Antena`s loon bird track. INXS` piano noir. Sakamoto`s genius. Cool and mellow, until Renegade Soundwave`s abrasive robot informs you that something more than “chill-out” is afoot.
Think Sherwood, little Annie, ON-U. Percussion pushed and phased through the parameters of sound. Think dark and dangerous, belly dancers and souks, ruthless gypsy passion, and intoxication.
I had the pleasure of speaking to Romanthony quite a lot on the phone at a certain point in time. He was making amazing music – from crazy prince type jams through to really raw house tracks with not a lot going on. Our label at the time was doing pretty well but he didn’t...
Sheryl Garratt interviews The Beloved in the December 1990 version of The Face. Photography by Bart Everly.
These images are all taken from the book City Play, a serious survey of the games of New Yorkers. Some good style in here (particularly the kid about to get a beating).
I remember buying ‘Bummed’ by The Happy Mondays when it came out on CD and getting an eyeful of a shaven haven (as you’d call it then) in the centre cover. Didn’t quite get it then. Do now. It also took me years to figure out it was Shaun Ryder on the cover. Anyway, there...
I work in a design studio so should really post more on graphic design so maybe I’ll get on that. Anyway, here’s a piece on the work of Neville Brody, typographer du jour and now dean of the RCA in London, in The Face April 1988. Text by Simon Esterson, portrait by Julian Broad.
Very happy to welcome Kenny Wisdom on board as a sometime contributor to Test Pressing. Here he writes about the very Polish Cut Outs (obviously).
Great title. Here the Swiss harpist talks to The Face in January ’87. Interview by David Toop, photography by Steve Champion.
Sheryl Garratt (again!) takes a look at New Age clubbing in the February 1990 edition of The Face. Jimi Cauty from The KLF discusses The Orb and what was ‘ambient house for the E generation’. I like the mention of the hippy New Age club Whirlygig at the end of the piece and its parachute...
Various images from the authorized (American init) biography of Crosby Stills & Nash. And here’s the book the images come from…
This one comes from The Face January 1987 and tells the story of Trojan, one of the London club faces, specifically at the Taboo club alongside Leigh Bowery. Text by Paul Rambali with images by Derek Ridgers and Sheila Rock.
I`m not sure if this re-issue is legit, but “Coda” is classic Balearic Italo.
A garden awakening. Leaves rising to the dew. Petalled heads turning to greet the sun. Insect business beginning. Rain. Drops splash revive green. A watcher`s lonely hand upon misted glass.