You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to view this site.

Test Pressing

Reviews / Promo'd / 19 / 02 / 2012


Italian Horror with a post-punk funk edge. Metallic echoes of Levene. Wobble-like bass. Richard Sen’s Padded Cell with harpsichord flourishes, thigh-bone trumpets and the Jajouka’s rhiatas. Sharing Barry Adamson’s “Moss-Side Story”s obsession with the night and musicians in sharp suits, Cold War spy theme guitar riffs double-cross Jim Thompson 50’s noir sax solos. A touch of the Heliocentrics in the Sun Ra back from the car boot sale percussion. Strange strings and things. John Cale’s viola is set adrift in Wim Wenders` desert. Bram Stoker’s Carpathian mourns a love centuries old. A mission impossible hurtles towards the point of self-destruction. Electric Miles’ “Dark Magus”. Clarinets conjour Hubert Selby’s “Last Exit”. Redemption. By any means. A juke joint tassel twirler sings a junk-yard blues. Sonica’s final stand. If this record had been made in 1970 it would be setting you back 200 euro. If you found it in a Parisian flea market you would not believe your luck. Timeless. Priceless. Highly collectable.

Bear Funk Soundcloud


Jefferson. Ten City, without Stingly’s righteous falsetto, but aching under the reality of love’s weight all the same. An Italo sunrise on an Ibizian beach. A “Smokebelch” for a summers day. Landlord on Big Shot. 80s Electro-boogie and Northend’s hog of a bass-line. A Synth Pop Left Bank seduction. Penniless students sharing each other in a rented room. She in a beret and a red wool coat. A second-hand polka dot silk romance. The ZTT Fairlight choir dance a libertango with Inner City. New Order’s pig in a zoo. Every second counts. When I am with you. The melody from Severed Heads` “Dead Eyes Opened”. Section 25’s scenery. Everything reminds me of something I can’t quite place. Chris & Cosey`s “October (Love Song)”. Like reading a fellow traveller’s diary. Same events. Different viewpoints. A remembrance of things past. A selective memory reaching for a great love lost.

Running Back Tumblr

Sign up to the Test Pressing newsletter