Brenda Ray [ D'Ya Hear Me!: Naffi Years, 1979-83 ] LP [EM1108LP]

Brenda Ray [ D'Ya Hear Me!: Naffi Years, 1979-83 ] LP [EM1108LP]

Selling Price: US$16.00

Weight: 505g

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With its strong but unvarnished pop melodies, dubby production and sprinklings of exuberant racket nicked from free jazz records, D’Ya Hear Me’s contents would flow perfectly on a mixtape along with The Slits, Raincoats, Young Marble Giants, early PiL, and Vivien Goldman’s “Launderette” single. But Ray’s track would be the one in the mix that makes everyone smile. (Dusted Magazine)

+ All tracks are reissued first time incl. previously unreleased versions.
+ Scarce photos
+ Liner notes written by Brenda Ray

CD version: Cardboard/gatefold paper sleeve + liner notes
LP version: Quality pressing + liner notes

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.

TRACKS:
1. The Scream
2. D'Ya Hear Me! (original version)*
3. Naffi Take Away
4. Krazee Music
5. Krazee Version
6. Take Me in Your Car (original full-length version)*
7. Maybe It's Because I'm Not a Londoner (longer version)*
8. Moonbeams
9. Rahmatullah
10. Everyday Just Another Dream (longer version)*
11. Yummy Yummy Ya!
12. Spring Thing-Hippy Dread
13. D'Ya Hear Me! (demo)*

* Previously unissued
Brenda Ray [ D'Ya Hear Me!: Naffi Years, 1979-83 ] LP [EM1108LP]

Selling Price: US$16.00

Weight: 505g

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