Brenda Ray « D’Ya Hear Me! : Naffi Years, 1979-83 » by EM records label made in japan

22 Août

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.


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)*

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