We've become accustomed to Athens of the North delivering 7" singles packed full of obscure gems. Interestingly, the two tracks here - as great as they are - are relatively easy to come by, both being featured on GQ's overlooked by readily available 1980 album GQ Two. Even so, they're more than worthy of the reissue treatment, with A-side "Lies" - previously re-edited by Theo Parrish for his Ugly Edits series - offering a particularly sweet dose of warm and fuzzy disco/soul fusion. Flispide "Is It Cool" is almost as essential, with soaring horns and a killer bassline combining perfectly with the band's urgent, attractive vocals.
Scratchandsniff, JimmyTheTwin, Athens Of The North (Fryer), Ben Morris (Kudos), Randy "Hotthobo" Ellis, Paul Thornton (Dig Deep / Reboot), Giant Cuts, Eddie C, I Love Disco!, Loz Goddard, Tone B. Nimble (Al-Tone Edits), Funkyjaws, DJ SCM (Warm Tapes Adjustment)
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