Review: In keeping with other reissues from the Espacial Discos imprint, Goya's "House on the Sea" is a suitably sought-after track. Original copies of the original 1979 12" on which it was first featured will set you back over a ton (in British pounds, at least), so this new pressing is certainly welcome. The track itself is something of a meandering, early evening delight, mixing stoned West Coast rock vibes - think slightly wild vocals, starry electric pianos and Steely Dan guitar solos - with a whisper of spacey synthesizer action and a few nods towards rubbery AOR disco. On the flip you'll find original '79 A-side "Mandy", an up-tempo, Steve Miller Band or Steely Dan style workout that's jaunty, groovy and tons of fun.
Review: Amongst synthesizer fetishists and electro-funk enthusiasts, Rah Band's "Messages From The Stars" has long been a cherished record. It's also a rather unusual one; a British-made electro era record that combines the kind of cutting-edge electronic instrumentation and production techniques more frequently found on contemporaneous New York records (copious amounts of delay, extensive TR-808 and Linn drum use, and so on) with the eccentricity of post-punk era UK synth-pop. This reissue presents re-mastered versions of Hewson's three original versions, of which the trippy and extended "Long Wave Mix" and more percussive, delay-laden "Astro Mix" (effectively the club-focused dub) are the standouts. If you don't already own a copy, get this quick.