Boomkat Product Review:
Music From Memory unveil the heavy charming early '80s home-recordings of Croydon's Michal Turtle with a prime 2nd instalment of their Maxi 12" series.
Inspired by the early electro and boogie of Grandmaster Flash et al, Turtle would take over his parents' living room in South London with an array of synths, instruments, and tape loops jammed by himself and a rotating assembly of friends and players between 1983-84.
'Are You Psychic?' is a spellbinding, intimate piece of work; 12 minutes of swooning bass and woozy synths yoked to a cantering pulse where Turtle and co unfurl all manner of strange sounds around a vocal that could almost be early Jhonn Balance . 'Astral Decoy' is a bit shorter at 8 minutes long, and doesn't feature discernible lyrics, but does invite you into a deliciously frothy sort of proto-Balearic boogie rippling with marimba, greazy bass licks and fruity synth strokes.
These tracks prise open his archive to the world at large in advance of a wider compilation of previously unreleased work. Both should be well at home at the classiest discos.