Boomkat Product Review:
A proper sore thumb of new wave soul-jazz from 1984/87 returns to orbit on vinyl, featuring jazz experimenter Roland P. Young weaving a singular path thru synth-pop, boogie dance and new age-tinged downbeats
Long sold-out since its 2013 pressing, this reissue/compilation packs the four cuts of ‘I-Land’ (1984) with choice morsels from ‘Hearsay Evidence’ (1987) for a strong primer on a true ‘80s outlier. It’s hard to ignore an influence from Prince, but Young takes it off on his own, rawer route that makes up for studio science with a breezy new wave dance-pop flair, soul-slapping directness and stacks of memorable melodies.
Dished up in parallel to Japanese label EM Records’ comprehensive reissue scheme for Young’s work, this set is studded with club ready bops between the beaming bump of ‘Go Away’, the almost Prefab-esque ‘Different Package’ and ‘Don’t Make Me Wait’, and ruder electro-boogie swag of ‘Edge of Disaster’, along with a superb string of downbeat pearls in the likes of his acidic new age nugget ‘Ballo-Balla’, and the suave swivels of ‘So Very Easy’ and ‘It Hurts So Bad.’