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Boomkat Product Review:
Much needed reissue of this vital, long lost electronic soul masterpiece from Jeff Phelps, originally released in 1985 on a private press run of 1000 copies and has since become the stuff of '80s legend. 2022 edition, featuring a previously un-released second mix.
Despite the enthusiastic efforts of Jeff, the album basically suffered from a lack of marketing and was destined to have a greater impact creatively rather than financially, exerting a direct influence on the likes of Dâm-Funk and Nite Jewel who both cite the LP as one of their favourites. And it's easy to hear why; the blend of synth melodies, rickety drum machine funk and endearing vocals from Phelps and young singer Antoinette Marie Pugh basically provide the blueprint for much of the 2010's hypnagogic pop and electro soul/boogie renaissance.
At the core of each track, whether instrumental or vocal, is an unmistakably warm and glowing soul. Be it Jeff's masterfully synthlines on 'Phase Shift' or Antoinette's two diamante-iced performances on the irresistible dancefloor slayer 'Don't Fall Apart On Me' and the more sensual 'Hear My Heart', the personal, expressive nature of their music is unique.