Boomkat Product Review:
Shoulda-been-huge Balearic pop music from '80s also-rans, DJ Ralf Behrendt, Stefanie Lange and Claudia Hossfeld aka Saâda Bonaire.
The first issue on Captured Tracks' new 'Fantasy Memory' sublabel, curated by Andy Grier of Theives Like Us, rescues from obscurity a full album of dub-wise, electronic pop produced by Dennis Bovell at Kraftwerk's studio in 1982. As fate would have it, the project fell foul of EMI's label politics, notably the group's excessive A&R man, who went 5 times over budget on Tina Turner's 'Private Dancer' and more than three times over on Saâda Bonaire, hence the release fell by the wayside with lack of promotional support.
This release collects their only released single, 'You Could Be More As You Are' along with eleven unreleased cuts of super slick pop equal parts Grace Jones sass and kinky studio experimentation melding exotic eastern instrumentation, killer drum machines and outright seductive vocals. Now, thirty years later it's getting the treatment it deserves.