Boomkat Product Review:
Full-fat reissue of a Ken Leray and Geraint Hughes’ 1982 synth-pop zinger as Anna, offered by the excellent Be With Records label.
Made in the UK but could just as easily be from Germany, France or The Lowlands during that era, Breaking Down deals with a then-contemporary feeling of computer-dread and cold war panic, mimicked in gynoid vocals intoning the track’s title over a purposefully slow groove - equal parts E.M.A.K. and Kraftwerk - on a descent into her own sort of malfunctioning breakdown.
On the flip, a wicked Dance Version lends some more velocity with dubbed-out drums and vocals charged with a meaning sort of John Carpenter scowl.