A. R. Kane
Black 2LP

Product Code: LB8LP0680899000819
Release Date: 23 April 2022
Product Code: LB8LP0680899000819
Release Date: 23 April 2022
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In the beginning there was only black noise.

Thats how the late music writer and art critic Greg Tate began his new liner notes for this issue of Americana. He took the scope of A.R. Kanes musical project way backall the way back to the origins of black music because the bands musical explorations and accomplishments are just that massive, although you wouldnt know it based on the reception theyve had. Rudy Tambala and Alex Ayuli, the musical minds behind A.R. Kane are two barely legal art-damaged aristos of Malawi/British and Nigerian descent raised in cockney-sprechen East London, as Tate referred to them: two dope boyz whod telepathically claimed each other as best friends around age 8 and who, in 1986, claimed all the aforementioned hallmarks of black alienation, black rage, black silence, black noise and black ragga as their sonorous and luminous own.

Its no exaggeration to say that A.R. Kane was one of the most important bands of the late 80s and early 90s: they started the shoegaze trend, they invented dreampop, and they pushed the envelope of what the corporate suits (ok ok ok, Geoff Travis from Rough Trade and a few others, hardly that corporate) that repped them considered to be black music. and yet, when it came time for the masses to rally around themcrickets. The music industry is in an age of rediscovery - were all looking and listening back, unearthing overlooked masterpieces and reconsidering their importance now. its time for A.R. to be recognized.

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