Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Loose Joints - Is It All Over My Face (1980)

Arthur Russell. A proper, 24 carat gold genius. He started off an art-rocker, then went punk, next he created some of the most influential disco and proto-house music ever, before veering into cello and dub before ending up making electro-pop and hip hop. And that's not even mentioning the acoustic songwriter material, the power pop or the orchestral stuff.

This tune is from his disco period, and is a stone cold classic. It's combination of four four beats and almost Lee Perry-esque levels of bassy murkiness were at least a decade ahead of it's time, and if you listen carefully, you can hear Arthur singing and bowing away on his cello too.

Don't just stop here - there's an album called The World Of Arthur Russell. It's the perfect launchpad into the kaleidoscopic musical world of one of the true, true musical geniuses. Buy it.

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