Jaki Whitren & John Cartwright ‘International Times’ LP

First up, apologies. It’s been almost a month since my last post, which in blog world is seen as cyber hara-kiri or at the very least extremely bad manners. Whilst this is true, I have been busy: be it flouncing around Ibiza and Mallorca, doing Basement Sessions interviews a plenty in Berlin and London (Steffi, Martyn, Alex Barck and many more to come), rebooting my Caravan nights or just taking care of grown-up business… God, I sound like I’m drowning in pretension. Anyway, on we go.

One of my favourite releases of late is a re-release, but this is a reissue from the label Emotional Rescue, so you know it’s going to be special. Emotional Rescue is conceived and owned by fanatical collectors Stuart Leath and Chris Galloway (yes, he of Soft Rocks fame) and this is release number three.

It’s a rare LP of hazy, leftfield funky soul from 1983, digitally remastered from the original master tapes. It captures their utopian sun-soaked vision perfectly and is an extraordinary reminder just how much has changed in the last 30 years.

Written and recorded at their commune in France, it was previously released as a private press only album on their own Living Records and has become a much obsessed-about collectors item for diggers and afficiandos, with staggering prices to match, over the subsequent years. It’s VERY special.

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