Emotional Rescue

Thomas Leer “Saving Drum” (Emotional Rescue)

2019-09-06T04:24:22+00:00September 6th, 2019|

Emotional Rescue announces the second EP of music from one of the label’s favourites as part of a non-defined series where two of their (un)classic songs are remastered, reappraised and reinterpreted with new versions by a contemporary artist for reinterpretation today.

Thomas Leer is a respected and revered musician in both experimental and electronic circles. Having moved from Scotland to London in the late 70s, he moved away from playing in punk based bands, to debut his self-financed ‘Private Planes’ 7” in 1978, before releasing the cult-album ‘The Bridge’, with Robert Rental, the following year.

Signing to Cherry Red, he released the heralded ‘4 Movements’ in 1981 and followed with ‘All About You’ in 1982, and it is from these 2 EPs that this release is sourced. The release starts with Saving Grace from the latter, a long famous “Cosmic classic”; it’s mid-tempo, spacey, lifting repetition is the perfect soundtrack for those Baldelli trips straight to the stars.

This is backed with Tight As A Drum, a quintessential Leer production, where Teutonic drums is overlaid with sequencers and synth tones to elevate the song to some kind of disorientating outer-dimensional dub, while his lucid, spoken word vocals instill degradation and reinvention.

Asking Bullion to offer his own take on these two songs was the perfect pairing. A revered artist in his own time, the warmth and depth of his versions takes the originals to his own inner world; sampling, rewiring, reprogramming, resigning and replaying. An EP for the floor, the head and the heart.

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Desmond Coke “Let’s Chase The Sun” (Emotional Rescue)

2020-03-07T03:23:46+00:00August 30th, 2019|

Singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Desmond Coke’s supremely rare, privately pressed, lo-fi, synth-soul fusion, Let’s Chase The Sun is represented here in edited form. Painstakingly remastered from the original tapes, this self taught pianist, drummer and sax player condensed his musical experiences and dreams in to an opus on love and togetherness.

Desmond Coke alias ‘Fatfingers’ – named by fellow musicians due to improvisation and interpretation skills – began playing keyboards by ear at 15 and went on to a music career playing with the likes of Alton Ellis, Prince Fari, Barrington Levy, Dillinger, Don Cherry and Shara Nelson, as well as a gamut of the On-U Sound label’s projects, including Creation Rebel, Dub Syndicate, Singers & Players and Mark Stewart + Maffia.

With an interest in reggae, dub, jazz, soul, meringue, gospel and garage, his sole album was a true fusion to create a brand new sound. Composed, arranged and produced by Coke, he worked with an array of seasoned musicians, including his own sisters Winifred (percussion / vocals) and Paulette Coke (percussion / DX-7 & M1 synthesisers).

Pressed on his own Saterlite Entertainments in 1989, Coke describes the album’s purpose, “to get the message across to have focus, ambition, to dream and ‘chase the sun’. That relationships are important, ‘I need somebody’ and naturally the chemistry is ‘you and me’. Great relationships are about friendships and that it’s ok to ‘mesmerise a friend’. The most natural thing is to enjoy each other’s company and to ‘make a love child’. These good intentions and meanings, where love is the key.” Some thirty years later Desmond’s thoughts are as resonant today as then – Let’s Chase The Sun.

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Ernest Ranglin “Be What You Want To Be” (Emotional Rescue)

2019-07-05T03:19:34+00:00July 5th, 2019|

Emotional Rescue is delighted to reissue for the first time, the legendary Ernest Ranglin teaming up with Noel Williams aka King Sporty, on this 1983 meeting of reggae guitar legend and Miami disco boogie don that resulted in this highly sought after 6 track mini-LP.

A defining guitarist and composer in the development of Jamaican music, Ranglin leads little introduction. In a career spanning over 50 years, he was involved in the move from mento and calypso to ska and on to reggae, playing on the groundbreaking recording of My Boy Lollipop itself, before going on to work with the likes of the Skatalies, Prince Buster, Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley.

Born in 1932 in Manchester, West Jamaica before moving to Kingston, Ranglin’s self-taught chordal and rhythmic approach blended jazz, mento and reggae with percussive guitar solos. On moving to Florida in 1982, he teamed up with scene king, Williams to present ‘a new style’, mixing the bass heavy boogie disco the producer was famous for with Ranglin’s unique playing.

Featuring a who’s who of the Miami scene including Bobby Caldwell, Timmy Thomas, Betty Wright and Williams himself, the rearranged order starts here with Soft Touch. A retake of Thomas’ TK Disco (and Cosmic) classic Africano, before a skanking remake of the William’s standard, Keep On Dancing and title bomber Be What You Want Be, crown the match of reggae and vocal disco. Also, included is a beautiful take on Anthony Hester’s R&B classic, In The Rain, while the record closes with the choice Papa “Doo” and jammer Why Not.

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Elaine Kibaro “Pour L’Amour” (Emotional Rescue)

2019-01-26T20:34:13+00:00January 26th, 2019|

Emotional Rescue is delighted to offer this compilation of music from Elaine Kibaro and her particular coalesce of chanson, folk, balearic and touch of disco, all encased in her strong French and North African roots.

The music included here, released between 1979 to 1989, is an expression of her development, of music changes matching growth in life, conveyed through her emotions in song. Opening with the spoken word Introduction from her debut album, “Mirrors” and the folk rock of melodies of Le Reveil from the 1981 follow up, Au Soleil, her early works are characterised by band, orchestra and choirs complimenting her voice as one. This is further heard on the mystical Sorciere, psyche percussion of Secret, the marching Le Guerrier and the inclusion her first “hit” with Aurore, appearing her in all it’s extended, off-kilter guitar meets organ form.

Exploring sensitivity and desires the compilation matches these earlier folk and world inspired songs with her move towards electronic production that accompanied a return some 4 years later, adding balearic and even pop dance found on 1985’s Le Long De Fleuve Amour and the following 1989 opus, in Kiroel. L’Amour Pour Bouclier and Ne Doute Pas lift her music higher towards lovers’ heights, with word, melody, and rhythm giving the desire to dance and be free, while her continuing exploration of chanson and spoken word takes on new meanings via the new wave meets estoric Douleur, while the emotionally charged soundscape of Kiroel brings balance.

Inspired by the purity of song, Kibaro’s music’s has a timeless essence to behold; a voice and words found through life experience – beauty, discovery, nature and dreams.

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C. Spheeris & P. Voudouris “Passage” (Emotional Rescue)

2018-10-25T21:26:28+00:00October 25th, 2018|

PRE RELEASE. THIS TITLE IS NOT AVAILABLE YET. CHRIS SPHEERIS & PAUL VOUDOURIS created this soothing album in 1982 consisting of 3 extended songs (with the title track clocking in at over 20 minutes) designed as healing music for patients engaged in biofeedback therapy for nervous disorders.

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Various Artists “Typical Girls Vol 4” (Emotional Response)

2018-03-01T19:54:39+00:00March 1st, 2018|

Emotional Response continue their quest to highlight the finest in current female fronted punk, post-punk, hardcore and indie. Following on from the two previous vibrant volumes of Typical Girls, Emotional Response was quickly presented with a wealth of staggeringly high quality material. Rather than sit on tracks, or exclude material that the world needed to hear, it was feverishly decided to release two new breath-taking volumes simultaneously (Volumes 3 & 4). Essential listening. Features tracks from NEON, NO LOVE, FRENCH VANILLA, JANITOR SCUM AND THE SCUMS, COUTEAU LATEX, CHROMA, THE PRIMITIVES, REPLICA, CRUEL SUMMER, C-3’s, and more.

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