Shady London outfit Gramme first appeared on Trevor Jackson's Output label in the late 90s. Despite having created a big splash, they then disappeared for over ten years, but now finally their debut album has arrived. It's been worth the wait with 12 tracks of sleazy and shambolic arty funk music. Highlights include the distorted weirdness of "Do You Really Want Some", the off-kilter kazoo-core of "Rough News Reprise", the Joy Division-isms of "Cabvolt 38" and the acidic electro-house of "Laugh Out Loud". Welcome back!
Steve Arrington is a goliath in music; the former frontman of '70s heroes Slave, he has been sampled on more classic hip-hop records than you can shake a stick at. He also hit a few highs later on fronting evangelical housey soul records like Dancin' In The Key Of Life. This compilation concentrates on the in-between years and his first forays into performing solo. Highlights include the minimal funk sizzler, "Without Your Love", the bizarre laser jam "Summertime Love" and the neon flash dance synth rocker "Special FX From Mars".