X-Ray Pop – “Pirate!” – [Finders Keepers]
X-Ray Pop’s “Pirate! The Black K7: The Dark Side of the X” was originally released in 1985 as a limited edition of 100 cassette tapes. Re-released on Finders Keepers, this is a collection of minimal electro synth breaks. Self described as “micro-kosmic domestic-synth-pop, pocket punk, French funk ultra rarity,” this release is just… bonkers. Totally home brewed electro, jittery and spastic drum machine beats, simple basslines , analog synths and vocals; and while my french is pretty rusty, the lyrics seem really out there. Great early 80s electronica that is simultaneously a throwback, yet sounds totally fresh and really original in the context of today’s overproduced pop electronica.