EM Records, Osaka, put this great compilation out there in 2023 – shedding light on this golden D.I.Y. Punk Reggae material that has captured the hearts of so many since then. We will always thank you for that!
Sweet post-punk, with a heartfelt reggae/funk influence, analog dub effects and lovely femme-vox. A unique slice of late-70s/early-80s goodness, starring Brenda Ray, whose previous release on EM Records, Walatta, has been embraced by a large number of listeners.
Recorded in North West England, D’Ya Hear Me! is warm-hearted, open, fresh and slyly experimental. With an independent spirit and a true D.I.Y. soul, these thirteen tracks, originally released in various formats by Ray a.k.a. Brenda Kenny a.k.a.Natalie Sand a.k.a. Polly Rith’m and her musical friends under the moniker(s) Naffi/Naffi Sandwich, were recorded in a simple home-made studio, making full use of the creative options opened up through the full use of simple means – although the warm, full audio belies any notions of primitivism. Far from media-crazed London, Naffi created a musical world free from lust for the spotlight, focusing solely on the music, and the results are fittingly pure. D’Ya Hear Me! is a wide-ranging release, with lovely vocal tracks, warm dubs and pleasingly odd instrumentals, all knitted together with a special trans-Atlantic rhythmic sense. Two songs of special interest here are “Moonbeams” and the Young Marble Giants-esque “Everyday Just Another Dream”, which are early versions of “Starlight” and “Another Dream” from Walatta. Also noteworthy are several previously unissued longer versions of some songs.
- A2. D'Ya Hear Me! RAY, Brenda 1:05
- A3. Naffi Take Away RAY, Brenda 1:06
- A4. Krazee Music RAY, Brenda 1:05
- A5. Krazee Version RAY, Brenda 1:06
- A6. Take Me In Your Car RAY, Brenda 1:09
- A7. Maybe It's Because I'm Not ... RAY, Brenda 1:05
- B1. Moonbeams RAY, Brenda 1:05
- B2. Rahmatullah RAY, Brenda 1:08
- B3. Everyday Just Another Dream RAY, Brenda 1:04
- B4. Yummy Yummy Ya! RAY, Brenda 1:06
- B5. Spring Thing Hippy Dread RAY, Brenda 1:02
- B6. D'Ya Hear Me! RAY, Brenda 1:04