This Heat - Made Available

This Heat - Made Available

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Formed in 1976 in Brixton, a multicultural, and – at the time – down-at-heel part of south London, This Heat were born into a music scene in rapid flux, first thanks to the punk explosion and then via new wave and its myriad offshoots into pop, rock and art-rock. But while many sought to apply punk attitude to chart-friendly sounds, This Heat were concocting some of the most experimental ideas ever committed to tape, taking influence from musique concrète, krautrock, the burgeoning industrial scene and even the dub reggae blasting out in their home borough.

Given the difficult, abrasive, and involved nature of their furiously forward-thinking sound, This Heat never found anything approaching mainstream success, but patronage by the influential Radio 1 DJ John Peel meant they reached a national audience – whether that audience was ready for them or not.

'Made Available' collects This Heat’s two Peel Sessions, recorded for BBC Radio 1 in April and October of 1977 and features essential songs that would later appear on their debut album, 'This Heat' (1979) and the follow-up, 'Deceit' (1981), as well as electro-acoustic works unique to these sessions. These are the earliest public recordings of the band, showing even in their infancy, masterful use of live tape loops and radical song structure.

Following Modern Classics Recordings’ 2016 reissue campaign to mark the band’s 40th anniversary, these new releases 'Made Available,' 'Repeat / Metal' and 'Live '80 – '81' round out the story. Each release is sanctioned by surviving members Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward and features newly remastered audio sourced from original tapes.

+ Now also available on indie olive green coloured vinyl.

1. Horizontal Hold - 8:28
2. Not Waving - 8:11
3. The Fall of Saigon - 6:08
4. Rimp Romp Ramp - 6:42
5. Makeshift - 6:18
6. Sitting -
7. Basement Boy - 2:13
8. Slither - 2:14

Artist: This Heat
Label: Modern Classics Recordings
Catalogue: MCR926
Barcode: 826853092616
Format: LP
Release Date: 10th August 2018
                               

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