A Certain Ratio - Sextet [LP] (Orange Colored Vinyl, limited)
Mute are delighted to announce the reissue of Sextet, the 1982 album from A Certain Ratio.
After singer Martha Tilson joined up to give trumpeter Simon Topping a break from his reluctant position as frontman, A Certain Ratio's six-piece lineup recorded and selfproduced their third album, released at the beginning of 1982. Thirty-six years later, it still sounds like no other record: it's either that era's creepiest, boggiest dance album or its funkiest smear of brittle art-noise. A gorgeous mess, slumped against the back wall of the best dance club in town circa 1982. Featuring classic tracks ''Knife Slits Water'' and ''Lucinda'', Sextet is the apex of A Certain Ratio's weird relationship to pop-grasping at the mainstream with one hand, shoving it away with the other.
The Quietus has called it ''a visionary musical statement'' and ''arguably their greatest moment [...] Not since Public Image Limited's dominant Metal Box had a band so seamlessly traversed such an unexpectedly broad musical landscape.''
4. Knife Slits Water
6. Day One
7. Rub Down
9. Below The Canal"