We've always been fans of David Byrne around here, be it with Talking Heads or his solo work we've always considered him an absolute visionary, and his label Luaka Bop comes under that. Notorious for digging up gems from the past and present they struck gold (in my eyes) late last year when they released a compilation/retrospective of the (almost)legendary Doug Hream Blunt's works entitled "My Name is Doug Hream Blunt".
Doug Hream Blunt is, or was until recently, a little known alternative funk artist from 70's San Fransisco, his music little known to anyone but the most deepest of crate diggers. So it's music that while firmly grounded in the 80's has a genuine air of freshness due to the fact it's seldom travelled outside it's native homeland.
But thankfully it has, and Gentle Persuasion is stone cold Balearic classic, the dreamy groove and rhythmically spoken vocals capturing your attention perfectly, you can really hear how music like this influenced Talking Heads and the whole New Wave sound of America in the late 70's early 80's.
There are some old performance videos floating around of Hream, and the album itself is pretty darn good, and as such well worth picking up if you can. The Post-Punk funk rock is catchy and witty, and hopefully Hream will be back working on music soon.