April 21, 2011

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St. Etienne - Soul smack in the middle of Madchester.


I admit to only being slightly familiar with St. Etienne when their debut album Fox Base Alpha was released. I was preoccupied with the goings on in Madchester at the time, and the likes of Blur, The Charlatans and Stone Roses were forefront on my turntable. And so St. Etienne more or less slipped through the cracks.

Fortunately, through the good services of Soundcloud, Heavenly Recordings (St. Etienne's first label) has uploaded a bunch of tracks from Fox Base Alpha and tonight's track, Spring is one of them.

In a way, they remind me of a female version of Style Council in that blue-eyed Soul sort of way. Spring is a great track and it makes me want to go back and listen to what else of theirs I've missed all these years.

Sometimes things just get lost in the shuffle and there's no good reason for it. Thankfully, there's always someone around to remind you.

They're still very much around and very much recording, but it's interesting to listen to this sampling of what their debut album was like. Check out their site as well as Soundcloud and find a wealth of great stuff over there.

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