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Mansion Musique, All Night Long

July 11, 2017

I think I first encountered Be With Records at the regular Independent Label Market in London's Spitalfields. They specialise in re-issuing long out of print LPs and the odd one that never even made it onto wax. The catalogue is super broad as well, including Hatchback's 'Colors Of The Sun,' The Streets' 'A Grand Don't Come For Free' and Kylie Minogue's awesome self titled 90's LP for Deconstruction.

 

Belgian, Alec Mansion, is getting the repress treatment here. Originally released in 1983 on Warner Music France, the production by Marc Moulin and programming by Dan Lacksman of Telex (the 'Belgian Kraftwerk'), really help make this album shine. Opener, Dáns L'eau De Nice, sounds like a lost synth-driven Paul McCartney hit (80s Balearic Macca, not granny music Macca) and in fact, there are shades of the Beatle throughout - the vocal delivery and range, on Du Tu Au Tout being a case in point. You half expect Michael Jackson to parp in at a couple of points.

 

That said this is an proper Boogie record at heart to file alongside your Gazebo's, John Ozila's and Rafael Cameron's (all of whom could do with some choice represses please, Be With). So pull on your pastel colours and get this on loud in the sunshine.

 

Alec Mansion - Alec Mansion, is available now directly from Be With Records HERE

 

 

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