Tape, Bop Cassettes, 1989-ish
Manchester’s kings of esoteric dub, Suns of Arqa, have long been a secret pleasure for many, with their mash-ups of reggae, folk, soul, Indian, African and dance music, both live and on record. Centred on main man Michael Wadada, their ranks have from time to time included members of Simply Red and The Mothmen, occasional work with Adrian Sherwood and other On-U Sound types, and with guest vocals from Prince Far I, John Cooper Clarke and the legendaribold Britishlyfied nutterfolderoll Stanley Unwin.
Here's an obscure corner of their chunky back catalogue, a selection of covers and originals, and two remix competition winners, from the short but lovely Bop Cassettes list. Check out that Discogs link for fuller details of those who contributed.
01. Open the Door to Your Heart
02. A Lot of Love
03. Heavenly Bodies
04. Meet de Boys on the Battlefront
05. No Sad Song
06. Competition Drum Mix
07. Competition Bass & Drum Mix
08. Pressure Drop
09. Champs Elysees
10. Conscious Man/Turn Me Loose
11. Heavenly Bodies (Adrian Sherwood Mix)
12. Rough Rider
13. Electric Animal