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The hidden treasure that is the seminal funk of Sandals!

Back in the day, before Shazam I remember walking in to a record shop that was blasting “Nothing” (track 2) out over the in store stereo and was completely hooked. Luckily I didn’t have to look un cool and ask who the band was as they had the album sleeve up on the counter with a big sign over it saying “now playing”. Cool I made a note a returned the next week all cool and made my purchase to a very impressed store staff…these guys weren’t that well knowen and still aren’t and to my only ever made tow LP’s of which this was/is the first…the second is even harder to come by.

Any ways I had my record and returned home, rolled a fat one and settled back to what is a truly different sound. The most user friendly tracks are “Nothing”, “Change” and “Lovewood” which have a truly unique funky vibe to them that is all their own, although you can hear their influences. However don’t overlook the other tracks all of which have merit especially “Arden’s Bud” and “We Don't Wanna Be The Ones To Take The Blame”. A real stoner album as may be but even in the cold light of day this truly brilliant and well worth a punt if you like a bit of funk that is very, very different. Oh and if you can find the second album “Yesterdays Tomorrow”…let me know!!


Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s

London-based acid jazz quartet the Sandals only lasted for one album, but their ability to sign with a major label and score a pop hit with their single "Feet" was an early indication that trendy club music could comfortably move from the hipster fringes into the mainstream. Naturally, some despise them for this, but the group's two releases, the full-length Rite to Silence and the EP Cracked, are superb early-'90s dance records. The roots of the Sandals are in the South London club scene of the...
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