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Album Review

The sole full-length album by the London groove collective the Sandals (a second was recorded, but rejected by the record company and unreleased) is, in retrospect, a prescient look at where post-ambient house electronica would go in the mid-'90s. The jazzy grooves, largely courtesy of bassist Ian Simmonds, who would go on to make some sublime solo records under his own name and as Juryman, and percussion-heavy arrangements have an organic quality that had been missing from most of the dance records of the early '90s, and the slow-moving, vaguely druggy rhythms are a clear forerunner to trip-hop. John Harris' flute, sax, and clarinet predominate over the electronics (interestingly, the group didn't have a full-time keyboardist or guitarist; friends like Jamiroquai's Nick Van Gelder and Julian Cope's guitarist Donald Ross Skinner pitched in). Between that and the shuffling, layered percussion, parts of this album sound like Herbie Mann or Rahsaan Roland Kirk's '70s work given a Tricky remix. Though the hit single "Feet" is an obvious highlight, it's tracks like the otherworldly opener "Profound Gas" and the slinky "Lovewood" that really put this album over. The belated U.S. version adds two lengthy remixes of "Feet" that add little to the original's charm.

Customer Reviews

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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