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Album Review

Seeing that Colourbox had a short-lived career and one major album, a greatest hits effort — Best of Colourbox: 1982-1987 — is a bit questionable. One can listen to their 1985 self-titled debut and enjoy their sassy dance tracks just the same, but this collection does include some off-the-wall selections. Songs such as the sultry instrumental "Sleepwalker" and the campy "Just Give 'Em Whiskey" are featured, but such dancehall classics like "Punch" and "Moon Is Blue" are lost. Instead, cuts like "The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme" and M/A/R/R/S' "Pump up the Volume" are added. This compilation is decent, but surely not bold enough to capture Colourbox's animated cult success.


Formed: 1981 in London, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '80s, '90s

One of the legendary 4AD label's earliest and most under-recognized acts, Colourbox were among the first artists outside of the realm of hip-hop to rely heavily on sampling techniques; ultimately, their arty blue-eyed soul -- a fusion of far-ranging influences spanning from classic R&B to dub to industrial -- reached its commercial and creative apotheosis through their work on M/A/R/R/S' seminal "Pump Up the Volume" project, a reflection of the group's longstanding interest in the burgeoning underground...
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