Apiento (aka Paul Byrne) runs the very excellent Test Pressing website which we've been a fan of for many years as well as producing and DJing as Apiento and Open Space alongside Andrew Hale from Sade (yes, really).
Touching all things, dare we say it, Balearic and abstract electronics but extending far beyond into the outer reaches of art and design, Test Pressing has become somewhat of go to place for us over the years. Paul even let us very kindly re-post some of his articles on R$N way back when. Apiento has released on World Unknown (with the magnificent "The Orange Place"), Claremont56, Leng and more recently the great Golf Channel Recordings. We're big fans of Apiento and Test Pressing, so we thought it about time he furnished us with an 8 Tracks that are special to him.
Apiento plays the Musica Luna & Test Pressing Free Party on 20th March, limited edition free tickets here.
Grace Jones - Private Life
I’ve interviewed Wally Badarou (keyboard player on this) a number of times at Test Pressing for the website and for a book I’m working on about Compass Point and he always says this is the point where Chris Blackwell’s plan of pulling together a Reggae rhythm section, European keys and “Punk” guitar properly came together. Grace Jones of course sounds wonderful and Blackwell alongside co-producer Alex Sadkin create one of the finest records recorded in my book. The real world music.