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RECORD TURNOVER 80s HITS #111

Here’s a London group from the early 80s that’s related to the great Solid Space. The Antelopes was formed by three braille translators who recruited Tilly Vosburgh (also in Solid Space). Apparently they sent a demo to John Peel, who liked what he heard and encouraged to release a record. So in 1981 they released “Prisoners / Hour of Light”, which was to become the only record on the Jungle label. It’s a great post-punk records that shares characteristics with several Cherry Red groups of the time – perhaps most notably The Monochrome Set. But they also remind me of Dislocation Dance and later él project Always.

Floating Mill Records have unearthed some new old stock of the original single, fleshed out with a new sleeve. They’ve also put together a compilation called Breaking News, which includes all 6 Antelopes studio recordings, a couple of live tracks as well two tunes from later project The Class of ’76.

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