Appearing alongside a reissue of Dolly Mixture's sole album, The Demonstration Tapes, is this blinding heaven-sent compilation of unreleased songs, cover versions, demos and alternate takes - all making their appearance on vinyl for the first time.
If you were fortunate/fast/committed enough to cop their exhaustive Everything And More 3xCD retrospective in 2010 - it now changes hands for silly money - then you’ll already know that these outtakes include some absolute ragers... How, for instance, a song as perfect as ‘The Same Mistake’ never found its way onto record before now is baffling - but then such mysteries are key to the Cambridge-via-London trio’s surpassing charm, and to the almost creepily obsessive fandom they inspire today. Propelled by glittering '60s pop hooks, delivered with lightly-worn punk grit and minimalism, all tightly zig-zagging, stingray guitar lines, seemingly loose but properly locked-in drum clatter and droll schoolgirlish harmonies, there's also an unusual sensitivity to space and atmosphere in this music. It's proto-twee, no doubt, but there's a vigour to Dolly Mixture that totally bypassed the hundreds of '90s bands they influenced/presaged.
Assembled from original tapes and 1/4 inch masters, Other Music includes, among other things, a killer version of their calling-card 'How Come You're Such A Hit With The Boys, Jane' and an inspired cover of the Velvets' 'Femme Fatale' (bringing its Spectorish girl-group DNA to the fore), and five tracks from their final recording session at Suffolk's Treetop Studios in '84.
The best music in the world...ever!
[NB: this is the black vinyl edition]