14 Mar 2009
Mind Made Up in Downloadsville 
'Mind Made Up' by A Certain Ratio is finally available to download via the official website of Le Son du Maquis, the French label on which it was released last year.

The download is priced 10 Euro and it's also available to buy on CD for 12 Euro.

Le Son du Maquis says "Mind Made Up offers a mixture of pop and funk supported by the groovy and warm-hearted rhythmics of the drummer and the almost epileptic nervous guitar of Martin Moscrop. 12 funk songs promised to a bright future."

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In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

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