Naughty Cool H.M.S. RMA

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Back in 2019, Ravioli Me Away debuted their hyper-surreal operatic work ‘The View From Behind The Futuristic Rose Terris’ across the UK, including two sold-out shows in London. Difficult to contain, and wound-up with a truant’s sense of narrative, it presented a wondrous cacophony of erupting media and performances patched together with wit and existential alarm.

A suite of songs circling themes of aspiration and the everyday run through the opera, and these were released in parallel by Wysing Polyphonic, one of the commissioning institutions. A selection of these songs were then reinterpreted and reshaped into forms that befit a club setting, debuting at Supernormal festival in the same year. Entitled ‘Naughty Cool,’ Alter now presents these collective club reworkings by HMS RMA for the first time on vinyl.

Uplifting and delightfully crooked throughout, the tracks are shuffled together and stitched as a ‘DJ mix.’ In six segments of vocal-led missives and soft drops, the sunniest hooks of early Chicago house are recalled, all cross-pollinated with the collective rhythms and tones of the UK’s rave subconscious. A freeform, DIY rowdiness lurks around every corner, equally evoking punk’s flings with disco.

The familiar sound and presence of Ravioli Me Away’s Alice Theobald, Rosie Ridgway, and Sian Dorrer aren’t lost in the edits and adaptations, and they come backed-up with Tom Hirst (Design A Wave), opera singer Siobhan Mooney, and Dean Rodney Jnr (The Fish Police), all of whom took part in the original opera itself. “Naughty Cool” was engineered by John Hannon at No Recording Studios and mixed and mastered by Amir Shoat in London. Photography by Amy Gwatkin.

This record is dedicated to the memory of Donna Lynas.

ALT59 Released 19 March 2021

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