Various Artists – Funky Nassau/The Compass Point Story 1980-1986

Play that funky music, white boy

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Marvelling over a recording studio is like analysing the floorboards of The Globe, to try and figure out Shakespeare’s genius. Island boss Chris Blackwell’s legendary bolthole in the Bahamas is an obvious exception.

Put it down to the location, the climate or the, er, relaxed atmosphere, but artists ranging from Grace Jones to Talking Heads found their muse here, assisted by in-house rhythm section Sly& Robbie.

Fans of strung-out versions of Tom Tom Club’s [pictured above] “Genius Of Love” will find themselves reaching for the rolling papers, but the inclusion of Glaswegian funkers Set The Tone over, say, Roxy Music is enough to give anyone the fear.

PAUL MOODY

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