4AD announces complete Colourbox set
4AD Records has announced a box set containing the complete works of indie-dance trio Colourbox, due out May 22. The four-disc set will contain the band's 1983 EP and 1985 full-length (somewhat confusingly, both are untitled), as well as all of the band's singles (in both 7" and 12" mixes) and Peel sessions.
Brothers Martyn and Steve Young, along with singer Lorita Grahame, were the nucleus of Colourbox, a band that stood out from the rest of the 4AD roster due to their interest in both contemporary dance music and vintage reggae and soul. Though they remained a cult act, particularly in America, their music still sounds remarkably inventive. The tongue-in-cheek 1986 single "The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme" is particularly fun.
The box set does not include the global smash "Pump Up The Volume," a one-off collaboration between the Young brothers and their 4AD labelmates AR Kane under the project name M/A/R/R/S: bad blood between the two bands, coupled with lawsuits about the song's extensive sampling, has left the song stranded as an odd curio of its time.