7in - Urban Hum - Spy b/w Day Break - Original 1981 Pressing
Private Press punk-jazz/prog-pop from this obscure LA outfit recorded in 1981. Urban Hum did this single in 1981 and one 12 EP. They played with Black Flag and with guys from Zappas band. They were not super popular but were highly regarded by fellow musicians. Drummer/vocalist Jim Christie also played with Starship with Dwight Yoakam and Lucinda Williams and bassist Greg Lee was also an accomplished Latin jazz drummer and played in jazz fusion band Caldera before eventually moving to Japan where he currently resides.Spy gives us some mutoid dance pop with tight in the pocket rhythms blaring saxophone blasts some masterful guitar soloing and a frantic female vocalist projecting a seductive paranoia in neon and shadows. Flip this little oddity over and youll find an instrumental track called Day Break that coulda been a musical cue for a late 70s/early 80s cop show in the vein of Mike Post with a lamenting melody swirling Mini-Moog bionic bass line and mournful guitar passages. Youve never heard anything like this we guarantee.