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A Certain Ratio| Sextet

Factory Benelux presents a deluxe double LP edition of Sextet, the ethereal yet rhythmic second album by Manchester postpunk funk group A Certain Ratio, originally released by Factory Records in January 1982. Self-produced at Revolution Studio, Sextet saw the original Ratio quintet of Donald Johnson, Jeremy Kerr, Martin Moscrop, Simon Topping and Peter Terrell joined by co-vocalist Martha 'Tili' Tilson. Written and recorded following a transformative sojourn in New York in late 1980, the album reflects Latin, samba and even jazz influences (eg Skipscada; Day One), while still retaining Ratio's signature brittle funk textures, heard in full effect on Lucinda, Gum and trancelike floor filler Knife Slits Water.
"It all came together for us on Sextet really," confirms bassist (and latterly vocalist) Jez Kerr. "We were all working together, more involved in the recording, and what went down onto tape. It's definitely got something that the other albums haven't."
Newly remastered, the bonus tracks include non-album single Waterline as well as dub plate Abracadubra (released as Sir Horatio), and the band's three song John Peel session from June 1981. Cover painting by Denis King. Design by Ben Kelly. Comes in digipak. Also available on 2xCD (FBN 11CD).

| tracklist
A1 Lucinda
A2 Crystal
A3 Gum
A4 Knife Slits Water
B1 Skipscada
B2 Day One
B3 Rub Down
B4 Rialto
B5 Below The Canal

C1 Waterline
C2 Funaezekea
C3 Sommadub
D1 Skipscada (Peel 1981)
D2 Day One (Peel 1981)
D3 Knife Slits Water (Peel 1981)
D4 Abracadubra


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