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Swamp Children \ So Hot + Singles [LTMCD 2364]

An expanded remaster of the first album by Factory funk outfit Swamp Children, who later mutated into latin jazz combo Kalima.

Swamp Children formed in Manchester in 1980 around core members Ann Quigley (vocals), Tony Quigley (sax and bass), John Kirkham (guitar), Ceri Evans (keyboards and bass), Cliff Saffer (sax) and Martin Moscrop (drums). While their close association with fellow A Certain Ratio lead some to assume that Swamp Children were a splinter group, Swamp Children pursued a more latin, bossa nova and jazz tinged agenda, and soon forged their own identity.

So Hot was originally released by both Factory (Fact 70) and Factory Benelux (FBN 21) in October 1982. Deemed an album of the year by Melody Maker, it also earned a 5 Star rating from the Virgin Rock Yearbook. The six bonus tracks include both their earlier 12" EPs on Factory. Little Voices was produced by ACR frontman Simon Topping at Cabaret Voltaire's famed Western Works studio in March 1981, while Taste What's Rhythm includes You've Got Me Beat and super-slinky Softly Saying Goodbye.


1. Samba Zippy (Pt 1)
2. El Figaro
3. Tender Game
4. Magic
5. Sunny Weather
6. Samba Zippy (Pt 2)
7. No Sunshine
8. Spark the Flame
9. Secret Whispers
10. Taste What's Rhythm
11. You've Got Me Beat
12. Softly Saying Goodbye
13. Call Me Honey
14. Boy
15. Little Voices

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"One of those intriguing Manchester footnotes that provided much pleasure and enjoyment in the early 1980s, before mutating into the equally overlooked Kalima" (Record Collector, 04/2004)

"So Hot is a cool record to discover and enjoy all over again. When they get it right, like on the sultry, Brazilian-influenced Tender Game or the lovely, lazy and measured Spark the Flame, they're nigh on irresistible" (Whisperin' & Hollerin', 03/2004)

"Hints of Martin Denny and Sergio Mendes crop up, with an easygoing grace and bubbling energy" (All Music Guide, 10/2004)

"This is one of the best records of the year. Buy it!" (Melody Maker, 12/1982)

"Swamp Children grew up in the shadow of the more popular A Certain Ratio (with whom they shared rehearsal space), and a cursory spin through the group's discography makes it easy to see why. Both bands were enamoured of walking bass, wailing brass and wah-wah guitar. But where Ratio eventually evolved into a kind of starchy white funk, Swamp Children were indebted to the cool groove of jazz and bossa nova" (eMusic, 09/2006)