Jamaican born and Toronto raised,
is an unsung journeyman who followed the DIY path with his compelling output. Only a handful of collectors have been aware of the few releases via his private imprint
– of which little information is known and copies very seldom seen.
A striking stand-out of Russell’s work comes via his
Dance With Me
album – a self-produced jewel originally recorded in 1988 with help from friends Tony Cameron and Orville Malcom on session duties. The brilliant blender of synth-soaked soul was released in 1990 on cassette only. Roughly 200 copies were manufactured and personally handed out to local record stores around Toronto.
returns, plucking out three superior cuts for
and breathing new life into each via an impressive remastering effort from Melbourne sound wizard Daniel Elleson. Finally pressed to wax, this EP is clearly deservent of the 12” treatment. An island-tipped-electro-come-proto-house string of melters , guaranteed to prick the ears of lovers of the obscure and exotic. Last Dance is full of curious influences. It could be described as Caribbean flavored drum machine r’n’b. From the title track, a hypnotic boogie dancefloor filler, to
Talk To Me
, an electro rap meets smooth-jazz love jam, and finally
Dance With Me
, a bent and wasted soul ballad – Russell bares it all in another lost treasure given some TLC and repurposed for today’s DJ leaning ear