Roland P Young
hearsay i land (2021 edition)
2021 Repress… Long-awaited re-release of , esteemed jazz musician Roland P. Young’s mid 80’s foray into pop structures, soul, and dance music. Hearsay I-Land comprises the entirety of his scarce 1984 four song 12”, I-LAND, as well as most of his 1987 LP, Hearsay Evidence. Perhaps best known for his classic spiritual jazz recording, Isophonic Boogie Woogie, as well as his more recent output on EM records, Hearsay I-Land presents another parallel and deeply engaging side to Young’s story, one that would fit at home in any downtempo 80s New York set.
These recordings touch upon many lyrical and worldly themes via Roland’s soulful voice, save for Ballo-Balla, which features floating vocals from his partner Risa over a spacey drum machine and hypnotic bass sequence, imploring the listener to dance.