Published Nov 18, 2015Brixton experimental act This Heat existed from 1976 to 1982, but left an enormous legacy thanks to their truly singular sound. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band's formation, their three full-length albums will be reissued early next year via Light in the Attic.
The label has planned 180-gram vinyl pressings of the group's 1979 debut This Heat alongside 1980's Health and Efficiency and 1981's Deceit. The records will all land on January 22 and can be pre-ordered here.
The records don't include any outtakes, but they have been remastered. Further, they each come packaged with expanded liner notes and photos.
Light in the Attic reached out to some contemporary musicians, each of whom had some major praise for This Heat. Amen Dunes' Damon McMahon called them "the Beatles of modern experimental music," while Caribou's Dan Snaith said:
The first time I heard This Heat was their track 'Sleep' in the early 2000s, and it sounded so fresh then, more than 20 years on from its release, that I thought it was a newly released record. I couldn't believe one band had an imagination this broad and this incandescent. For me they stand out from their peers at the time by a mile and it's a crime that their music hasn't seen a proper vinyl reissue since its release. This Heat sounded like the future then … and still do now.
Animal Collective's Dave "Avey Tare" Porter added:
This Heat are one of those bands that (as a person wanting to be in a band) I aspired to be like. Not to sound like them or rip them off in anyway, but just be one of those bands that you hear and you know instantly, that your [sic] listening to This Heat and none else. They're a band that set their own rules and did it without ever sounding pretentious or like they were trying too hard. The first record i had by them was This Heat but I thought it was amazing that i could be into them for some years and keep discovering other EPs or songs by them like Health and Efficiency that still felt completely fresh and still do.
Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor said:
This Heat made a beautiful/ferocious noise like no other band before or since – and their records still sound entirely modern today. They were truly committed to experimentation in the studio, and making a highly-charged music of great originality and dynamics, based around rhythmic propulsion and unusual textural combinations as much as recognizable song forms.