An indirect consequence of Joy Division’s success is that it affected some other Factory-signed artists. The label was keen to release Manchester reggae outfit X-O-Dus’ debut single but, despite being recorded in a single day in June 1979, the See Them A Come/ English Black Boys 12” took almost a year to appear. Finally, in April 1980, after Dennis Bovell’s lengthy mixing and artwork delays, it emerged.
Despite strong sales, Factory never followed through on their commitment to release an album. Thankfully, LTM have now added the seven tracks the band recorded (and self-funded) as demos back in 1980, revealing a wonderful mix of lovers rock, soul and jazz.
Lyrically covering themes from love to economic and political disenchantment, tracks such as Take It From Me and Imagine are lost gems and a delight to hear. Even better is the 1992 release Underwater Dance, recorded by drummer Leddy under the name of Subsonique.