Hula were founded in Sheffield in 1981. Three members (Mark Albrow, Alan Fish and Ron Wright) lived with Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire) and Paul Widger (They must be Russians, Clock DVA, The Box) in a villa called Hula Kula. After trying the bass players Alan Watt and Chris Brain (Tense, NOS) Hula recorded the impressive debut album Cut From Inside with Mark Brydon (Chakk, Moloko). Ingredients like cut ups, steady rhythms, and paranoia vocals were blended together into a unique white funky sound. Murmur was the band's second album and came out on Red Rhino in 1984. This was also the time of Hula's great singles - Fever Car, Get the Habit and Walk on Stalks of Shattered Glass were all released around that time. These two long players were followed by an ambient album called Shadowland and a live double LP entitled 1000 Hours. Voice was to be the band's last album and came out on Red Rhino in 1987. It is a much bigger and cleaner production than its predecessors and was produced and engineered by the creme de la creme of its time: Daniel Miller, Robert Gordon, John Fryer, Paul Kendall and others. Two singles were lifted off the album, Cut Me Loose and Poison, both perfect examples of Electronic Industrial Pop. A year earlier, another 12" was released entitled Freeze Out, it is also included in this first time on CD re-issue. After the album,. Hula recorded one more 12" for Wax Trax and then fell silent. Let's hope for new Hula material to come out in the near future. Full tracklist: 1. Give Me Money (TIll It's Crawling Out Of My Face) 2. See You Tomorrow 3. Cut Me Loose 4. Bush #2 5. Cold Stare 6. Clear Water 7. Torn Silk 8. Seven Sleepers 9. Poison 10. Freeze Out (Club Mix) 11. Not A Second Glance 12. Cut Me Loose (12" Version ) 13. Cut Me Up 14. Burn It Out 14. Poison (Club Mix). Price: € 17,-/copy incl. worldwide shipping.
Materiał z Voice rzeczywiście objawił nowe oblicze Huli: bardziej wypolerowane, oczyszczone z industrialnych brudów, melodyjne w warstwie wokalnej i podporządkowane tanecznemu pulsowi. Mamy tu przede wszystkim modny w tamtym czasie electro-funk (Cut Me Loose, Poison czy Torn Silk), ale też coś na kształt alternatywnego popu (See You Tomorrow). Czasem muzyka Huli uderza plemiennymi bębnami (Bush#4), a kiedy indziej – wywołuje ciarki niepokojącą elektroniką (Seven Sleepers).
(Nowa Muzyka, August 2019)