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A.R. Kane is an English duo made up of Alex Ayuli and Rudy Tambala formed in East London in 1986. Multi-instrumentalists and label mates (4AD, remember) of the Cocteau Twins, as well as inspiring and being direct predecessors of bands such as My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive, A.R KANE are the absolute pioneers of dream pop.

Together with members of Colourbox, the pair were part of the MARRS collective and were co-authors of the international hit Pump up The Volume. In 1988, after several EPs, the duo released their debut album 69 for Rough Trade which saw them grapple with dub, free jazz and a sea of psychedelic feedback.

The album was acclaimed by the English critics and reached the top of the independent charts. The Love Sick EP saw the light in ’89, followed a year later by their second album I in which  Alex and Rudy veered towards pop, dance and electronic music, creating the genre later called DREAM POP. Rough Trade went bankrupt in 1991 and it was the label of David Byrne that released a retrospective of the band containing fifteen tracks and entitled Americana. In 1994, the duo released  New Clear Child (1994) and then split up.

The albums of A.R. KANE were re-released during the early 2000s and in 2015 Tambala announced their comeback. The new line-up features Rudy Tambala and Maggy Tambala accompanied by new member Andy Taylor. In live concerts in the summer, A.R. Kane will play the classics of their career and new material will be released in 2016!

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