Marden Hill

Marden Hill was part of the legion of UK groups that called Él and Cherry Red home back in the 80s, 90s.

Theirs was an unusual sound, however, derived of an enthusiasm for punchy orchestral film scores, like John Barry's 60s work, and jetsetter hipster muzak that might've been pumped through the PAs of Rio de Janeiro-bound Pan Am flights.

While they got lumped in with London's trendy acid-jazz scene, this was largely out of convenience; they were an outlier, a black sheep, invested more in cultivating a retro mystique defined by velvet-smooth arrangements and profligately ornate, groovy instrumentation, than sending an icy chill of futuristic robo-funk down your spine.