V/A - A Totally New Sound (LP)
Revelatory compilation of DC based 80’s label Aset that released music by local teen groups Whax and Treo, as well as aspiring teen singer Latonya, who was only 11 when her debut LP was recorded. The label captured and presented deep-felt teen emotions in the colourful detail of a John Hughes film. Unique and essential!
Aset was a collective founded by a group of individuals deeply involved in community improvement initiatives and the struggle for justice and equality. A project that would link motivated adults with talented young people in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
The compilation takes songs from three released projects of Aset, and one semi-unreleased single. Latonya, a spunky 11 year old kid singing about divorce, love, and dancing. The poster child of Aset. Treo, a trio of high school gals in harmony singing about love and relationships. Whax, the high school boys who were a bit stranger; the silly side of Aset. All backed by The Aset Players.
Release comes housed in a newly designed jacket with inner sleeve containing info on the label/artists and an interview with the label director, Mba Mbulu.
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