When this e.p. first came out in c. 1984 it was a lightning bolt to all that heard it. It challenged you. At that time, the only music really breaking new ground was hip hop, so "Into Battle.." often nestled amongst the 12"'s of Profile Records, Def Jam and the like. The hip hop fraternity welcomed it because it was great for playing around with on the decks and it had a legacy stretching to Trevor Horn (ABC special remix) and his work on "Duck Rock" - a seminal, eclectic album under Malcolm Mclaren's name but full of so much more than just his cheeky chat.
"Into Battle..." was hard to understand, an album made on Fairlight samplers that were the size of a room??? What were samplers and how did they work? We all womdered? How things change.
There is little to match the crunchy bass-kick and snare of "Beatbox" - unlike any other drum sounds of the era. At times the e.p. sounds a touch basic and naiive, but it was blueprinting at work.
"Moments In Love" is an epic, with tinges of Laurie Anderson's "O Superman" about it - but so much more romantic and casting a longer musical shadow.
AON showed the music industry a way to go, and now sampled music is so prevalent it's hard to tell what's real anymore.
The ZTT label on which this e.p. was issued made packaging and alternate versions a game to drive any collector mad - endless remixes, strangely titled, extra series and the like, as well Paul Morleys artful, superior sounding wording. If you didn't get it, well, you didn't get it.
The power of Horn, Morley, J.J., Dudley and Langan's work was without peer at the time........perhaps that is still the case.......... PURE BRITISH ECCENTRICITY AT ITS BEST! BUY NOW.