Steven Young of Colourbox & M/A/R/R/S, RIP
Steven Young, co-founder of '80s 4AD groups Colourbox and M/A/R/R/S, has died. The sad news comes from 4AD who tweeted "A true pioneer, Steven Young (Colourbox / M/A/R/R/S) has sadly passed away. Our thoughts are with Martyn and family."
Steven formed Colourbox in 1982 with his brother Martyn, making an arty brand of dance music that dabbled in dub reggae and made ample use of dialogue samples from film and television. They were easily the most pop act on the UK label that, at the time, was known for hazy, gothy bands like The Wolfgang Press, Cocteau Twins, and Bauhaus. The Young brothers achieved worldwide success with "Pump Up the Volume," the groundbreaking 1987 single from M/A/R/R/S which was a collaborative project with "A.R. Kane." The massive success of "Pump Up the Volume" was too much for the Youngs who would never release a record under either name again. A comprehensive Colourbox box set was released in 2012 which is worth checking out. Videos and a Spotify stream of the box set are below.
RIP Steven Young. Your music lives on.