A.R. Kane was a British musical duo formed in 1986 by Alex Ayuli and Rudy Tambala. Ayuli is alleged to have coined the term “dream pop” to describe their sound in the late 1980s, which drew on diverse sources such as dub, psychedelia, free jazz, and house. After releasing two early EPs to critical acclaim, A.R. Kane topped the UK Indie Chart with their album 69 (1988), and their sophomore effort “i”(1989) also a top 10 hit. They also released the dance hit “Pump Up the Volume” in 1987 as part of a one-off collaboration MARRS.
The group broke up in 1994. Though their work fell into relative obscurity in subsequent years, they have since been characterised by critics as among the most innovative and underrated groups of their era. In 2012, One Little Indian released Complete Singles Collection, which compiled the group’s single and EP releases.