The record flopped, with very few copies sold upon initial release. But a couple of decades on, Mashisa was unearthed by Invisible City (Brandon Hocura and Gary Abugan), who seem genetically predisposed to sniffing out great tunes. They rightly picked out "Mashisa (Dub Mix)" as the record's key track. Its various parts—a whistling synth, bassline, snare fills, some keys, and occasional vocals—skip with pure joy. Mashisa has now been reissued on Hocura and Abugan's record label, Invisible City Editions, with the original LP's six tracks trimmed to four. Though "Mashisa (Dub Mix)" remains the best tune here, the other three are by no means filler. "She's My Lady"'s keys are forlorn yet its lyrics are sweet. "Malunde" has one of those catchy, half-shouted choruses heard on many Italo classics. The original version of "Mashisa" sounds novel to anyone who's grown accustomed to the dub, with the signature hook a tamer presence.
We live in a time when the information surrounding reissues can be seductive, which sometimes begs the question: is it the music that captivates us, or the mystique that comes with it? The story of Mashisa is undeniably compelling, but when I heard Young Marco play "Mashisa (Dub)" two years ago, I didn't even know what the track was called—I only knew I wanted to hear it again and again.