Disco Not Disco: Post Punk, Electro & Leftfield Disco Classics, 1974-1986

Disco Not Disco: Post Punk, Electro & Leftfield Disco Classics, 1974-1986

     
 
Given new life through an arrangement with !K7, the Strut label -- the source of so many wonderful compilations covering many neglected points within the spectrum of dance music across several decades -- resumes with its third Disco Not Disco compilation, compiled by "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" author Bill Brewster (who

Overview

Given new life through an arrangement with !K7, the Strut label -- the source of so many wonderful compilations covering many neglected points within the spectrum of dance music across several decades -- resumes with its third Disco Not Disco compilation, compiled by "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" author Bill Brewster (who provides typically sharp and fact-packed notes) and Strut founder Quinton Scott. When the first two volumes were released in 2000 and 2002, many listeners susceptible to strange rhythmic sounds had yet to be introduced to Arthur Russell or Material, and it's safe to say that those who never set foot inside places like the Paradise Garage or the Loft would have ever thought to give a 16-minute cut off a 1981 Steve Miller Band album any kind of attention. Since then, compilations covering roughly the same territory -- or one or two specific subgenres dusted off by these discs -- have become common enough to make some Disco Not Disco disciples a little cynical about a third volume. Most of the tracks on this volume are indeed readily available on an assortment of compilations released within the last ten years: Nine O'Clock Drop, Anti NY, the Mutant Disco reissues, Rough Trade Shops: Post Punk and a few recent single-artist reissues, just to cite a few. Even so, we're not talking about the umpteenth big-disco-hit comp; "Contort Yourself" has a long way to go before it becomes one-tenth as comped as "I Will Survive." (And it's not like all the tracks from the first two Disco Not Discos had ever been wiped out of existence, either.) Easily the most post-punk volume of the series, there's Vivien Goldman (with the relatively scarce "Launderette"), Delta 5, Shriekback, Konk, and Maximum Joy. They mix it up with another assortment of obscurities from unexpected corners. The biggest, deepest surprises are "Crunch Cake" (thick, tightly wrapped fusion-funk from Isotope), "Binary" (a frosty 1985 B-side from France's Kazino), and "Seoul Music" (one of the series' most distinctive tracks, from Yellow Magic Orchestra, a spell weaved by spiraling percussion and serpentine bass). Even considering the timing and context, the disc is every bit as replayable as the second volume. The only truly bad move here is the inclusion of the instrumental mix of A Number of Names' proto-techno "Sharevari," which is like favoring an instrumental of Laid Back's "White Horse" over the vocal version. (Then again, the instrumental does leave room for you to perfect your impersonation of a black Detroiter approximating a posh Frenchman speaking English.) Important note: Gina X Performance's "Kaddish" is not on the disc, even though it is listed. "Seoul Music" is in its place -- in the end, a good thing. Bizarrely, the advance copies did list the YMO track and included it, and there was no Gina X presence whatsoever.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2008
Label:
Strut Records
UPC:
0730003303227
catalogNumber:
33032

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Daniel Ponce   Bongos
Bill Laswell   Bass
Keith Levene   Bass,Guitar
Gary Boyle   Guitar
Stephen Mallinder   Bass,Overdubs
Adele Bertei   Keyboards
Vicki Aspinall   Violin
Michael Beinhorn   Synthesizer
Steve Beresford   Bass,Piano
Dan K. Brown   Bass
Don Christensen   Drums
Zeus B. Held   Keyboards,Vocoder
Andy Johnson   Percussion
Gina Kikoine   Vocals
Zoe Kronberger   Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals,Clavinet,Synthesizer Strings
Nigel Morris   Drums
Bethan Peters   Bass,Vocals
Frank Roberts   Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Piano
Alan Riggs   Guitar
Anya Phillips   Background Vocals
Tony Thompson   Drums
Vivien Goldman   Vocals
Julz Sale   Vocals
Kelvin Knight   Drums
Ros Allen   Bass,Vocals
John Mark Harris   Guitar
Marty Williamson   Guitar

Technical Credits

Cabaret Voltaire   Producer
Bill Laswell   Composer
Barry Andrews   Composer
Beate Bartel   Composer,Producer
Michael Beinhorn   Composer
Bob Blank   Engineer
August Darnell   Remixing
Chris Haas   Composer,Producer
Zeus B. Held   Producer
Mark Kamins   Remixing
Robin Lumley   Producer
John Luongo   Remixing
Jay Mark   Remixing
Carl Marsh   Composer
Dick O'Dell   Producer
George Oban   Composer
Bethan Peters   Composer
Mike Pickering   Composer
Frank Roberts   Composer
Tony Wrafter   Composer
Rob Warr   Producer
Dana Vlcek   Producer
Alan Riggs   Composer
Bill Brewster   Sleeve Notes
Vivien Goldman   Composer
Maximum Joy   Composer
Rick Holliday   Composer
Kelvin Knight   Composer
Sterling Jones   Composer
Stewart Pickering   Engineer
Paula Leslie   Composer
John Walker   Producer
Simon Best   Composer

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