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Curses Present Next Wave Acid Punx

    ‘Next Wave Acid Punx’ is a 38 track journey across nearly 40 years of dark club music compiled and curated by Berlin-based Musician and DJ, Luca Venezia aka Curses. Inviting friends with a like-minded affection for an 80s rooted sound, and diving deep into his record collection, Curses has put together a three CD/double vinyl set that takes us from music by Colourbox and Suicide to EBM pioneers, Front 242 through to recent club hits from Zombies in Miami, and 12 brand new, totally exclusive tracks from the likes of Shubostar, Chinaski, and Curses himself.

    Exploring the darker side of club music, ‘Next Wave Acid Punx’ traces decades of a musical passion and joins the dots between the EBM, New Beat, Italo and Acid House tracks of the 1980s to present music of today.

    "Putting together a compilation like this is a strange experience. I’ve never been one to stay still too long. Whether as a musician, DJ, or producer I’d never wanted to tie myself down to one scene or one sound, always looking to move on before I’d maybe run a project completely dry. With an album you create a snapshot of who you are during that time in life, with a DJ set maybe just that night, but this felt more like trying to sum up a lifetime of musical experiences. A bit daunting! But in putting this comp together I did find a path that led from listening to FRONT 242 and Ministry cassettes in my bedroom when I was just 11, through to the music I make and play today.

    What links these tracks together, is an attitude. It’s one I’ve been drawn to since I was a teenager, playing in punk bands, skateboarding in NYC, hanging out at CBGBs, and following Sonic Youth around, to eventually raving every weekend at underground drum & bass and electro nights.

    As a teenager I’d dig through the bargain bins at shops like Vinyl Mania and Bleecker Bob’s where you’d find all these Freestyle, Italo and New Beat records. Straight away I zoned in on the “Dub” and “Extended Dance Mix” versions where the focus was on the drums and I could hear a link to bands I’d loved years before.

    The first chapter takes early tracks from bands who came directly out of the punk and new wave scenes, that played a major role in forming my musical taste. The second chapter celebrates current music influenced by these early pioneers, while the third chapter comprises exclusive new music made for this compilation, with the passion for these genres in mind.

    Some of these songs may have been written decades apart, but they all share an energy, a raw spirit, it’s those massive drums and gated snares that you hear on both Demolition Group’s ‘You Better Stay Alive’ from 1988, and Shubostar’s brand new track, ‘Aya’. This mix of electric and electronic sounds have been part of my make up ever since I learned to play guitar accompanied by a DR550 drum machine.

    After leaving New York, I found a scene that helped me realize I could combine all my own past influences into my productions, song-writing and DJ sets. Discovering underground parties like Wrong Era, Cocktail d’Amore in Berlin, La dame Noir in Marseille, and of course A Love From Outer Space, made the pieces fall into place for me. This is the sound of a community I love, a passion without sacrifice, that I now want to share with you."

    TRACK LISTING

    LP Part 1: Origins:
    A1. Borghesia - Z.M.R.
    A2. Gina X Performance - Kaddish
    A3. Suicide - Wild In Blue (2005 Remaster)
    A4. Demolition Group - You Better Stay Alive
    B1. A Split Second - Flesh
    B2. BPM AM - Come To Me (Vocal Version)
    B3. Ted Milton - Love Is Like A Violence
    C1. Front 242 - Funkhadafi
    C2. Colourbox - Fast Dump
    C3. Yello - Lost Again (Extended Dance Version)
    D1. Mystery - Mystery Girl (Club Mix Remastered)
    D2. In-D - Virgin In-D Sky's
    D3. Judy Torres - No Reason To Cry (Instrumental)
    D4. Hard Corps - Porte Bonheur (Lucky Charm) 2021

    LP Part 2: Move Your Body:
    A1. Moderna & Theus Mago - Francesca (Wild At Heart)
    A2. Zombies In Miami - El Wild
    A3. Juan Maclean - She's Breaking Up Featuring - Fantastic Twins
    B1. Damon Jee & Darlyn Vlys - Kronos (Wild Mix)
    B2. Modular Project - Electronic Disco (Curses Remix)
    C1. Curses - Discipline
    C2. Chinaski - Hart Und Kalt
    C3. Cornelius Doctor - Life In Chains
    D1. Shubostar - AYA
    D2. Kendal & David Carretta - Pastaga
    D3. Local Suicide & Skelesys - Faster Faster

    3CD Edition:
    Chapter 1. Origins (Classics)
    1. Borghesia - Z.M.R.
    2. Gina X Performance - Kaddish
    3. Suicide - Wild In Blue (2005 Remaster)
    4. Demolition Group - You Better Stay Alive
    5. A Split Second - Flesh
    6. BPM AM - Come To Me (Vocal Version)
    7. Ted Milton - Love Is Like A Violēnce
    8. Front 242-Funkhadafi
    9. Colourbox - Fast Dump
    10. Yello - Lost Again (Extended Dance Version)
    11. Mystery - Mystery Girl (Club Mix Remastered)
    12. In-D - Virgin In-D Sky's
    13. Judy Torres - No Reason To Cry (Instrumental)
    14. Hard Corps - Porte Bonheur (Lucky Charm) 2021
    Chapter 2. Break A Sweat (Recent)
    1. Moderna & Theus Mago - Francesca (Wild At Heart)
    2. Middle Sky Boom Feat. Eliezer - Slow With The Run (Il Est Vilaine Remix) 3. Tiempo De Maldad - Maxico (Alvee Remix)
    4. Zombies In Miami - El Wild
    5. Moscoman - Fernandez
    6. Juan Maclean Feat. Fantastic Twins - She's Breaking Up
    7. Damon Jee & Darlyn Vlys - Kronos (Wild Mix)
    8. Zakmina - Viral News
    9. Radial Gaze - Totem Echoes (You Man Remix)
    10. Paresse - Temple
    11. Rina X Benji X Megaphonim - Ani Cham
    12. Modular Project - Electronic Disco (Curses Remix)
    Chapter 3. Maximum Heat (Exclusives)
    1. Curses - Discipline
    2. Chinaski - Hart Und Kalt
    3. Shubostar - AYA
    4. Cornelius Doctor - Life In Chains
    5. Mufti - Restrained
    6. Amarcord - Spleen
    7. Franz Scala - Shortwave Memories
    8. Tronik Youth - Spirit Dancer
    9. Cardopusher - Escape From Reality
    10. Kendal & David Carretta - Pastaga
    11. Local Suicide & Skelesys - Faster Faster
    12. Pablo Bozzi - Storm In Dallas

    Aili X Transistorcake

    Dansu EP

    For her debut EP, 'Dansu' Belgian-Japanese artist Aili has joined forces with another of Belgium's most exciting new acts Transistorcake, the pair working through lockdown to produce a wonderfully fresh sounding 5 track release on Eskimo Recordings. Effortlessly bringing together elements of Kosmiche Musik, Acid House, Electronica, Disco & Leftfield Pop, the 'Dansu' EP is as easy on the ears as it is hard to categorise.

    "I met Orson at a party a couple of years ago," recalls Aili. "I had been making music by myself for a while and wanted to take it more seriously. He was known as this 'music guy', so I approached him and we hit it off right away. He has so much studio knowledge I can take my tracks to him and he gets where I want to go with it."

    "We had been batting these tracks back and forth between ourselves whilst locked in our flats earlier this year trying to get the music right. At one point I started singing over the top of 'Dansu' in Japanese, I'm not really sure why but it just came out like that and everything started to click," Aili explains.

    "I left Tokyo for Belgium when I was 7 years old and in many ways my Japanese stayed at that level. When I sing in Japanese it put me into this naive, almost childlike mindset that allows me to express what I feel right away. You don't need to understand the words just the feeling that they convey."

    Opening the EP is the title track 'Dansu', a hymn to dancing the night away, made more poignant being written and recorded as Brussels' club sat shut. Over a taut Motorik rhythms Aili's hushed vocals blending perfectly with lambent washes of synths to create a hypnotic, languorously funky, track with echoes of artists like Can or Stereolab.

    Anyone who's heard Transistorcake's previous releases will know his love of a 303 and 'Oki' sees the pair up the tempo and twist a sinuous acid bass line over Aili's chopped up vocals and mantra like chant of "Oki ku natara" ("when I grow up") to create a propulsive club track.

    Sticking with the squelchy bass line, 'Pari Pari' drops the tempo and ups the funk, Aili's vocals perfectly blending in with the ethereal synths to create an other-worldly vibe. Curious minds should know the track takes its title from Aili's dad's name for tonkatsu, a kind of Japanese schnitzel, that crackle (Japanese - Pari) as you eat them, there you go you've learned something new today.

    'Genki' sees the pair bring back those Motorik rhythms that kicked off the EP this time accompanied by mesmerising synths and another writhing, hypnotic acid melody all punctuated by Aili's vocals, composed entirely from gairaigo, English 'loan words' that have entered the Japanese language.

    Closing out the EP 'Futsu' has an almost kitsch quality to it, filled with a heady mix of electronic sounds, strange percussion and Aili's stop-start sing-song vocals. "When I talk to my dad on the phone and ask him how he's doing, the answer is always: "mama bochi bochi futsu," explains Aili. "So Futsu's an ode to the many, many inside jokes between my sister, my father and me."

    Gleefully eclectic and joyful in nature, the 'Dansu' EP is a perfect introduction to Aili and her musical world, a playful place where anything goes. With the pair currently working together on a new live show it's to be hoped it won't be too long before we can all dance together again.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Dansu
    A2. Oki
    B1. Pari Pari
    B2. Genki
    B3. Futsu

    Lindstrom & Prins Thomas

    Reinterpretations

      Following their debut album in 2005 Lindstrom & Prins Thomas have been somewhat busy, aside from all the remix duties, DJ sets and their own individual productions they have manage to get together this alternate version CD for your delectation too. Nine tracks of Scando-Balearic drug disco, which are all alternate takes of tracks taken from the series of 12's that followed the album. Kicking off with the 12" Version of "Turkish Delight", we then have "Claudio", Mighty Girl", "Vrang Og Vanskelig", "Feel PM", "Boney M Down" (Alternate Version) and finally the two brand new tracks to be taken from their newest EP "Nummer Fire". None of these tracks have been released on CD before so don't sleep, here you have a chance to mess with the minds of those already over familiar with that awesome album.


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