Boomkat Product Review:
Premiere vinyl reissue of a Japanese no wave/disco-punk classic from 1980, newly remastered and dished up by Studio Mule. Hugely sought-after, original copies trade for triple figures!
A killer lesson in stripped down, nagging no wave drills, ‘Back Ground Music’ was first issued by the legendary Vanity Records in 1980 and has been sought-after ever since on the 2nd hand market. And it’s not hard to hear why. Like the tighter far eastern cousins of Wire, Liquid Liquid, Mars or DAF; BGM possessed a millimetre-tight groove control, a hypnotic feel for repetition and trippy mixing, and a strange way with near-whispered, mumbled vocals that sets them way out on their own.
Slipping its disco clogs on with deliciously slouchy bass, drums and guitar countered by clattering, two-left-footsteps in ‘Mix’, the LP impresses at every turn between the discordant jag of ‘Neo Dancer’, the primitivist no wave hunch of ‘Repeat’, and the sozzled swagger of ‘And’ on the A-side, before locking down a mean psych-disco groove with ‘Member Ship Card’, and what sounds like the Japanese grandpappies of Sleaford Mods on ‘In Put’, while a couple of beat-less oddities sandwich the brilliant, asymmetric rhythm and deeply odd use of drones and pealing electronics in ‘Romantic Recovery.’