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Boomkat Product Review:
The Strut label explores the sounds of the mid-'70s to mid-'80s on this excellent selection of post punk and new wave takes on dance music, bringing together the sounds of the New York underground, early Detroit and Belgian New Beat.
The UK isn't left out of the equation either. Notably, Factory Records' Quando Quango (featuring a pre-M People Mike Pickering) make an appearance with a remix of their 1983 electro pop opus 'Love Tempo'. You can't really compile an album like this without including Bill Laswell's Material, and sure enough they're represented by the futuristic funk-scapes of 'Don't Lose Control', made up of synth, vocoder and a decent helping of hand-played percussion.
There are plenty of surprises to go round though: The soulful prog rock of Isotope on their 'Crunch Cake' might have been discarded as jazz fusion noodling were it not for the sturdy, muscular - and disco-friendly - backbeat. The compilation draws to a close with three especially strong contributions, with the electro rhythms of A Number Of Names' 'Sharevari'. the classic experimental disco of Dinosaur L's 'In The Cornbelt' (as remixed by Larry Levan), and Maximum Joy's 'Silent Street'.