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Factory Benelux presents a special 30th anniversary edition of From The Hip, the pioneering 1984 electro album by cult Factory Records group Section 25, produced by Bernard Sumner of New Order. Recorded in 1983, From The Hip was the band’s third album for Factory, and the first to pursue a more accessible musical direction, thanks largely to new members Jenny Cassidy and Angela Flowers. Adopting state of the art Roland electronics, Section 25 graduated from barbed post-punk to smooth electronic pop, much of which prefigured techno and house styles, and spawned an enduring club/dance hit in the Megamix version of Looking From A Hilltop. From The Hip was recorded at Rockfield by Bernard Sumner of New Order, falling between their classic albums Power Corruption & Lies and Low-Life. It would be the only time that Sumner produced an entire album for another artist. The iconic cover art is by Peter Saville and Trevor Key, and employs the cryptic colour-coding favoured by the Factory design director at this time. The original 1984 album appears on Disc 1 along with bonus tracks including both 12” versions of Looking From A Hilltop, as well as singles Dirty Disco II, Beating Heart and Back To Wonder. Disc 2 features a raft of previously unreleased material, including a 1984 BBC radio session, five tracks from the original From The Hip demo in 1983, a re-boot of Hilltop produced by Stephen Morris of New Order, and a brand new recording of Reflection by the current iteration of the group. Liner notes include text by Vin Cassidy and Jon Savage. Sadly Jenny and Larry Cassidy are not with us to celebrate three decades of From The Hip, having passed away in 2004 and 2010 respectively.