Boomkat Product Review:
Ace compilation of disco-not-disco and avant, proto-hip hop from turn-of-’80s NYC, spotlighting an unprecedented time of flux and creativity identified in Tim Lawrence’s book, ‘Life And Death on the New York Dance Floor 1980-1983’
This one surveys the crucible of NYC dance sounds at a pivotal period when the energy of ‘70s punk and rock was superseded by the futuristic grooves of disco and rap, especially in clubs where people wanted to dance, not spit at each other and jump on the spot.
The trackless is stuffed with glittering gems, ranging from the very well known likes of Dinosaur L’s Paradise garage classic ‘Go Bang! (LP Version)’, thru to a necessary new pressing of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s amazing ‘Drum Mode’ as Gray (expensive to find on any other pressing!), and Rammellzee vs K-Rob’s avant hip hop touchstone ‘Beat Bop’.
In between those classic high water marks of disco and early hip hop, the set also highlights those artists from the new wave/pop paradigm who were irrevocably influenced by the ingenuity of late ‘70s disco and dance music as much as punk and the drive of German krautrock. We’re talking Suicide’s Alan Vega with the swaggering ballistics of ‘Saturn Drive’; San Francisco’s Tuxedomoon with the special sauce of ‘Desire’; Talking Heads’ David Byrne with the bustle of ‘Big Business (Dance Mix)’; and the the needling, spiky funk of ‘Hold Up’ by 3 Teens Kill 4.