Boomkat Product Review:
This is brilliant! Mehmet Aslan hails cult, hybrid concoctions of folk, punk, new wave, Berber, Latin and Subsharan African influences and electronics from hard-to-find Swiss ‘80s records on another Strut extravaganza.
Dipping deeper into the mountain waters that gave the world Grauzone and Yello, ‘Senza Decoro: Liebe + Anarchia / Switzerland 1980-1990’ fathoms the depths of stylistic variety to Swiss underground music during a creatively fecund era. Put together by Mehmet Aslan, a Turkish-Swiss club music producer based in Berlin, the set errs to joints that still kill on contemporary ‘floors, swelling with a vibrant sense of invention and stylistic cross-breeding that was rife in the secretive middle European country, characterised by the undulating range between Dr. Chattanooga & The Navarones hallucinatory Berber psyche salvo and the asymmetric sequencer funk of Christine Schaller.
Apart from the likes of UnknownmiX, who were found on Hawai’s legendary ’SNX’ boxset, and here with a killer Arabic-influenced new wave sidewinder with backcombed vox, ‘Nightmare’, or the clammy treat of ‘Mondfolklore’ by mutant folk dreamweaver Christian Pfluger aka Die Welttraumforscher, we’ve never heard many of the artists included, and that’s half the fun of the set. Introductions are made and dots joined between the ‘80s Swiss scene and the modern wave of European folk mutators found on Bureau B’s ‘‘Gespensterland’ comp (ft. Brannten Schnüre, Baldruin, Kirschstein, Freundliche Kreisel and Balint Brösel), throwing down sinuous post-punk electronics in Mittelgeisen’s brittle, melancholy gem ‘Anfang’, and seasick synths of Elephant Château, along with the slow swag of Aborginal Voices, or Brenda Ray-like reggae lope of Café Türk, or Aunt Sally-esque offbeat charms of ‘Boat-Song’ by Lilliput, and PiL-ly punk-funk grind to ‘Arbeiter’ from Schammen Circel. Completed with a couple of Mehmet’s ‘floor-dedicated edits of El Deux and KonX, it’s a proper chocolate-covered baklava of a treat for sweet-toothed ‘80s connoisseurs.