Boomkat Product Review:
Follow up to the superb Cool As Ice compilation, this time focussing on the production work of Be-Music [aka New Order], the excellent Donald Johnson, sticksman for A Certain Ratio, and assistance from stateside sympathisers Mark Kamins, Jellybean Benitez and Arthur Baker. This is the story of how many of these tunes fell flat in the european countries of origin but were adopted and cherished by deep, black and gay clubs in north america. Perhaps the standouts here are 52nd Street, always one of the most underrated bands out of Manchester, and at the production helm was DoJo, with able sequencing assistance from Bernard Sumner. Some nice rarities here in the shape of psyche-acid house pioneers Section 25's 'Sakura' and the edit of New Order's 'video 5-8-6', originally a cassette only item. A proper piece of Manc history.