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Interstellar Funk Presents: Artificial Dancers – Waves Of Synth

Rush Hour
Interstellar Funk Presents: Artificial Dancers – Waves Of Synth
Following more than a decade of synth and wave reissues from labels like Dark Entries, Minimal Wave, and Mannequin, it’s hard to believe that there are still gems left to be unearthed, but Interstellar Funk has risen to the challenge. Backed by Rush Hour, the Dutch artist has put together a collection that lines up sought-after rarities from genre stalwarts Chris and Cosey, Clan of Xymox, Liaisons Dangereuses, and the Human League (whose distorted ‘JG’ is a notably far cry from ‘Don’t You Want Me’) alongside synth-centric cuts from more obscure outfits. The 12 tracks on Artificial Dancers span 40 years (1978-2018), but it’s a credit to Interstellar Funk that the vintage selections are effectively indistinguishable from the more recent offerings. The melodic post-punk of Batang Frisco (complete with extended guitar solo) sits comfortably next to the bleepy, industrial-tinged churn of Sociedades En Tetra Brik and the gothy swagger of Det Gylne Triangel, and even Richard Bone’s lengthy experimental excursion doesn’t feel like too much of an outlier. There’s a continuum at work here, and ‘Artificial Dancers’ does an excellent job demonstrating that synth and wave music is so much more than a nostalgia trip or a purely archival enterprise.
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