The newly invigorated Strut Records have unloosed the latest edition in their excellent 'Disco Not Disco' series of compilations. The new comp, out now, looks at the fertile musical period between 1974–86 when mutant, fresh forms of dance music were evolving all over the world, from proto-electronica to punk bands creating their take on disco.
'Disco Not Disco' contains both well-known and obscure classics. Everything from James White and The Blacks' punk funkin' 'Contort Yourself' to early Detroit techno number 'Sharevari' by A Number of Names are present and correct. Esteemed music writer and DJ Bill Brewster delivers the sleevenotes, making it a sumptuous package all round.
The full tracklisting reads:
- Vivien Goldman 'Launderette'
- Delta 5 'Mind Your Own Business'
- Shriekback 'My Spine Is The Bassline'
- Konk 'Your Life'
- Isotope 'Crunch Cake'
- James White & The Blacks 'Contort Yourself' (August Darnell remix)
- Quando Quango 'Love Tempo' (remix)
- Gina X Performance 'Kaddish'
- Material 'Don't Lose Control' (Dance version)
- Kazino 'Binary'
- Liaisons Dangereuses 'Los Ninos Del Parque' (12" mix)
- A Number Of Names 'Sharevari' (Instrumental)
- Six Sed Red 'Beat 'Em Right'
- Maximum Joy 'Silent Street / Silent Dub'
'Disco Not Disco' is an essential purchase for anyone even vaguely interested in this fascinating, seminal period in musical history.