Bustin' Out 1982 - New Wave To New Beat Volume 2
Bustin' Out 1982: New Wave To New Beat Volume 2 is the second installment in veteran DJ Mike Maguire's fascinating new mission aimed at charting the groundbreaking developments in electronic-based music through the '80s. The set kicks off in Germany with Düsseldorf's proto-industrial electronic body music exponents, Die Krupps and the 6-minute 12" version of "Goldfinger," their irreverent take on electronically-cultivated pop music. Klein & MBO's unadulterated dancefloor classic "Dirty Talk" marked the blueprint for the oncoming house revolution. The importance of the trio of New York acts contained in this collection is inestimable. South Bronx sisters ESG, who opened Manchester's Hacienda, remained above pigeonholing, influencing everything from hip-hop to house. The second monolithic Big Apple outing is "Hip Hop Be Bop" by Man Parrish, whose ingenious welding of Kraftwerk robo-sonics and European synth-pop sounds were a crossover club sensation. Thirdly is "Planet Rock" by Afrika Bambaataa and Soul Sonic Force, who crafted the first hip-hop record to use a drum machine, setting the electronic rhythm beast loose in hip-hop, paving the way for electro and bringing a unifying house music sensibility to the party. Gary Numan is represented by "Music For Chameleons," displaying a more mature, haunted city style than earlier outings. Ex-Throbbing Gristle duo Chris & Cosey are present here, with the popping proto-electro of "Impulse," as well as Belgium's new-beat pioneers Front 242 whose "U-Men" is possibly the rarest item on display here. Meanwhile Mark Stewart, who by 1982 had left Bristol social agitators The Pop Group, released the Jerusalem EP which featured the bleak alien dub-funk of "Welcome To Liberty City," a suitably unsettling backdrop for his wired urban reportage. This is neatly followed by Dub Syndicate's "Pounding System." A more avant-jazz flavored other-worldliness, even foreshadowing dubstep, continues with Benjamin Lew and Steve Brown, and Shriekback are represented here with their rousing funk chant of "My Spine Is My Bassline," as well as Colourbox with their 4AD debut "Breakdown." Another serious master-stroke is the inclusion of South London's infamous Portion Control, whose fearsome brand of "electro punk" is represented by "Fiends." The set ends with the hugely-influential but obscure Pylon, from Athens, Georgia. "Four Minutes" was the B-side of the 12" version of their Beep single, heaving through a crashing, alien dronescape, making a suitably unorthodox finale for this rather fine summation of a year when blips on the musical radar often assumed depth charge proportions. Extensive sleeve notes written by Kris Needs in a full-color 24-page booklet. Artwork by Mike Coles (Malicious Damage). Housed in special (carbon neutral) 3-panel digi-packaging.