Bustin' Out 1983 - New Wave To New Beat Volume 3


This is the third installment in veteran DJ Mike Maguire's sparkling, ongoing series chronicling the seismic developments in electronic-based music through the often misrepresented 1980s. Following the post-punk foragings of volume one and the follow-up which captured the global groundswell of excitement as electronic music came into its own, the microscope now falls on 1983, when the fallout from the previous year's "Planet Rock" spawned electro-funk in tandem with the emerging hip-hop and graffiti cultures, while electronic developments started infiltrating many more stratas of new music, whether disco, punk or even mainstream. Steering clear of the obvious route, the set kicks off with electro-punk poetess Anne Clark from Croydon, proceeding with an atmospheric mix of legendary film director-composer John Carpenter's theme to Assault On Precinct 13, before hitting New York City's boiling electro scene with Special Request's "Salsa Smurf" and later the Jonzun Crew's "We Are The Jonzun Crew," while Downtown is represented by Liquid Liquid's "Optimo." New York's clubs also massively influenced New Order, as beautifully shown on their Power, Corruption And Lies album, represented here by the grand melancholy of "Your Silent Face," while San Francisco's innovative electronic movement is represented by Twilight 22 (formed by Stevie Wonder's former synth programmer Gordon Bahary). Rather than focusing entirely on U.S. developments, the set carries on its tradition of exploring Europe's often darker use of new technology, including Belgium's Front 242 and The Neon Judgement, Denmark's Laid Back with the enigmatic electro of "White Horse," German goth-punks Xmal Deutschland, while Koto's dub of "Chinese Revenge" spotlights the burgeoning Italo disco movement. Another standout track comes from German synth duo The Unknown Cases, fronted by legendary former Traffic percussionist Reebop Kwaku Baah on the rousing Afro-electro of "Masimba Bele." After such a potent, multi-strained hotbed, the UK's Cocteau Twins make the perfect finale with "Sugar Hiccup." 1983 was as unpredictable as it was exciting, with musical boundaries blurring all the time and club land on fire with the oddest anthems. At the time, the word buzzing around New York summed everything up: fresh. Same goes for this latest gem to appear in this wonderful series, telling the whole story in the celebratory spirit of that amazing era. Extensive sleeve notes written by legendary journalist Kris Needs. Artwork by Mike Coles (Malicious Damage).