8 classic tracks shining light on early eighties NY club music - introducing the listeners to a stunning array of sounds, styles, vibes and feelings that encapsulate this most fertile and forward-thinking era, when music, fashion, sound system innovations, leaps in music technology, a DIY attitude and a freedom from corporate politics combined with extraordinary expressivity.
This, the first of a 2-part sonic tribute to the 1980 – 1983 era as well as a musical companion piece to Tim Lawrence's 2016 publication 'Life & Death On The New York Dancefloor' sees recognised classics (such as 'Don’t Make Me Wait’ and ‘Din Daa Daa') nestle up alongside the belatedly recognised (including the August Darnell remix of ‘Contort Yourself’ and Mark Kamins remix of ‘Love Tempo') and the downright obscure (‘Vena Cava’ and the B-side of the ‘Pop Your Funk’ 7” promo). Capturing the range and the mayhem, Material’s under-appreciated ‘Bustin’ Out’ features Nona Hendryx delivering lyrics inspired by Black Panther George Jackson’s prison letters plus a music track featuring dance beats combined with a heavy electric guitarâ€”a combination proposed by Michael Zilkha after the ZE label head rejected Bill Laswell’s first effort. The mix comes courtesy of Better Days resident DJ Tee Scott. Everyone, it seemed, was open to everything.