Category Archives: New Wave

GOOD VIBRATIONS: A RECORD SHOP, A LABEL, A SOUNDTRACK.

GOOD VIBRATIONS: A RECORD SHOP, A LABEL, A SOUNDTRACK. Late last year, a British independent film had a huge impact upon its release. That’s the critically acclaimed Good Vibrations, which was directed by Lisa Bassos D’sa and Glenn Leyburn. Good Vibrations tells the story of the life and times of Terri Hooley, a stalwart and …

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TREVOR JACKSON PRESENTS METAL DANCE 2.

TREVOR JACKSON PRESENTS METAL DANCE 2. In February 2012, Strut Records released the Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance. Critically acclaimed, Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance was a retrospective reminder of some groundbreaking music. There was no doubt about it, there would be a followup to Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance. Eighteen months later, Strut Records …

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MUTAZIONE-ITALIAN ELECTRONIC AND NEW WAVE UNDERGROUND 1980-1998-COMPILED BY WALLS.

MUTAZIONE-ITALIAN ELECTRONIC AND NEW WAVE UNDERGROUND 1980-1998-COMPILED BY WALLS. While Walls haven’t released an album since the blissed out, dreamy and ethereal beauty of Coracle, released in 2010, Allessio Natalizi of Walls hasn’t been taking things easy. Not at all. Instead, Alessio has been busy compiling an eclectic and compelling compilation for Strut Records. Entitled …

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UNDER THE INFLUENCE VOLUME 3-A COLLECTION OF RARE SOUL AND DISCO.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE VOLUME 3-A COLLECTION OF RARE SOUL AND DISCO. 2013 year has hardly been a vintage year for compilations. So far, I’d say it’s been a decidedly average year. The mountain of compilations released have certainly been eclectic, but have varied greatly in quality. Ranging from the good, bad and the ugly, we …

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CHANGE THE BEAT-THE CELLULOID RECORDS STORY 1979-1987.

CHANGE THE BEAT-THE CELLULOID RECORDS STORY 1979-1987. In 2012, Strut Records released Only For You: The Sound of Cajmere and Cajual Records, which paid homage to Cajmere, one of the innovators of the Chicago house scene and his label Cajual Records. This proved to be one of Strut Records’ most critically acclaimed and commercially successful …

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THE BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2012-PART 1.

THE BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2012-PART 1. It’s always at this time of year, that lists of what have been the best albums of the year are released. Not to be outdone, I’ve been compiling my lists too. So far, I’ve compiled lists of the best box sets, compilations and reissues. The one I’ve been …

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GREAT BRITISH ALBUMS.

GREAT BRITISH ALBUMS. Usually, in the run-up to Christmas, record companies find any excuse to release compilations, best of’s and box set galore. Wander through you’re local record shop, and you’ll find the umpteenth album of greatest hits from the usual suspects, including rock stars of yesteryear topping up their pension plans. Often, a similar …

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INFERNAL DEVICES-LIFE IN STEREO.

INFERNAL DEVICES-LIFE IN STEREO. Having recently reviewed the debut release from New York’s newest label SpinSpinNYC, Nutritious Presents Duke Williams and The Extremes, they’ve since released their second release. This is Infernal Devices’ Life In Stereo, the debut E.P. from the Brooklyn based dance duo. Infernal Devices are Mark Allen and Andy Miccolis, and having …

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ANDRE CYMONE-SURVIVIN’ THE 80’S.

ANDRE CYMONE-SURVIVIN’ THE 80’S. Having released his debut solo album Living In The New Wave in November 1982, less than a year later, in September 1983, Andre Cymone released the follow-up album, Survivin’ the 80’s. His debut album Living In The New Wave had reached number forty-nine in the US R&B Charts, with both singles …

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ANDRE CYMONE-LIVIN’ IN THE NEW WAVE.

ANDRE CYMONE-LIVIN’ IN THE NEW WAVE. Andre Cymone and Prince had been childhood friends, growing up together in Minneapolis and even shared a house. Later, Andre became the bassist in Prince’s band, before they became The Revolution. Then, by 1981, the year Prince released the platinum selling album Controversy, Andre thought it was time to …

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ZE RECORDS STORY 1979-2009.

ZE RECORDS STORY 1979-2009. Back in New York in 1978, Michael Zikha and Michael Esteban decided to set up their own record label, ZE Records. Using the initials of their surnames, to name of their new and nascent label, an innovative and influential label was born. During the label’s short lifetime, they released an eclectic …

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NIGHT OF TREASON-GENTLEMEN AND HOOLIGANS.

NIGHT OF TREASON-GENTLEMEN AND HOOLIGANS. Although I don’t usually review new wave or punk rock albums, I had to make an exception when Night of Treason’s forthcoming album Gentlemen and Hooligans was referred to as “the best English punk record from the 70s.” Now, you’ve got to either admire their confidence, or think that this …

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