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Artist: V/A
Title: Mutant Disco Volume 1
Format: CD
Label: Ze
Country: France
Price: $17.00
“The Mutant Disco compilation, originally released in 2003 as a 2CD release, has now been separated at birth into two separate volumes (002A, 002B) of power-packed, explosive post-wave, post-punk, post-disco disco music. From 1978 to 1983 in New York City, a rare breed of label exploded in vibrant neon-color to forever change the perception of and push the limits to the definition of disco. The dancehall that was home to Zes Mutant Disco revolution was ready to burst over the top with a perverse blend of over-the-top musical spectacular to complement the grainier, more underground pop. Mutant Disco acknowledged that disco was as absurdly adventurous and radical as anything emerging from rock orthodoxy. Disco alchemists like Arthur Russell and Larry Levan, labels like West End and Prelude subtly "discolated" the norm in as spectacular a way as The Pop Group and A Certain Ratio, Rough Trade and Factory. Zes original Mutant Disco compilation came after the labels first few years of quiet artistic defiance, steadily releasing records from the U.S. and French underground resistance. The artists housed on this compilation became absolute Ze staples: Was (Not Was), Material & Nona Hendryx, Cristina, Kid Creole & the Coconuts, Aural Exciters, James White & the Blacks, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, Garçons, Don Armandos 2nd Av. Rhumba B. and Gichi Dan.” - Ze.

Artist: V/A
Title: Mutant Disco Volume 3: Garage Sale
Format: CD
Label: Ze
Country: France
Price: $17.00
“In 1981, when ZE Records first published the vinyl LP Mutant Disco there were only 6tracks on it. In 2003, when I decided to relaunch the label that Michael Zilkha and myself founded in New York in 1978, I transformed this mini album into a double CD with 25 tracks. It was as if Mutant Disco had become a style of its own in which musicians from different cultures and nationalities could find common ground. Between 1978 and 1983 in New York City, music from a wide range of styles developed based on a common denominator -- you could dance to it. The title of "garage” comes from "Paradise Garage, " the now mythical club at 84 King Street, which was one of the focal points for New York gay and disco culture for 10 years (1977-1987). The turntables were under the magic touch of Larry Levan, one of the pioneers of NY Dance Music that some began calling garage, while his childhood friend Frankie Knuckles did pretty much the same in Chicago where certain people began to call his style House music. Larry Levan also promoted open and eclectic musical sources and many DJs today have drawn inspiration from this. The Sound System at Paradise Garage developed by Larry and Richard Long was reputed to be the best in NY. Many producers would test their mixes on the dance floor at the Garage. Many of the remixes at ZE, especially those by August Darnell were first played at the Garage before being produced. Larry remixed for August and Kid Creole & The Coconuts: "Something Wrong in Paradise," which certainly has its place in this third volume of Mutant Disco. In addition to this remix, Garage Sale includes several jewels from the ZE Records back catalogue: the long play version of the sublime "Dream Baby Dream" by Suicide; a remix of Alan Vegas "Outlaw" by August Darnell; "Techno-Freaks" by Junie Morrison, founding member of Funkadelic who brought out an excellent album, "Evacuate Your Seats," on ZE in 1983; a mix by Don Was of "Whats a Girl to Do" by Cristina. Don was also involved in the production of "Dance or Die" by Sweet Pea Atkinson from his solo album Dont Walk Away (ZE Records 1982). Also present are "Man Vs The Empire Brain Building" from the second album by Was (Not Was) for ZE in 1982, "Born to Laugh at Tornadoes" and "Read My Lips," another production by the Was (not) brothers under the pseudonym of "A Thousand Points Of Night." There is also the underground classic "Hes The Groove" by Snuky Tate, released on ZE in 1979 as a single and 12" single, plus the classic "No Time to Stop Believing in Love", by Daisy Chain, in the international version. There are two excellent tracks from Ron Rogers, a very active member of the ZE dream team in the early 80s. Ron also took part in the sessions with Aural Exciters, Bob Blanks After Hours Party Band, with "Maladie dAmour." As Kevin Pearce wrote in the liner notes to Mutant Disco Volume 1 & 2: "Yes, the urge to let our imagination run riot, and the need to dance to twisted sounds remains. The Mutant Disco, the haunted dancehall will never close down.” - Ze.

Artist: V/A
Title: N.Y. No Wave
Format: CD
Label: Ze
Country: France
Price: $17.00
2004 release. Featuring James White & the Blacks, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, Lydia Lunch, Suicide, Mars, Rosa Yemen, Teenage Jesus & The Jerks, The Contortions, Arto/Neo, James Chance & Pill Factory. Deluxe fold out digipak with 16 page booklet of liner notes/photos. "In the late seventies the No Wave bands created their own apocalyptic soundtrack of New York, self critical, riddled with arrogant doubts, these «brats» were their own worst enemies as well as their own best friends. Self-destructing and parodic chaos was the name of the game, playing the wrong note at the right time. No Wave music explored the original amateurism and anarchy of punk rock but took it further into a cubist brain game, rejecting the formulaic rhythms of rock and roll and the verse/chorus organization. Loose experiment, freaky amalgam of free-jazzer, Sun Ra, Ayler, Captain Beefheart, Velvet Underground, old root of black music. A perfect Psycho World Music. This compilation is a wild echo chamber of artiness and primitivism pushed to the extremes,deliberately unpretty and atonal with garage bands equipments. Alhough they barely receive credit, Suicide (singer Alan Vega and keyboardist Martin Rev) is the source point for virtually every synth pop duo that glutted the pop market place (especially in England) in the early 80s. Without the trailblazing Rev and Vega, there would have been no Soft Cell, Erasure, Bronski Beat, Yaz, Depeche Mode, you name em. Lydia Lunch from Teenage Jesus and the Jerks is a satanic Betty Boop, schyzo-Lolita whining and screaming boredom, sarcasm, romance and perversity, a dark sex kitten, porcelain skin poetess. The band is raw flesh, two string guitar, snare drum crashing and James Chance on sax, scary as a snake charmer dude on mescaline. Teenage Jesus is a pure object of blasphem, sex misery, surgical anger and aural terror. Rosa Yemen was a strange minimalistic combo creating soundtracks for guerilla movies that never existed using samples of Antonin Artaud screaming speeches or the hoarse agony of an African man digging soil. Mars stands as a cosmic marriage of surrealistic poetry and Becketts void, wonderfully bizarre and disturbing, slow motion, jerhythmsthms, raw jaw power. Arto - Neto is a comet tail project of Arto Lindsay and Seth Tillett. James Siegfried, aka James Chance and the Contortions, aka James White wanted to be the most sensational and controversial act in NY.The group overall concept was simply funk minus pop harmony. The songs followed most dance-music conventions steady bass lines and drumbeats, soul derived syncopation, but totally out of control. The band played on frustration, tension, on making people angry and it worked. Pill Factory was another experimental project combining, James Chance, Arto Lindsay, Bradley Field and Georges Scott around Grutzy Elvis, the film featuring Anya Philips by underground guru Diego Cortes." - Ze.

Artist: WHITE, JAMES & THE BLACKS
Title: Off White
Format: CD
Label: Ze
Country: France
Price: $17.00
2004 release. “Definite reissue of this No Wave classic, originally issued in 1979. Previous reissues of the Contortions and James White albums on Infinite Zero have been deleted for the better part of a decade. These are all officially sanctioned by the originating label, Ze Records; packaged in fold out digipaks, with deluxe 20 page booklets. The 21st century has produced a new generation of young contenders of all kinds, who have, within months, spread a new string of names across the planet such as The Rapture, Playgroup, LCD Sound system, Liars, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Radio 4 and the likes, just to name a few. Once again the heat was initiated in NYC, even though its Lower East Side epicenter “cleaned up” by Giuliani and Bloomberg, has moved a few blocks east and across the river to Brooklyn and Williamsburg. It might be wise to remind the younger ones among us that the origins of this new musical cycle is for the most part rooted in the No Wave movement of which James Siegfried aka James White, aka James Chance is undoubtedly one of its most prominent figures. New York City was hands down the artistic telluric center of the second half of the 20th century, especially from the 70s, on. Rising from the ashes of the Velvet Underground, a slew of local bands redefined the aesthetics of rocknroll which the merchants of the temple hastened to rename under various designations, such as punk, new wave, no wave, jazz-funk or even disco and disco-punk without forgetting to mention the original Electro designation pioneered by the band Suicide. One of the indispensable and emblematic figures of the mid-70s is of course James Chance.” - Ze.

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