This, the second of a 2-part sonic tribute to the 1980 – 1983 era as well as a musical companion piece to Life and Death On The New York Dance Floor, 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 guitar—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.
Lovingly curated across 2 slabs of vinyl, the album introduces 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. All music contained within this album has been hand-picked and programmed by Tim Lawrence. It represents a selective yet rich introduction to one of the most extraordinary periods in New York City’s epic musical history.