Solid Steel Radio 16-05-14 - Cut Chemist, DK, DJ Food
This week the show has a distinct '80s feel about it starting with a mix from Cut Chemist featuring remixes and songs from Funk Off, a compilation of music by 1980's French post punk, industrial, minimal collective Vox Populi! and Pacific 231.
Cut Chemist discovered their material in 2004 while on tour/record digging in Milan where he picked up a compilation featuring their track “Megamix”. Originally released in the 80s, the track was not rooted in disco, hip hop & DJ history but rather post punk and industrial influences. Music Concrete is what the collective would have perhaps described their approach at the time. “Wild Style on dust” was how Cut’s collaborator Tom Fitzgerald described it on hearing it 20 years later.
Finding this record ultimately led to Cut Chemist tracking down the group, bonding over shared aesthetics and getting their blessing for this collection, which includes unreleased tracks, photographs and little-seen flyers and art from the group. The vinyl and CD are released in the UK on 9th June through A Stable Sound.
DK picks up the reigns in a similar vein, but starting with Illum Sphere's industrial edged Spectre Vex and then it's strictly '80s, including music from the UK that directly influenced Vox Populi, with tracks from Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire and A Certain Ratio. Music from New York also features with Liquid Liquid and Death Comet Crew featuring Rammellzee and Italy's version of Delia Derbyshire, synth wizard Doris Norton, plus the Francois Kevorkian produced collaboration between Jah Wobble and Holger Czukay.
In Hour 2, DJ Food continues with the same decade, but takes proceedings overground and compiles an hour of unofficial remixes, re-edits and versions of classic pop songs from the '80s, remodelled by fans or studio engineers with access to the separate track stems. What emerges is a collection of pop classics seen through a distorted looking glass, culled from the darkest corners of SoundCloud or the hard drives of engineers with access to audio they shouldn't have and time on their hands.
Depeche Mode remixed by a Hip Hop engineer, Tears For Fears cut to ribbons by a tape edit king, Bow Wow Wow and The Human League streamlined into a steady disco groove. Grace Jones' "Slave To The Rhythm" gets three radically different make overs and then she covers "Tubeway Army"!