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Compilations - Issue 575

Funkadelic: Reworked by Detroiters

Various

Funkadelic: Reworked by Detroiters

Westbound Records
8.0
What do the luminaries of Detroit’s techno scene have to do with the psychedelic rock and galactic funk of the city’s famous sons, Funkadelic? Quite a lot, actually. Funkadelic, and its more groove-laden offshoot Parliament helped spawn electronic dance music (the good kind) with tunes such as 1978 synth bass killer ‘Flashlight’, while their live shows, triumphant spectacles featuring elaborate costumes, oodles of loopy humour and cosmic props such as a mother-ship spacecraft descending from the heavens, envisaged an Afro-futurism that would be sonically and intellectually influential upon the black pioneers of techno in the 1980s and beyond. Derrick May famously said that techno was “Kraftwerk and George Clinton stuck in an elevator”, after all. This comp has been crafted with love, with all participants taking it very seriously indeed. Marcellus Pittman subtly rolls out and loops up ‘Get Off Your Ass and Jam’, adding some subtle pads; the results are delicious. Underground Resistance reconstruct ‘Music 4 My Mother’ into a slow electroid stomp with funky acid blips, BMG bathes the disconsolate blues of ‘Maggot Brain’ in synth plasma, and local garage rockers Dirtbombs turn in a grotty, great ‘Super Stupid’. They’re just a handful of treasures on this respectful and hugely enjoyable collection.
Ben Murphy
ANDINA: The Sound Of The Peruvian Andes 1968 - 1978

Various

ANDINA: The Sound Of The Peruvian Andes 1968 - 1978

Strut

Ande up!
9.0
This wonderful retrospective focuses on a decade of music found throughout the mountainous Andes region and features a very specific Peruvian cumbia sound that brings together regional rhythms and Latin stylings with electric keyboards and/or guitars that sound very of that era. Almost every piece on this compilation hasn’t been re-released since its original pressing, and they are a delight to listen to. The groovier, sparse sounds running through Los Walker’s de Huánuco and Los Bilbao are infectiously danceable. More traditional sounding offerings from La Peruanita and Los Turistas Del Mantaro conjure up the isolated, alpine landscapes this music comes from. There are also a few big band productions hailing from Lima, where the Andean style continued to flourish and evolve away from its origins. For the seasoned audiophile familiar with this type of music, this will be a treat. Newcomers to this sound and era will equally enjoy this excellently thought-out and presented compendium.
Zara Wladawsky
Anthology: 10 Years of SMD

Simian Mobile Disco

Anthology: 10 Years of SMD

Wichita

Sustained sounds
8.5
A decade on from James Ford and Jas Shaw's acclaimed debut album ‘Attack Decay Sustain Release’, Ford has gone on to shape the sounds of bands like Arctic Monkeys, Foals and earlier this year produced Depeche Mode's 14th studio album, ‘Spirit’. But this selection of rarities and B-sides from SMD's releases on Wichita brings together why such folk went nuts for them in the first place. There's inimitable bangers like ‘Hustler’ and ‘Tits & Acid’ from ‘Attack...’, and dark, rasping techno like album opener ‘Aspic from Delicacies’. But things get very interesting indeed in the latter part of this 21-track behemoth, notably the subtle bleeping delights of ‘Hachinoko’, a collab with Roman Flügel, and ‘Sacrifice’, an tough angular workout, punctuated with atonal off-beat stabs and Detroit-style rhythms (but with a bit of trance thrown in too), crafted with Belfast's very own Bicep. Blazingly good.
Ben Arnold