Re-Issues Of The Month: November

The ardent Patrick Henderson has once again searched high and low to bring you the best of what last month’s re-issues had to offer. As ever he delivers all manner of delights from Calypso reworks of Disco classics to dystopian synth-OSTs. Enjoy…

Stephen Encinas – Disco Illusion

It sounds like something from the mists of music folklore, but the discovery of a forgotten gem in a Trinidadian warehouse has led to one of the best disco 12″s I’ve heard in a fair while. The real heat is on the B-side, taking the sultry vocals of the original mix and replacing them with suitably tropical steel drums, making for a remarkable blend of calypso and disco with a curiously middle-eastern lead synth line.

Patrick Cowley – School Daze

Patrick Cowley has one of the true heroes of the gay disco scene, with a deep involvement that has allowed his music to resonate to this day, over 30 years after his death. Typified by high energy and unashamedly camp numbers, this unearthed collections from Fox Studios may come as something of a surprise to aficionados, albeit a pleasant one. Showcasing his more understated side, this heady mix of post-punk, proto-techno all everything in-between really shows the range of his talents. Really great stuff.

Penny Penny – Shaka Bundu

Inner City worship straight out of Africa on the ever-intriguing Awesome Tapes From Africa. Having established itself as the go-to blog for exotica from the continent, the launch of the label has brought with it a widely varied selection of music that you might not readily attribute to African nations. In fairness, a whole LP of this does wear slightly thin in parts, but it’s definitely something that everyone should give a listen.

John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13 OST

Movie soundtracks are often under appreciated in the musical canon, with them understandably playing second fiddle to the film in its entirety. This is something of a shame as, when done right, they can be just as compelling as any other form of music. Case in point this neat little re-issue of the soundtrack to John Carpenter’s classic horror flick, Assault on Precinct 13. Forget the so-so remake a few years ago, this pioneering collection of synth wave perfectly complements the razor-sharp tension and dread of the visuals, whilst being able to stand proud as a separate entity. It’s still second to the exemplary Bladerunner OST that was released earlier this year though…

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