TREVOR JACKSON PRESENTS METAL DANCE 2.

TREVOR JACKSON PRESENTS METAL DANCE 2.

In February 2012, Strut Records released the Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance. Critically acclaimed, Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance was a retrospective reminder of some groundbreaking music. There was no doubt about it, there would be a followup to Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance. Eighteen months later, Strut Records will release Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2 on 19th August 2013. 

For Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2, Trevor has dug deep into his record collection. He’s checked every corner of his collection for the the twenty-seven classics and rarities that feature on this double-album. Rarities, B-sides, dub versions, leftfield tracks and even, some of Trevor’s musical secret weapons feature on Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2. Just like Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance, Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2 is a genre-sprawling compilation of music  released between 1979 and 1988.

The music on Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2 is a musical reminder of Trevor’s formative years. This music provided the soundtrack to Trevor’s time clubbing in London. Back then, musically, anything went. DJs played a much more eclectic selection of music. Apart from reminders of Trevor’s youth, other tracks, are tracks Trevor has since discovered. They’re his musical weapons, which he’s decided to share with you. Just like the music of his youth, these tracks are truly eclectic.

Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2 is a twenty-seven track compilation, one that’s best described as a truly eclectic, genre-sprawling compilation. No wonder. Look at the sheer variety of music on Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2. Post punk, proto-techno, new wave, industrial, experimental and EBM. For anyone wondering what EBM is, it’s electronic body music. It’s a fusion of synth-punk, postindustrial and electronic dance music. While the music on Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2 is truly eclectic, the artists are equally eclectic. Indeed, Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2 contains music from artists drawn from the four corners of the globe.

Proof of how deep Trevor Jackson has dug into his record collection is the artists on Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2. They come from far and wide. Italy, Switzerland, England, Germany, Spain, Japan and Lebanon. Among the artists are Visage, Godley and Creme, Front 242, CHBB, Psyche, Skinny Puppy, Neon, Plus Instruments, Mile High Club and Vice Versa. In total, there are twenty-seven tracks on Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2, which I’ll pick the ten highlights of.

DISC ONE.

Disc One of Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2 features thirteen tracks. A combination of classic, rarities and hidden gems,  the thirteen tracks range from post punk, proto-techno, new wave, industrial, experimental and EBM. Among these tracks are contributions from Tuxedomoon, Logic System, Propaganda, Rusty Egan, Material, Experimental Products and Crash Course In Science. That’s not forgetting an instrumental version of Visage’s Der Amboss and a remix of Skinny Puppy’s Deadlines. Then there’s two edits. Trevor Jackson has edited Rusty Egan’s The Twilight Zone and Rabih Beaini has edited the intense Lebanese proto-techno of Tanki Tanki. As you’ll have realised by now, Disc One of Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2 is a compelling selection of tracks that define the word eclectic.

Tuxedomoon’s 59-1 opens Disc One of Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2. 59-1 was a track from Half Mute, Tuxedomoon’s 1980 debut album. Released on Ralph Records, it’s a genre-melting track. Based in San Francisco, this groundbreaking musical collective fused elements of new wave, synth pop, jazz, avant garde and experimental music. Seamlessly, Tuxedomoon create a musical collage that’s moody, broody and dramatic.

Propaganda are one of best known groups on the compilation. Formed in Dusseldorf in 1982, Propaganda released a trio of albums between 1985 and 1990. (The Echo Of) Frozen Faces was a non-album track. Released by ZTT on 29th July 1985, (The Echo Of) Frozen Faces was the B-side to Propaganda’s third single p:Machinery, (The Echo Of) Frozen Faces. It’s best described as innovative an innovative fusion of synth pop, new wave and jazz. 

Most people remember Visage for tracks like Fade To Grey, which featured on their 1980 debut album Visage. Their 1982 sophomore album was The Anvil. It featured the single Anvil (Night Club School). In Germany, it was released as Der Amboss. The B-side to the 12” single featured an instrumental version of Der Amboss. Here, new wave, industrial and experimental music unite, to create a timeless track that’s one of the highlights of Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2

Rene Bandaly Family’s Tanki Tanki demonstrates just how eclectic a compilation Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2 is. After all, how many compilations feature Lebanese proto-techno? Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2 does. Intense, hypnotic and mesmeric, Tanki Tanki sees two cultures collide. East meets west as proto-techno, electro and post-punk collide. Written and produced by Rene Bandaly during the 1975 Lebanese Civil War this is a real hidden gem, that was only released in 2009.

Liaisons Dangereuses’ Etre Assis Ou Danset is my final choice from Disc One of Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2. Literally, Etre Assis Ou Danset explodes into life. A combination of emotion and energy, this a track from Liaisons Dangereuses’ eponymous debut album. Released in 1981 on TIS, post-punk, industrial and experimental music are combined by Liaisons Dangereuses, who it seems, were named after Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ four-part epistolary novel.

Although I’ve mentioned just five of the thirteen tracks on Disc One of Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2, I could just as easily have mentioned several other tracks. What about Psyche’s meandering The Saint Became A Lush? It’s a mixture of synth pop and new wave. Or how about Rusty Egan’s The Twilight Zone? A truly compelling track. Sinister and cinematic is fused with industrial and experimental music. Then there’s Crash Course In Science’s Jump Over Barrels. Full of beeps and squeaks, new wave, post punk and minimal synth is thrown into the musical melting pot by the Philly-based trio. Honorable mentions go to Skinny Puppy, Material and Esplendor Geometrico, on what’s been an eclectic, genre sprawling, musical journey. All the listener needs, is an open mind and they’ll discover some innovative and groundbreaking music. Classics, rarities and hidden gems, fourteen more can be found on Disc Two of Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2.

DISC TWO.

On Disc Two of Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2, Trevor Jackson continues to be our musical tour guide. This magical, musical mystery tour continues. Among our destinations are England, Italy, Spain and Japan, During that journey, we’re introduced to the music of Ministry, Test Dept, Front 242, Neon, Doris Norton, Conrad Schnitzler and Arthur Brown And Craig Leon. Worryingly, we meet Vice Versa’s Riot Squad. At least we get the chance to join Mile High Club on another eclectic, genre sprawling journey. This genre sprawling journey takes in EBM, post punk, new wave, industrial, experimental and synth pop. With fourteen tracks to choose from, picking just five from fourteen classics, rarities and hidden gems,isn’t going to be easy. Here goes.

The short-lived, but talented Mile High Club only ever released one E.P. Entitled Mile High Club, which featured Walking Backwards. Released in 1984, on Aalto Records, there’s a Germanic sound to the track. New wave and electronica are combined, while Influences include Kraftwerk and Switzerland’s Yello. They play their part in what’s one of the highlights of Disc Two. 

Vice Versa were one of the pioneers of England’s electronic scene, They were contemporaries of ABC, Human League and Cabaret Volaire, Sadly, Vice Versa didn’t enjoy the longevity of their contemporaries. They only released a cassette album, E.P. and single. Riot Squad featured on their 1979 E.P. A fusion of synth pop and new wave while Vice Versa didn’t enjoy any sort of longevity, it wasn’t through lack of talent. Quite the opposite, Vice Versa could’ve, and should’ve, enjoyed a much longer, and successful career, given the quality of the music they released between 1979 and 1980.

Between 1981 and 2003, Chris & Cosey released fifteen albums. Driving Blind is a track from their third album, 1984s Songs Of Love and Lust. Released on Rough Trade Records in 1984, it’s a fusion of musical genres and influences. Among them are industrial, ambient, minimal and new wave. The result is a track that’s innovative, hypnotic, haunting, mesmeric and Kratwerkesque.

By 1981, when Conrad Schnitzler released Con 3, he was a veteran of the German electronic music scene. He was briefly a member of Tangerine Dream, but left to pursue his solo career after playing on their debut album Electronic Meditation. He released his debut album The Red Cassette in 1973s. Con 3 was his seventh solo album. It featured Das Tier, a fusion of industrial and experimental music. During the track, Conrad pushed musical boundaries to their limits, to create an innovative, influential track, that befits one of the founding father’s of electronic music.

Godley and Creme’s Babies closes Disc Two of Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2. It’s my final choice from Disc Two. After Godley and Creme left 10cc in 1977, they decided upon a change of musical direction. Consequences, their 1977 debut album became infamous. Dialogue was interspersed with music over six sides of sprawling vinyl. This wasn’t what Mercury envisaged when they signed Godley and Creme. By 1981, Godley and Creme were back releasing hit singles. Wedding Bells and Under Your Thumb were Godley and Creme two of their most successful singles. The B-side of Wedding Bells was Babies, a cutting-edge collage of art rock, electro and synth pop, proved Godley & Creme were back to their very best. 

There’s no let up in neither the eclecticism nor quality on Disc Two of Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2. Apart from the five tracks I’ve mentioned, I could just as easily have chosen Doris Norton’s fusion of electronica and experimental music that is Personal Computers. Then there’s the experimental, sci-fi sound of Arthur Brown And Craig Leon’s The Conversation. Or how about Test Dept’s The Unacceptable Face Of Freedom: Face 3 an amalgamation of industrial and experimental music? These are just another three examples of what awaits the listener on Disc Two of Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2. Compelling, enthralling and full of musical surprises, Disc Two of Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2 is a journey through musical genres. Elements of from art rock, electro and synth pop, industrial, experimental, new wave and ambient music can be found within the fourteen tracks on Disc Two of Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2. Again, all the listener needs to enjoy the classics, rarities and hidden gems, on Disc Two of Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2 is an open mind. Then they’ll be able to discover music that was imaginative, innovative and went on to influence a new generation musicians.

So, eighteen months after the release of Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance, Trevor Jackson, after searching the four corners of his record collection, has compiled Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2. If anything, it’s better than its predecessor. That’s often the case with followups. After releasing a critically acclaimed compilation, and enjoying the plaudits, the compiler is doubly-determined to surpass their previous efforts. To do that, Trevor dug deeper, finding classics, rarities and hidden gems,. They sit comfortably side-by-side on Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2, which will be released on 19th August 2013, by Strut Records. Having surpassed Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance with Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2, I’m sure that they’ll be further installments in this series. After all, there’s a shortage of compilation that can be described as innovative, imaginative, influential and eclectic. Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2 is all that and more. Standout Tracks: Rene Bandaly Family Tanki Tanki, Liaisons Dangereuses Etre Assis Ou Danset, Chris & Cosey Driving Blind and Godley and Creme Babies.

TREVOR JACKSON PRESENTS METAL DANCE 2.

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