Dance The Dance Electric by Shocking Pinks was an unusual record that ended up being released on the DFA label ten years ago. It combines that label’s punk-dance aesthetic with yet more styles: hints of reggae atop the nu-disco flares. It has been out of print for a long while, but to accompany the band’s first world tour it has been reissued on EDILS Recordings.
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Well this is an interesting record and Shocking Pinks have a similarly interesting back story. Pitchfork were reviewing one of their records over ten years ago when they described it as being way better than the bilge pouring out of the DFA label. Rather than being affronted, the good folk at DFA took a closer listen and promptly compiled tracks from SPs subsequent couple of excellent Flying Nun albums. But not this beauty which sees itself gracing vinyl for the very first time. 'Dance The Dance Electric' is one one of those debut long players that sounds just so right. Take the new Deerhunter record as a starting point then take all the limp instrumentation and half baked ideas off it and start again. Record it in a grimy basement on a four track and don't even look at those levels when they are going into the red.
New Zealander Nick Hartes recorded this all by himself but himself but it sounds like a band who have spent months jamming and got themselves incredibly tight. 'It's Hard to Breathe' is simply perfect - this is the Deerhunter of 'Weird Era Cont' jamming with the early Clean with Kevin Shields producing. Just listen to that fucking bass line. It's like early Peter Hook covered in dirt. You can see why DFA were interested on tracks like 'Peace Out' with danceable grooves made by the sort of person who spent a lot of time listening to Liquid Liquid.
The record veers all over the musical stratosphere taking in dub, funk, kraut, shoegaze, post-punk and murky New Zealand indie rock. Without dissing it again, it's the perfect antidote to the latest Deerhunter. Grainy production! Rhythm and soul! Actual ideas! Only 100 for the UK, I wouldn't hesitate any longer.
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