Review: Playgroup founder and all-round DJ guru Trevor Jackson follows up his excellent Metal Dance compilation, which unearthed some seriously mind-blowing '80s post-punk, EBM and industrial grooves, with a special three-track single of some of the highlights - including The Cage's incredible robotic take on T-Connection's disco classic "Do What You Wanna Do", performed with Labelle singer Nona Hendryx on vocals, as well as an outstanding edit of movements of the soundtrack of John Carpenter's '80s classic "Escape From New York". Truly wild and obscure stuff that fits in nicely with the more underground tech sounds out there today.
Review: Given the resurgent interest (not to mention bountiful reissues) in his influential soundtrack work, this compilation of unreleased gems from John Carpenter's archives should be greeted with fevered anticipation by devotees of his distinctive sound. Sacred Bones have done a sterling job of gathering together a diverse array of sounds that fit right in with the legendary director's '80s canon, from the gleeful and chipper to the downright spooky. As if that wasn't enough, they've also called upon a strong cast of remixers to deliver some fresh spins on these period pieces, with Silent Servant revelling in morose synthwave and JG Thirlwell having a ball dropping some upfront electro-pop styles.