Album review

Various Artists - Aktion Mekanik

Ranging from 1978's "Warm Leatherette" by The Normal to the martial Eurobeat of 1988's "Warszaw Ghetto" by Nitzer Ebb, this LP takes in DAF, The Klinik and Fad Gadget along the way. Blending goth and X-rated sequencer riffs, it was cuts like this which assisted at the birth of house and garage (Liaisons Dangereuses were especially influential). Other lost diamonds include "Cardboard Lamb" by Crash Course In Science. Brilliant—but where's à; GRUMH's "Too Many Cocks Spoil The Breath"?

Rating: 4 / 10


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