Metal Dance

Metal Dance

by Trevor JacksonTrevor Jackson


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This selection of unmixed tracks from graphic designer, DJ, and producer Trevor Jackson -- known more for his early-2000s Playgroup project than any of his many other activities -- is true to its title and subtitle. The title is taken from SPK's included 1983 single, a swift and battering industrial dance track that is emblematic of the compilation as a whole. Metal Dance indeed surveys industrial, post-punk, and EBM (electronic body music) with a handful of classics surrounded by numerous rarities. A figure more pertinent to the package than SPK is Martin Rushent -- Jackson's childhood hero, to whom the compilation is dedicated. Rushent, the late electronic pop pioneer, co-produced the meticulously assembled dub of Pete Shelley's "Witness the Change," which rattled and thumped chests in New York's storied underground clubs. He's also behind Hard Corps' "Je Suis Passée," also included in dub form -- not as aggressive as the Shelley track, but even more penetrating with its lancing synth probes. It's quite possible that love for Rushent's most commercially successful work -- namely the Human League's Dare! -- acted as a gateway for many keen music fans into these darker, more adventurous sounds that developed throughout the decade. Other rarely (or otherwise never) compiled treats come from unsung Australians Severed Heads (the somewhat terrifying and invigorating "Dead Eyes Opened"), obscure Spaniards Diseño Corbusier (whose ode to an African slave rebellion is akin to a more pungent Liaisons Dangereuses), and Amsterdam combo Schlaflose Nächte (whose thrilling "Move" is somewhere between Liliput, ESG, and Bush Tetras). All of this is worthy of re-visitation or discovery. In the case of Beavis & Butt-Head punch line Alien Sex Fiend, context combined with Jackson's enthusiasm have a way of engendering reappraisal.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/20/2012
Label: Strut Records
UPC: 0730003309120
catalogNumber: 91

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Trevor Jackson   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Chris Connelly   Composer
Daniel Ash   Composer
SPK   Producer
Hard Corps   Producer
Simon Boswell   Producer
Executive Slacks   Composer
Stephen Mallinder   Composer
Nash the Slash   Composer,Producer
Pete Shelley   Composer,Producer
Robert Görl   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Graeme Revell   Composer
Hugh Ashton   Composer
Boris Blank   Composer
Richard James Burgess   Composer
John Carpenter   Composer
Nick Cook   Producer
Rusty Egan   Arranger,Producer
Tom Ellard   Composer
Michael Finlayson   Producer
Robert Harris   Sleeve Notes
Kevin Haskins   Composer
Jah Wobble   Composer,Producer
Richard H. Kirk   Composer
John Luongo   Remixing
Dieter Meier   Composer
David Rome   Composer
Martin Rushent   Producer
Chris Watson   Composer
Gabi Delgado   Arranger,Producer
23 Skidoo   Producer
Ian Sharp   Composer
Andy McGregor   Composer
John L. Walters   Composer
Portion Control   Producer
Fini Tribe   Producer
Michael Shamberg   Producer
Naked Lunch   Producer
Trevor Jackson   Art Direction
Quinton Scott   Track Notes
Rob Doran   Composer
Ron Ackerman   Producer
Derek Thompson   Composer
Stanton Miranda   Composer
Yaxi Highrizer   Composer
Mrs. Fiend   Composer
David J. Haskins   Composer
Folke Jensen   Composer
David Miller   Composer
Pandit Dinesh   Producer
Peter Thomson   Composer
Andrew Beer   Composer
Theophilus Coakley   Composer
Tim Dry   Composer
D. McCarthy   Composer
Paul Davies   Composer
Mark Irving   Composer
Garry Bradbury   Composer
Mike Johnson   Producer
John Whybrew   Composer
Martin Lloyd   Composer
Andreas Drewling   Producer
Schlaflose Nächte   Producer
Clifford Chapman   Composer
Berni von Braun   Composer
Barbie Wilde   Composer
Tony Mayo   Composer
Sinan Leong   Composer
Simon McGlynn   Composer
Simon Knuckley   Composer
Philip Pinsky   Composer
Peter Prima   Composer
Nicholas Wade   Composer
Fluffy   Producer
Mike Clarke   Composer
John Vick   Composer
John Freshwater   Composer
Jean-Pierre Bulte   Composer
Javier García Marín   Composer
Gila Moussou   Composer
Dean Piavani   Composer

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