Friday, March 08, 2013

Change the beat: Celluloid

"Mind-bogglingly diverse and unremittingly excellent music... Superbly anthologised"
Mojo *****

STRUT WEBSTORE EXCLUSIVE: 180g 2LP edition now in stock and available to order. 100 copies only!

Stock is fresh in on the definitive new retrospective of Jean Karakos' seminal label,CELLULOID. Spanning the '80s, the album explores the full spectrum of the label's vast catalogue from rare French new wave (Ferdinand, Mathematiques Modernes), funk and bass-heavy reggae to early DIY hip hop (Timezone, Futura 2000, D.ST) and the full range of Bill Laswell's productions for the label (Massacre, Last Exit, Deadline and more). 

Along the way, the album also explores Laswell's groundbreaking fusions of world music with electro (Manu Dibango, Mandingo), Ginger Baker's '80s comeback recorded after his sessions for PiL's 'Album' and Sapho's balearic favourite 'Carmel'. It's a varied, scattergun listening experience and a unique snapshot of the musical melting pot of '80s New York from a thoroughly French perspective. And, if that wasn't enough, the CD and LP feature great sleeve notes by legendary journo Vivien Goldman who was part of the Celluloid inner circle during the label's heyday.

2CD, limited 180g 2LP and digital versions of the album are now all on sale at the Strut webstore. 2LP version features the full CD version of the album inserted into the gatefold. Out March 5.

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