Goin’ Old School: Front 242, The System & Malcolm McLaren

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

OK, so I’m not sure why ‘Headhunter’ hasn’t made Goin’ Old School yet, but it’s time to rectify that. Anton Corbijn directed Front 242 , in their game changing track from 1988. Be crushed by that bassline, it’s literally all reverb (the original sound was removed).

Pure ‘80’s Synth Funk here from The System and their 1982 track ‘You Are In My System’. This looked well futuristic at the time. I have a feeling that Sci-Fi complex he’s in is actually an office building at 55 John Street in New Youk in the ‘80’s.

In 1983 Punk Impresario Malcolm McLaren brought Hip Hop to the UK, kicking off UK Hip Hop with ‘Buffalo Gals’. It was most people first experience of sampling, turntablism, graffiti and popping.

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Paris ElectroPop duo Neonbirds hare about to bust onto the scene with their début album and a raw sound.

‘Ignition’s Cold, Oxygen’s Pale’ is released in November and if this first track to see the light, ‘Substitutes’ is anything to go by then we’re in for a treat. The song itself is pretty Poppy, which a particularly catchy and epic chorus, but the sound is far from it. This is post-industrial noise Pop, ElectroPop with an edge. From the EBM bassline to the Justice-esque classical arrangement, this track owes as much to Skinny Puppy as it does to French ElectroPop. The combination of the Poppy and the Raw, along with a certain majestic quality bode well from Neonbirds album.

Neonbirds – Substitutes

‘Ignition’s Cold, Oxygen’s Pale’ is out 28th November, until the check out more from Neonbirds on SoundCloud.

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