Various - ZE 30: ZE Records 1979-2009

Started in New York in 1979, Ze records exhibits the same sort of electicism as modern labels such as Kitsune would embrace. Although it has a 1979 - 2009 tag, I’m guessing most of what’s here is from the label’s first few years; which is a kind way of saying it sounds rather dated, not that that should put you off.

There’s a prevalent disco vibe (see the likes of Was (Not Was) and Don Armando’s Second Avenue Rhumba Band). Material’s campy Bustin’ Out, in particular, is an obvious inspiration for Scissor Sisters. However, it’s when it strays from the main theme that the collection gets most interesting. Cristina’s Things Fall Apart is wonderfully sleazy 80s pop, Alan Vega’s Jukebox Babe constantly threatens to become C’mon Everybody and, listening to Suicide’s lovely Dream Baby Dream, easily the most timeless track here, you can see where Primal Scream and Spiritualized get at least some of their ideas from.

Overall

7

out of 10

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