**** Various – Curses Presents: Next Wave Acid Punx Deux (Eskimo Recordings 541416667066 – 2023)

In 2021, the first edition of “Next Wave Acid Punx” came out. Published by Eskimo Recordings, which is the dance department of N.E.W.S., the US-born artist Curses from Berlin presented dozens of tracks from the synth/EBM archives and exclusives from our days. Similarly, the ‘part deux’ follows its trails, as the teasing four-track sampler shows.

For the start, the curator Curses reworks “Heartbeat” by Nuovo Testamento, an American post-punk band previously seen and heard on Avant! and Discoteca Italia. With a strong taste of italo and US freestyle, it serves as a sonic lollipop for 1980’s youth, interrailing between Stockholm and Naples. The other remix confronts the kitschy nasality of “Body On Body” by the new beat combo J.W.B. Hits The Beat for a tougher makeover. “Pretty Day” by Mary Möör, originally as a sought-after seven-inch, hails from the depths of synth romantics, with naive yet morbid vocals boxed by Casio stabs. Of different kind are the dark grooves of “Blue Heat”, by ever-amazing Cabaret Voltaire that represents the upcoming compilation’s classic side and is the obvious pick for fans of industrial.

The actual compilation is announced for October 2023 and offers a run of 49 tracks. In addition to the aforementioned, giants like Throbbing Gristle, Nitzer Ebb (Hypersonic Mix of “Hearts And Minds“) or DAF make an appearance, along with present day players Zanias, The Hacker, etc. Will be available digitally, as a CD box and as three double vinyls.

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