3 November 2023
The 49-track collection explores the darker side of club music. Spread across 3CDs and three 2LPs it features a mammoth 49 tracks that join the dots between early industrial pioneers Throbbing Gristle, EBM legends like Nitzer Ebb and the post-punk experiments
of people like Malcolm McLaren and Big Audio Dynamite (the band formed by The Clash guitarist Mick Jones after he was fired) with some of the most exciting artists around today, such as Boy Harsher, Nuovo Testamento and Years of Denial. Several previously unreleased tracks are included.
Where the first Next Wave Acid Punx compilation was a personal journey for Luca, a lockdown inspired exploration of his record collection to find the thread that ran through the music that had soundtracked much of his life, DEUX is a celebration of that music let loose on the world, the thrill of music performed live, the smoke and strobe filled clubs you’ll hear it in and the artists you’ll find on those stages.
Curses at work
Curses: “After our enforced break, getting back out there and playing live again really brought home to me so much of what I love about the scene I’m in but also just how important live music has been and is to club culture over the years. Too often we think of club nights and live gigs as these separate things, but throughout the years it’s where the two meet, the friction that can cause, that you’ll find the most vibrant scenes.
“There’s an energy, an atmosphere that you get with live music, an unpredictability where
at any moment something can go wrong or even better right in a way you never expect.
I think about a live set we played at a Lebanese festival where our MPC drum machine froze
up because of all the dust and sand trapped in the pads. We had to improvise half our set, jamming bass and guitar and pedal FX and vocals, embracing this surreal environment and experience, something that could only happen in the moment.”
With Next Wave Acid Punx DEUX I wanted to celebrate those bands and artists, past and present who, to me, represent that spirit. Both full live bands and makeshift electronic duos alike, the kind of acts that you might have found wedged between DJs back in the day at The Hacienda in Manchester in the 80s, Trash in the 00s or today at nights like Berlin’s MILK ME, EXBTN in Paris, Night Terrors + SC&P in London, New York City’s Synthicide or Ukraine’s Worn Pop.”
TUTV: This new mammoth compilation is paradise for all nightclubbers out there who
like to go bonkers at a 24-hour party like it’s Madchester all over again. It’s a versatile and multi-sonic sort of anthology with a mix of electro-darkwave-pop-punk-rock. Different tunes for different moods. All you need to get up, stand up and fight for your right to party. A must-have for dancing night owls.