Review: Trevor Jackson ‘Metal Dance 2’ Is A Trainspotter’s Delight

Gather ‘round ye ole ones and twos, trainspotters: Trevor Jackson is back with Metal Dance 2, his new collection of industrial, electronic body music, and synth-punk rarities released between 1979-1988. As anyone familiar with the British designer/label boss/producer/DJ can attest, you have to dig pretty deep in the crates to give Jackson (Playgroup/Underdog/Output Recordings) a run for his money. This is, after all, a man who (effectively) slipped music by director John Carpenter into 2012’s Metal Dance debut compilation alongside cuts circa 1980-1988 by Nona Hendryx and Alien Sex Fiend. On Metal Dance 2, Jackson skirts the familiar, favoring instrumentals and remixes by perennial subversives Skinny Puppy, Front 242, Throbbing Gristle’s Chris & Cosey, Ministry, and Visage, as well as side projects by Liaisons Dangerouses/DAF (Chbb), ABC (Visa Versa), and Yellow Magic Orchestra (Haruomi Hosono). For extra credit, he throws in a B-side by artsy pop duo Godley & Crème (“Babies”); and a couple of edits: “Tanki Tanki”, a throwback Arabic track, and his own rework of Rusty Egan’s “Twilight Zone”. Like Arthur Baker and James Murphy, Trevor Jackson is a DJ’s DJ who knows how to make rockers dance and new wavers rock, a skill honed by dropping countless beats and on-point props in some of London’s choicest sweat boxes. As impressive as this collection is, you know it’s just a tease. Bring on Metal Dance 3. Below, stream a mini mix of Metal Dance 2, out today on Strut. Tracklist CD 1 1. Tuxedomoon – 59 to 1 2. Logic System – Unit 3. Psyche – The Saint Became a Lush 4. Skinny Puppy – Deadlines (400 Blows Remix) 5. Propaganda – (The Echo of) Frozen Faces 6. Visage – Der Amboss (Instrumental) 7. Rusty Egan – The Twilight Zone (Trevor Jackson Edit) 8. Rene Bandaly Family – Tanki Tanki (Rabih Beaini Edit) 9. Experimental Products – Work that Beat 10. Crash Course in Science – Jump Over Barrels 11. Liaisons Dangereuses – Etre Assis ou Danset 12. Esplendor Geometrico – Necrosis en la Poya Tracklist CD 2 1. Ministry – Over the Shoulder (12“ version) 2. Test Dept – The Unacceptable Face of Freedom: Face 3 3. Mile High Club – Walking Backwards 4. Chbb – Ima Iki-Mashoo 5. Front 242 – Body 2 Body (2trax) 6. Visa Versa – Riot Squad 7. Chris & Cosey – Driving Blind 8. Doris Norton – Personal Computer 9. Plus Instruments – Vom Ertrunkenen Mädchen 10. Conrad Schnitzler – Das Tier 11. Neon – Lobotomy 12. Arthur Brown and Craig Leon – The Conversation 13. Haruomi Hosono – Platonic 14. Godley & Crème – Babies Check out the Metal Dance 2 Video Mix below.

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