Following the release of the ZE 30th Anniversary album, exemplary archive-botherers Strut Records are releasing a collection of new re-edits of classic ZE tunes.
ZE Records was founded in 1979 and was at the very heart of New York’s famed punk-funk, no wave and "mutant disco" scene, releasing a ton of amazing 12"s by the likes of Kid Creole, James Chance and Was (Not Was). Check out FACT’s Essential…ZE for a guide to their best releases.
The re-edits compilation, snappily entitled ZEvolution, features contributions from an array of acclaimed disco tweakers, most notably Todd Terje, Rub ‘N’ Tug and Greg Wilson. Terje tackles ‘On A Day Like Today’ by Gichy Dan’s Beachwood No.9, while Rub ‘N’ Tug are set loose on Material’s ‘Bustin’ Out’ and Wilson on Was (Not Was)’s ‘Tell Me That I’m Dreaming’. Padded Cell’s Richard Sen, Pilooski and Horsemeat Disco’s Luke Howard and Felix Dickinson are also involved.
ZEvolution features an extensive booklet with sleeve notes by Bill Brewster and an introduction by Greg Wilson. Full tracklisting over the page.
1. KID CREOLE & THE COCONUTS – I’M CORRUPT (Idjut Boys Edit)2. GICHY DAN’S BEACHWOOD NO. 9 – COWBOYS & GANGSTERS (Social Disco Club Edit)3. GICHY DAN’S BEACHWOOD NO. 9 – ON A DAY LIKE TODAY (Todd Terje ‘Friendly Children’ Edit)4. DAVID GAMSON – NO TURN ON RED (Fat Camp version)5. MATERIAL with NONA HENDRYX – BUSTIN’ OUT (Rub ‘N’ Tug Edit)6. AURAL EXCITERS – SPOOKS IN SPACE (Luke Howard & Felix Dickinson Filthy & Foolish Edit) 7. WAS (NOT WAS) – TELL ME THAT I’M DREAMING (Greg Wilson ZE-Edit)8. JAMES WHITE & THE BLACKS – ALMOST BLACK (Richard Sen’s Padded Cell Edit)9. GARCONS – ENCORE L’AMORE (Leo Zero Edit)10. DON ARMANDO’S SEVENTH AVENUE RHUMBA BAND – I’M AN INDIAN TOO (Pilooski Edit)11. KID CREOLE & THE COCONUTS – ANNIE, I’M NOT YOUR DADDY (Soul Mekanik ‘Bounty Girls’ Edit)