Dance music archivists Strut Records and Bill Brewster ( have compiled a new retrospective of the dance music output of Factory Records.

FAC. DANCE is focussed on dancefloor-friendly 12″ mixes and rarities from the label’s early days, spanning skeletal, dubwise studio work from Martin Hannett and pioneering productions from New Order’s Bernard Sumner and A Certain Ratio’s Donald Johnson under their BeMusic and DoJo guises. There are contributions too from New York legends Arthur Baker and Mark Kamins, and a number of killer oddities – the schizoid funk of Blurt’s ‘Puppeteer’, the jazz-funk of Kalima and Swamp Children, the reggae of X-O-Dus’s ‘See Them A’Come’ (produced by Dennis Bovell).

The compilation, which is due out October 10 on 2xCD, 2xLP and digital, deliberately avoids the more overtly club-aimed music of Factory’s acid house years, choosing instead to celebrate the more commonly overlooked productions from 1980-87 that provided the blueprint.


CD 1
Section 25 – Looking From A Hilltop (Megamix) (8:12)
A Certain Ratio – Wild Party (4:17)
Quando Quango – Love Tempo (7:49)
52nd Street – Express (5:00)
Swamp Children – Little Voices (7:10)
Biting Tongues – Boss Toyota Trouble (5:30)
The Durutti Column – For Belgian Friends (Valuable Passages version) (5:22)
Royal Family & The Poor – Art On 45 (4:49)
A Certain Ratio – Knife Slits Water (12-inch version) (9:44)
Section 25 – Dirty Disco
Blurt – Puppeteer (3:22)
X-O-Dus – See Them-A-Come (8.28)

CD 2
New Order – Confusion (Original 12” mix) 8.13
Shark Vegas – Pretenders Of Love (5:08)
52nd Street – Cool As Ice (Jellybean Mix) (7:29)
Streetlife – Act On Instinct (Hot Swedish Mix) (5:32)
The Hood – Salvation! (Nitromix) (12:05)
Abecedarians – Smiling Monarchs (6:47)
Quando Quango – Atom Rock (Mark Kamins Mix) 7:27)
Marcel King – Reach For Love (New York Remix) (5:26)
52nd Street – Look Into My Eyes (6:55)
Quando Quango – Genius (6:22)
Swamp Children – You’ve Got Me Beat (4:55)
The Durutti Column – Madeleine (3:00)

Digital only:
Minny Pops – Time (3.44)
Kalima – Black Water (6.35)
Royal Family & The Poor – Motherland (5:42)



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