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Seven Songs

Seven Songs
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An expanded remaster of the seminal mini-album 'Seven Songs' by 23 Skidoo, whose unique industrial ethno-funk hybrid topped the British indie charts in 1982.

"23 Skidoo conceived of funk as a sinister energy, and Seven Songs still sounds blood-curdlingly intense." (Simon Reynolds, Rip It Up, 2005)

"Electrifying post-punk for the mind and body. The opening Kundalini, which sounds like Throbbing Gristle having a bash at early '70s Miles Davis, is dislocated dance at its best; and things get more funked up still on Vegas El Bandito. Just as you start to imagine The Pop Group in military fatigues, Skidoo hit the impressionist button with a series of sample-heavy soundscapes, such as the howling sonic hollow of Porno Base, a disturbing, Hitchcockian drills-and-bells drone piece set to a Mary Whitehouse-like 'nanny' railing against pop as a degenerate force. Seven bonus cuts flesh out the original mini-album magnificently. Four stars." (Mojo, 2009)

"The shockingly loud burst of machine feedback which introduces Kundalini is still startling a quarter of a century on, and its ensuing throb of congas, fuzz violin and urgent chanting represents a pinnacle of voodoo funk-noir. From this extraordinary opening track Skidoo veer ambitiously between brittle Miles-style funk, tape loop experimentation, found-sound reportage and Martin Denny-inspired exotica." (The Wire, 2009)

"One of the most exciting records I've heard since Unknown Pleasures. A variably energetic and stimulating addition to that collection of perceptions, hallucinations and associations brought into play by Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle and A Certain Ratio. It tears away deceptive dramatic or sentimental gloss and mixes a neutral type of documentary candour with thrilling regenerative abstraction. It's candid, obstinate, intimate, incomplete, uncommon... rather solitary. Very appropriate. Intoxicating" (NME (Paul Morley), 1982)

Independent record label founded in Brussels in 1980.

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23 Skidoo - Kundalini
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23 Skidoo - Vegas El Bandito
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23 Skidoo - Mary's Operation
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23 Skidoo - Lock Groove
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23 Skidoo - New Testament
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23 Skidoo - IY
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23 Skidoo - Porno Base
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23 Skidoo - Quiet Pillage
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23 Skidoo - Macaw Gungah
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23 Skidoo - View From Here
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23 Skidoo - Four Note Bass
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23 Skidoo - Retain Control
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