Fac. Dance, a new retrospective covering the dance output of Factory Records - the seminal Manchester, UK record label founded by Tony Wilson, Alan Erasmus and designer Peter Saville - is available now through Strut Records in association with Factory Records Ltd.
The album spotlights the label's early dancefloor-based work across key 12" mixes and rarities, from Martin Hannett to New Order's Bernard Sumner and A Certain Ratio drummer Donald Johnson, under their BeMusic and DoJo monikers.
Early Factory experiments like Blurt's avant garde mutant funk blast 'Puppeteer' rub shoulders with the fertile post-Joy Division period as the label's unique, coruscating post-punk sound took shape on extended 12" cuts from A Certain Ratio, Section 25 and more.
Also documented is Factory's strong links and cross-pollination with New York's 1980s club culture, as New Order joined forces with producer Arthur Baker, fresh from his pioneering electro work with Afrika Bambaataa, while Quando Quango and Marcel King enlisted NY remixer Mark Kamins for tough-edged club treatments. Factory artists including Quando Quango would also perform at some of the city's seminal nightspots, including the Paradise Garage.
The compilation touches on wider dancefloor directions explored by Factory during its early years - the latin jazz funk of Swamp Children and Kalima, the cool British soul of Tony Henry's 52nd Street and a track from Factory's only overtly reggae single, the Dennis Bovell-produced 'See Them A'Come' by X-O-Dus. Within Fac. Dance are the grooves that would provide the blueprint for the Manchester scene of the late '80s and Factory's heady later years - Happy Mondays, James, Northside and the rest.
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)
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 bonus tracks:
Minny Pops - Time (3.44)
Kalima - Black Water (6.35)
Royal Family & The Poor - Motherland (5:42)
Strut - http://www.strut-records.com