This compilation, which marks the relaunch of the Strut label, is a continuation of the Disco Not Disco collections that inspired many an indie kid to give dance music a chance and buy a cowbell around the turn of the century. Like them, it focuses on artsy outsider dance music from 1974 to 1986 by artists like Shriekback, Yellow Magic Orchestra, James White & the Blacks and Delta 5 while keeping a good balance between underground anthems and the sought-after obscurities.
Contrary to many critics’ predictions, the whole post-punk-electro-disco revisionist revival seems to have some legs. It has, however, become a bit narrow in the range of sounds and ideas it pilfers from the era. So this is a helpful reminder of the glorious weirdness that happens when people from outside dance music do their impression of it.