Strut’s Factory Records Retrospective Is Out—Hear A Track From A Certain Ratio Plus A Bill Brewster Minimix

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As far as retrospectives are concerned this one is pretty essential in my book. Strut Records just released Fac.Dance. The compilation is compiled and annotated by Bill Brewster (djhistory.com fame) and you can pick it up via iTunes here.  It’s a celebration of Factory Records, the seminal Manchester record label founded by Tony Wilson, Alan Erasmus and designer Peter Saville. The album turns the spotlight on some of the label's early dancefloor-based work across key 12" mixes and rarities, from the unmistakeable production style of Martin Hannett to pioneering studio work by New Order's Bernard Sumner and A Certain Ratio drummer Donald Johnson, under their BeMusic and DoJo monikers. Here's a SoundCloud stream of "Wild Party" by A Certain Radio. It's a good one, indeed. Although my personal favorite is Blurt's avant garde mutant funk blast “Puppeteer." Check the video for it below.

fac.dance

A Certain Ratio "Wild Party"

Bill Brewster Minimix

Blurt "Puppeteer"