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    Default Slav To The Rhythm: Eastern and Central European cold wave, space disco, post-punk

    So, I've come out of DJing and club promoting retirement to start a night playing cold wave, synth pop, disco, electro and noise from Yugoslavia, Poland, Russia, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, etc. Here's a mix DJ Baklava and I put together as a taster...

    https://www.mixcloud.com/djbunnyhaus...1mXqCjjupBI9RU

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    For those that don't know bunnyhausen is one of the most storied record collectors of our era having made six figures per annum since the age of 16 just through selling on rare finds. The legend goes she doesn't just have names of artists, albums, track titles and record numbers memorised, but knows all the catalogue numbers off by heart too.

    This is how you end up with enough Slavic synth pop to run a weekly club night devoted to it.

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    This really sounds like a great night. If you ever bring it to Lisbon I will certainly attend.

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    What's this track that sounds exactly like The Associates??

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    Followed up by what seems to be a version of Supernature.

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    Is that one Romanian? I ask cos the language doesn't sound Slavic and my girlfriend is pointing out that Romanians never never shall be Slavs.
    A month or two back we watched a film called Davitelj protiv davitelja (or Strangler vs Strangler) which was filmed in Belgrade in the 80s - good film actually, very funny in parts - anyway, there was this tune on the soundtrack, kinda Yugo New Wave I guess that I reckon would be perfect for this night, we couldn't stop singing it for days. Though listening to the mix maybe it's a bit (lot) more commercial than most of that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdleRich View Post
    Is it Romanian? My girlfriend is pointing out that Romanians never never shall be Slavs.
    A month or two back we watched a film called Davitelj protiv davitelja (or Strangler vs Strangler) which was filmed in Belgrade in the 80s - good film actually, very funny in parts - anyway, there was this tune on the soundtrack, kinda Yugo New Wave I guess that I reckon would be perfect for this night, we couldn't stop singing it for days. Though listening to the mix maybe it's a bit (lot) more commercial than most of that...

    Guitar at 1:19 on this is really nice. Or was it 2:19... Sorry I've forgotten

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    Guitar at 1:19 on this is really nice. Or was it 2:19... Sorry I've forgotten
    Glad you liked - it's a silly song but it works perfectly in the film which is a kinda serial killer comedy. I think the guy from the band (who are a real band playing themselves I believe) becomes fascinated by the serial killer and starts killing people, but then frames the original killer and gets away with it or something.

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    The clip is only one minute forty so I guess not two nineteen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdleRich View Post
    What's this track that sounds exactly like The Associates??
    That's this Czech band called Mama Bubo. They're still going - their most interesting stuff sounds like the kind of thing Chris Cutler would've been into at the time, but with an ear for a tune and markedly less po-faced. A couple of their releases are pretty straightforwardly bedsit minimal synth dirge - they have one casiotone kosmische epic 'Planet Haj' which they appear to have revisited throughout their 30+ year career. I've not checked out their recent stuff, but one 7" from 1989 is - um - not great.

    Anyway, that track's called Neni Pomoci and it's from 1983. There's a CD comp that remasters all their tape stuff from that era, which seems to be their best imho.

    The Supernature track is from Uzbekistan. I know they're not technically slavs, but - um - I could really get in trouble with this couldn't I?

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    Cheers, I am checking out Planeta Haj right now.

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    Great stuff, bunny! Just listening now.

    (Were there meant to be two different links in that post? It's the same one twice.)
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