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From Dada to Disco, the commodification and recuperation of all popular culture has been accelerated via ever faster means of communication until we reached this point, the edge of no return.

The musical avant garde, armed with cheap electronics and half forgotten dreams, fight valiantly on. Fresh battlelines are drawn in the subcultural sand, but two weeks after 20 Jazz Funk Greats has blogged about it, Reggie and Fearn have declared it over and we're all back to wondering what became of Cajun Dance Party.

We are of course as guilty as all other culture pimps, sat glued to Saturday repeats of Come Dine With Me as the Hacienda crumbles, but now we seek to join the urgent struggle to transform our sick, commodity-infested workaday culture into a more sensual, trippy, exotic and networked Avant Pop experience.

It is in this spirit that People in The Sky presents 'You Will Know Us'.

Proceedings open with young WARP star Bibio's genre defying reworking of Wax Stag's 'Folk Rock', an avant-audio manifesto in three parts. Things move swiftly on to the shimmering, leftfield cosmic antics of Colouring In's 'Intergalactic Romantic', like Arthur Russell gusseted up and gazing up at the stars whilst lying in a London gutter.

New York art troopers Telepathe manage the unlikely feat of combining stuttering, grimey rhythms, shoegazey atmospherics and one of their trademark songs without losing sight of their pop goals. Moscow dreamers Oko fuse East European melancholia with electronic disco for 'Can't You See'.

Mysterious Swiss experimentalist Ghostape explores his inner Maps with a towering slab of mantra driven, organic sounding midi manipulation, before later being teaming up with Ste for one of our peronsal album highlights 'Many Stars'.

People in the Sky mainstays Plugs and Friendly Fires contribute three tracks : Plugs' original slo mo afro-acid anthem 'That Number' as hook laden as ever, and Nightmoves' mix of the Fires 'On Board' still brings the funk with the best of them. Unreleased PLugs jewel 'Downtown' works slivers of Gnarls Barkely-esque pop glory into a 3min bed of Aphex like abstraction.

Then we briefly embrace our glorious past futures as The Bolton Todcaster, on secondment from Post War Years, adds a Bowiesque vocal to Brighton duo Foto's early 80's style NY machine funk stomper 'She Will Break You.'

Time and Space Machine's 'Children of the Sun' would probably have last sounded avant garde at the UFO club in 1967, but we couldn't resist Richard Norris' psyche-pop energy . Newcomer Pharo Black Magic's mix of Ecce's 'Control' rolls alongs on a burbling electronic groove

Finally, bringing proceedings to a fitting close with a powerful pointer towards a brighter future, 18 yr old Venuzuelan Nuuro soars and swoops armed only with cracked vocoder software and a chestful of teenage desire, kissing the sky somewhere above Fuckbuttons, the Field and Ferry Corsten. The fightback begins here.

No Pasaran!

Djs in the Sky


You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Avant Pop

  • Various Artists
  • Release Date 2009-11-16
  • Label People In The Sky
  • Catalog PITS015
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