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Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Come contort yourself…the New York No Wave classic from the CONTORTIONS is back! It’s just over 35 years since James Chance first assaulted turntables with the juddering jazz punk fusion that permeate the tracks immortalised on BUY.

James Chance_BUY Announcement

Under the moniker CONTORTIONS, explosive saxophonist JAMES CHANCE… aka James White, alongside several other noted New York art scene luminaries, spearheaded a sub-genre dubbed No Wave; a deconstructionist approach to rock ‘n’ roll that mirrored New Yorks degradation and dissonance through avant garde compositions and articulated noise, considered by many to be the missing link between modern jazz and punk.

BUY is a bittersweet pill of funk disco nihilism, with tracks such as ‘Contort Yourself’, ‘I Don’t Want To Be Happy’ and ‘Roving Eye’ serving as testaments to how jagged, confrontational and arresting a genuinely infectious groove can be. It’s no surprise BUY’s influence is evident everywhere from Sonic Youth through to acid jazz.

So now, 35 years later, FUTURISMO and James Chance are proud to present the Redux version of this influential LP. Remastered and featuring two bonus tracks recorded at a brief reformation, this LP will come on heavy 180g limited edition coloured vinyl with free download, encased in a mirror varnished gatefold sleeve containing a booklet featuring rare photography by the late great Anya Phillips and newly written text by the legendary James Chance himself.

Get hip, get contorted. Don’t think just BUY. Coming early 2015.

CONTORTIONS > ‘Designed To Kill’ from BUY