The Wurst Music Co proudly presents its very first full-length release, the aptly titled The Wurst Music Ever. Boasting ten brand new songs from Wurst stalwarts and newcomers to the sausage party alike, the compilation is a bold step forward for the cult New York label. Wurst has always kept us guessing, from its early years trading in much-heralded (and sorely out of print) edits from the likes of Runaway and Lee Douglas to its rebirth in 2009 as a bastion for forward-thinking, original dance music courtesy of Brennan Green and Neurotic Drum Band, amongst others. Label head Roy Dank’s daring approach to A&R has enabled Wurst to garner support from a broad swath of discerning DJs, including heavyweights like Harvey, Carl Craig, James Murphy, Soul Clap, Radio Slave, Tim Sweeney, Laurent Garnier, and Optimo. So it should come as no surprise that the imprint delivers a spectacular set of music unrestricted by genre classification and tempo with its initial foray into long-player territory.
The Wurst Music Ever is that rare commodity in dance music, chock full of personality, and by no means mere dancefloor fodder. That being said, many of the album highlights are sure to fill floors the world over; indeed, more than a few already are. Brooklyn disco ensemble Midnight Magic have been closing their awe-inspiring live sets with their fantastic cover of Native Underground’s soul-drenched “Push 4 Love”, while Lisbon legend Tiago has been test-driving his contribution, “Peanuts Not Working”, to packed crowds at his Lux residency. Fresh off of appearances on Soul Clap’s Social Experiment 002 and Jamie Jones’ Fabric 59, New York upstarts soho808 deliver what is sure to be the pitched down house (or whatever you want to call it) anthem of the winter with “Reach”. Brooklyn house juggernaut Nick Chacona teams up with longtime partner and SF disco hero Anthony Mansfield on “Tase the Wizard”, a Burning Man anthem if there ever was one.
Elsewhere on the compilation, 20 Jazz Funk Greats faves Pink Stallone team up with Strictly Rhythm singer Joey Washington to bring the nasty funk on “Help Yourself”, while Portland performance artists The Miracles Club follow-up acclaimed releases for both Mexican Summer and Cut Copy’s Cutters imprint with, “I Can’t Help It”, a perfect marriage of ethereal pop and classic house sounds. Stockholm studs Name in Lights inimitably channel their rave roots on “Úr Öskunni”, while Chaka Khan’s nephew Great Weekend gets busy on the MPC for the sexy, sample-delic midtempo bomb, “That’s The Thing (To Do)”. Slowing things down for those special late-night/early morning moments are none other than mysterious Mark E protege Chicago Damn, and Wurst alum, not to mention one-half of Neurotic Drum Band, Ulysses, with “Romcom” and “Soular Power”, respectively.
Deftly showcasing an incredible array of talent and arguably amongst the artists’ finest moments to date, The Wurst Music Ever is a bold treatise on dance music’s wildly expansive movements, some of which the Wurst label has been lucky enough to commit to record. To commemorate the occasion, Wurst is hitting the road for album launch parties across the globe. Stay tuned, as they say, the Wurst has yet to come…
title:The Wurst Music Ever
label:Wurst Music Co, USA.
Native Underground: Push 4 Love – Midnight Magic Cover
Pink Stallone: Help Yourself
soho808: Reach feat. Safiyah
Name In Lights: Ur Oskunni
Tiago: Peanuts Not Working – I Am The Automan Version
Miracles Club: I Can’t Help It
Nick Chacona & Anthony Mansfield: Tase The Wizard
Great Weekend: That’s The Thing (To Do)
Chicago Damn: Romcom
Ulysses: Soular Power