Amongst the flood of disco edits, it’s refreshing when life is breathed into a lesser-explored genre. On Teutonik Disaster – a compilation of eight subtle edits and reworks – Toy Tonics label heads Munk and Kapote focus their attentions on German New Wave Funk and Disco Punk, specifically rarities from 1979 to 1983.
Most of the bands that feature didn’t reach a huge audience during their active years, with never more than 300 – 500 copies of their records being pressed. Because their heyday was a few years before the explosion of German pop in 1984, the NDW aka “Neue Deutsche Welle”, most of the bands broke up a few years later, leaving a wealth of forgotten gems behind them.
The original “Teutonik Disaster” compilation was released in 2003 on Munk’s former label Gomma Records but this felt like the right time to re-release the material, with souped up edits from himself and Kapote. The outcome is infectious; a smattering of cool vocals, groove-laced rhythms and heavy funk bass lines.
Teutonik Disaster will be released on 15th March.