In the mid eighties while the likes of Bananarama and Tom Tom Club were topping the UK and US charts, a group of queens from former Yugoslavia were making infectious Italo Disco and synth-pop worthy of similar repute.
Šizike was the side project of synth-pop outfit DATA – fronted by the vocal talents of Jasmina Branković, Jasna Dimitrijević and Ljiljana Dimitrijević – who’s only album U Zemlji Čuda in 1984 celebrated the sounds of that period through raw 808 beats, vocoded rap and analogue FX.
Thanks to independent label Discom, three years ago that one album – complete with several lost tracks from DATA – was brought to light again for a new generation of discerning listeners to appreciate. The label have since discovered a new archive of tracks from 1985-1986 that the group recorded specifically for the international market. The nine cuts were never previously published and bring together influences like Italo Disco, Synth-pop and Hi-NRG that were popular at the time, including our pick ‘I Can’t Stand’, a hopeful love song with irresistible synth lines and soaring vocals.
Sizike–Night Club 1985-1986 will be released on 25 November on Discom – grab your copy.