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Malaria!

Compiled 2.0 / 1981-84 • Full Emotion (2LP)

Label: Moabit Musik

Format: 2LP

Genre: Electronic

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Remastered and sounding better than ever, ‘Compiled 2.0 / 1981-84’ wraps up the most indispensible bits by Gudrun Gut and co’s all-female German post-punk unit Malaria! - effectively Berlin’s answer to The Slits or The Raincoats and one of the key Neue Deutsche Welle and post-punk units of the era.

*2022 repress* Staking a ground zero for Berlin post-punk, Malaria!’s music was a product of the West side of the city’s scuzzy aesthetics and progressive politics. Gathering the powers of co-founders Gudrun Gut and Bettina Koster, plus Christine Hahn, Manon P. Duursma and Susanne Kuhnke, Malaria! hit the ground running with their eponymous debut 12” and soon after a support slot for New Order at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, leading them to tour venues across the world and become one of Berlin’s most distinctive and influential bands.

This comp spans Malaria!’s vital early years when their sound emerged as a mix of driving punk that veered from No Wave and NDW to skronky, dubbed out disco-punk mutations. Notably including material recorded at Studio Christoph Franke, the legendary Berlin facility behind classics by Tangerine Dream, the results have withstood the test of time thanks to the band’s mix of direct, experimental yet disciplined rawness and studio magick.

From that debut 12” you’ll find the martial swagger and honk of ‘Kämpfen Und Siegen’, and the wilder patchwork dub collage of ‘Dabo’ recalling Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Gray from the same era. Also from 1981, ‘How Do You Like My New Dog?’ is a killer bit of electroid deathrock scuzz, while ‘Pernod’ feels out a jazzy sorta No Wave sound akin to James Chance and The Contortions, and the rudely discordant, nerve-jangle disco-not-disco jagz of ‘Zarah’, ‘Geh Dischen’ and the sly pop brilliance of ‘Your Turn To Run’ cement the NYC connection in recordings made at the city’s Sorcerer Sound.

Details
Cat. number: MOABIT 022LP, MOABIT 22
Year: 2022
Notes:
Gathers together all of the debut album, 1982's Emotion, as well as the first single and various other EP and compilation cuts. Shrink-wrap with hype sticker, gatefold sleeve with silver metallic spot color, generic inner sleeves, includes a download card. Stickers have 2 different barcodes and catalogue numbers. Made in the EU. Compiled 2.0 Tracks A1, A5 originally released on Les Disques du Crépuscule 1981. Recorded at Jacobs Studios, Farnham by Ken Thomas and Martin Culverwell Track A2 originally released as Weisses Wasser/White Water 12” on Les Disques du Crépuscule 1982. Recorded in Bruxelles. Tracks A3, A4, B1 originally released as New York Passage 12” on Cachalot Records in the US 1982. Tracks B2, B3 originally released as Beat The Distance 12” on Rebel Records 1984. Tracks B4, B5 originally released as Malaria! EP on Marat Records 1981.