‘Curses presents… Next Wave Acid Punx DEUX’ is happening! Ahead of the full release in the fall we are excited to bring you this DJ sampler as a taster. On this 12” you’ll find two unreleased (!) Curses reworks of Nuovo Testamento and J.W.B. Hits The Beat originals that have been absolute highlights in his DJ sets lately, and two tracks by Mary Möör and Cabaret Voltaire that are taken from Curses‘ classics selection.
Opening this 12" is an exclusive remix of Los Angeles and Bologna based Nuovo Testamento's Heartbeat by Curses himself. Taken from the band's 2023 album Love Lines, Heartbeat - in its original form a shimmering italo synth pop number, part Danceteria-era Madonna, part Yazoo - has been ruthlessly retooled here by Curses for strobe lit sweatboxes. Shifting the emphasis from its sparkling synths and pop melody towards the rhythm section, the track's synth bass now dominates the track just as its martial kick drums and gated snares push us deeper into EBM territory.
Originally released back in 1987, Curses' 'Revamp' of New Beat classic J.W.B. Hits The Beat's Body On Body brings the track right up date, pushing the tempo and toughening up the drums whilst stripping it back down to focus on the portentous choral synth pads and teasing us with its ecstatic vocal samples before the effervescent Italo melody brings it all together. A perfect synthesis of past and present, much like the compilation it's taken from.
‘Next Wave Acid Punx DEUX’ is a return to the dark romantic of the past, present and future. An undying passion for all things post-punk/wave/body music and beyond. Release date: October 20th.
A1. Nuovo Testamento - Heartbeat (Curses Remix)
A2. Mary Möör - Pretty Day
B1. J.W.B. Hits The Beat - Body On Body (Curses Revamp)
B2. Cabaret Voltaire - Blue Heat (12" Mix)