Rob Brunner
July 25, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Rough Trade Shops Post Punk Vol 01

Current Status
In Season
Various Artists
Rough Trade

We gave it an A

On paper, the 44 bands on the two-CD compilation ROUGH TRADE SHOPS POST PUNK VOL 01 have little in common. Some are familiar (Gang of Four, Public Image Ltd.). Others are obscure (the Prats, Blurt). Some are British (the Raincoats, the Fall). Others are from New York City (DNA, Liquid Liquid). Some date from the late ’70s and early ’80s (the Slits, ESG). Others are contemporary (the Rapture, Erase Errata). So what do they all share? The answer is easy to hear and hard to define; most of these groups take the energy and attitude of punk and apply it to a broader musical palette, incorporating elements of jazz, hip-hop, and, most crucially, funk. The widely varied results positively pulse with the excitement of creative possibility. Compiled by the staff of London’s perennially cool Rough Trade record store, Post Punk plays like a near-flawless mixtape made by the hippest people on earth.

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