18 Songs

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In the early '80s, this underground New York group used punk's blunt scissors to slice away all the fat from disco, paring funk down to the bare minimum and threading skeletal rhythms with muscular bass and eerie chants. "Optimo" mixes marching-band drum riffs with Latin syncopations, and the tough-yet-ethereal "Cavern" boasts a two-note bassline so powerful it would become part of early hip-hop's DNA. Dubby and psychedelic, "Scraper" and "Bell Head" sound like dance music from another planet—at once familiar and very, very strange.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the early '80s, this underground New York group used punk's blunt scissors to slice away all the fat from disco, paring funk down to the bare minimum and threading skeletal rhythms with muscular bass and eerie chants. "Optimo" mixes marching-band drum riffs with Latin syncopations, and the tough-yet-ethereal "Cavern" boasts a two-note bassline so powerful it would become part of early hip-hop's DNA. Dubby and psychedelic, "Scraper" and "Bell Head" sound like dance music from another planet—at once familiar and very, very strange.

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2:40
5:19
3:39
2:06
3:59
4:01
1:55
2:30
2:11
3:17
2:06
1:48
2:18
3:34
3:59
2:18
1:52
2:49

About Liquid Liquid

The minimalistic funk of New York's Liquid Liquid consisted almost entirely of percussion grooves with a smattering of bass, plus congas, marimba, and the occasional vocal thrown in. The quartet consisted of Scott Hartley (drums, percussion, talking drum), Richard McGuire (bass, percussion, piano, guitar), Salvatore Principato (percussion, vocals), and Dennis Young (percussion, marimba, roto toms). The band released three EPs during its existence -- 1981's Liquid Liquid and Successive Reflexes, and 1983's Optimo. The latter contained the track "Cavern," which became the basis for Grandmaster Flash's "White Lines (Don't Do It)." In 1997, Grand Royal Records released a collection of those three EPs, plus a 1982 performance, Live from Berkley Square. ~ Steve Huey

  • ORIGIN
    New York, NY
  • FORMED
    1980

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