“Once overlooked, recent years have seen dancefloors from
Hull to Berlin’s Berghain shake to ‘Join In The Chant’ and
‘Murderous’ as the likes of Helena Hauff, Objekt, Perc and
Optimo’s JD Twitch have used the brutal functionality of the
Essex group’s pop to juddering effect.” – Luke Turner, The
Nitzer Ebb and Mute present ‘Body Of Work’, a compilation
originally released in 2006, now available for the first time on
vinyl as a 4LP set pressed on coloured vinyl (two red discs /
two white) with digital download code.
Recently named one of the “most influential artists in music
today” by the Guardian in 2018, the band recently made a
return to live performance with the original line up of Bon
Harris, Douglas McCarthy, David Gooday and Simon Granger,
performing to sold out shows in London and Berlin at the end
of last year. The band have announced several dates for 2019,
in Germany, Belgium and the Infest festival in the UK.
Nitzer Ebb began in Chelmsford, Essex in 1982, caught the ear
of PWL producer Phil Harding in 1985 and soon after recorded
two killer tracks: ‘Let Your Body Learn’ and ‘Warsaw Ghetto’.
They came to the attention of Daniel Miller and recorded the
classic proto-Balearic techno album ‘That Total Age’ (Mute,
1987), featuring classic tracks ‘Murderous’, ‘Join In The Chant’
and ‘Let Your Body Learn’. The album was followed by four
more towering sonic and design classics ‘Belief’, ‘Showtime’,
‘Ebbhead’ and ‘Big Hit’.
Nitzer Ebb went on to sell over 100,000 records in the States
alone, touring with Depeche Mode and influence pioneering DJs
and producers such as Richie Hawtin, Darren Emerson, Sven
Väth, Helena Hauff, Objekt, DJ Hell, Tom Stephan and Danny
Tenaglia as well as bands such as Smashing Pumpkins and Nine
Inch Nails. They split in 1995, performing rarely after that date
and in 2010 released the album ‘Industrial Complex’.