The influential band, whose members fused new wave, jazz, disco and Afrobeat, will release the compilation in October.
The band, led by Dana Vlcek, emerged in the milieu of New York's famously vibrant '80s downtown scene alongside peers like ESG, Liquid Liquid and Bush Tetras. Konk's unique mix of new wave, disco, Afrobeat, jazz and funk—echoed decades later by bands such as LCD Soundsystem and Golden Teacher—made them regulars at the iconic New York clubs Paradise Garage and Danceteria. The compilation, called The Magic Force of Konk 1981-1988, will be released by the label Futurismo in October.
The band has already been the subject of one reissue package. In 2004, Soul Jazz released The Sound Of Konk, which surveyed the same seven-year period. The latest reissue comes with a poster, a 12-page booklet of photos, flyers and liner notes, and a digital download.
The compilation also includes four versions of one of their most well-known tracks, "Your Life." Listen to the extended mix.
01. Konk Party
02. Baby Dee
03. Soka Loka Moki
05. Your Life
07. Cool Out Gar (Third Stone From The Sun)
08. Suave Y Caliente
09. Love Attack
11. Alien Jam
12. Soka-Loka-Moki (7-inch Part I)
13. Soka-Loka-Moki (7-inch Part II)
14. Tonton Macoute (Live At CBGB 81)
15. Alamo (Live At CBGB 81)
16. High On The Hill (Live At CBGB 81)
17. Fela (Live At CBGB 81)
18. Frog Talk (Live Broadcast To Paris)
19. Konk Party (Uptown Breakdown)
20. Konk Party (Master Cylinder Jam)
21. Konk Party (Bonus Beats)
22. Your Life (12-inch)
23. Your Life (Skull Whip)
24. Your Life (What U Want Dub)
Futurismo will release The Magic Force of Konk 1981-1988 in October.