Listen to Pankow & Adrian Sherwood’s mid 80’s reconstruction of Prince’s Girls & Boys


Pankow are from Florence, Italy and Adrian made their acquaintance after producing fellow hometown act Rinf. Pankow’s early synth and drum machine excursions such as “Das Vodkalied” have become a seminal touchstone for modern techno producers such as Helena Hauff in recent years, with their heavier late-80s productions with Adrian Sherwood being championed as metal dance classics by On-U compiler Trevor Jackson. They also ended up having their records released in the states by Wax Trax!, and worked on two albums with Adrian, Freiheit Für Die Sklaven(Freedom For The Slaves) and Gisela. This irreverent deconstruction of a Prince song is a highlight of their time working together and appeared in extended form on the humorously titled EP, Pankow Play The Hits Of The Nineties.

This track comes from the forthcoming Sherwood At The Controls Volume 2: 1985 – 1990 (On-U Sound) which is a follow-up to the first volume that compiled ‘79 – ‘84 productions and remixes by the legendary Adrian Sherwood. Here’s a recent interview we did with Sherwood.

This second instalment charts a path through electro, industrial, noise, hip-hop, afrobeat and dub, featuring Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Ministry, Tackhead, KMFDM and more.

More info here.


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