Lighthouse Point electropop, synthpunk group Futurisk started making music in the late '70s right here in South Florida. They describe themselves on Facebook as: "An anomalous singularity in the black-hole of early 1980's Florida. They would be rediscovered almost 30 years later by Veronica Vasicka and James Murphy." Veronica Vasicka is of Minimal Wave Records, and, of course, you know LCD Soundsystem and DFA Records' James Murphy, master of all electropop, synthpunk sounds these days.
Futurisk released two 7-inch vinyls on Clark Humphrey Records, and one of them, the Player Piano EP was picked up by Murphy in 2002 at a record store. It was recorded in 1982 at Ocean Sound studio in Fort Lauderdale. Murphy released a Futurisk track on a DFA mix, which led to Minimal Wave releasing a 30th anniversary retrospective of the group's work in 2010, calling it, what else but, Player Piano LP. You'll likely download it from iTunes after hearing this version of "Lonely Streets" after the jump. It's featured on the album and once you press play, beware, club lights may go on in your bed or at your desk, and you will dance darkly about the room. The label will also soon be coming out with likely very dance-worthy remixes of this track. Enjoy this nugget of FTL history.
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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.