2013, 2×12″ compilation, Honey Soundsystem/Dark Entries.
School Daze is a killer compilation put together by the Dark Entries label and the Honey Soundsystem crew, collating some of the early recordings produced by Patrick Cowley in the years between 1973-81 and were later used as soundtrack material in two gay porn films. You will probably know Cowley for his Hi-NRG output or ‘that’ Donna Summer remix or his behind the buttons work on Sylvester tracks. Be prepared for a surprise (well quite a few as the ‘explicit content’ warning on the cover lives up to its billing) as this collection presents Cowley as a producer capable of many styles and moods. The closest School Daze comes to the sound Cowley is most identified is opening track “Zygote” and from here the collection runs through primitive electronics, short bursts of wave and more with a few extended gems that highlight Cowley’s talent for arrangement. One of the compilations of the year! – Juno