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Value

by NOVYI LEF

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Value 05:55
Asset-rich Finance-led Work until the day you drop down dead Zero hours Market rate You matter more than the value you create Month to month Live for your pay But life doesn’t have to be this way Don’t judge yourself Break the mould You’re not a product to be bought and sold
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Asset-rich Finance-led Work until the day you drop down dead Zero hours Market rate You matter more than the value you create Month to month Live for your pay But life doesn’t have to be this way Don’t judge yourself Break the mould You’re not a product to be bought and sold

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Newcastle electronic duo NOVYI LEF return with their blistering new single ‘Value’. Their politics are to the fore in this acid-tinged synth-punk polemic. Beginning with a polyrhythmic, arpeggiated synthesiser, bubbling underneath the band’s trademark heavy analogue synth bass, Euan’s detached, near-spoken lyrics are more political than ever. Quoting, cut-up-style, from job descriptions and economics textbooks, the song rails against the present state of precarious employment across the country, before it finally descends into pure acid house TB-303 mayhem.
This is the band’s second single to come out of remote recording sessions conducted in home studios over lockdown, after the release of ‘Part Of The Bigger Thing’ in December 2020.

Speaking on the single, the band said: ‘Value is all about our relationship with work and how it dominates how we see ourselves - low-paid, insecure jobs which we’re told reflect our worth as people. It’s about pushing back against that, saying that you’re not only worth what your job says you are or how much profit you make for a boss who doesn’t pay you enough. Especially in the aftermath of the pandemic, our dysfunctional relationship with work has been shown more clearly than ever, so this is a song for anybody who feels undervalued, underpaid and overworked.
We’re always expanding our influences and equipment, and so it was really fun to take this song off on an acid house tangent - we think it’s a total banger and can’t wait for people to hear it!’

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released November 26, 2021

Euan Lynn - vocals, synthesisers, programming
Thomas Reah - synthesisers, programming

Production + Mastering by Thomas Joy (www.thomasjoy.co.uk)
Artwork by Thomas McInally

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NOVYI LEF Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Taking their name from a 1920's Soviet arts publication, Novyi Lef (pronounced No-wee Leff) offer an angry, political take on electroclash, plying their trade in architectural punk via analogue synth screams and squeals.

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