Monday, 27 April
**Essential Greek New Wave Disco reissue includes the original version of the hugely in-demand 'Shadows of Blood'** Dark Entries make our day with this remastered reissue of Lena Platonos' 2nd album, 'Gallop' (1985), featuring the hugely sought-after dream-pop sequence of ''Bloody Shadows From Afar') - a version to 'Shadows of Blood'! Recently trading 2nd hand for over 300 euros, this record has long been the preserve of Greek diggers and synth-pop pickers yet, it remained largely hidden from ears beyond the Hellenic borders. That started to change in 2012/2013 when Into The Light and Kunst… Read more
Blinking megatropolis panoramas from F.E. Denning for Posh Isolation. In keeping with the label's hard-on for Hospital Productions, 'Cities Of Light' finds that tenderised balance of night-vision synth tones and salty noise distortion in five parts synching neatly with the bleaker scapes of Alberich, Lussuria or Virile Games.
Monday, 20 April
**Upfront Digital Exclusive** **Exceptional psych-o-tronic trips for fans of Mordant Music, Bellows, The Stranger or BEB!** Berlin's Another Dark Age label claim an idiosyncratic nether ground with LST's aleatoric enigma, 'Th Duo'. Staking a unique position just behind the ear, right at the back of your bonce, Melbourne's Tarquin Manek (a.k.a. half of BEB's Tarcar) quietly mines his very own "lo-sci-fi" style in this series of nine corrupted memory implants meshing frayed nerves and fragmented, extra-terrestrial frequencies. The process of 'Th Duo''s creation, junked together from recordings made on … Read more
Monday, 13 April
Visonia hits the emosh buttons again with the tortured electro-trance romance of his 'Nausicaa EP' for Rotterdam's Electronic Emergencies. Across five tracks he deftly references Detroit electro-techno with the soaring harmonies and steely groove of 'The Moon Doesn't Want To Look At You', darker nEuro EBM styles with the slamming but slick momentum of 'Blue Mirrors', replete with a wicked deceleration, and harder yet in the mission-'ead techno drama of 'A Lonely White Wolf', before clocking out with the signature nerve tweak of the title track.
Monday, 06 April
"Medical Records in collaboration with Crispy Nuggets is proud to present a collection of tracks by Post Industrial Noise. PIN was an “audio artsemble” conceived in 1982 in Columbus, Ohio by the trio Robert Crise Jr, Gerald F. Nelson, and Dana Riashi Ritchey. They started on a drum machine, guitars, and vocals but quickly evolved to one member on synths and two guitarists on occasional synths. Robert Crise Jr maintained a studio titled “The Center For Contemporary Realism” where he conceived most of the lyrics for PIN. Gerald F. Nelson was a local performance artist,… Read more
Monday, 30 March
**An incredible suite of analog drum machine pop arrangements and tape experiments from the mid 80's** Ecstatic resuscitate Daniele Ciullini's "sonic polaroids" of odder '80s pop, drone and drum machine workouts in the detached dimensions of 'Domestic Exile - Collected Works 82-86'. Compiling the Florentine artist's standout '83 cassette plus a whole other side of compilation obscurities on vinyl for the first time, it presents a series of brilliant, isolated self-portraits by a mail art & tape scene insider (also photographer, zine publisher) who operated… Read more
Luis Vasquez a.k.a. The Soft Moon nails his strongest, most-malleable take on post-punk/wave techno to date with third album, 'Deeper'. Since his last LP effort, 'Zeros', he's moved from Oakland, CA to Venice, Italy, with numerous raids on Berlin between. This has clearly influenced his sound, lending a more stringent focus and amped-up studio production ringing deeply true with his mix of formative influences; American EBM muscle and synthetic European emotions. It's kinda what we hoped the last Cold Cave album would sound like, before it went horribly wrong and Fernow scarpered. RIYL Silent Servant, Lust For Youth, Factory Floor.
Monday, 23 March
Important compendium of early works by London's unsung industrial pioneers, Bourbonese Qualk. In constant operation from 1979 - 2003 on the fringes of the breakcore/extreme electronics scene, this selection looks at a crucial phase in BQ's agitations, bang in the middle of the '80s, located in a South London squat/stronghold/studio amidst the The Miner's Strike, Falklands War, Thatcherism and Anarchism. They've always wilfully existed on the periphery, but haven't gone unnoticed, whether on their 1985 joint 'Pogrom' (included here) or their continued support for the a… Read more
New album of affected electro-pop homage to classic Factory Records, by Manchester-hailing Lonelady for Warp Records.
Mannequin task Ancient Methods to remix/re-edit a Bourbonese Qualk classic with superb results. The all-too-brief original version of industrial proto-techno kicks and haunting atmosphere laced with an end-of-tether vocal is handily extended to twice the length in AM's faithful edit, before they really get to work on the remix with added Burroughs samples supplementing their whirring teutonic techno efficiency and clarity. Quite seriously, nobody else makes us want to dance quite like Ancient Methods.
Monday, 16 March
Another monstrous blow-out from Craig Clouse's $&$, returning to Rocket Recordings after assaults on Diagonal and ahead of their Editions Mego LP. Brandishing distorted guitars, clogged samplers and bucket-loads of gonzo attitude, Clouse runs amok from the diesel-fuelled horsepower of 'Electric Pony 2' to a loping, trunk-rattling beat jam, 'Egg Mm-Muffin / Pimp Different' via daft sampler exercise, 'C2-6', to cracked and swaggering breakbeats in 'Goat $hit' and the ruder clip of 'Love Your Hair - Hope You Win!'. And the potential song-title of the year award goes to 'Writing Poetry On Your Forehead With The Tip Of a Hunting Knife'. Wot a charmer.
**Kinky No Wave dance drills, fresh outta Berlin. For you if you love Powell, Low Jack, EVOL, Barnt!** N.M.O. are an exceptional, pan-European duo deploying SuperCollider software and stripped-down, roiling drums under the mantra, As Strict As Possible. For The Death Of Rave they present a unique trio of 'Tropocaliptic Excursions' to follow their two releases for Barcelona's Anòmia label, including 2014's critically acclaimed and standout 12", 'Nederlandse Maatschappij Ontwikkeling'. Like all the other oddbods on The Death Of Rave, N.M.O.'s semi-organic … Read more
Neuron-sparking braindance from Dave MNLTH on Sheffield's steadfast Central Processing Unit label. Dave does lean and bitterswet electro with finesse over five tracks steeped in classic Rephlex memes, taking in slow, bandy-kneed strutters, trim Drexciyan adventures and rapid-fire chromatic disco flares.
Housed in brilliant photo-sleeve, DVA Damas' 'Wet Vision' proposes a more technoid, gloomy sound from Taylor Burch and Joe Cocherell on Downwards America. Techno proper is implied by the thumping kicks and tetchy tempo of 'Wet Vision' and the staggered swagger of 'Theme For Silence', but not at the expense of their bone-dry desert goth aesthetic. However, the B-side strays farther from their usual style with the arterial throb of 'Wet Vision Pt. II', which actually sounds closer to HTRK, and the pulsing, slinky stalk of 'On Your Heels' which sounds almost like Tropic Of Cancer doing techno proper.
Monday, 09 March
A compelling and shunting industrial sound: Nick Klein with 'Failed Devotee' for Unknown Precepts. Touted as "techno's top bachelor of 2015" by Tiny Mix Tapes, Brooklyn-based Klein specializes in hard-baked and fetid slow techno gauntlets here, delivering some of the grimmest gear this side of Low Jack or Dual Action. There's a real weight behind his kicks and an infectious venom to his synthlines that prompts primal action on the 'floor. RIYL L.I.E.S. Preserved Instincts, Hospital Productions.
Monday, 02 March
Diagonal pull another coup with 12"s of brute bitterness from Philip Best, Sarah Froelich and Russell Haswell's Consumer Electronics. With the spray of their blinding 'Estuary English' still wet on our cheek, 'Repetition Reinforcement' is a bruising, visceral reminder of CE's position on the periphery of extreme electronic music. Holding steadfast to the transgressive subject matter which Best has explored since the early '80s as part of Whitehouse and Ramleh, in this excursion he trades explicit rage for a much more reserved and creepily effective style of delivery… Read more
Monday, 23 February
Avian's experimental sister label serves the debut of Oliver Ho (Jealous God) and Tommy Gillard (Rogue Beat) as Zov Zov. Four tracks explore space between industrial drone and avant-classical, from the MB-meets-Emptyset keen of 'Rubble' to Zeitkratzer-esque zones of 'Endless Lines' to blistered free-rock grind in 'Clip', and insectoid electronics on 'Devices'.
Digital issue of Syncom Data's dope 1999 debut for Bunker Records. Between the electro-fonk gremlins of 'Controlled Circulation' and the precise drum machine minimalism of 'Sunday' you've got some of the West Coast Dutch electro scene's weirdest, definitive productions; the super crisp and spaced-out funk of 'Abe's Planet' for the I-F heads; some freakish, drugged-up swagger in 'Retaliation'; a freaks anthem in 'The New Town' and punchy, dubbed-off ekectro-techno in 'ECM'.
NDW legend Holger Hiller sifts out a selection of dusty, wayward wave gems from the obscure early '80s Berlin archive of Wolfgang Seidel aka Populäre Mechanik. Rooted in the Zodiak Arts Club aesthetics of freedom and exploration, and prompted by the punk movement, Populäre Mechanik was coined as a vehicle to combine various strands of musical thought, from Devo-esque art-rock to jazz-wise detours and skinny dubs fracked with traces of slick yacht rock and exotica. RIYL K. Leimer, Felix Kubin, Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza.
The KVB unveil their gloaming industro-goth alias, Burma Camp on Avian's Mira sublabel. Three tracks home in and expand on the more coruscating, abrasive side of The KVB's sound, isolating and tempering its most esoteric side. The noxious cloud of tortured vocals and jagged pulses in 'Repulsion' falls somewhere between the desolate black metal of Wold and Silent Servant's most blown-out post-punk techno, full of evil, pregnant suspense and 'marish intent. 'Isa' reminds more of Zhark Record's bleakest, thundering techno, but alloyed with stentorian, dystopian dungeon vocals, and 'Attraction'… Read more
Monday, 16 February
*Debut release on Sam and Hayley Kerridge’s new label Contort, Mastered by Matt Colton with artwork by John Osborn* Samuel Kerridge puts his weight behind a crushing debut edition on Contort - a new label belonging to the eponymous Berlin event series he runs with wife, Hayley Kerridge. The de-based template of Sunn 0)))-meets-Ike Yard- meets Alberich is twisted in seven stages, tentatively introducing his own vocals to the mix for a wholly more personal and, at times, cuttingly cathartic record dealing with the devil on his shoulder. After a string of celebrated issues fo… Read more
Carter Tutti refresh their Chris & Cosey alter-egos for 2015 in something of a dream project for their legion acolytes. Compiling eleven new studio reworks of Chris & Cosey live tracks, it underlines their output to date with a showcase of the original song's durability and, simultaneously, a display of their current studio prowess. They apply a slippery modern chassis to the ghosts of classic songs, at best in the wormholing autobahn techno of 'Driving Blind' and an acidic re-rub of 'Dancing On Your Grave'. This digital edition includes thre songs not found on the vi… Read more
**Wicked fun, this: the first ever retrospective - rare single, s/t EP, unreleased demos, live gear - for San Franciscan post-punks, Pink Section - RIYL Units, Devo, Suburban Lawns. Includes download code** "Named after San Francisco Chronicle's pink-hued arts and entertainment guide, Pink Section coalesced at SF Art Institute and performed their first show at the legendary Deaf Club on Valentine's Day, 1979. These self-taught musicians existed on the fringe (even in the local underground scene), producing an unusual brand of off-kilter post-punk against a backdrop of Dadaist aesthetic… Read more
Digital Edition of "A-morality" - released on cassette as an addendum to the excellent "A-tranquility" EP.
Carter Tutti remix their Chris & Cosey alter-egos in something of a dream project for their legion acolytes. The eX-TG duo lube-up and re-haunt five classic numbers with sterilising production to slot cleaner with contemporary dance styles, at best in the oneiric scapes of 'Deep Velvet' and an effervescent overhaul of 'October (Love Song)', reminding us that they were always a killer pop duo.
Monday, 09 February
Toronto's Egyptrixx heavily impresses with the expansive industrial sound designs of 3rd LP, 'Transfer of Energy [Feelings Of Power]'. Launched on his newly minted Halocline Trance label, it's a sleek mixture of tensile club constructions and sci-fi atmospheres shot thru with blazing pop signatures and hyperreal textures. Industrial is the keyword here - connoting imagery of classic, dystopian cinema and computer games in the pensive, pranging dynamics of the title track and lush, intra-dimensional refractions in 'Mirror Etched on Shards of Amethyst', while making … Read more
The bottomless slag heaps of industrial music yield yet more overlooked gems from early '80s Italy. Compiling impossible-to-find tapes by Errata-S-Corrige, Gasdehyde, and Herpes-Z - all released on Musumeci's Turin-based Der Zeltweg label between 1983-1984 - it widens the mark left by Mannequin's two 'Danza Meccanica' volumes which already illuminated areas of electronic music largely unknown even within Italy itself. Errata-S-Corrige contributes three cuts, chasing some mad muse thru prickly effects and rattling machine rhythms oscilating between br… Read more
So, wow. This is the first ever compendium of Martin Hannett's work with Steve Hopkins as The Invisible Girls. Comprising 22 rare and largely unheard gems from 1976 - 1987, including Nico's 'Procession' amidst stacks of haunting and jaw-dropping studio experiments and even their 1976 soundtrack for a short animation. Pinch yourself now. Doesn't it hurt?! As history tells us, the pair met at a Soft Machine gig in Manchester's science and technology university, UMIST, in 1976. Realising they had common interests - Hopkins, a hippie veteran of Manc psych band Gemini… Read more
Evocative electro regressions and imagined archaeoacoustics, collected by Minimal Rome. Inspired by silence and the noises of the plague, five American and European producers "explore the solitude, terror, stillness and unsophisticated chaos of the epidemic". Heinrich Dressel gives his skeletal disco cadaver a Giallo-ready makeover; Anbton Maiovvi invokes the ghosts of 'Spittalfields 1665' with wormholing electro-jak; Umberto offers his synthetic sympathies from across the pond; Alessandro Parisi wins hard with the muscular slow jam, 'Calamitas Calamitatum', and Vercetti Technicolor go all Gatekeeper with 'Athens 430 BC'.