Friday, 24 July
"Maya Postepski is a polymath. An active member of the Toronto music scene, she has been making music for over 10 years, currently as part of electronic group Austra (Domino). She is a prolific remix artist, DJ and she co-wrote and produced TRST with Robert Alfons as Trust (Arts & Crafts). Progress is her latest album, released under her solo moniker Princess Century."
Emika enlists a squad of techno/electro/IDM artists to rework her 'Drei' album. The strongest results comes from Kamikaze Space Programme with a booming, jagged take on 'Battles', or the beat-less, classically informed flight of Eomac's 'What's The Cure' remix.
Monday, 06 July
**Lossless format for this release contains 24 bit / 44.1kHz audio** **Impeccably distorted and bittersweet dream-pop. RIYL Motion Sickness of Time Travel, High Wolf, Sun Araw** "Crystal Dorval from Vancouver, Canada has been making healing, distorted rug-gaze music from a coastal mindset all her own since 2011. Natural Phenomena is her second album, and it echoes 2013’s previous self-titled effort in its isolationist origins, as the record emerged slowly across a 9-month retreat alone on a farm on Vancouver Island: “Some days I would only add one tiny guitar line or keyboard text… Read more
Beguiling, personalised synth-pop/post-punk from Danish outlier, Max Guld Madsen, previously only available in edition of 100 tapes back in 1985. Now, 30 years later, the good folk at Dark Entries have thankfully uprooted, remastered and brought Guld's one and only recording to light, revealing a dreamy, pop-tweaked young composer falling deeply into his own sound and space circa 1984-1985 at home in West Copenhagen. Clearly under the influence of The Residents, Eno and Kraftwerk, yet not entirely beholden to them, 'For Enden Af Corridoren' mixes eerily emotive synth and guitar … Read more
Monday, 29 June
Syn-pop duo Rosen & Spydett make their vinyl debut on Denmark's Posh Isolation with a gorgeous, gauzy follow-up to a handful of early cassettes. Floating in a breezy, bright white space beyond Moon Wheel, Pye Corner Audio or Cold Cave, 'Fortuna' tends to a special brand of Scandinavian synth melancholy over 8 songs in just under 30 minutes. Detached drum machines clack and punch time from a distance beneath diaphanous, chiffon synth voice melodies that cascade and fizz like burned-out stars depicted in a fragile diorama. A lot of the romantic types are bound to be smitten with this one. Posh Isolation at their best.
Monday, 22 June
Power Vacuum bag a sack of spannered acid madness from Cylob. The perennial outsider loved for classics on Rephlex mercifully hasn't mellowed with age, twatting out seven trax of wonky techno discord ('Concrete Corporal'), hyper drill 'n bass (Granular Psychosis [Ect Mix]'), superb EBM braindance ('Rosetta'), and psy-NRG ('Missions to Mercury'), with a dose of IDM chamber ambience in 'Zattrday'.
Not often we get anything Coil related these days - but this curio from Mannequin has been stirring a huge amount of interest as one of the few non-bootleg Coil editions that genuinely dont seem to have been made available before. This 12'' EP features a "collaboration between the mexican band Ford Proco and the legendary UK electronic pioneers Peter Christopherson/John Balance aka Coil." As the sales notes explain - "Ford Proco were formed in 1986 in Tijuana and are considered the godfathers of the industrial electronic music in Mexico. The story behind the recording of the tw… Read more
Slickly emotive electromance from J. Alvarez a.k.a. 214 on Frustrated Funk. The title track of 'Lyle at Dawn' works out somewhere between classic Drexciya, Claro Intellecto and Convextion, all whirring electro mechanisms and heart-rending synth arrangements, whereas 'Ektes' is more opiated, Murder Capital styles, and the woozy pastoral tones of 'Time For' could almost pass for a Kettel or BoC production.
Monday, 15 June
Blackest Ever Black resuscitate a most memorable cut from Downwards' 'So Click Heels' compilation, backed with brand new reprise for the faithful. The original's a blissfully vicious reverie of cold, pounding machine pulses and utterly gorgeous, siren-like vocals beckoning from its barbed and barbiturate sound design. The reprise picks up without the beat, rendering a keening slow motion swoon of skin-peeling, shattered glass harmonics and piercingly lush melody. A must.
Monday, 08 June
An-i follows Traxx's lead, editing two joints by unsung Italian industrial unit, Musumeci, for Mannequin. Sounds like he had a lot of fun doing it, too, throttling maximum, jagged funk from the writhing electric eel of 'Harry Batasuna' on the front, and jacking up their 'Untitled' cut to a slab of rolling EBM thunder voiced by poltergeist yelps on the flip.
Profligate joins Unknown Precept with a grungy, pummelling noise techno session for fans of Powell, Violetshaped or Prostitutes. Building on the snotty cyber-punk vibes of his two releases for Not Not Fun, 'Extremities' romps like the soundtrack to a bar brawl in Streets of Rage, from the melted tarmac pounding of 'Good Humour' to the toiling steam-press kicks and blank-eyed industrial drones of 'It Was Me'. Turn it over and 'Let's Eat (Working Title)' sharpens up with a bracing line of pneumatic electro rhythms and concrète tussle, before 'Every Little Rainbow' expends its energy reserves in a rollicking, Powell-esque juggernaut. Strong tip for the New Beta fiends!
The legendary producer behind cult electro-pop act, Gina X Performance presents his first solo debut album since 1981. Steeped in allusions to classical European philosophy, literature and composers, 'Logic of Coincidence' follows an extraordinary career arc stretching from his late '70s disco-not-disco masterpieces, thru production work for John Foxx, Fashion, Nina Hagen and Birth Control, to a 2013 collaboration with Austra. On the record's ambitious concept, influences and execution, Zeus explains: "I have always been fascinated by the mathematical and philosophical aspects o… Read more
**Ben Greenberg (Hubble, The Men) and Michael Berdan (York Factory Complaint, Drunkdriver) get their rocks off on a synth and drum machine-heavy punk assault. Presented by Luke Younger's Alter imprint** "On 'Perfect World', that machine is firing on all cylinders. The guitar is run through a cheap ’80s preamp marketed to metal kids. The drum machine is equally no-frills, an Akai XR20 that Greenberg says “most people wouldn’t want to keep around.” These humble components are combined with noisy synth and Berdan’s profound howling to form something much greater. Post-punk, synthpunk, and in… Read more
The highly influential Olde English Spelling Bee label return with a prime piece of electro-pop from Bristol's Powerflex. Everything about it is so very, very right, but oh so wrong in the finest sense, nailing the templates of classic freestyle-pop, EBM and late '80s digital funk, but with a much more wayward taste for off-kilter hooks and instrumental dynamics. It's kinda like a brighter, ostensibly straighter adjunct to Autre Ne Veut, whom OESB introduced to the world back in 2010, but swap ANVC's falsetto for John Maus-like baritone, and factor in loads of sleek, synthetic space and you … Read more
Reissue of a rare and sought-after French synth wave side from 1981. It's times like this that I wish iI paid more attention to French at school: all the background on this 12" is, err, French to me. But we can tell you it contains four tracks of skinny Gallic wave pop, including the disco-readied drum machine punch and fleshy synths of 'Ersatz', the moody swagger of 'Demain Berlin' and the excellent, dub-bassed post-punk pop of 'Mauve', all housed in a delectable monotone jacket and printed inner (sleevenotes in French).
Bio Rhythm pull one from the top shelf, reissuing A Thunder Orchestra's little known Belgian coldwave ace, 'Shall I Do It?', backed with two Mick Wills edits. The original was first found on the impossible to find 'Messe Noire' cassette, and last spotted on Walhalla Records' 'Underground Wave Volume 4' compilation. It's a standout example of Dirk De Saever's defintively darkside '80s emissions, mixing signature turgid swagger with gloomiest synths and vocal samples in the classiest, coke-numbed style. Mick Wills' reconstructions lend a bit more energy while keeping the OG vibes… Read more
Monday, 25 May
**Heinrich Mueller's 2004 sonic treatise on the state of technology and its dystopian social application still rings true today, if not more than ever** The first album proper from Heinrich Mueller as Der Zyklus, who's best known for his releases as Dopplereffekt, Arpanet, Japanese Telecom, Elektroids and more. The legend returns with new sound experiments from the Dataphysixs sound laboratories - a collection of abstract interpretations that veer from BBC Radiophonic Workshop experiments in sound design and effect processing (all with a biological theme), to the supremely kill… Read more
Expertly selected compilation of blindspot gems from the 'Worldwide New-Wave, Post-Punk and Industrial Underground 1978-1984' picked up and spat out by London's venerated Cherrystones. A killer compilation for both the insatiable digger and curious psych-o-naut alike, it starts at the fringe and moves every farther outwards via the sort of selections that only come from decades of paper cut cuticles and breathing in decayed cardboard in mildewed basements and record shops. From an unfamiliar t… Read more
If anyone can get away with it, it's DMX Krew. This time he gets away with the talkbox heavy egypto-sleaze of 'Funk Steps' on an electro-boogie downstroke, before squirting astro-juice in your eye with the ultra-naughty 'Space Fonk'.
Monday, 18 May
You've had the CD single, mini-CD, 7", 10" and 12", now here comes the full digital version for those who can't keep up with Trevor Jackson's 'Format' fetish. Collecting all 13 tracks, this version marks the illustrious producer, visual artist and video director's most substantial solo release, bar none, of his 25-odd year oeuvre; strafing from killer proto-house rawness in 'Lumiline' to fizzy electro in 'They Came From NY' to blunted acidic techno extrusions recalling recent Ron Morelli aktion in the 12 minute, 'Until Now'. It's rudimentary yet adroit man-machine business, consolidating f… Read more
Optimo pull out and edit some '88-'90 dancefloor peaches from legendary Aussie industrial unit, Severed Heads. The tuff and ecstatic proto-trance drive of 'Greater Reward' (1988) is given a 'Piano Power' edit by Optimo, riding killer kicks and flickering rimshots with slick keys and swarming tribal voices chopped at crucial points beside the original 12"'s irresistible dub mix. The more exotic, chattering tribalism of 'Big Car (Crash Dub)' (1990) conjures images of stomping, tanned and nearly-naked Goan revellers, while 'All Saints Day (Saints Day Dub)' swings to r… Read more
"The fourth studio album by acclaimed Belgian cold wave group The Names, known for their early association with Factory Records and producer Martin ‘Zero’ Hannett. Recorded in 2014, Stranger Than You marks a conscious return to the sounds and styles explored on their debut album Swimming in 1982. “There’s a strong element of reconnection,” explains singer/songwriter (and bassist) Michel Sordinia. “Yet at the same time it’s also about developing your own legitimate strangeness, just as the great Surrealist poet Rene Char invited his readers to do. A new mystery singing in your bones.… Read more