Friday, 28 August
Shane English comes with slew of slo-mo industrial crushers for the excellent Unknown Precept label. Wall-to-wall filth in six gut-punching and petrifying parts, cranking from the sprung low-riders mechanics of 'Silent Coup' to manhandled industrial ambience in 'X (For Gray)' via the storage tank clangour of 'Retrograde' to effluent Low Jack styles in 'Am I That', and a swell of claggy bass lacerated with ice-pick snares in 'Negativ'.
Friday, 21 August
Deepest Dutch/Detroit-style electro lean from Versalife. Unfolding like some short sci-fi noir soundtrack, 'Before The Interrogation' sets the scene with midnight electro-jazz chimes before picking up momentum with the cruising stepper 'Utilize the Secondary Suspensor'. Fathoms deeper, 'Mariana' plumbs a pitch black scene of eel-like acid lines and pulsating bass, and the nimbly dubbed breakbeats of 'I See Myself' dance like an Optic Nerve production.
Friday, 14 August
Clinical yet romantic electro-scapes from Rome's Valerio Lombardozzi (co-founder of MinimalRome label) aka Heinrich Dressel. On 'Waterproof Theory' he takes inspiration from the Roman legends of Romulus and Remus to craft four exquisite pieces nodding to the aquatic electro of his namesake, Heinrich Mueller, and the suspenseful synth atmospheres of John Carpenter with crisp melodic gestures and clipped, efficient machine rhythms.
"As earlier compilations of ‘Danza Meccanica’ have taught us, Italy gave birth to a disproportionate number of synth-pop, new wave and electronic acts in the 80s. Mannequin goes deeper into the Italian new wave archaeological research with a killer 10 tracks selection of Carmody. Picking their name from a science fiction novel titled “Dimension of Miracles” by Robert Sheckley, Carmody were coming from Torino, as their pairs Monuments and Chromagain. Started as a duo (Alberto Ramella and Andrea Lesmo) and later a trio with Max Casacci joining in as a guitar player, C… Read more
Friday, 07 August
"The album features twelve tracks of experimental vintage synth dance tracks, lots of unusual textures and melodic ideas, nothing too heavy..."
Laser-beamin' old skool electro fetishism from Koova on Sheffield's own CPU. Head straight for the Kraftwerkian nod, 'This Is Not My Future', or the Bambaataa-infected electro-boogie winner, 'In Search Of'.
Darkside electro album from Seattle-based Chris Roman a.k.a. 214, who's previously released on Frustrated Funk and here returns on another Dutch label, Shipwrec. It's a stylishly measured and coolly dramatic sequence of events, drawing us in with the choral pads and icy drums of 'At 10 Knots', to take in the bittersweet sensations of 'Pickles and Mints', alongside the laidback dancefloor crack of 'Windom Earle' and emotive highlights in the E.R.P-like melancholy of 'La Proxima Manana' and gloomy dread of 'Binaural Affirmation'.
Friday, 31 July
"Medical Records is very pleased to present the debut album by U/V Light. U/V Light sounds more than a bit like Cloudland Canyon at times. This is because it is the first “solo,” effort from Kip Uhlhorn of CC. Kip played, sang on, engineered, mixed, and collaborated with Gabby Weiss on this new recording. Eschewing standard German comparisons that CC usually receives, U/V LIGHT often sounds like either early electro or dance-pop but without the typical blueprint so commonly replicated these days. Kip's rockist tendencies make this recording more interesting and fresher than those usual refer… Read more
Emotional Rescue do us another big favour with this compilation/reissue of rare and sought-after New Wave aces. Plus Instruments (a.k.a. + Instruments) was an early vehicle for Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, who was joined by a gang of '80s downtown New Yorkers including their vocal locus, Truus De Groot to forge a virulent sort of wave disco sound over a handful of singles and compilation appearances between 1981-1984. These are their best songs, including the hypnotic walking bass and alluring lyrics of 'Bodies', also included in a really trippy unreleased mix, beside the disco-not-disco punk-funk brilliance of 'Special' and the killller bass lick of 'Deutsche Frau'. TIP!
Bureau B's excellent Kollektion series elects Thomas Fehlmann to select his favourite Conrad Schnitzlers. This 5th instalment, like the others, affords some contextual grasp on one of the largest, slipperiest catalogues of electronic music in the late 20th century. And poignantly so as Fehlmann, a legend of Teutonic electronics in his own right, was first prompted to make electronic music as a student after witnessing Schnitzler demonstrate "how the "extended definition of art" established by Joseph Beuys could be applied to music." Across 16 songs he touches on the breadth and d… Read more
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