Monday, 14 April
The Hague's prolific producer of retro-fitted nEuro Techno-House presents his latest chapter of pulpy sonic fiction thru Creme Organization. Currently riding another crest of popularity, we find Legowelt at his most engaging and spaced-out over 12 tracks of fluent analogue storytelling couched in the atmospheres and mystery of classic sci-fi, film noir and dark, pumping basements. Let's be fair, it's nowt new, but Wolfers' has refined his art to something beyond criticism over lack of "newness"; taken for what it's meant to be, his 'Crystal Cult 2080' is a flawlessly dark dream sequenc… Read more
"Imagine Kraftwerk playing Steven Merritt songs. Medical Records presents Roladex, its first contemporary artist based in the US. Roladex nostalgically borrows from music of the past to carefully craft unique futuristic-mechanized pop, with an emphasis on songwriting and layered production. Waeaving sparse, sequenced arpeggios into fuzzy bass and bubbly melodies creating a canvas of sound where they paint a somehow bright melancholia. Part minimal synth-wave, part dream-pop Roladex fits nicely with other non-traditional pop acts such as Ariel Pink as well as Synth contemporaries… Read more
'Channel Pressure' is the debut LP from Ford & Lopatin, formerly-known-as Games (Daniel "Oneohtrix Point Never" Lopatin & Joel "Tiger City" Ford). Without a shadow of a doubt it's one of the years defining records, a postmodern pop dazzler patching elements of discoid '80s pop and jazz-funk fusion with early '90s R&B in a lucidly fractal digital simulacra that sounds like an updated and oddly screwed version of classic Scritti Politti. Like any "progressive" album worth it's gatefold sleeve, there's a conceptual narrative at its core: "The year is 2082. Joey Rogers is a Teenage Tech… Read more
Bureau B dig deep into their vaults and reach for the good stuff- delivering another essential curio, this time from Germany circa 1981 and Die Partei's largely forgotten "La Freiheit Des Geistes". It's an offbeat slab of proto-industrial edging into electro-pop, the kind of tackle that's an absolute must for those of you into Der Plan. Another essential missive from one of the finest archival labels out there - required listening for those of you in need of further education.
**Sorely overlooked NDW gem from 1982** "Medical Records presents a reissue of one of Germany’s most interesting records. The German duo Aloa only made one album in 1982 but it is one of the most peculiar and innovative records of the Neue Deutsche Welle movement. Long out of print, somewhat obscure, and very expensive, this record is due for an official reissue. The duo consisting of Al Kanz and Matthias Brendel both grew up in Kassel, Germany. Though both had different tastes of music, they fused influences and injected them into their own unique blend when they purchased Roland 606 and 808 drum mach… Read more
Monday, 07 April
Ekman, aka Roel Dijcks, has been gaining some deserved attention with his terse brand of Electro. With releases on the likes of Panzerkreuz, Solar One Music and Berceuse Heroique, Dijcks has rattled souls with his bare mechanics and cold-hearted sounds. Arctic blasts descend from the outset with his latest for Shipwrec. Frosted coils ensnaring clipped beats, roaming bass lines kept in check by tight drum patterns. Emotion is masked, feelings enveloped and embedded beneath those arrangements of aluminium and steel. Distress is never far from Ekman's work. The flipside jangles with fear and retributi… Read more
Sunday, 30 March
Reissued from the cold, two classic Heinrich Mueller (Dopplereffekt) productions taken off 'Der Zyklus II' (2001). 'Elektronisches Zeitecho' spills serpentine arpeggios and timeless Drexciyan melodies on a the A-side, and 'Mathematische Modelle' makes robotic doe eyes at Kraftwerk on the B-side. Unmissable stuff.
Total aces from the improvising, No Wave percussion/electronics duo Morton J Olsen and Rubén Patiño aka NMO on Barcelona's crucial Anòmia label. Operating somewhere between Powell's technoid incisions and Russell Haswell's freestyle freakouts, the duo's 2nd EP - following the cracking 'Dominant Akkord' cassette - yields four cuts of militant, awkward electro-acoustic funk bowling between the deranged reggaeton cyberpunk of 'Full Spectrum Dominance' and the robo-bogling 'Parasomething' to a swaggering No Wave banger named 'Dirty Huts' and the tense, roiling snares and fre… Read more
Total holy grail techno business from Detroit's Erik Travis, reissued by Frustrated Funk. 'Programming' collects four rare-as-fxxk electro-techno peaches by one of Detroit's original booty-techno producers - including the skipping funk of 'Programming', the darker techno-pop instrumental of 'Joy One Mile', a mind-blowing 'Techno World' and the deranged funk of 'This Is My Beat'. U-N-M-I-S-S-A-B-L-E!
Minimal Wave haul up one of their favourite releases for reissue: Robert Lawrence and Mark Philips (Five Time Of Dust) as The Dadacomputer. Created via tape swaps over the summer of '81 between their home studios in Bristol and Cardiff and issued on their own Quick Stab label, it's more or less an archetypal minimal wave moment; drily monotone but saturated with the nattiest melodies and conducted with that inimitable mixture of playfulness and seriousness inherent to the era's underground DIY scene. You may well have stumbled across their killer anthem 'Computer Bank' on MW's… Read more
Narcotic fusions of minimal wave and mutant Chicago house from Dust on Mannequin Records. 'Feel It' kicks up a queer, tripping take on Chi-jakk layered with hallucinatory vocals and sour synthlines; 'Acid Freak' feels like a long-lost Ron Hardy joint or some mad-wired Jamal Moss edit.
Monday, 24 March
*Hugely recommended second EP from Wolf Eyes’ Mike Connelly and his wife, Tara, recording together as Clay Rendering* A delicate yet uncompromising set of songs drifting somewhere between Shoegaze, Industrial, Metal and Ambient music, the tracks here recall everything from Cocteau Twins and Cranes at their most desolate to classic Sonic Youth, coloured and mis-shaped through abstract production assistance from Dominick Fernow and additional synth from Robert Beatty of Three Legged Race / Hair Police. Funereal opener 'Waters Above The Firmament' first draws us into a drow… Read more
Prurient presents his incredible 'Cocaine Death' - collecting three C10 tapes individually issued in 2007 - 'Cocaine Death', 'Caribbean Overdose' and 'Tylenol Murders' - released on CD in 2008, it serves to highlight some of the most viscerally affective, evocative material in Dominick Fernow's arsenal. The opening "Pretext (Bahamian Burial)" sets the scene well and avoids easy classification: buried between layers of distortion and noise you discover an exposed, beautiful core that belies the sheer brutality of its exterior. There are direct parallels with the submerged aesthetic that has… Read more
Bleak, isolationist electronics from the Czech Republic, issued by Gnod's Tesla Tapes. Sister/Body are the synth/vocals/electronics duo of Miss Camilla and Lightning Glove's Head in Body. They've got previous form with releases on Baltimore's Spleencoffin and their self-run KLaNGundKRaCH label/blog but this is the first we've heard from them. The five tracks of 'Lucifer Efekt' come from the most blunted, spellbound headspace, tracing a elusive thought pattern from skudged, effluent drones and pulses in the title track to keening, bittersweet discord and roiling machine rhythm on 'Secret… Read more
**Edition of 50. Mastered by Stephen Bishop** David McLean debuts his Punctum alias on Tesla Tapes with four glowering pieces for drum machine, synth and samples. As a skilled multi-instrumental improviser, David mans myriad monikers and collaborations - Stushevatsya, River Slaughter, Cornered Yet Climbing, McLean/Macarte - and is also responsible for running the Tombed Visions label and Fatouttilyoupassout festival. But forget what you know about him so far because Punctum swerves sharply from his usual practice into an atmospheric, rhythm-driven style possibly best compared with th… Read more
Excellent cosmic noise and disco trips with certain Gallic suss and swagger. "Antinote is back to Cosmic. Nico Motte rings the soundtrack music bell and gives us the occasion to show our love for psych-prog-and-synth music. Nico Motte comes right on time with five tracks full of cult references, but also a very personal and romantic vibe. Through his record, the robot poet talks about a dangerous and pessimistic world but also about hope, light and future. If you like obscure and synthetic sounds don't miss this record."
Monday, 17 March
Blackest Ever Black vent a cold slice of 1982 synth improvisations by former Skullflower and Whitehouse member Stefan Jaworzyn. The original tracks on 'Drained Of Connotation' were recently re-discovered by Jaworzyn when trawling his archives for the recent run of Skullflower reissues and rekindled the British noise legend's memories of poking about with his "beloved Dr Rhythm" and Korg MS10 or 20 and an old EMS. Pre-dating the music on his recently issued 'Eaten By Shadows '82-'83' CD, it comprises crisp, piercing hi-end tones punctured by pulsing patterns on the front, wh… Read more
Matt Hill aka Umberto returns to the spectre of 'Temple Room' from his 'Prophecy Of The Black Widow' (2010) album for extended and alternative dancefloor versions. On the extended version he's doubled the track length, giving himself more time to tease out the kinky disco vibes with camp, Jamie Principle-esque synth runs and, whilst the Silvio mix locks into a stompng, Hi-NRG wiggle.
Spiky new wave pop and darker gothic doings from 1984, reissued by Paris' Desire and Mitzvah Records.
Monday, 10 March
Jaw-dropping electro-pop debut from Chilean producer Nicolas Estany aka Visonia, including a stunning hook-up with Dopplereffekt. Boding very well for his imminent debut album, 'Impossible Romance', this single introduces a full fledged new artist paying dues to his influences - Depeche Mode, Detroit electro, classic synth-pop - with incredibly fine-tuned finesse and respect. Alongside Dopplereffekt on 'Die Reisen' he plays out a beautifully poised and ice-cool electro-noir waltz that's just left us for six, whilst flipside yields two solo productions - the sublime melancholy … Read more
"Medical Records is proud to release it’s first compilation LP. In association with Crispy Nuggets blog (crispynuggets.blogspot.com), we have carefully curated a collection of extremely rare and sought after singles and rare tracks. This compilation includes 5 complete A + B sides as well as 2 other tracks that only appeared on obscure compilations in the early 80s. The first 2 tracks are by UK’s The Electronic Circus. Featuring Chris Payne (who also performed synth work on the iconic “Pleasure Principle” by none other than Gary Numan), the track “Direct Lines” is pure … Read more
Four mid-tempo prog-disco jaunts from ex-Divorce drummer Andy Brown and synth producer Joel Stone. A-side opens out for the road with eleven minutes of driving chug recalling certain Steve Moore efforts and obviously indebted to the classics - Moroder, Jan Hammer, John Carpenter et al. Flipside yields the emotional synth excesses of 'Taxed', the cinematic 'Hyperion', and a tidy Italo number named 'Bismuth'.
Matador was a side project for Berlin legends Beate Bartel ( CHBB/Liasons Dangereuses), Gudrun Gut, and Manon Duursma ov Malaria! to explore more ritualistic, orgone charged post-industrial music. Their 1991 album 'Écoute' sounds to these ears something like Chris & Cosey meets Saada Bonaire, blending low-lit, highly stylised vocals with cold, serpentine rhythms and eerie atmospheres...
Monday, 03 March
Following on from releases from the likes of Powell, Mark Leckey and Merzbow, The Death Of Rave is buzzed to present the exceptional debut album from L.A.-based upstart Delroy Edwards. Combining combustible little noise sessions made with guitar pedals and reel-to-reel tape at Art school, together with shocking recent productions, 'Teenage Tapes' showcases a lesser-heard aspect of Delroy's highly aware and divergent tastes owing more to Minimal Wave, Noise, EBM and Black Metal than the Chicago Ghetto-House sound of his releases for L.I.E.S. and his own L.A. Club Resource label. For anyone… Read more
Paul Blackford reclaims the UK Bass tag with a trio of speedy, Detroit-styled electro weapons for Central Processing Unit. Darkside fiends will be all over the Bane-samples from The Dark Knight Rises dropped over the snappy, sub-heavy electro minimalism of 'The League Of Shadows', whilst the flipside tracks come off like some Rephlexian bootybass hybrid. Solid session.
Jamie Paton ov Cage & Aviary fame delivers a 'Bizarre Feeling' of New Order-esque synth-pop for Emotional Especial. We could imagine shoulder-jacking in high-waisted duds at Medusa's to the Italo B-line and coiffed guitars of the original and dub, whilst 'To The Light' drops a gear into sleazy DM styles, and 'Ju Know' takes it even slower for a sorta Jan Hammer gone acid vibe.
Minimal Wave reset the history books again with another pair of proto-techno zingers by their French favourites. As with the outstanding 'La Piscine' 12", MW have rooted In Aeternam Vale's 1990 archive and come up with goodies incomparable to little else from that era. A-side 'Machine A Laver' is a masterclass in darkside slow-mo dancefloor narration, unfolding with stealthy guile over 12 minutes of halfstepped bass roil, arcing blips and glinting steppers' percussion with a poised and powerfully hypnotic appeal. Flipside, we're floored by their prescient dub techno piece… Read more