Monday, 27 October
A late pinnacle of the Drexciyan oeuvre, Storm 2 aka Transllusion's 'The Opening of the Cerebral Gate' is issued to download for the first time! This is the original CD track-listing, including 12 songs, as opposed to eight on the original 2LP. We're not quite sure what they were using on this one, but it's all remarkably bass-heavy, even saturated, compared with a lot of other Drexciyan workouts, resulting some of their most ruggedly stripped down electro-techno functions ranging from the pounding might of 'Transmission Of Life' to the militant march of 'War Of The… Read more
**Köln-based pop charms return with a typically slick sound nodding to Laid Back and their home-city's dual Krautrock and ambient pop heritage** "Precarious bon vivants, gifted musicians, radical guys – VON SPAR are many things, but above all, they are one of the most amazing bands in the realms that the British music press once baptized as Krautrock. Sebastian Blume, Jan Philipp Janzen, Christopher Marquez and Phillip Tielsch have in past been praised even more than the revenants of the genre (in 2012, together with Stephen Malkmus, before the watering eyes of CAN founding members Irmin Sch… Read more
**One half of minimal synth souls Xeno & Oaklander ups the visceral noise quotient to noxious, compelling degrees** "Gyors, Lassù marks an important milestone in the evolution of Martial Canterel's music, progressing far beyond the cages of “minimal synth” and embracing the noisier qualities of its sound with a renewed urgency, a kind of thickness embodied in multiple layers using only eurorack, Serge and Roland 100 modular systems at his disposal and flushing out the entire session in one take. Sine waves are rendered into walls of guitar-like noise on songs like “And I Thought”, wh… Read more
**180g wax** Remastered reissue of a gorgeous 1981 solo flight by Dorothea Raukes, then member of Düsseldorf's Streetmark. The melodic and gently rhythmic appeal of 'Deutsche Wertarbeit' plays acutely at odds with the album's rather stern-looking typographic sleeve art and even the project's moniker itself. Emerging from a member of a fairly well-known prog/krautrock group at the time, it's actually quite poppy, especially in the burbling rhythms, hooks and vocoder vocals of 'Guten Abend, Leute', the beaming sequencer joy of 'Deutscher Wald' and the perfectly uplifting gr… Read more
Worldly, wide-angled blend of R&B, dub and pop from Copenhagen-based American, Steven Jess Borth II. As with almost everything else on the excellent Time No Place label, 'Form Of Release' presents a uniquely skewed perspective on convention. Across eleven diverse and accomplished productions ranging from icy R&B minimalism reminding of inc. or HTDW, thru warmer Junior Boys-alike boogie and uptempo soul-pop burners, CHLLNGR's versatile soul vocal and feel for uncluttered dub spaciousness are really the only common elements, and equally one of the main attractions.
Monday, 20 October
Chicago's Karl Meier & Johnathan Krohn aka Talker properly realise the project's industrial potential with 'Hari', their debut LP for Downwards. Last spotted on a 12" with expanded version of 'Cut The Weight' from the 'Halha' compilation, this appearance feels more affected, atmospheric, bitterly resolved. There's eight tracks on offer, including the monstrous doom copulation of 'Meniscus' featuring label-mate, Kerridge, amongst the Eraserhead ambience of 'Hari' or the ghostly industrial romance of 'Image Union', whilst the bombed-out techno hulk of 'Behemoth' and the 'floor-razing mission, 'Frame C… Read more
**Post-punk pop legend returns. RIYL Ariel Pink, John Maus, Woo** "Bringing to the fore Nick’s unique take on lo-fi baroque psychedelia, Space Of A Second bends influences from across time and space into an exhilarating construction that evades easy definition, indeed perhaps in the end the best description comes from The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis who simply hailed nick as “Unique, almost inexplicable”."
Monday, 13 October
Dramatic Drexciyan electro styles from The Exaltics certified by Clone's West Coast Aeronautics & Space Administration. Five tracks fathom sci fi vignettes along with pumping electro-techno on 'Never Be Enough', the deep sea journey of 'Infinite Dimension', and brooding breakbeats, Analord style, in 'SL-W D-WN' making for The Exaltics most diverse and satisfying instalment yet.
Monday, 06 October
West Coast Dutch Electro from Syncom Data's Jan Katsma aka Nukubus. As proved in his small but well formed catalogue, Nukubus knows proper electro - just check the killer 'Second Moon' EP or thgis, his 1999 debut for evidence. There's six tracks, each as tight as you like, from the oily, minimal wave of 'Baby Here It Comes' to the grubby acid of 'Earthshaker' and the wickedly awkward fynk of 'Haenosaki', and the Pametex-alike slow-motion drum programming of 'Sonne und Stern' and the blown-out instrumental refix.
Monday, 29 September
Regis and Ancient Methods augment their deadly Ugandan Methods duo with vocals from Prurient on 'Dial B For Beauty' - and it's quite the tantalising prospect. Two years since 'A Cold Retreat' (2012) for Boomkat Editions, UM release the beast in four break-bone techno assaults furnished with Prurient's sharp, visceral holler. On 'Call1' he's in a proper firey mood over pitching war drums, whereas in 'Call 3' he's used as a looming presence akin to 'You Show Great Spirit' over a proper Berlin techno drill. He's further into the murk on ''Call 4' over CUB-style breakbeat … Read more
This is so ace - and another example of why everyone envies Scotland, and Glasgow in particula - Laps are a mysterious and achingly cool duo who sound like the mutant siblings of Saâda Bonaire. Their 'Ladies As Pimps' EP stalks well-trodden yet timeless styles with serious attitude and allure, bringing members of Golden Teacher and the Green Door Studios gang to abet their salacious grooves between the louche ESG dip of 'Dirty Guys Dirty Corners' thru the Peaking Lights-like dub-pop lope of 'All The Kids' and the Glas-cago swagger-jack of Mojo', to blown-out Thought Broadcast meets Ecto… Read more
**Sounds like a Craig Leon re-score for Mad Max** "Regional Curse is the scarred, spectral incarnation of Melbourne-by-way-of-Adelaide musician Stacey Wilson aka Rites Wild. Her instrumentation remains similar – cyclical keyboard figures, downward tracing synths, skeletal drum machinery – but the execution follows a more disembodied, ceremonial logic. Her latest collection of uneasy electronics murmurs and seethes like threatening shadows silhouetted through the blinds. Low-lit drones stalk their waveforms, unraveling into pulsing, blank dubs for unknown presences. Like all of Wils… Read more
Creep's Lauren Flax serves a killer cover of Janet Jackson's 'Pleasure Principle', aided by Kim Ann Foxman and Eli Escobar remixes. The mystic '90s house aura of the original cover is best, but if u like it tuffer check Kim Ann Foxman's deep 'n rugged NYC house version.
One-shot studio synthy-pop takes from the excellent Swedish label, Flexiwave. Futility performs all synths, drum machines, sequencers, vox, all at once, channelling classic Human League and Chris Carter with a more stripped-down, full-bodied modern aesthetic.
Mannequin Records introduce us to Mexican New Wave unit Casino Shanghai with two previously unreleased aces plus a banging remix by In Aeternam Vale. While their title track is a touch too cheesy, the mixture of echoic, Liz Fraser-like vocal inflections and dry, driving drum machine in 'Le Tombeau D'Edgar Poe' really hits the mark, and harder again on the kicking, technoid remix update.
Monday, 22 September
Richard H Kirk makes his keenly awaited appearance on Minimal Wave with four archival tracks that have never appeared on vinyl before. As is well documented, Kirk was a founder member of Sheffield's legendary Cabaret Voltaire, who forged one of the most distinctive, dilated styles of Industrial music between the late '70s and mid '90s. He also had a prolific solo and collaborative oeuvre, from where these track are taken circa 1978 to 1987. The A-side is a burred, sour peach called 'Never Lose Your Shadow', short-circuiting No Wave and Industrial to a grubby disco agenda, s… Read more
**Includes some killer electro protoypes for fans of Japanese Electronics etc** "Minimal Wave is proud to present a reissue of the seminal first album from Swiss Wavers, Guyer's Connection. Tibor Csébits and Philippe Alioth formed Guyer’‘s Connection in Basel, Switzerland when they were only 14 and 15 years old. At the time they were in a new wave rock band called “Kurtzschluss” which they decided to break from in order to make purely electronic music. They began with two synthesizers, a drum machine, a 4-track tape recorder and a multitude of ideas. They channeled their unique and h… Read more
Monday, 15 September
A real Italo-Disco Cult: Funky Is On. Originally released on third label in 1984 by Funky Family: producer Nicola Nicolosi and vocalist Dora Carofiglio just before their massive pop hits with Novecento. The two 80's original tracks are on the A side while, on the B side, a remix by italian legendary DJs Leo Mas and Fabrice that is built for darker rooms along with a new pumping vocal edit by DJ Rocca (aka Luca Roccatagliati) .
For the good of the disco, Annie & Richard X present a remaster of their under-the-radar 'Berlin Breakdown' version of 'Anthonio' (2009) for anyone who mighta missed it 1st time around. Hingeing on that eternally evocative Fairlight bass hook, the dream team add oodles of slow-mo, dry-iced drama to amp the sentiment of Annie's love note to lucky Anthonio to the most brilliantly overblown, Jan Hammer-esque levels. And the old adage sticks: nowt exceeds quite like excess. TIP!
Monday, 08 September
"NYC post-punk outfit YOU. may have a heart that beats for Detroit (vocalist and founding member Trever Millay and synth/drum programmer Brad Taormina both hail from there), but the soul of their music stretches far beyond the Midwest. Sunchaser is their third record, and first for Dais, and also their first to feature their expanded lineup of guitarist Scott Kiernan and bassist Lee Lichtsinn. YOU.’s music up to this point has always pitted its more reflective elements against the austerity of electronics, not so much as to create a warm sound as to invite the listener in as respite from the cold… Read more
**Edition of 250** Wayward mixture of Chicago house and darkwave disco from Twins for Glasgow's Clan Destine. Up top, 'Creepsick' comes off like Vindicatrix doing the Gherkin Jerk, and 'Deal With It' jams on with proper tracky Chi styles. Down below, 'No Comfort' sounds like a wavier Bodycode/Portable groove, and 'Peachtree Industrial' jacks off the kind of jagged groove you might expect to hear in one of Jamal Moss's Medusa Edits.
Gudrun Gut meets Hans Joachim Irmler ov Faust for a driving, psychedelic exploration of their respective Krautrock perspectives in '500m'. Both survivors of Germany's far-reaching and influential leftfield and avant-garde, they approach the project from opposing angles to find a tense median between Irmler's wayward, wistful organ improvisations and Gut's tempered, programmed logic. In that sense, it's a canny play on contradictions, imposing a more mannered grammar upon intuitive, attuned musical expression to find a mutual revelation. The results are perhaps surprisingly fresh and spacious… Read more
Monday, 01 September
Vital new electro and techno trax from the one and only Dopplereffekt, and Berlin's Objekt. Once again, Leisure System bring out the best from Dopplereffekt, following the excellent 'Tetrahymena' 12" with some of their sharpest rhythms and inimitably romantic synth arrangements in 'Delta Wave' - the kind that only adventurous DJs will spin out, and the best crowds will appreciate. Objekt, meanwhile, keeps face with a strong effort called 'Ganzfeld' that sounds something like DJ Stingray in a step-off with Optical, all angular geometrics and moody blue pads...
'Marishly cinematic and Coil-esque debut EP by Berlin-dwelling duo for Downwards. Offering a cold and gaunt hand of introduction, A-side 'Drenba nih sendaut' proceeds with muffled machine-gun percussions amidst foggy atmospheres pierced by pealing metal strikes whilst garrotting strings and wailing glossolalia raise the tension to pupil-dilating degrees. B-side, pitched choral pads uncannily reminding of John Avery's Force Nostalgia issue lay an icy bed for possessed female vocals and untoward gothic steppers undulations in 'Erajh nur dwfa', for Cut Hands-like death march drums and escalating strings to stoically finish the job.
"Self-titled debut LP by the contemporary USA based minimal synth artist. Formed in 2012, Kline Coma Xero is influenced by a number of projects in the past, spanning a realm of styles from experimental noise, tape loops and early industrial. Recorded on a plethora of hardware sequencers driving analog instruments, Kline Coma Xero produces a uniquely oblique interpretation of past-meets-present in modern electronic music. Standout tracks include the only previously released track "Left Behind" as well as the brilliantly catchy "Rewind". This record will certainly appeal to fans of… Read more
Monday, 25 August
"Severed Heads are one of the longest surviving bands to emerge from the Australian post-punk independent music scene. They began in Sydney in 1979, incorporating elements of 'industrial' noise-generation, tape cutting & looping and electronic sound synthesis. As the project developed song-structures and vocals were employed in a more-or-less recognizable mutant electro pop style. After many line-up changes featuring Gary Bradbury and psychedelic guitarist Simon Knuckey, Severed Heads was the vehicle for composer Tom Ellard. By 1983 they released a C-60 cassette called “Since The … Read more