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.
"Mute says: ‘Spectre’ follows the band’s widely acclaimed conceptual album ‘Volk’ (2006), where Laibach interpreted national anthems of historically imperialistic nations, and the release of the side projects ‘Laibachkunstderfuge’ (2008) and ‘Iron Sky: The Original Film Soundtrack’ (2012). Laibach have once again ‘re-invented’ themselves into a newly born, yet polished and solid, formation. And, as is now customary, Laibach call into question all the rigid and cemented interpretations (and prejudices) about themselves, about their music, intentions, philosophy and ideology. Laiba… Read more
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
Veronica Vasicka's unterwelt divining rod points out these industrialized zingers taken from French duo, D.Z. Lectric & Anthon Shield's 1985 tape, 'Confessions D'Un Masque'. Obviously inspired by the electroid lust of Throbbing Gristle, the later disko aktions of Chris & Cosey, and Suicide's stripped down swagger, their re-titled 'Lickin'' LP presents eight tracks oscillating between raging, wiry electronics and darkly romantic themes with an almost schizoid distribution of energies. For the DJs and dancefloor there's a number of outright, nearly feral aces, namely the metallic k… Read more
**Includes fold-out A3 lyric sheet** "The West Coast’s weirdest hidden-treasure trio, Bronze, have plied their molten composite of serpentine metro-gnomic drumming, oscillator raga, hash-oil free verse, and pendulum bass patterns for seven shaded years, but sonic documentation remains sparse. The new decade, thankfully, has seen them reversing this deficit, first with 2011’s Copper LP, and now with World Arena, which unfolds another octagon’s worth of their signature spellbound, smoke-ringed, psych-fusion explorations. Tracked at their Trojan Cavern studio / bunker in San Francisco and mastere… Read more
Monday, 24 February
Following on from that amazing reissue of "Half Dead Ganja Music" on Spencer Clark's Pacific City Sound Visions label, Cut Chemist puts together this incredible compilation from 1980’s French post punk, industrial, minimal collective Vox Populi!,. Cut Chemist discovered their material in 2004 while on tour/record digging in Milan where he picked up a compilation featuring their track “Megamix”. Originally released in the 80s, the track was not rooted in disco, hip hop & DJ history but rather post punk and industrial influences. The rudimentary “scratching” pre… Read more
Monday, 17 February
**Tidy mix of drawn-out synthscapes and tighter coldwave machine instrumentals from the Texan synth ensemble** "This much anticipated EP follow-up shows SURVIVE evolving inside the increasingly crowded world of analog synth worship. While not totally abandoning the beat-driven sound that made their debut so great, we find them now much more willing to break out of the traditional song structure. Side A is 10+ minutes of ambient composition that is a natural departure from their previous work. Side B is considerably more akin to their release on Mannequin, retaining the horror meets Knight Rider vib… Read more
Another great instalment of deep, machine-driven experiments ranging from no wave house to noise and electronica from Hungary's Farbwechsel label. As they say in Football, it's a game of two halves; Route 8 offering four sublime pieces of throbbing lo-fi house compatible with 1991, Torn Hawk or Legowelt - at best in the slow-mo wade and solar synth flares of 'II' and the balmy balcony boogie of 'III' - whereas Danada Cry dices with mad, grotty, groove-driven no wave electronica in ten fractured, unstable experiments.
'Earlier / Later' features cherry-picked selections from the prolific Belgian synthpop band Polyphonic Size. Founded in 1979 by Roger-Mark Vande Voorde, from their 2nd EP 'Nagasaki Mon Amour' onwards, Polyphonic Size established a long-stading working relationship with The Stranglers bassist and producer Jean-Jacques Burnel which would strongly influence their future output, including the excellent cover version of The Rolling Stones 'Mothers Little Helper' featured in this compilation. Over the years covered here, 1979-1982 the band revolved around Roger-Ma… Read more
Tomlab have just made our week with the reissue of this vital, long lost electronic soul masterpiece from Jeff Phelps, restored and remastered from original vinyl and available for the first time in 25 years! 'Magnetic Eyes' was originally released in 1985 on a private press run of 1000 copies and has since become the stuff of '80s legend. Despite the enthusiastic efforts of Jeff, the album basically suffered from a lack of marketing and was destined to have a greater impact creatively rather than financially, exerting a direct influence on the likes of Dâm-Funk and Nite Jewel who both … Read more
Monday, 03 February
**Charming dream-pop for fans of Grouper and Forest Swords** "Co-ed Edinburgh Nyquil-pop trio Magic Eye have always favored a faded, falling-through-clouds songwriting mode but Babylon filters their opaque space-echo shoegaze through new narcoleptic fidelities, birthing their best collection yet. Comprised of Alex (guitar/programming), Bek (guitar/vocals), and Roma (vocals), they suffered the rite of passage indignity of recording their first set of songs at an overly pro studio, rendering the results grit-less and dried out. Fortunately they regrouped, salvaged the stems, and methodically piec… Read more
Monday, 27 January
Ahead of Stingray's eagerly awaited NRSB-11 album with Heinrich Mueller, Lorenzo Senni's boundary-pushing Presto!? label presents four precise electro data-bursts by the Detroit legend. Regular readers of these pages will know we hold Stingray productions in very high regard and it's great to witness his enduring relevance with successive generations of cutting edge electronic futurists. His 'Psyops For Dummies' session offers four uncompromising biomechanic movers for digital DJs and urban headphone dwellers, implanting the panoramic sci-fi visions and pinging electro of 'Disinfo… Read more
Oh gosh, this is so ace. The increasingly impressive Anomia label bring to the world an incredible first ever issue of Xeerox tracks, featuring the earliest known recordings of Krishna Goineau, vocalist for Liasons Dangereuses. As regaled in the accompanying 14-page booklet of notes and photos, Xeerox formed in Barcelona when a 15 year old Krishna (calling himself Jerry Latex) met Javier Hernando at a record store called Gay&Co. The two bonded over Pere Ubu's 'Datapanik in the Year Zero' and a mutual love of Neu!, Kraftwerk and Crass, and formed … Read more
Another zinger from Barcelona's Anòmia imprint; label co-owners Ivy Barkakati and Arnau Sala make savage synth shapes and skewed EBM/coldwave rhythms as Vactor. Their self-titled debut reveals the duo's particular emphasis on soured synthetic discord, dystopian atmospheres and driving, pointillist percussion sealed with dual vocals delivered dry as bone and dealing in songs about "the creative process, personal empowerment, and overcoming obstacles." This isn't just some industrial poser gubbins - it feels rawer, but definitely not lo-fi - and with a real bristling vitality as potent as their nasal… Read more
Monday, 20 January
Eagerly-awaited return from San Francisco's finest modern minimal wave unit. Since they dropped 'Zeros' in 2012 The Soft Moon have firmly built on their reputation with raved-about tours and a brilliant remix of Trent Reznor's How To Destroy Angels. On 'Feel' they're as effective as ever with a taut blend of goth-disco sexiness and those vocal and synth hooks that lodge in your head and don't leave. However, 'Hunger' is a much different beast, alloying distorted synth/guitar lines that could be straight out of NIN classic with doomy stadium drums. Tip!
Bureau B kick off their reissue scheme for Düsseldorf's legendary Ata Tak label with this lost classic of NDW pop. Thirty years since original release, Andreas Dorau's charming and infectious 'Blumen Und Narzissen' album as Die Doraus und Die Marinas reveals an incredibly pop-savvy touch full of prime melodies and bubbling electronic production with a really sly edge reminding of his peers Palais Schaumberg and Der Plan et al. It's made all the more fascinating by the fact that Andreas was 16 when he made it. Highlights include the brilliant 'Fred Vom… Read more
*Limited double disc edition of "Hauptsache Ich, includes the rarities collection "Silbernes Ich"* Hauptsache Ich" contains 21 songs from nine albums and spans a period of 32 years, from his first album "Blumen und Narzissen" to his latest work "Aus der Bibliothèque". Not bad for someone who never really intended to be a musician..."
Monday, 13 January
"First release in the 'Dark Entries Editions' series dedicated to 12″ singles made for the dancefloor. Victrola, the duo of Antonio “Eze” Cuscinà and Carlo Smeriglio from Italy, formed in Messina, but later relocated to Florence to join the rich musical scene there with Neon, Pankow, Alexander Robotnick and Diaframma. Beginning as a 4-piece combo (two guitarists, bassist, drummer) in 1979, they slimmed down to a synthesizer and guitar-based duo a few years later. Their sole release was the “Maritime Tatami”/”A Game Of Despair” EP, from 1983. Using an array of now-classic Roland synthesiz… Read more
**Remastered reissue of belgian coldwave/goth ace from 1984** "Lè Travo is the brainchild of Patrick Bollen from Tienen, Belgium. As a teenager in the early 1980s, Patrick would visit "DeAtelier", the infamous coldwave/gothic club in Leuven. He would be inspired by Joy Division and other Factory releases, The Danse Society and Cocteau Twins. He gathered a some session musicians and a female backup vocalist. They recorded with live drums, TR-808 drum machine, Roland JX3P synthesizer, electric guitar and bass. Eventually Patrick bought a Greengate DE-3 sampler, using the brains of an Ap… Read more
San Fran's Dark Entries surpass themselves with this remastered reissue of a hugely sought after and amazing Italo classic. 'Tarzan Loves The Summer Nights' was originally issued on Gong Records in 1984 and nowadays goes for mega-bucks, so all credit to Dark Entries for pushing it back in reach of us poor fiends. The original's a swinging mid-tempo bomb with cracking Linn drums, fizzing MiniMoog synthlines and a vocal to die for - including a full-blooded Tarzan holler in the closing stages - and there's also a ruggedly naked yet debonaire instrumental to double the pleasure. Not to be missed!
Monday, 06 January
Minimal Wave present a remastered reissue of Blancmange's seminal '79 debut. Hailed by Mute's Daniel Miller as "the maiden aunts of electronic music", Blancmange were in fact two art school graduates, Neil Arthur from Lancashire, and Londoner Stephen Luscombe, who combined a provincial sense of humour with the unsheathed experimental spirit rife at the time. Their music clearly resonates with the early styles of Soft Cell, The Human League and Cabaret Voltaire, yet there's something more elusive, eccentric and surreal at play which defies description on the 'Irene & Mavis EP'. Its six trac… Read more
Deathday present their highlight from the' 'So Click Heels' compilation, 'Dropped Into Obscurity' backed with a cracking Legowelt remix and their new title track. From the top, 'No Future' squeezes off some dodgy synths and chaotic guitars locked to a stepping goth groove, but it's easily overshadowed by the searing heat of 'Dropped into Obscurity', and a shockingly good Legowelt remix that sounds little like the original or even the remixer himself, more like Burial Hex. Tipped!
"Serbian duo Sixth June - Laszlo Antal and Lidija Andonov - come with a fresh new 5 tracks 12'' EP "Pleasure". They play minimal, industrial synthesized music – digging into the colder corners of the synthetic Eighties for inspiration (Gary Numan, John Foxx, Depeche Mode). Sixth June started their musical adventure back in 2007 and they are considered one of the purest talents in the minimal synth new scene. Rising from the obscure music scene in Belgrade, they re-based some years ago in the analog synthesizers paradise called Berlin. Their debut album, ‘Everytime’, released back in March 201… Read more