Monday, 09 December
Conny Plank's notorious and highly sought-after collaboration with Can's Holger Czukay gets the deluxe reissue treatment by Grönland nearly thirty years since it was last available. In 1980 the über-producer and long-time spar Czukay indulged their darkest sonic fantasies on a self-released two track maxi that's since become the cherished preserve of heads in the know. This reissue features the incredible studio processing of Holger's voice set to plonging bass and insectoid percussions in 'Biomutanten' and the even sparser concrète dub sound design of 'Menetekel'. Together they a… Read more
Berlin-based Italian synth and minimal wave lot, Mannequin, review their first five year with twenty tracks spanning modern diamonds to smart reissues. Make sure to check for the stoic, haunted heartache of Tropic Of Cancer's 'It's All Come Undone', Tommy De Chirico's original, jangling wave pop piece, 'Close Your Eyes', the rare remixes of Mushy from Xander Harris and Soft Metals, and the Professor Genius 'Lost Girls' mix of 'Madi La Lune'.
Boysnoize pay tribute to Chicago's legendary Dance Mania label with twelve bangers by Bok Bok & Tom Trago, Scntst/DJ Scholar, Pipes, Feadz, Strip Steve Housemeister and more. There's also a CD copy featuring an exclusive DJ Funk weapon, 'High Frequency' for erm.. the freaks. Bust a nut.
Monday, 02 December
Andrea Parker's Touchin' Bass crew remerge for a proper electro showcase. The timing feels appropriate as everyone from the Swamp81 crew to James T Cotton are appropriating vintage electro tropes, perhaps in defiance of the term's bastardisation, or probably because they work so damn well on the 'floor. Either way, Andrea Parker's electro credentials are certifiable and she's picked a fine selection spanning veteran button-pushers and new skool electroids. For fans of that vintage '90s/early '00s sound there's plenty to check, from the Drexciyan darkness of Sonar Base's 'Last T… Read more
'Wunderland' is a dizzying example of 1983-84 digital synth exploration conducted by Ata Tak co-founder, Kurt Dahlke aka Pyrolator. As you may imagine froman album adorned in surrealist caricatures of mutant, hybrid animals frolicking and playing instruments, the music in 'Wunderland' is more than a touch eccentric. It was created by NDW pioneer Dahlke after moving to New York from Wuppertal in North Western Germany, looking for inspiration amidst the madness of a megatropolis fully adopting the plugged-in sounds of electro after early hip hop. But 'Wunderland' is light years away from elect… Read more
"Dark new agers Doomsquad re-code the electronic music narrative with a more worldly and cosmological presence than the genre would normally dictate. Drawing in guitar, flute, percussion and synth, the Montreal and Toronto-based siblings Allie, Jaclyn and Trevor Blumas act as aural anthropologists, teaming relics of cross cultural traditions like chanting and repetition over seismic ripples of deep bass."
Monday, 25 November
"Femme fronted pocket punk and domestic-synth pop from French DIY workaholics X Ray Pop. Compiled from the mastertapes of the original 1980s privately pressed vinyl LPs and minuscule cassette runs. X Ray Pop are a group of whom are easy to scratch the surface, but almost impossible to get the bottom of. With an iconic moniker, telltale graphic style and demanding ‘buy me’ Day-Glo colour coding policy the French vinyl output of X Ray Pop as a specialist subject is, at first glance, memo- rable and achievable. Cocksure fans of Euro wave pop often proclaim X Ray expertise from behind many… Read more
**Perfectly discomforting post-punk pop from Pheromoans characters on Luke "Helm" Younger's Alter label** "The Bomber Jackets are the London based trio of Russell Walker, Daniel Bolger and Sian Dorrer. The former two names you may recognise from their roles in prolific post-punk nitwits the Pheromoans, whilst the latter has played in various groups in London’s thriving DIY scene and opened the notorious London venue Power Lunches. Founded by Walker and Bolger after the death of an ill-fated trio with Nik Void who went on to find greater fame and fortune with Factory Floor, the group… Read more
**Taut, authentically vintage wave funk from Group Rhoda and her pal, Max. If you wanted hear Group Rhoda go darker, this is it…Recommended!** "Dark Entires is excited to introduce the debut album “Less Ness” from contemporary Bay Area duo, Max and Mara. Their collaboration began in 2012. Max is based in Oakland and has been a part of various projects most notably Brotman and Short and his current solo work as Business Etiquette. Mara is based in San Francisco and is known for her solo work as Group Rhoda. On “Less Ness” they worked with a hardware set up: 808 and Elektron drum machine, Moog, … Read more
**Reissue of an amazing, late Kraut-rocket mixing echo-laden guitar, electronics and field recordings originally issued on David Elliott aka Pump's YHR tape label, now presented with two previously unreleased bonus tracks. Mesmerising, driving, mind-blowing stuff - do not miss!** "Acclaimed in the Krautrock scene, Gunter Schickert is the most closely associated with the repetitive echoes of his distinctive guitar sound. Following "Samtvogel" (1974) and "Uberfallig" (1979), he released "Kinder in der Wildnes", a collection of songs from the 1981 to 1983 period. The fact that… Read more
**Sophisticated darkwave pop. RIYL Mushy, Ike Yard, ToC, Xeno & Oaklander** "the debut album by Figure Study, a contemporary band from New York. Figure Study is the Manhattan-based duo of Nathan Antolik and April Chalpara. They formed in 2009, after meeting through the Wierd Records weekly party, where they would play their first concert soon after. While their debut 7″ contained two songs recorded in 2009, this full length contains all new material recorded throughout the past year. For their debut self-titled album, Figure Study utilizes a carefully tailored set up of vintage analog s… Read more
AC Slater, Ludwig Persik and Bames take Creep and Lamb's Lou Rhodes to the dancefloor and the opium den. AC Slater goes for the jugular with a ruder electro/bassline garage version, whereas Fools Gold's Bames hears it as mutant mix of minimal techno and trap coming off like Jon Hopkins smirking crack with Pantha Du Prince, and Ludwig Persik drags it into a strange, murky trip hop vibe.
"Anarchic trash-techno trios from Minneapolis aren’t necessarily a plentiful commodity in our experience, especially ones as freewheeling and funked up as Beat Detectives. Comprised of visual artist Aaron Anderson, Chris Hontos (also of Food Pyramid and Dreamweapon), and the multi-talented Oakley Tapola, the group got their start playing a heavily smeared form of rudimentary dance music at “dirt raves in punker basements” around the Twin Cities before Anderson relocated to NYC. Music 2 is the perfect sophomore stepping stone slab, following their Casual Encounters Of The Third Kind debut … Read more
Monday, 18 November
'The Space Lady's Greatest Hits' is one of the most exquisite, quirky and heart-warming synth-pop collections you'll hear this year. It captures The Space Lady in her natural habitat - the streets of late '70s San Francisco - beaming messages of peace and harmony via cover versions of pop classics - an ohrwurming 'Major Tom', the haunting 'Ghost Riders In The Sky' and a hypnotic version of 'Fly Like An Eagle' among others - and original material played on a then-new Casio keyboard (bought after her accordion was robbed) whilst typically dressed like some flamboyant c… Read more
The KVB's debut album, finally available on physical format beyond the original 100 copy cassette edition in 2012. Coming off like moodier English cousins to Wooden Shjips and Cold Cave and landing somewhere between MBV and Factory Floor, 'Minus One', Kat Day and Nicholas Woods' first missive, was recorded, produced and mixed over the course of five days in 2011 and barrels out eight tracks of motorik, gothic bloodlust powered by vitamin C-deficient drum machines, droning synths and razor-cutting clouds of guitar distortion. It will sound perfect with your new leather jacket and studied sneer.
Steve Moore (Zombi) and Daniel O'Sullivan (Ulver, Guapo) achieve heady synth-prog heights with their debut Miracle album. It's the strongest indictment yet of their twin passions for epic dance music and tortuous, noirish pop arrangement, coming off like Depeche Mode or John Foxx soundtracking a giallo set in a zombie-infested discotheque. O'Sullivan's vocals are stellar, a dramatic multi-track constellation of voices set against gorgeous, hyperreal instrumentals synthesising Italo disco, '80s FM electro and widescreen cinematic atmospheres in nine parts. At the top 'Good Love' strikes deep with … Read more
Monday, 11 November
Shoulda-been-huge Balearic pop music from '80s also-rans, DJ Ralf Behrendt, Stefanie Lange and Claudia Hossfeld aka Saâda Bonaire. The first issue on Captured Tracks' new 'Fantasy Memory' sublabel, curated by Andy Grier of Theives Like Us, rescues from obscurity a full album of dub-wise, sexy electronic pop produced by Dennis Bovell at Kraftwerk's studio in 1982. As fate would have it, the project fell foul of EMI's label politics, notably the group's excessive A&R man, who went 5 times over budget on Tina Turner's 'Private Dancer' and more than three times over on Saâda Bonaire, henc… Read more
Radar-evading slow-mo minimal wave from Brooklyn's finest. Love the glossolalic vocals and super-soured synth sensations on this. Tip!
Reissue of an excellent Italian minimal wave diamond originally issued in 1984. Tommy De Chirico was founder of Turin's Politburo and latterly played with various projects including Thugs, Quiet, Noxeda and Lacrimal. This 12" collects tracks from his only solo 7" - The Cure/Joy Division-like atmospheres and sway of 'Close Your Eyes' and the solemn slunk of 'Flowerss In The Factory' with its kilelr metallic delays and blossoming synths - plus a skinnier demo version of 'Close Your Eyes' along with two 1983 outtakes, the tender, low-lit gem 'Vuh-Ya', and the boogie funk of 'Tuxedo Dance'.
**A darker neon-lit return from NNF's far-eastern dream-pop idol** "On her first proper full-length album, Tokyo netscape nightingale Sapphire Slows impressively expands on the spider web tone-bank nocturnes of 2011’s True Breath EP, with headier, haunted highs and eerier, elegant depths. Patiently pieced together across all of 2012 (plus change), and inspired by everything from St. Etienne’s plasticine Euro-house, obscured J-pop memories, Blue Bell Knoll and the saddest Section 25 remixes, Allegoria swirls and spirals through ten textural electronic melancholias composed in solitude. Th… Read more
"Since he began moonlighting from his main gig as one-half of sci-fi prog powerhouse Zombi, multi-instrumentalist A.E. Paterra has become increasingly renowned as the mastermind behind Majeure. Following the assured debut epic, Timespan, his second album, Solar Maximum, delivered on the promise of a retro-futurist ambient synth-rock masterpiece. Romance Language continues this journey with two sprawling, side-long tracks that marry the sci-fi disco of Timespan with the celestial Mars-scapes of Solar Maximum. It is both a nod to Majeure's prior accomplishments, and a peek into his sunspot… Read more
Ashley Beedle, Moodymanc and Max Essa give disco-house remix reinforcement for 'Back To The Source' from Justin Velor's '2013' album. The soaring, slightly camp synth-pop disco of the original is Italofied by Bear Funk's Max Essa and tempered to a mature disco house chug by Beedle and Moodymanc in 'After Dark Vocal' and Dub mixes for the friday night posse.
**Includes bonus track 'Vista (Freeka Tet Remix)'** Hudson Mohawke and Four Tet remix Jackson And His Computer Band's 'G.I. Jane (Fill Me Up)'. The proggy Ed Banger styles of the original are tempered by Jackson himself on a wobbly, technoid 4/4 Auto Remix. The '80s feel-good movie soundtrack-meets-dubstep rave vibes of 'Vista' take a stadium-sized HudMo reworking and a much craftier, chimeric Freeka Tet remix rent with Hecker-esque psychoacoustic trickery.
Remastered (from original tapes) reissue of Cabaret Voltaire's first album released in 1983 after the departure of Chris Watson. 'The Crackdown' is widely considered to be one of the influential industrial funk unit's finest album efforts, honing a mixture of darker, dubbed-out electronic atmospheres and insistent vocals with grooves ranging from skittish industrial funk to proto-house and electro with the sort of deeply funky swagger and commercial appeal that saw them also gained traction with American club crowds at the time and has since seen them hailed as a big influence on Hip Hop and house music.
Remastered (from original tapes) reissue of The Cabs' 7th studio album, originally released in 1985. "Cabaret Voltaire, alongside Human League, Throbbing Gristle, Fad Gadget and The Normal, were at the forefront of the UK electronic movement of the late 70s. Way ahead of their time, Cabaret Voltaire’s blend of dance music, techno, dub, house and experimental made them, without a doubt, one of the most influential acts of the last 35 years."
Seminal Industrial funk from the Steel City pioneers. Originally released in 1984, 'Micro-Phonies' is a classic of their post-Chris Watson phase, combining slickest technological innovations with their tastes for world music, American jazzfunk and forward-thinking intention manifest in their itchy drum machine programming, hi-tech synthlines and track titles such as the killer 'Digital Rasta' and the faithful nod to 'James Brown'. If you don't know, get to know!
*Including remixes from Factory Floor, Death in Vegas and PVT* "A befitting eponymous nod, "Moon" is a captivating, celestial gem, ripe with flickering, twinkling synths. Almost seven minutes long, the track takes listeners on dreamy journey to new sonic horizons. Keeping true to their dystopian sensibilities, post-industrial London trio Factory Floor quicken and intensify the single's pulse while exuding a raw sense of urgency, resulting in a dancefloor banger. Taking a decidedly different approach, Death in Vegas offer a slowed-down, dusky take on "Moon," transforming the original t… Read more
Monday, 04 November
August techno figurehead, Karl O'Connor aka Regis, exposes his primitive, teenaged self as Sandra Plays Electronics for Minimal Wave. The urgent, prodding pulses and dryly snotty, muffled vocals of 'Her Needs' were recorded during soundcheck for a gig at the College of Food and Domestic Arts, Birmingham, in 1988, and clearly pays tribute to his heroes, D.A.F., Cabaret Voltaire and Soft Cell - some of whom he would go on to collaborate with - with a mixture of motorik, phet-clench propulsion, noise, and nagging hooks. Flipside they've included an updated version hailing from the… Read more