Monday, 02 March
Diagonal pull another coup with 12"s of brute bitterness from Philip Best, Sarah Froelich and Russell Haswell's Consumer Electronics. With the spray of their blinding 'Estuary English' still wet on our cheek, 'Repetition Reinforcement' is a bruising, visceral reminder of CE's position on the periphery of extreme electronic music. Holding steadfast to the transgressive subject matter which Best has explored since the early '80s as part of Whitehouse and Ramleh, in this excursion he trades explicit rage for a much more reserved and creepily effective style of delivery… Read more
Monday, 23 February
Avian's experimental sister label serves the debut of Oliver Ho (Jealous God) and Tommy Gillard (Rogue Beat) as Zov Zov. Four tracks explore space between industrial drone and avant-classical, from the MB-meets-Emptyset keen of 'Rubble' to Zeitkratzer-esque zones of 'Endless Lines' to blistered free-rock grind in 'Clip', and insectoid electronics on 'Devices'.
Digital issue of Syncom Data's dope 1999 debut for Bunker Records. Between the electro-fonk gremlins of 'Controlled Circulation' and the precise drum machine minimalism of 'Sunday' you've got some of the West Coast Dutch electro scene's weirdest, definitive productions; the super crisp and spaced-out funk of 'Abe's Planet' for the I-F heads; some freakish, drugged-up swagger in 'Retaliation'; a freaks anthem in 'The New Town' and punchy, dubbed-off ekectro-techno in 'ECM'.
NDW legend Holger Hiller sifts out a selection of dusty, wayward wave gems from the obscure early '80s Berlin archive of Wolfgang Seidel aka Populäre Mechanik. Rooted in the Zodiak Arts Club aesthetics of freedom and exploration, and prompted by the punk movement, Populäre Mechanik was coined as a vehicle to combine various strands of musical thought, from Devo-esque art-rock to jazz-wise detours and skinny dubs fracked with traces of slick yacht rock and exotica. RIYL K. Leimer, Felix Kubin, Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza.
The KVB unveil their gloaming industro-goth alias, Burma Camp on Avian's Mira sublabel. Three tracks home in and expand on the more coruscating, abrasive side of The KVB's sound, isolating and tempering its most esoteric side. The noxious cloud of tortured vocals and jagged pulses in 'Repulsion' falls somewhere between the desolate black metal of Wold and Silent Servant's most blown-out post-punk techno, full of evil, pregnant suspense and 'marish intent. 'Isa' reminds more of Zhark Record's bleakest, thundering techno, but alloyed with stentorian, dystopian dungeon vocals, and 'Attraction'… Read more
Monday, 16 February
*Debut release on Sam and Hayley Kerridge’s new label Contort, Mastered by Matt Colton with artwork by John Osborn* Samuel Kerridge puts his weight behind a crushing debut edition on Contort - a new label belonging to the eponymous Berlin event series he runs with wife, Hayley Kerridge. The de-based template of Sunn 0)))-meets-Ike Yard- meets Alberich is twisted in seven stages, tentatively introducing his own vocals to the mix for a wholly more personal and, at times, cuttingly cathartic record dealing with the devil on his shoulder. After a string of celebrated issues fo… Read more
Carter Tutti refresh their Chris & Cosey alter-egos for 2015 in something of a dream project for their legion acolytes. Compiling eleven new studio reworks of Chris & Cosey live tracks, it underlines their output to date with a showcase of the original song's durability and, simultaneously, a display of their current studio prowess. They apply a slippery modern chassis to the ghosts of classic songs, at best in the wormholing autobahn techno of 'Driving Blind' and an acidic re-rub of 'Dancing On Your Grave'. This digital edition includes thre songs not found on the vi… Read more
**Wicked fun, this: the first ever retrospective - rare single, s/t EP, unreleased demos, live gear - for San Franciscan post-punks, Pink Section - RIYL Units, Devo, Suburban Lawns. Includes download code** "Named after San Francisco Chronicle's pink-hued arts and entertainment guide, Pink Section coalesced at SF Art Institute and performed their first show at the legendary Deaf Club on Valentine's Day, 1979. These self-taught musicians existed on the fringe (even in the local underground scene), producing an unusual brand of off-kilter post-punk against a backdrop of Dadaist aesthetic… Read more
Digital Edition of "A-morality" - released on cassette as an addendum to the excellent "A-tranquility" EP.
Carter Tutti remix their Chris & Cosey alter-egos in something of a dream project for their legion acolytes. The eX-TG duo lube-up and re-haunt five classic numbers with sterilising production to slot cleaner with contemporary dance styles, at best in the oneiric scapes of 'Deep Velvet' and an effervescent overhaul of 'October (Love Song)', reminding us that they were always a killer pop duo.
Monday, 09 February
Toronto's Egyptrixx heavily impresses with the expansive industrial sound designs of 3rd LP, 'Transfer of Energy [Feelings Of Power]'. Launched on his newly minted Halocline Trance label, it's a sleek mixture of tensile club constructions and sci-fi atmospheres shot thru with blazing pop signatures and hyperreal textures. Industrial is the keyword here - connoting imagery of classic, dystopian cinema and computer games in the pensive, pranging dynamics of the title track and lush, intra-dimensional refractions in 'Mirror Etched on Shards of Amethyst', while making … Read more
The bottomless slag heaps of industrial music yield yet more overlooked gems from early '80s Italy. Compiling impossible-to-find tapes by Errata-S-Corrige, Gasdehyde, and Herpes-Z - all released on Musumeci's Turin-based Der Zeltweg label between 1983-1984 - it widens the mark left by Mannequin's two 'Danza Meccanica' volumes which already illuminated areas of electronic music largely unknown even within Italy itself. Errata-S-Corrige contributes three cuts, chasing some mad muse thru prickly effects and rattling machine rhythms oscilating between br… Read more
So, wow. This is the first ever compendium of Martin Hannett's work with Steve Hopkins as The Invisible Girls. Comprising 22 rare and largely unheard gems from 1976 - 1987, including Nico's 'Procession' amidst stacks of haunting and jaw-dropping studio experiments and even their 1976 soundtrack for a short animation. Pinch yourself now. Doesn't it hurt?! As history tells us, the pair met at a Soft Machine gig in Manchester's science and technology university, UMIST, in 1976. Realising they had common interests - Hopkins, a hippie veteran of Manc psych band Gemini… Read more
Evocative electro regressions and imagined archaeoacoustics, collected by Minimal Rome. Inspired by silence and the noises of the plague, five American and European producers "explore the solitude, terror, stillness and unsophisticated chaos of the epidemic". Heinrich Dressel gives his skeletal disco cadaver a Giallo-ready makeover; Anbton Maiovvi invokes the ghosts of 'Spittalfields 1665' with wormholing electro-jak; Umberto offers his synthetic sympathies from across the pond; Alessandro Parisi wins hard with the muscular slow jam, 'Calamitas Calamitatum', and Vercetti Technicolor go all Gatekeeper with 'Athens 430 BC'.
"The strain of synthesizer cosmosis harvested by Bristol-born Europe-roving psycho-maestro Antoni Maiovvi tends towards the longform and texturally opulent. Past dalliances in horror giallo and intergalactic disco have demonstrated his capacity for mood sculpture as well as dancefloor pleasure nodes, but his latest LP, Avrokosm, assumes an almost ethno-musicological perspective of a distant desert planet. Swirling sand dunes of sound, cold tonal winds, and veiled loops sweep in across pulsing, runic techno patterns. Begun in Berlin but finished in Madrid, the record shares some of the sp… Read more
Monday, 02 February
The legendary director / composer achieves the milestone of his debut solo album with 'Lost Themes' for Sacred Bones. For the first time, after directing and scoring 15 films - including stone cold classics such as Halloween, The Fog, Assault on Precinct 13 - he lets the listener conjure their own imagery to accompany his signature mix of thrumming synth arpeggios and dramatic guitar solos in nine newly written 'Lost Themes'. It's likely to be loved by collectors of '80s synth horror soundtracks, especially if you have a high tolerance for overblown production... However, the remixes … Read more
Monday, 26 January
"Medical Records presents the debut full-length release of Le Cliché, entitled ‘Consumer Behaviour’. The album consists of 11 songs influenced largely by European synth pop of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s (The Human League, John Foxx, OMD, early Depeche Mode, Japan, Gary Numan, Propaganda and Kraftwerk.). More recent influences include the first album by Miss Kittin & the Hacker, Tiga, Benny Benassi, Erlend Øye and Ladytron. The music might be best described as minimal synth, synth pop, postmodernist, cold assembly line with neo consumerist themes, based on the use of synth sequ… Read more
Monday, 19 January
Terntemøller shoots from the hip with a low slung remix of The Soft Moon's 'Black' gunning for gothic EBM 'floors.
Marcus Marr returns with another pair of surefire dancefloor tricks. His 'Brown Sauce' bogles on some UK-style blend of tweaky 303s and bristling drums warmed-up with supple synthlines and floaty pads in a see-sawing arrangement bound to bring the 'floor up with you. 'Peacemakers' is slower, helmed by funky Fender Jazz bass guitar licks and poppin' drums.
Monday, 12 January
Completely essential official reissue of THE industrial/EBM classic by Liasons Dangereuses, mixed at Conny Plank's studio in 1981 by Liaisons Dangereuses and officially unavailable on any format for what seems like forever. Written and produced by Beate Bartel & Chrislo Haas (aka CH-BB) in 1981, their only album would define a blueprint for so much bare-bones, darkside electronic body music to come, invading and irrevocably influencing discotheques from Cologne and Berlin to Manchester, Chicago and New York with a potent, sexy distillation of disco, punk and latin music… Read more
Oake really find their gothic muse in debut album, 'Auferstehung' for Downwards. Firmly building on the foundations of two shadowy 12"s released in 2013, the duo distill and transcend their influences across eleven stations of unrepentant gothic histrionics and industrial techno prostration. The production is now right up there with the detailed, excoriating levels of The Haxan Cloak, and also matching the rhythmic heft of label-mate Samuel Kerridge (with whom they recently formed the UF collusion), but with a kohl-eyed romanticism all of their own creation. From the swooning black metal/shoeg… Read more
Monday, 05 January
Russell Haswell joins Philip Best's Consumer Electronics for the face-melting force of 'Estuary Electronics'. Following on from the Mattin-produced 'Crowd Pleaser' (2009), it finds the pioneering duo at their most virile and vital across seven tracks rife with sputtering tech-n0!se and, of course, Best's spray it, don't say it delivery. It's a cruel, vicious f**ker and therein lies its charm in showing up most of their field as dilettantes. Between the flatulent jag of 'Teknon' to the staggering, 'floor bleaching force of 'Co-opted' or the 'Air Lock' monologue that seals the… Read more
Austria's Trust label survey their 15th anniversary celebrations. Includes the dry robo swagger of Dez Williams, 'All That Remains', plus discordant Detroit electro from Stingray313, and sharply contoured darkside electro from Microthol, plus a gorgeous ambient vignette by Biepang.
Crstal Bandito debuts a slick and powerful electrro-techno sound on Jimmy Edgar's Ultramajic label. Stripped, supple grooves in four parts, setting it out nice and easy with the hushed swing and sexy gynoid vocals of 'Feel So Free'; ratcheting the ante with an 808 pumper, 'Let It All Out'; getting frisky with it in 'EEEWalk', and stepping to the runway with 'Work It'.
Monday, 15 December
Klara Lewis follows her acclaimed 'Ett' album debut for Editions Mego with four ghostly industrial inversions for Peder Mannerfelt's personal imprint. The 'Msuic' EP investigates greyscale, internalised worlds of malcontented timbre and intangible textures, drawing out darkly romantic spirits from a mesh of field recordings and electronics that resemble something like a chimeric hybrid of Micachu's mottled sculptures and the tactile spectres of Peder Mannerfelt's own electro-acoustic machine wranglings.
**Lossless format for this release is 24 bit audi0. Ace, drum machine and guitar-driven post-punk produced by Moon Wheel** "Lean times trio Ill Winds play a starved, sunken, and stained vein of bleached grey rock, as much post-life as post-punk. Formed in Berlin in 2011 by Australian ex-pats Jack Dibben (guitars, voice) and JFW (bass), they soon added scrying Dutchman Marijn Degenaar (synth), infusing their chemistry with a damp, psychotropic paranoia. When decision was finally made last year to track a full-length, the Winds set up camp at a historic squat-turned-project-housing space in Be… Read more
**NNF at their very best, sourcing sweetest, strangest pops from Russia and Ukraine** "A cultural experiment as much as compilation, She Knows More Than She Thinks is the result of St. Petersburg musician Galya Chikiss deciding “to show something beautiful, unusual, unknown, and talented from different sides,” by uniting six different solo female DIY electronic artists from Russia and Ukraine within a shared document. She saw it bluntly: “Everybody exists in her own world, lonely and closed. Suddenly I’ve thought – it’s a cool idea – to connect them.” The purity of her mot… Read more