Thursday, 06 March
Very collectable debut 7" from Denmark's Gäy on Sand Diego's Zoo Music. A-side 'Blue Blue Heart' is an instant lo-fi classic with earworming hook and sing-a-long lyrics written as a love letter to his girlfriend and recorded ad hoc in his living room. B-side 'Paradox Personified' is equally infectious, with the memorable line "Mom And Dad/You were The Worst Kids That I Never Had" delivered with endearingly snotty vocals and jagged acoustic guitar.
**Wrap-around sleeve. Edition of 500** Four track debut 7" from Copenhagen's Communions quartet - contemporaries of Ice Age, Lower and the Posh Isolation lot centred around the city's Mayhem studio/venue complex. In stark contrast to the aforementioned, 'Cobblestones' yields a well studied sorta post-punk pop sound played with precision and earnestness, full of throaty, rabble rousing vocals with infectious choruses and equally hook-laden guitars delivered with passion.
Thursday, 27 February
*Includes a copy of the CD free inside* "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, intent… 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.
**160g white vinyl. Edition of 999** Exquisite debut of downer pop and industrial folk from Alaxis Andreas G aka Bruta Non Calculant on Minimal Wave's Cititrax sub-label. Steeped in crepuscular European atmosphere and executed with near-ineffable elegance, 'World In A Tear' is a natural, if funereal procession from Alaxis Andreas G's Le Syndicat Electronique project, following more personal themes of death, lust and unrequited love in eight riveting songs that mine rich ground between the arcane '80s output of Years On Earth, Wire or Eyeless In Gaza, and contemporary moves by Ales… Read more
Thursday, 20 February
Supreme diggers Light Sounds Dark dig deep into their vaults and "reach for the good stuff, the real deal vintage not your everyday cheap wonk" - delivering another essential curio, this time from Germany circa 1981 and Die Partei's largely forgotten "La Freiheit Des Geistes". LSD have a knack of pulling out long lost gems and this here is one of their finest yet: 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.
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” present… 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, MAM,… Read more
Thursday, 13 February
**180g clear vinyl edition of 300** Remastered and remixed reissue of an outstanding darkside invocation pulled from the annals of Italy's notorious Industrial scene. 'La Prima Volta' (1984) is antipop group Gustoforte's debut record. A feral but sophisticated and esoteric blend of primitive percussion, caveman yelps and massively spacious electronics make for perfectly immersive listening experience tripping lines between ponderous industro-dub, proto power electronics, skewed jazziness and totally detached, desolate drones all rendered in super high fidelity - no lo-fi tape noise here - u… Read more
*Superior Viaduct edition of this legendary post-punk album* After playing in the seminal and influential new york city no wave rock outfits The Theoretical Girls and The Static, Glenn Branca made his first strides towards the more ambitious guitar symphonies he'd become famous for with his first solo release "Lesson No. 1" in 1980. "Lesson no. 1 for electric guitar" is perhaps his most accessible piece of the period. it is a concise yet extended statement of forward motion, guitar motives repeating in a manner recalling the minimalism of philip glass, but unlike glass, with a maximilist app… Read more
Thursday, 06 February
**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 Apple … 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!
Thursday, 30 January
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 an extended side of crisp, piercing hi-end tones punctured by pulsing patterns … Read more
Thursday, 23 January
"Two years after releasing his highly acclaimed album "Todesmelodien" Andreas Dorau strikes back – this time with a real band! In fact his brand new album "Aus der Bibliothèque" is the first album which he has recorded with a band since "Demokratie" (1988). Backed by "Die Liga der gewöhnlichen Gentlemen", he sought inspiration in the quarry of ideas known as the Hamburg Central Library. The result: poppy krautrock, Beatlesque sunshine pop, soft rock, electronica. In short, a superb album!"
Thursday, 16 January
**Gatefold double "swamp green" vinyl reissue with download code** Zombi's debut album proper, 'Cosmos' (2004) is given a fittingly plush vinyl reissue for the first time in seven years. A masterclass in cinematic prog excess, on 'Cosmos' Steve Moore and A.E. Paterra set their synths to stun and drums to trample, breaking orbit like a juggernaut shuttle burning up billions of dollars worth of head-fuel. This stuff touches quadrants that other space prog albums don't reach. Recommended!
**Remastered reissue includes DVD and Download Code Redeemable From The Label* ‘Drinking Gasoline’ was released in 1985, consisting of four songs from the legendary ‘Gasoline In Your Eye’ videocassette. These songs rank among Cabaret Voltaire’s more infectious compositions. ‘Gasoline In Your Eye’ is now included as a DVD together with both the CD and the LP of ‘Drinking Gasoline’, featuring videos shot and edited by groundbreaking director Peter Care and Richard H Kirk. ‘Gasoline In Your Eye’ DVD includes ‘Sensoria’ and promotional videos for ‘I Want You’ and ‘Just Fascination’. Ca… Read more
**Grey vinyl** Steve Moore and A.E. Paterra's modern space rock classic from 2006 reissued. "Surface to Air teems with the stirring, trance-inducing deluges of rhythm and sound the duo is renowned for. Swelling waves of melodic synth ride atop a broad bass and drum foundation. Sequences of repetition roll, build, and unfold with the measured patience of master artisans. Less an album than a moving, breathing mass of symphonic sound; Surface to Air creates boundless moving pictures that are nothing short of breathtaking."
Thursday, 05 December
**Deluxe boxset including 3 x single sided vinyl in printed inners and trifold 10" jacket with cut-out mobile** 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 package features the incredible studio processing of Holger's voice set to plonging bass and i… Read more
**Gatefold double vinyl** Vintage futureshock alert: Cybotron's legendary debut album reissued replete with bonus tracks and extensive, lucubrate liner notes by Dave Tompkins (How To Wreck A Nice Beach). As any self-respecting electronic dance music fan should know, it's nigh-on impossible to overestimate the influence and power of Cybotron, especially their signature electro anthem, 'Clear'. The sci-fi obsessive duo of Juan Atkins and Vietnam veteran Rik Davis combined a love of Kraftwerk, Funkadelic and Yellow Magic Orchestra with Davis' military compensation to conceive a truly escapist sound that … 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 the… Read more
**Blue vinyl edition, includes fold out poster** 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 … Read more
Thursday, 28 November
*Edition of 500 copies, see-through speckled vinyl sold out, remaining copies on black wax, includes a download card redeemable from the label plus foldout poster/liner notes.* '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 Li… Read more
**Edition of 300** "Electronic arts pioneer, activist and researcher Konrad Becker (aka Monoton) teams up with vocalist Sela for a project with a mission: unveiling Operations in a shadow world of mediated realities. Linking 21st century technology to ancient communication practices in several directions at once the hypermedia wizard and the young Viennese singer celebrate the powers of media over matter. Sound becomes a weapon against operation systems of containment and to be buried alive by technologies of symbolic domination. Operations not only gives a voice to rad… Read more
**Double vinyl edition of 250** Andrea Parker's Touchin' Bass crew remerge for a proper electro showcase. The timing feels uncannily 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 Drex… 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 was… Read more
**180g vinyl** '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… Read more
Thursday, 21 November
**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. The re… Read more
Stefan Jaworzyn (Skullflower/Whitehouse) unleashes two further sides of churning, noisy modular f**kery on his legendary and recently revived Shock label. Up top, 'Bilharzia' is a squashed and distressed tract of wobbly bass and surging squall, whilst B-side is loaded with the juggernaut momentum and blistering but lush harmonic noise of 'Make A Joyful Sound'. Check that B-side, it's a beaut!
Thursday, 14 November
*Includes a download code redeemable from the label* 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 … Read more
Hydraulic electro-techno and ravin' acid house weapons from UTTU's bonus bucket. Stingray's 'Assassin' is a proper darkside Detroit diamond - tuffnut EBM kicks and distorted synthlines synched for the warehouse warriors. If you copped his NRSB-11 album with Heinrich Mueller, this is a perfect companion piece! Flipside, Vin Sol does his Larry Heard tribute thing with swagger, all fluid square bassline and rugged jakk beats cut with nimble edits.