Thursday, 02 July
Dark Entries pack four definitive mid-late '80s industrial/disco zingers by Yello co-founder, Carlos Peron, in one essential platter. Named after its incredible B-side cut, 'A Dirty Song' - which was a single in its own right - this is effectively a compilation drawing from four records produced and released between 1980 and 1986. Well known as cornerstones of Belgium's influential New Beat scene, the A-side cuts, 'Nothing is Permitted; Everything is True' - taken from a 1984 album of the same name - and 'Breakin' In' were both written in the early '80s and later issued on the 'Talk to the … Read more
**Remastered LP compiled with facsimile reissue of No More's 1980 debut 7" + an 11 x 14" double-sided fold-out poster** Dark Entries combine No More's strongest synth-pop/EBM classics, 'A Rose Is A Rose' , along with all songs from the 'Suicide Commando'  7" and their debut release, the 'Too Late EP' . Whilst best known for their EBM evergreen, 'Suicide Commando' - which was recently reissued by Mannequin Records - this survey of the German group's nascent output circa 1980-82 frames them as a necessarily lo-fi and highly stylish product of their bleak and deso… Read more
Beguiling, personalised synth-pop/post-punk from Danish outlier, Max Guld Madsen, previously only available in edition of 100 tapes back in 1985. Now, 30 years later, the good folk at Dark Entries have thankfully uprooted, remastered and brought Guld's one and only recording to light, revealing a dreamy, pop-tweaked young composer falling deeply into his own sound and space circa 1984-1985 at home in West Copenhagen. Clearly under the influence of The Residents, Eno and Kraftwerk, yet not entirely beholden to them, 'For Enden Af Corridoren' mixes eerily emotive synth and gui… Read more
Dark Entries plate up a necessary and acrid taste of Smersh's cranky industrial dance prototypes with this 1983 -1993 compilation, 'Super Heavy Solid Waste'. Following on from the 'Cassette Pets' compilation, this set ransacks the duo's extensive arsenal to squeeze in all the other mad nuggets they couldn't fit in the first time around. Further proving their position as forerunners of the mongrel, junkyard techno aesthetic adopted by everyone from Prostitutes to Helena Hauff and Powell, the set revolves eight scabbed and ruffneck cuts ranging from the jagged metallic drums … Read more
Thursday, 25 June
**2015 Reissue** "Much delayed and extremely anticipated first album proper from Heinrich Mueller, best known for his releases as Dopplereffekt, Arpanet, Japanese Telecom, Elektroids and more. The legend returns after more then a year of silence with new sound experiments from the Dataphysixs sound laboratories - a collection of abstract interpretations that veer from BBC Radiophonic Workshop experiments in sound design and effect processing (all with a biological theme), to the supremely killer dancefloor classic "Biometric" - a track that's already been hailed by ma… Read more
Berlin's Michael Matlak turns out a smart 2nd LP of electro-funk co-efficients and vintage sci-fi ambience. 'Dinsync' is carefully crafted as an album listening experience, as opposed to a collection of dancefloor tracks and interlude after-thoughts, following an abstract yet distinct narrative between gaseous pads of intro, 'If… Then' thru the lowkey, red-lit funk of '202 Heroes' to the metallic discord and ambient evacuation of 'Safe!', to a sweetly coherent 2nd side moving between BoC-like beats and cosmic/pastoral synth atmospheres with a charming mix of naif whimsy and trim analogue finesse.
**White vinyl edition of 300 includes DIN-A3 foldout insert** Syn-pop duo Rosen & Spydett make their vinyl debut on Denmark's Posh Isolation with a gorgeous, gauzy follow-up to a handful of early cassettes. Floating in a breezy, bright white space beyond Moon Wheel, Pye Corner Audio or Cold Cave, 'Fortuna' tends to a special brand of Scandinavian synth melancholy over 8 songs in just under 30 minutes. Detached drum machines clack and punch time from a distance beneath diaphanous, chiffon synth voice melodies that cascade and fizz like burned-out stars depicted in a fragile diorama. A lot of th… Read more
**Clear vinyl edition of 500** Core Posh Isolation players, Loke Rahbek (Vår, Lust For Youth) and Kristian Emdal (Vår, Age Coin) present five pieces of brooding, brittle electronics imagined for dance performance and recorded between Copenhagen's Mayhem space and Sweden's EMS facility. We're not quite sure what kind of "dance" performance they had in mind but, knowing their prurient minds, we could apply the rear cover's instructions "carpet of crushed sea shells covering parts of the floor", "copper thread in a knot around the performer's genitals", or "white clothes and bare… Read more
**Ben Greenberg (Hubble, The Men) and Michael Berdan (York Factory Complaint, Drunkdriver) get their rocks off on a synth and drum machine-heavy punk assault. Presented by Luke Younger's Alter imprint** "On 'Perfect World', that machine is firing on all cylinders. The guitar is run through a cheap ’80s preamp marketed to metal kids. The drum machine is equally no-frills, an Akai XR20 that Greenberg says “most people wouldn’t want to keep around.” These humble components are combined with noisy synth and Berdan’s profound howling to form something much greater. Post-punk, synthpunk, and indust… Read more
Thursday, 18 June
**Limited edition 180g 'Wire Fusion' coloured vinyl** "Finally, after 35 long years Futurismo are the first label ever to re-release one of the most sought-after and revered electronic albums of the early 1980’s – Digital Stimulation by Units. Inspired by punk in ideology, though not necessarily in sound, San Francisco’s Units were a young breed of dystopic visionaries art space prodigies and trash culture futurists set on reshaping sound for a new age. Leading the charge, along with only a couple of others such as Screamers and Chrome, they lit the touch-paper for a… Read more
**Screen-printed sleeve and centre label. Hand-numbered edition of 175** Gold Blood rise again with the hardcore punk-influenced electro of 'The Intruder', backed by Neil Landstrumm and Banished To Frigia remixes. The original course comes off like a close cousin of Dracula lewis, locking and spinning Emile Bojesen's snotty snarl around a cyberpunk groove lurching from halfstep swagger to steel-tipped electro. Rear guard defender Neil Landstrumm yokes the same elements to a crafty hip hop calculation, but the sticky stars go to the mysterious Banished To Frigia, who even the keel to a straig… Read more
Thursday, 11 June
**Includes download code and double-sided lyric sheet** Maudlin EBM-pop unit Cold Cave bring us up to date with their run of singles circa 2012 - 2013, compiled by Deathwish Inc. All released in the wake of Cold Cave's baffling 'Cherish The Light Years' album for Matador, they mercifully return to the icy, bittersweet sound which the band were pushing prior to that album. In chronological order, you'll find the 'A Little Death to Laugh' (Heartworm #54, 2012) - notable for the gorgeous instrumental twinkle of 'Tristan Corbière' - next to the two dodgy cuts from 'Oceans Without End' (DW144, 2… Read more
Stranger dance-not-dance music from four Glaswegians under the Junto Club banner for their home city's Optimo Music. This, the quartet's debut release, recorded at the near-legendary Green Door Studios, yields the oddest pick 'n mix of styles, from the gloomcore synths and disco-dub 'tronics laced with kids choirs (or themselves pitched up?) in 'Leaving Forever', to the halfspeed Suicide styles of 'SGC', thru the swaggering, unbuttoning chug groove of 'Freedom From The Known', and The Birthday Party-style death-dub leeching of 'Let Me In'.
Blackest Ever Black resuscitate a most memorable cut from Downwards' 'So Click Heels' compilation, backed with brand new reprise for the faithful. The original's a blissfully vicious reverie of cold, pounding machine pulses and utterly gorgeous, siren-like vocals beckoning from its barbed and barbiturate sound design. The reprise picks up without the beat, rendering a keening slow motion swoon of skin-peeling, shattered glass harmonics and piercingly lush melody. A must.
Thursday, 04 June
Profligate joins Unknown Precept with a grungy, pummelling noise techno session for fans of Powell, Violetshaped or Prostitutes. Building on the snotty cyber-punk vibes of his two releases for Not Not Fun, 'Extremities' romps like the soundtrack to a bar brawl in Streets of Rage, from the melted tarmac pounding of 'Good Humour' to the toiling steam-press kicks and blank-eyed industrial drones of 'It Was Me'. Turn it over and 'Let's Eat (Working Title)' sharpens up with a bracing line of pneumatic electro rhythms and concrète tussle, before 'Every Little Rainbow' expends its energy reserves in a rollicking, Powell-esque juggernaut. Strong tip for the New Beta fiends!
Reissue of a rare and sought-after French synth wave side from 1981. It's times like this that I wish iI paid more attention to French at school: all the background on this 12" is, err, French to me. But we can tell you it contains four tracks of skinny Gallic wave pop, including the disco-readied drum machine punch and fleshy synths of 'Ersatz', the moody swagger of 'Demain Berlin' and the excellent, dub-bassed post-punk pop of 'Mauve', all housed in a delectable monotone jacket and printed inner (sleevenotes in French).
Thursday, 28 May
After leaving us hanging in 2013 with a delectable 7", Sally Dige commits her debut album of neon noir synth-pop to Night School Records. With the exception of that single's ice cold, 'Losing You', it's all new material, nocturnally skooled in classic 4AD and '80s FM pop, a perfectly manicured balance of cracking drum machine punctuation and swooning synth/vocals expressing a dark, luxuriant sensuality painted in a brooding, new romantic relief. With 'Hard To Please' she nods to the latin freestyle inflections of Madonna, whereas 'Immaculate Deception' is more like Kate Bush gone EBM and '… Read more
Thursday, 14 May
**Extremely limited remastered vinyl reissue of the much sought after Swans debut EP. Originally released on Labor Records in 1982. Includes 12" x 12" lyric sheet insert** Bit of a must have, this: Swans debut record, originally issued on Labor Records in 1982, now reissued in conjunction with Mute a generation later. Sonically located at some distance from their current praxis, Swans self-titled maiden zinger emerged as one of the leanest, meanest from the early '80s No wave milieu, resetting rock music with a rude ounce of bounce in the trunk backed by a probing feel for the textures and dynamics o… Read more
**Originally a 7", now expanded to a 12" EP, with 3 bonus tracks from 1981** Joe Crow is a post-punk musician from Birmingham, England. He was a member of legendary Brum band The Prefects, and hung on long enough after the name-change to appear on a couple of early Nightingales singles. In 1981 Joe began his solo career and recorded a 2-song demo “Compulsion” and “Absent Friends.” Joe sent copies of the finished recordings to Cherry Red, who thanks to Lawrence of Felt, ended up releasing the single in 1982. An edited version of the single would later appear on the compilation Pillows &… Read more
Lydia Lunch's notorious 1990 recording, 'Conspiracy of Women' is given the rissue treatment by Nico Jaar's Other People boutique, augmented with a new remix/remaster of her 'American Invasion' hook-up with To Live And Shave in LA's Weasel Walter. In a nutshell, the No wave queen really lets off some steam, 50 minutes of stream-of-consciousness rants breaking down to 'I Just Got Back From LA' on the A-side, and 'Why, Why Was I Born An American' on the B-side. It's raw, unadulterated Lunch regurgitated for your shock and awe.
**Remastered reissue of primest post-punk, includes the brilliant slow disco move, 'Saving Grace', plus a two-sided newprint insert with never-before-seen photos, interview and liner notes** "Thomas Leer is an innovative electronic musician who was born in Port Glasgow, Scotland. He began singing for a local band at age 13, and was writing his own music by 18. By 1977, he had moved to London, where he fronted Pressure, a Clash-esque punk group with fellow experimental Scottish musician Robert Rental. After hearing Kraftwerk, Leer became interested in synthesizers – not long after, he was … Read more
Class electro tackle from Entro Senestre, fittingly for the Dutch label, Dekmantel. Following from his acclaimed Daywalker & CF session for L.I.E.S. with Willie Burns, this one is out and out electro in the mould of classic Drexciya, Bunker and Murder Capital, rocking darkside pads and slick 808s in 'The Screen' beside the fluid electro-house wriggle of 'Hit The Road' on the A-side, and flipping over to the E.R.P. like programming sophistication of 'Trials of Love' and the aquatic Transllusion nod, 'Slow Motion Disaster'.
Thursday, 23 April
**Presented on high-quality 180gram heavyweight blue vinyl. Limited edition**"Medical Records returns to France (by way of Berlin) to present the first full length vinyl LP by contemporary artist Peine Perdue. Peine Perdue was born in 2010 from the meeting of Berlin-based artist and musician Stephane Argillet and Coco Gallo. Peine Perdue finds its inspiration in a certain geometry, poetry and clearness in music and art such displayed by the cold abstractions of XVIIIth century harpsichordists (Couperin, Pancrace Royer etc) to the graceful minimalism of Erik Satie, the sugar uncluttered pop… Read more
**Edition of 500** Two of Copenhagen's most virulent collaborators meet again in this coarsely textured and visceral tribute to 'The Female Form'. Both long-serving members of the Posh Isolation posse, Loke Rahbek (Croatian Amor, Damien Dubrovnik, Lust For Youth) and Frederikke Hoffmeier a.k.a. Puce Mary have orbited each other for years, and were previously coupled up on 'The Closed Room' (2011), the first in a trilogy of collaborations, this being their 2nd. Recording at the loci of Copenhagen's Mayhem Complex as well as Stockholm's revered EMS facility, they animate a series… Read more
Thursday, 16 April
**Exceptional psych-o-tronic trips for fans of Mordant Music, Bellows, The Stranger or BEB!** Berlin's Another Dark Age label claim an idiosyncratic nether ground with LST's aleatoric enigma, 'Th Duo'. Staking a unique position just behind the ear, right at the back of your bonce, Melbourne's Tarquin Manek (a.k.a. half of BEB's Tarcar) quietly mines his very own "lo-sci-fi" style in this series of nine corrupted memory implants meshing frayed nerves and fragmented, extra-terrestrial frequencies. The process of 'Th Duo''s creation, junked together from recordings made on mobile phones and micro cassettes,… Read more
*Includes an 8x14 double sided insert with photos, lyrics, liner notes by the band, and a fold-out poster* "Van Kaye + Ignit is the Dutch duo of Ed Van Kasteren (Van Kaye) and Ignatine Bekken (Ignit), who joined forces in the city of Arnhem during early 1980. While at university, Van Kaye was the singer of The MoNoMeN, a local new wave band. By the end of 1979 he had become more interested in the use of electronics and rhythmic industrial patterns. In April 1980 he released a demo cassette with 30 minutes of his own work titled “A Slight Delay". While experimenting with synthesizers an… Read more
**Featuring three bonus tracks that originally appeared on the “Somewhere Outside” compilation, and a double sided 11”x11” insert containing lyrics for each song and photos of the band** "Moral was the trio of Marco Andreis (Guitars, Bass), Hanne Winterberg (Vocals) and Ingolf Brown (Synthesizers, Rhythm Box, Sequencer) from Aarhus, Denmark formed in 1981. They released their debut mini-album “Dance of the Dolls” on cassette in 1981 and the album “Whispering Sons” on cassette in 1982. The group played very few concerts, but supported both Monochrome Set and Nico. In May 1983, they contribu… Read more
Thursday, 09 April
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* "Dinner is the alias for Danish singer and producer Anders Rhedin. Since 2012, Dinner has released 2 EPs and a guided meditation-tape. Dinner lives a somewhat nomadic existence, having alternated between LA, Berlin, and Copenhagen for years. This last year, Dinner’s itinerary has included falling in love with a baroness in Berlin, being taught Qi Gong from a renowned Sufi on a mountainside in the Algarve, working on commercial pop songs in Hollywood (“The essence of dark magic”, according to Dinner), and playing shows at festiv… Read more
Thursday, 26 March
*Ships Friday* Luis Vasquez a.k.a. The Soft Moon nails his strongest, most-malleable take on post-punk/wave techno to date with third album, 'Deeper'. Since his last LP effort, 'Zeros', he's moved from Oakland, CA to Venice, Italy, with numerous raids on Berlin between. This has clearly influenced his sound, lending a more stringent focus and amped-up studio production ringing deeply true with his mix of formative influences; American EBM muscle and synthetic European emotions. It's kinda what we hoped the last Cold Cave album would sound like, before it went horribly wrong and Fernow scarpered. RIYL Silent Servant, Lust For Youth, Factory Floor.