Thursday, 10 April
**Spiky new wave pop and goth classics from 1984, reissued by Paris' Desire and Mitzvah Records. Black vinyl, edition of 500** "Nancy is a Small provincial town in the East of France. But its musical scene has always been fertile. In the early 70s, Gérard N’Guyen started the influential French fanzine Atem to write about improv, electronic, komische, kraut and prog rock bands that you couldn’t find in the local record stores. He started to produce bands for the Atem label like Univers-Zéro, Art Zoyd and Présent. He discovered, produced and managed French synth gods Kas Product. But tired of dealing with m… Read more
Necessary reissue of a 1983 electro holy grail! 'Computer Funk' was produced by P.B. Floyd - the same cat behind Nice & Wild's 'Diamond Girl' and stacks more Freestyle/Electro-funk killers during the '80s - and gone down in history as a masterpiece of early American electro-funk. Part 1 on the A-side features deadliest drum programming synced with mad, slyding sinewaves, Sino melodies and wicked vocoder vocal - definitive sh*t if we've heard it - whilst Part 2 on the B-side mostly strips it all down to the killer rhythm section with an amazing phreak-out to close. Unmissable!!!
Danny Wolfers aka Legowelt dices with deep space house, new age boogie pop for PPU. This is the debonaire dweeb sound, equal parts Carl Sagan soundtrack and greazy, dusty disco panache. Up top the Dutch master tickles out the milky synthlines and bubbling proto-house patterns of 'Puzzles In Life' - one of his creamiest joints to date - plus the slo-mo, weightless gyrations and romantic chords of 'Videophone To Space'; flipside he seriously impresses with the starlit deckside dreamer 'Cruise Till The Sun Shines' replete with a rare instance of his own vocodered vocals, and checks out of 'Los Alamos Motel' with a satisfyingly smudged slow groove.
**Screen-printed, individually numbered edition of 175 copies** Vivod back on the game with three cuts of mutant electro-disco greaze from Tommy Walker III. He's a slow worker is Tommy - it's at least three years since his last solo daytrip on Ali Renault's Cyber Dance Records - but the moon must be in syzygy with Jupiter and Uranus or something because he's really found his mucky chutzpah again on the 'Relagade EP'. A-side is home to a dubbed-out industro-disco chugger cut up with smutted chords and kinky bassline; B-side plays out a ruddier lysergic boogie with 'Hill Battle Aftermath', a… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Reissue of Candidate's sole album release from 1987. Six tracks of cool French wave music with a fine balance of industrial sounds and pop vocals placing it somewhere near Strawberry Switchblade, Pink Industry, Kas Product et al. Check out the gothic stepper 'On/Off' and the militant snares, oriental motifs and gloomy atmosphere of 'Last Day'.
Thursday, 03 April
*Dark, killer collection of post-industrial, electronic and noise jamz featuring Ren Schofield (aka Container)* "Another Dark Age captures the schizophrenic culture that exists in one pocket of the underground across oceans and continents to connect music from four obscure projects. From Providence (USA) to Melbourne (Australia), it delves deep into the noise and experimental scenes of both cities. Form a Log is a trio of which Ren Schofield (AKA Container) is a member. Their twisted analog improvisations are as disciplined as they are chaotic. 'In the Streets' is a chugging percussive jam t… Read more
Walls' Alessio Natalizia presents the best instalment of woozy post-industrial music yet under his Not Waving moniker. Proceeding a handful of excellent and low-key cassette releases, he channels a wealth of analogue machine sounds into a dusty, swirling space shimmering with cosmic pads and urged on by throbbing arpeggios and classic drum machine patter. Most importantly, there's a real soulful, emotive essence to his arrangements, scanning out from the misty-eyed stargazer 'Power Source Above Beam Line' and the luscious vision of 'Mathematical Mind' to Goblin-esque synth runs in 'Futu… Read more
*LP includes a 12-page booklet with excerpts from Darrin Huss' diary, unpublished photos of Psyche with Dwayne, and an essay by Darrin reflecting on Psyche's past and the Goettel legacy as well as lyrics. This collection is a glimpse at the early Canadian industrial scene and the roots of Skinny Puppy* "At the end of 1981, brothers Darrin and Stephen Huss and schoolmate Dwayne Goettel performed for the first time as Psyche in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Their live show was a combination of horror and electronics that was completely unprecedented in Western Canada. Although Goettel and the H… Read more
*Vinyl housed in the replica jacket featuring stark black and white photos of Pier 13. includes a double sided 11x11 insert with lyrics, photos of the band and the atmospheric pier* "Crash Course In Science are a post punk band that formed in 1979 in Philadelphia.The band members, Dale Feliciello, Mallory Yago and Michael Zodorozny, met while attending art school. They began to experiment with crude electronics and off-beat writing, avoiding conventional instrumentation by using toy instruments and kitchen appliances to augment their distorted guitar, drums and synt… Read more
Thursday, 27 March
**Sorely overlooked NDW gem from 1982** "Medical Records presents a reissue of one of Germany’s most interesting records. The German duo Aloa only made one album in 1982 but it is one of the most peculiar and innovative records of the Neue Deutsche Welle movement. Long out of print, somewhat obscure, and very expensive, this record is due for an official reissue. The duo consisting of Al Kanz and Matthias Brendel both grew up in Kassel, Germany. Though both had different tastes of music, they fused influences and injected them into their own unique blend when they purchased Roland 606 and 808 drum machines… Read more
**180g electric blue vinyl with bonus poster/insert** "Imagine Kraftwerk playing Steven Merritt songs. Medical Records presents Roladex, its first contemporary artist based in the US. Roladex nostalgically borrows from music of the past to carefully craft unique futuristic-mechanized pop, with an emphasis on songwriting and layered production. Waeaving sparse, sequenced arpeggios into fuzzy bass and bubbly melodies creating a canvas of sound where they paint a somehow bright melancholia. Part minimal synth-wave, part dream-pop Roladex fits nicely with other non-traditional pop acts … Read more
Matt Hill aka Umberto returns to the spectre of 'Temple Room' from his 'Prophecy Of The Black Widow' (2010) album for extended and alternative dancefloor versions. On the extended version he's doubled the track length, giving himself more time to tease out the kinky disco vibes with camp, Jamie Principle-esque synth runs and, whilst the Silvio mix locks into a stompng, Hi-NRG wiggle.
Thursday, 20 March
*One of Prurient's most sought-after albums now issued on vinyl for the first time, remastered and cut by Matt Colton, housed in a hot-foil printed sleeve. Initial copies pressed on white vinyl, natch* At long last Prurient presents his incredible 'Cocaine Death' pressed on vinyl for the first time. Collecting three C10 tapes individually issued in 2007 - 'Cocaine Death', 'Caribbean Overdose' and 'Tylenol Murders' - released on CD in 2008, it serves to highlight some of the most viscerally affective, evocative material in Dominick Fernow's arsenal. The opening "Pretext (Bahamian … Read more
*Hugely recommended second EP from Wolf Eyes' Mike Connelly and his wife, Tara, recording together as Clay Rendering* A delicate yet uncompromising set of songs drifting somewhere between Shoegaze, Industrial, Metal and Ambient music, the tracks here recall everything from Cocteau Twins and Cranes at their most desolate to classic Sonic Youth, coloured and mis-shaped through abstract production assistance from Dominick Fernow and additional synth from Robert Beatty of Three Legged Race / Hair Police. Funereal opener 'Waters Above The Firmament' first draws us into a drowned … Read more
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.
Thursday, 27 February
**Includes postcard & mix CD by Taylor Burch of DVA Damas** Oliver Ho aka Broken English Club is the latest consort to Jealous God, the beautifully curated label administered by James Ruskin, Juan Mendez and Karl O'Connor. Miles away from Ho's best known output as Raudive and under his own name, his 'Jealous God 04' dices with depressive and awkward post-punk, new wave and industrial memes over five icy cuts laced with speed-tweak noise and his own, blunted vocals. From the primordial no wave dub beginnings of 'A Square Shaped Room' the session takes shape with the drugged, sluggi… Read more
*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, 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
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
Thursday, 28 November
**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