Thursday, 26 February
**Housed in an amazing spot-gloss printed jacket designed by Guy Featherstone. Mastered by Matt "The Alchemist" Colton. Edition of 700** 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 … Read more
**Remastered by Martin Bowes at the Cage Studios, UK. Presented on high-quality 180gram heavyweight green transparent vinyl. Limited Edition" "Medical Records returns to Germany for another piece of the Neue Deutsche Welle story with the reissue of the one and only album by Tse-Tse. Long out of print from its original 1983 pressing on Neuland Tonträger, it is due to be heard again. Tse-Tse were Claas Melhop and Clement Hülse. The duo met in Hamburg at a disco. While Claas was a medical student and trained flautist, Clem was a school drop out playing in a German punk band (Hermann’s Ogrie) whic… Read more
Thursday, 19 February
*Vinyl Edition includes a copy of the CD free inside* 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.
Thursday, 12 February
Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis' post-Wire ambient-noise scape, '3R4' reissued for the first time since 1980 when it was only 4AD's 2nd ever release. After setting a template for post-punk with a trio of now certified classic LPs, this half of Wire would begin to peel away from pop and standard songwriting to explore the studio-as-instrument with cinematic results. Melody and structure were booted out the back door to be replaced by the twin spirits of improvisation and innovation, grappling with sound as colour and space and texturhythm in a rich tradition stretching back thru the avant-gard… Read more
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 soni… Read more
**Deluxe double LP gatefold** Carter Tutti refresh their Chris & Cosey alter-egos in something of a dream project for their legion acolytes. Compiling last year's 'Remix Chris & Cosey' session with eight 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 current studio prowess. On the first disc, they apply a slippery modern chassis to the ghosts of eight songs, at best in the wormholing autobahn techno of 'Driving Blind' and an acidic re-rub of 'Dancing On… Read more
Reissue of an exceptional French industrial side from 1982. Minimal, erotic, and utterly captivating, Die Form's debut album works where it matters, galvanising steely 808 rhythms and lustrous ARP2600 synthlines with frisky discipline and tales of death and bestiality. In the best sense, there are clear lines to be drawn between Die Form and the likes of TG or early Chris & Cosey - the non-linear drum programming; the possesed vocals and lyrical content; the finely crafted and subtle atmospheres - most likely due to similar influences and production palette, but there's also something compellingl… Read more
Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis' post-Wire ambient-noise scape from 1980 exploring a more melodic style of song-writing, but one still struck by the possibilities of the studio-as-instrument. In 'Ends With The Sea' they nimbly render cranky guitars and Gilbert's pointillist melody to a grinding but glowing texturhythm cleaving the difference between industrial music and art-pop. With 'Hung Up To Dry Whilst Building An Arch' the lyrical content and guitars are smudged to glossolalia and diffused around their patented motorik drums, making for one of the eeriest, forward looking 7"s of the early '80s. RIYL SPK, Chris Carter and Einstürzende Neubauten.
**Cult Italian wave classic, reissued for the first time since 1981** "On a cold autumn evening in Milan in 1981, Nino La Loggia met Giacomo Spazio for the first time. Both were regulars of Bar Concordia, one of the few meeting places for the post punk generation. Nino, along with Marco Philopat (now an established writer), had given birth to the HCN, one of the pioneering punk bands of the peninsula. Meanwhile, Giacomo was a performance artist interested in graphics and was looking for a new form of painting that was innovative and provocative. When the two met sparks flew. The two had the sa… Read more
Dark Entries scan Detroit circa 1986/1993 with a split reissue of DJ Maestro's rare-as-f*©k electro trax. Cutting his teeth as a DJ while stationed with the Marine corps in California, early '80s, The Maestro would move back to the 313 where he was taught how to programme Roland 808, 909, Linn drum and Boss DR-55 by none other than Juan Atkins. In 1986 he released the uptempo electro burner, 'The Speed Of Light', which has been trimmed down to three tracks for this reissue, including the Cybotron-styled title track and the brooding robo-boogie of '1001 Beats' with its Batman riff… Read more
Thursday, 05 February
"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 sprawl… Read more
**180g White Vinyl** "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 th… Read more
**Medical Records on the money with this cherry-picked selection of sought-after NDW synthpop. 180g clear red vinyl** "Medical Records presents a hand-picked selection of the early recordings of Germany’s Bal Paré. The band started as Jeanette & das Land Z in 1981 with a 7“ on Konkurrenz Rec./ Phonogram which included two cover versions (“Raumpatrouille” soundtrack from a weird science fiction TV series and sixties Grand Prix Eurovision number one hit, “Poupe de cire, poupe de son“ by France Gall.). The 7” became an underground hit. Members were Kirsten Klemm (vocals), Jan T. Krahn (Synthes… Read more
Funky new wave Italo from 1983, reissued for your health. Some smart, natty drum programming and brooding, DM-like vocals on the sparkling A-side, 'The Rule To Survive', and a mix of choppy boogie and new wave pop a la Talking Heads in the B-side, 'Night Is Made For Love'.
**180g White/Red Marbled Vinyl** "Medical Records in partnership with Crispy Nuggets Blog present the unreleased recordings of England’s Mixed Feelings. Mixed Feelings grew up in Basildon which was also the home of Depeche Mode (in fact, they went to the same school). In 1981, Sean Cooper met Martin Gore on holiday (around the time of “New Life”), and they instantly hit it off discussing synthesizers, school, teachers, etc. Martin was inspirational for Sean to follow his dream of making music. After a few bands, Sean started a band with longtime friend Geoff with influences like old disco (… Read more
Much coveted Italian new wave from the darker side of 1981. Includes the ace proto-EBM/gothic charge of 'Lobotomy'.
Thursday, 22 January
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.
Thursday, 15 January
Thursday, 08 January
**We never thought we’d actually ever see the day this seminal album would get a proper, official reissue on vinyl - but here it is, newly remastered by CGB at D&M and in-print on vinyl for first time in almost two decades. Comes with an instant download of the full album** Liasons Dangereuses' self-titled debut LP is a major cornerstone of modern electronic dance music. Produced by Chrislo Haas and Beate Bartel (aka CH-BB/DAF/Mania-D) and mixed at Conny Plank's studio in 1981, it has cast incalculable influence over successive generations ever sinc… Read more
**180g silver vinyl edition includes two posters** "Eastern european industrial experimentalists with a heavy political leaning, Laibach have often found themselves in conflict with authorities. Expressing their views strongly through their music both here and on their continued career with Mute records, they are still actively pursuing their own unique agenda. By the time Laibach recorded Nova Akropola, the band had attracted a following in Western Europe and a lot of attention in the music press. Nova Akropola is more sophisticated than earlier efforts, furthering the group’s music and conce… Read more
Thursday, 18 December
**Unhinged industrial holy grail from 1979. Previously unreleased on vinyl. Now re-mastered. Includes hand-numbered certificate. Edition of 500. RIYL TG, early Cabaret Voltaire, The Human League** Our favourite from V-O-D's late 2014 batch: a remastered version of Counterdance's sole, near-mythical recording, 'The Human Slug Sessions 1979-81'. At the time hailed as Bradford's answer to TG, they counted the notorious Val Denham - still a he in 1979 - as the vocal locus of the band, recorded here under the influence of alcohol and LSD, slithering around on the makeshift studio flo… Read more
**2LP + 7" with liner notes insert. All music previously unreleased on vinyl** 'A Celebration of iDeath' documents the diffuse and very rare early work of Newcastle's Philip and Richard Rupenus, who would later helm legendary noise unit, The New Blockaders. Formed in 1979 under the blackly amusing Funeral Danceparty banner; in 1980 they released a trio of tapes in editions of roughly 100 copies each - 'The Curiosity Shop', 'Qwertyuiop', 'The Attractions of Fixed Interest' - and played a handful of shows, including notable performances at the Morpeth YMCA and Newcastle's 13… Read more
**2LP featuring material previously unreleased on vinyl. Includes hand-numbered certificate. Edition of 500** Robert Haigh, who would later become legendary junglist Omni Trio, is subject to a 2nd solo retrospective on V-o-D with 'Cold Pieces 1985-1989'. A partner to his 4LP Sema set, 'Time Will Say Nothing' highlights his transition from darker industrial tones towards piano-based experimentation and neo-classical fusions over the course of four releases, 'Valentine Out Of Season' for United Dairies, the previously CD-only 'A Waltz In Plain C', and his 'Juliet Of The Spirits' an… Read more
**LP + bonus 7" with hand-numbered certificate. Edition of 500** "Silverstar Amoeba was simply the slimming down of The Death and Beauty Foundation to a permanent duo comprising of Val Denham and Oli Novadnieks. The first recordings were tentatively executed at Talbot Road, Seven Sisters, London in Oli’s basement flat on an old reel to reel tape machine that could only record two tracks. Oli Novadnieks was the guitar player and Val Denham again provided the vocals, lyrics, harmonica, keyboards and tape loops etc. The resulting experimental ‘songs’ were mixed down and transferre… Read more
**Gatefold 2LP with hand-numbered certificate. Edition of 500** V-O-D document the very earliest, pioneering Japanese noise tapes released by K2 on his Kinky Tapes label from 1981 - 1983. Spanning material previously unreleased in any form - his first work, 'Student Apathy' - plus the serial works of ZombieAnatomy, and the beat-driven workout, 'N.G. Musik' and 'Dance Macabre', it serves as much a gateway introduction to early Japanese noise as a valuable vinyl retrospective. Born Kimihide Kusafuka, K2, alongside Masami Akita, Hijokaidan and Toshiji Mikawa of Incapacitants is one … Read more
**Includes hand-numbered certificate. Edition of 500** V-o-D offer to soundtrack your nightmares with 'Blockader', a collection of previously unreleased nether scapes by Chris Connolly (Fini Tribe, Ministry, Revolting Cocks). The label and artist attribute a rough time-line of 1983-88 to these anti-music recordings, made in a damp rehearsal space and on grey concrete council estate in Edinburgh and subsequently Chicago, and only recently discovered in the extensive tape collection of V-O-D's Frank Maier. To give them some context, Chris was a an avid fan of the industrial scene and later … Read more
When first released in 1981, the chief debate surrounding 'The Ascension' ran, is this a rock band performing classical pieces, or an experimental ensemble tackling rock music? One thing the critics did all agree on, however, was the sheer awesome power of Branca and his band. These days it's hard to hear Branca without thinking of Sonic Youth ˆ Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo both served tours of duty in Branca's guitar armies - but the main critical reference points in 1981 were the repetetive minimalism of Philip Glass and Steve Reich on the one hand, the "hard rock" of The Ramones on t… Read more
Frank Maier at V-O-D reanimates the wonderfully freakish pop output of Val Denham and co's The Death & Beauty Foundation with the 32-song collection 'We Are Young & Stupid'. While a couple of couple of CD compilations have had a good stab at collecting the group's output, you can safely consider this thee definitive collection, highlighting various tracks from 'The Darlington Tapes', recorded by Val Denham and Andrew McKenzie (ov The Hafler Trio) in 1982, plus their eponymous cassette album from 1986 together with stacks of early/unfinished and rehearsal recording… Read more
Thursday, 11 December
**Heavy, rigid boxset containing 4LPs + 7", 40-page history of Vice Versa and Neutron Records, a metal badge and a paper synth kit called 'nowsoc78'. Edition of 600 with hand-numbered certificate** 'Electrogenesis 1978-1980' is a brilliant and comprehensive survey of Sheffield's proto-ABC group, Vice Versa. Comprising demo versions, live recordings, both of their 7"s, and the '8 Aspects Of' cassette pressed to vinyl for the first time, it sums up a "bizarre trio who show occasional flashes of promise, but whose pretentiousness becomes quite tiresome", according to an… Read more