Thursday, 31 July
Gobsmacking first-ever vinyl reissue of instrumental synth tracks sourced from Colin Potter ov NWW's early '80s tape stash, re-mastered and presented in deluxe, hand-numbered edition of 500 with screen-printed jackets by House Of Traps. Following their tease of a 7", Sacred Summits blow the dome off it with these five pieces recorded by Potter at his small home studio in North Yorkshire between 1979-1983. Spurred by the possibilities of Punk, inspired by the recording techniques of dub, and un-blinkered by formal music training, Potter conceived a take on ambient, kosmiche synth and drum… Read more
**Reverse board jacket, printed both sides, individually numbered edition of 700** Italy's Industrie Discografiche Lacerba label awakens after quarter century with this diverse collection of "long-lost" post-punk songs. Corralling unpublished cuts, new reinterpretations, and lesser-known aces from an unlikely bunch including UK's Adrian Sherwood and Ultramarine, Tuxedomoon's Blaine L Reininger and Steven Brown, Italian Industrial pioneers Pankow, and Diaframma's Federico Fiumani, it really isn't your average barrel scraper. Nay, the range is wide - from the disenchanted discord of Pa… Read more
*Each copy includes a fold-out newsprint poster with a large photo of the band wearing Art Unit skull shirts on one side and liner notes and press clippings on the other* "Severed Heads are one of the longest surviving bands to emerge from the Australian post-punk independent music scene. They began in Sydney in 1979, incorporating elements of 'industrial' noise-generation, tape cutting & looping and electronic sound synthesis. As the project developed song-structures and vocals were employed in a more-or-less recognizable mutant electro pop style. After many line-up changes featuring… Read more
*Each copy includes an 8-page booklet printed on industrial gray and blood red paper with lyrics, photos and press clippings from the band’s archives. As James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem said of “The Bus”, “I always wanted to make a song that sounded like that* "Executive Slacks was spawned in Philadelphia by three restless art students - Matt Marello, John Young and Albert Ganss in the early 1980s. Starting out with performance art in subways, they soon took their angst-ridden act to galleries and night clubs. They recorded four songs in the fall of 1982 that became their self-titl… Read more
The cream (cheese) always rises… Another Italo classic, East Wall's 'Eyes Of Glass' receives the necessary reissue treatment following recent aces from Helen, B.W.H. and more. 'Eyes of Glass' is a strikingly moody piece of darkside Italian disco loaded with coy, teasing vocal by Wilma Notari and swinging with the haughty funk of Fabrizio Chiari's synths, keys and drum machine.
Circle Traps step to Lex Records for their most developed, impressive release following 12"s for Opit and Five Easy Pieces. Comprising producer Will Ward with Duncan Bellamy and Jack Wyllie from Portico Quartet, Circle Traps draw on a reserve of revered "musicianship" and sharp dancefloor chops to realise a sound strung between knackered house, twisted techno a la Call Super, and epic '80s FM synth sounds recalling Com Truise.
**White wax with individually-numbered, debossed insert. Edition of 400** London's Fuzz Club pull up an archival zinger from Suicide's Alan Vega, backed with a motorised garage beast from The Vacant Lots. Recorded 1996, remixed 2014 at 6/8 Recording Studios, NYC, Alan Vega's 'Nike Soldier' stomps all over the A-side, urged by a his diffused vocals over writhing synthlines and body-rolling drums to a screeching metallic peak produced by Liz Lamere and Perkin Barnes. The Vacant Lots charge up a battery of bass and toms seared with fuzz guitar slashes on the alternative mix of 'Mad Mary Jones'.
*Comes in individually silk-screened jackets using the original plates created in 1984. Each copy includes a fold-out pink newsprint poster with never before seen photos of the band, lyrics and liner notes by Anka and Ronny* "Xymox, later known as Clan of Xymox, was founded in Nijmegen, a city in the east of the Netherlands, in 1983 by Ronny Moorings (Vocals, Guitars, Synthesizers) and Anka Wolbert (Vocals, Bass). Ronny saved up to buy a TEAC 144 four-track tape recorder and the duo relocated to Amsterdam in April of 1983. They began to record songs utilizing a Yamaha CS-15, Korg MS-10 a… Read more
**Edition of 200** Epic, lustrous synth-pop from Ireland's Kubo duo (definitely no relation to SuBo) for Peripheral Minimal. Paying homage to "Cubo Futurism, the early 20th Century Russian art movement which concerned itself with contemporary concepts of the future and the technological triumph of humanity over nature" they uphold the values of original synth-wavers such as Depeche Mode, OMD or Japan with two polaroid-perfect pop shots in the slow, streaking synths and aching sincerity of A-side 'This Desolation', and the smoke-fileld 'floor stalker, 'Das Klub'. Tipped!
Thursday, 24 July
Snotty swansong from the hard-living punk, Sewn Leather, for Milan's excellent Hundebiss label. 'Freak On Hashish / Longboarding Is A Crime' commendably lives up to at least half its title (we're not what he's got against longboarding, but we're not arsed either way really) with nine blown out, sludgy misshapes that sound too wrecked to get up but still generate enough wretched energy to put off casual listeners and entice the hardcore. It starts up with the bombed-out hip hop bounce of 'Real Recognise Fake' and culminates in a 19 and half minute slayer packing proper punk techno and hip hop nastiness. See ya SewnLeather!
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Brooklyn's finest minimal wave duo take flight to Ghostly International for 4th album, 'Par Avion'. With their shift to more visible climes of the musical landscape, Liz Wendelbo and Sean McBride have tightened up and honed their already sharp sound to a pop potency, still dealing in romance for a colder age, but now with more variety and contrasts - from upbeat to downbeat, slow to fast, light to dark. "Par Avion's rich diversity of sounds comes at least in part from the fact that it's an album-long ode to synesthesia. As singer Liz … Read more
Thursday, 17 July
**Diagonal deliver the second of two EP’s from Bronze Teeth, a new project from Dominic Butler of Factory Floor and Richard Smith of Optimo Music’s L/F/D/M. First pressing comes in a limited spot gloss jacket designed by Guy Featherstone. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton** Bronze Teeth bite back with a 2nd EP of bony, hardware-driven techno fizz for Diagonal, housed in another blinding sleeve by Guy Featherstone. Cut from the same electrifying sessions which yielded their debut 12", 'A Waif's Rent' follows suit with rolling, driven momentum and caustic electronics. A-side they jack up 13 m… Read more
Thursday, 10 July
**Includes fold out liner notes/art insert housed in glossy jacket** Bright, colourful synth-pop gems from the heart of France, 1981. Practically unknown to all but the mist dedicated Francophile pop fiends, St. Etienne-based Cha Cha Guitri were a four piece comprising two couples who made exquisitely sharp edged and bittersweet synth pop with an unmistakably Gallic panache. Far as we can tell these tracks have never been released on vinyl before, and should be thoroughly recommended to fans of Telex, Deux, Mathematiques Modernes…
*First vinyl reissue ever after more than 30 years, edition of 500 copies, splattered vinyl* "The "INSOC EP" contains the first official recordings from the legendary Minneapolis music collective Information Society led by founder/producer Paul Robb. Originally released on vinyl in 1983 the EP became extremely difficult to find. Now, for the first time since 1983, Mannequin Records is giving it a new birth on wax, this time including a bonus track "Charentiesm" never appeared before in any format, which is the first track ever recorded by Information Society in 1982. As The band tell, i… Read more
Thursday, 03 July
A pair of dark, arpeggiated wave disco missions from Xander Harris for Drvg Cvltvre's label. 'Midnight Mystics' was originally a digital release in 2012 and now makes its way to discerning discos on wax, packing the hypnotic synth burn and flighty pan-pipes of 'Midnight Mystics' on one side, and the rolling proto-techno-trance vectors of 'I Am Thee Traveller' on the other.
**Includes A3 poster of a naked lady** Invaluable, remastered reissue of a proper Italo holy grail from 1983!!! Best known to us from mixes by Intergalactic Gary and DJ Benetti, Helen's 'Witch' is little short of an Italo masterpiece - dramatic, stylish, and damn effective in the right discos. Original copies are dead pricey so we're buzzing to finally see a crisp, punchy new copy, and better yet, they've pressed up her kinky 1985 groover 'Zanzibar', replete with percussive Afro mix, on the flip! Fire up the lambo, let's go…
Art Fine was the duo of Fabrice Bellini (electronics, vocals) and Rush Blakemann (guitar, synthesizer) from Tuin, Italy. They met in art school and became friends, inspired by New Wave, dance and electronic music. They recorded their only single “Dark Silence” in November 1984, which was released by Discomagic in 1985. Fabrice programmed the electronic drums using SCI Drumtraks and added extra tracks on the Simmons SDSV. Rush played electric guitar and the Yamaha piano notes at the start of the song. Guest musicians Silvano Borgatta and Riccardo RosaThe “da da da da da" voice effect was done… Read more
Powerful debut album of proper EBM/Wave muscle from the Sumerian Fleet on Dark Entries. Co-conspirators Alden Tyrell and Mr. Pauli are now joined by Croatian producer Zarkoff to fully optimise their take on true '80s EBM styles previously revealed through sought-after 12" for Clone and Crème Organzation. When their eponymous 12" landed in 2010 it quietly pre-empted an avalanche of EBM/Wave projects and reissues to the scene which they've now firmly capitalised on with nine tracks owing much to classic Front 242, Liasons Dangereuses, Depeche Mode et al but resolutely their own thing. We'… Read more
Twitchy, nervous coldwave minimalism from Michael Wood's Redredred project, delivered by the currently untouchable Dark Entries. Sticking to a reduced and repetitive aesthetic, Wood revels in the hypnotic power of hardware on 'Pattern Completion' with eight jagged, droning, driving missiles urged on by his own vocals. For quick highlights check the aquatic jak of 'A Pattern Completion', the heads-down Industrial pump of 'Skyline' and the deft, metallic stepper 'Distance Between Objects'. RIYL Suicide, Martial Canteral, Powell, Traxx…
Dark Entries celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Italo Disco club hit “Walking In The Neon”. Peter Richard was the alias first adopted in 1979 by producer and vocalist Walter Beinat. His best known song was “Walking In The Neon”, released as a maxi-single on Italian label Good Vibes in 1985. For this single Richard teamed up with the production duo of Gigi Farina and Franco Rago, best known for their projects ‘Lectric Workers, Decadance, Expansives, and Wanexa. "Walking In The Neon" was written by Rago & Farina with help from Chuck Rolando, member of Italian disco group Passenge… Read more
Thursday, 26 June
**Diagonal unveil the first of two EP’s from Bronze Teeth, a new project from Dominic Butler of Factory Floor and Richard Smith of Optimo Music’s L/F/D/M. First pressing comes in a limited spot gloss jacket designed by Guy Featherstone. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton** Dom Butler (Factory Floor) and Richard Smith (L/F/D/M) debut their fierce Bronze Teeth sound on the first of two hard-ass 12"s for Diagonal. Sustaining the momentum of Powell's crackshot 'Club Music' EP, recently issued on Diagonal, the 'O Unilaterals' 12" yields a trio of modular hardware-honed bangers belying the ongoin… Read more
**RIYL HTRK, Cold Cave** "Female/male duo White Hex (Tara Green and Jimi Kritzler) released their debut album Heat in 2012 released on Avant! Records. 2014 sees their return with the follow up full-length, Gold Nights. The album is the second in a series of three thematically connected records which is based on a period of three years. The album's themes include tackling the deaths of friends over the past few years and somehow staying optimistic through that loss. Recorded after shows in Paris, Berlin, New York and Melbourne, Gold Nights explores Italo disco, minimalist techno and the more pri… Read more
Thursday, 19 June
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Curated by Richard H Kirk , #7885 (Electropunk To Technopop)’ compiles two distinct periods of Cabaret Voltaire - 1978-81 and 1983-85 - for the first time together on one release and follows the remastered vinyl release of ‘Red Mecca’ and already sold out box set ‘#8385 (Collected Works 1983-1985)’. Kirk explains: “I decided to gather the more concise elements of the work... Hence the choice of 7” singles, edits and shorter album tracks, a kind of soundbite take on CV.” The compilation travels from 1978-81 wi… Read more
**Canny collection of early, pioneering French synth wave. Semi-opaque vinyl** "Atom Cristal is one of these bands that have been completely forgotten by the whole history of electronic music. Its adventure started out in 1974, in the town of Puteaux, where they attended the birth of La Défense, the archetype of the modern Parisian districts. As a fan of kraut and psych rock, Jean-Pierre Chatté bought one of the first EMS synthesizers for sale in Paris, and met soon after the sound engineer Michel Goujon. This is how their long friendship and musical affinity was born. During the 70… Read more
**30 year anniversary reissue of a cult classic from the Factory annals. Neat drum machine programming and gloomy/melancholy melodies in the mode of JD/New Order or Death In June. Edition of 500** "The Royal Family & The Poor is the nomenclature adopted by Mike Keane, who recorded for Factory Records between 1980 and 1986. "The Project Phase 1 - The Temple of the 13th Tribe", released in 1984 (FACT 95) was produced in Manchester by Joy Divison and New Order bassist Peter Hook. Featuring the violinist John Neesham (of Walking Seeds and Mel-o-Tone… Read more
Thursday, 12 June
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label - Kinda freaky, long-overlooked industrial dance music from France circa 1986. Includes a couple of aces in the kinky 'Discowar' and the slow swinging 'Estupefaction'. 1st pressing of 300 orange vinyl with download code** "After the success of the ‘Anyway’ 12’’, OTO, now a three-piece band played a few gigs before entering the studio to record their debut (and final) album ‘Purge An Urge’. Produced by Vincent Hachet from French industrial duo Geinst Naït, ‘Purge An Urge’ was supposed to contain 9 tracks but the final release saw only 6 … Read more
Crushing remix session for Bestial Mouths' eponymous album of gothic EBM pop on Clan Destine. Twelve versions cover shadowy ground between WMX's blow-out industrial hip hop mix of 'Ceased' to Soft Metals' ruddy electro-acid remix of 'Reunion', the ecstatically tortured Dalhous remix of 'Movement', and Mater Suspiria Vision's hellish nine minute dilation of 'Ceased' overrun with gunfire, epic doom synths and roiling rhythms.
Thursday, 05 June
**Long lost synth-pop/rock classics reissued** "Trek with Quintronic are the duo of Paul Wilcox (Trek) and David Kane (Quintronic). Formed from the ashes of prog rock band Masque in 1979, they moved from Buffalo, NY to New Hope, PA with contacts in the Philadelphia music scene. They recorded two pioneering albums of unique electronic rock, “Landing” LP from 1980, and the self-titled follow-up “Trek w/ Quintronic” LP in 1981. “Landing Plus” compiles the complete discography of Trek with Quintronic on a double vinyl for the first time in over 30 years. The band utilized a synthesizer… Read more