Boomkat Product Review:
August techno figurehead, Karl O'Connor aka Regis, exposes his primitive, teenaged self as Sandra Plays Electronics for Minimal Wave. The urgent, prodding pulses and dryly snotty, muffled vocals of 'Her Needs' were recorded during soundcheck for a gig at the College of Food and Domestic Arts, Birmingham, in 1988, and clearly pays tribute to his heroes, D.A.F., Cabaret Voltaire and Soft Cell - some of whom he would go on to collaborate with - with a mixture of motorik, phet-clench propulsion, noise, and nagging hooks. Flipside they've included an updated version hailing from the 1999 recording sessions for 'Man Has Responsibilities', his notorious collusion with Peter Sutton and Anthony Child as Diversion Group. Here, ten years later he's refined the groove with that ineffably salty brummie swagger, while the vocals are revealed with a touch more clarity. Straight ace - do not miss!