Boomkat Product Review:
Song Cycle Reissue Of an absolutely classic 1985 comp originally Released On LTM. Includes Tracks By Clock DVA, Section 25, Minny Pops, Tuxedomoon, Dislocation Dance, Crispy Ambulance, A Primary Industry & Eric Random.
Originally issued in 1985 as catalogue number LTM V.XI, back when the label was based in Glasgow and before it became closely associated with Les Disques Du Crepuscule, Heures sans Soleil marked the efforts of a keen new label owner looking to get closer to the artists he admired, and to share their music with the international tape scene which connected so many underground artists back then.
It really wasn’t a case of DM-ing someone back then, and Nice would spend his hard-earned on trips to Belgian sourcing original masters and making contact with the scene he was besotted with. Reads like a very familiar tale for anyone who remembers how it was before the internet, then?!
His efforts were not in vain. The resultant compilation reveals a clean cross-section of new wave sophistication which all falls broadly under the sylvan sound we’d associate with compilations such as From Brussels With Love - which was a big touchstone for this set - or well, quite literally the Crepuscule name, which he obviously cadged from, and would eventually end up running.
All the tracks are either taken from rare compilations or outtakes, with many made their first outing on vinyl - in effect like a precursor to V-O-D’s mission - and includes aces such as Tuxedomoon’s brooding Shelved Dreams taken from a Touch compilation along with numbers from Section 25, Eric Random and Dislocation Dance licensed from Wally van Middendorp’s Plurex label, plus a stray stripe of Polish folk off a randomly copped comp, with deletable highlights in Dislocation Dance’s nouvella vague kiss, The Next Year I Returned To St. Michelle (But Marie Had Gone And With Her My Childhood) and the stark, nervy jazz-funk of From This Prospect by A Primary Industry - who also contribute two quick and bustling versions of At Gunpoint and Perversion on the bonus 7”, if you’re fast enough to get one of the first 250 copies.