Boomkat Product Review:
Dark Entries keep plugging the gaps in our New Wave knowledge with reissue of Intense Molecular Activity’s obscure, belting 4-track single I.M.A. plus four tracks from the same era which have never appeared on vinyl, ’til now.
Caught in flux between proto-EBM and New Wave/NDW jerkiness, Andy Blinx and Don Hünerberg’s short-lived but vital unit effectively specialised in their own form of industrial disco under the name Intense Molecular Activity between 1979-1981.
Blinx sang and Hünerberg did the beats and noise on their sole release proper, an 8” flexi-disc which features as tracks 1-4, or side A on this new reissue. It’s perhaps best known, or recognised for the clattering, angular lead track Blurb, which provided core sample to Keep On Waiting from DJ Hell’s NY Muscle album, and also features some supreme porto-techno styles recalling Visage’s Frequency 7 int he likes of Points In Space and Just Testing, while the cavernous Blinxong comes off like a cut from Basquiat’s Gray EP beefed up by Kraftwerk - seriously!
The other tracks are bob-on, too. Beat Street is a proper dancefloor rocket - like some mad template for disco-metal alloys - while Battery Life unleashes a proper charge of percussion and processed vox shades away from Craig Leon’s Nommos, and The Look hits a wicked stride of militant snares and glancing, dissonant electronic stabs.