Boomkat Product Review:
**Limited to 600 copies, includes official certificate of ownership** Vinyl On Demand focus on the unique and captivating minimal synth and guitar recordings of Daniel Malempré with 'The M.A.L. Tapes'. The breadth and scope of this label's excavations never fail to amaze us and this one is no different. The A-side covers eight relatively brief, almost baroque recordings released on various labels such as Grafika Airline and Insane Music in the early eighties, including selections from 'Chemistry', 'Two Faces', and 'Outlaw'. The first track is an eleven minute composite mix of seven pieces originally released on 'Chemistry', segueing from ultra-cute synth-pop to more urgent Darkwave, exquisite Kosmiche and gorgeous miniatures which wouldn't sound out of place on a Ghost Box release. There are plenty more highlights found on the Chris Carter-esque 'There Is A Man At The Door' and not least the inward-loops of 'The Human Mind' featuring strings organ from underground lynchpin Alain Neffe of Pseudo Code/Bene Gesserit and the Insane Music label. But, for many the B-side will offer the most extraordinary revelations. It features two truly mind-blowing and spine-tingling extended guitar and wha-wha pedal experiments created in 1974 with synthesizer accompaniment from Alain Neffe. The tracks, 'Orion' and 'Andromède' running to 20 minutes and 8 minutes respectively, were originally released some time later on the 'Two Faces' cassette (release date unknown), quite some time after Malempré had sent the original recordings to two famous record companies, only to later suspect that a famous guitarist working for one of the companies would copy his concept. In all honesty, they do sound a hell of a lot like the style of Ash Ra Tempel's Manuel Göttsching, but we really wouldn't wanted to question the provenance of either artist. We should just say these are stunning pieces of music and totally recommended.