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Holy grail time! Vladimir Ivkovic initiates the Uprooted series with a 1st legit pressing of CHBB’s elusive industrial/techno touchstone, paired with a slow-motion dream sequence from Rex Ilusivii, Goran Vejvoda and Milan Mladenović - Essential business. No digital!
The first release on Vidal Benjamin’s Uprooted - a hugely promising, split 7” series exploring the idea of dual heritage - Belgrade-born and Düsseldorf-based DJ and digger’s mage Vladimir Ivkovic plays a blinder with two rare as hens-teeth gems that speak to his Serbian-German provenance and intrinsic links to both city’s renowned music scenes. Ivkovic reps his home city with a never before heard beauty by Serbian-Brazilian émigré Rex Ilusivii, while jaws will be dropped with the B-side’s first properly mastered and cut pressing of Liaisons Dangereuses co-founders Chrislo Haas & Beate Bartel aka CHBB’s utterly cult, ’81 industrial-techno blueprint.
Hardly believe we’re typing this, but CHBB’s ’NBKE’ finally gets a proper vinyl pressing. Named for its makers’ initials, CHBB was the short-lived side-project of Liaisons Dangereuses co-founders Chrislo Haas & Beate Bartel, whose series of tapes now trade for around £5000 - if u can find them. Respectfully abbreviated from a frankly dodgy title that doesn’t bear up to transliteration thru the maze of modern politics, ’NBKE’ remains the cult touchstone of feral proto-EBM and Düsseldorf dance music, splicing deadly choral chants to scudding kicks and Beate’s yowl in a way that never fails to take our breath away and make us bang the walls. Like many, we’ve made do with a YouTube rip for ages, so all credit to Vlad for gaining Beate’s permission to finally press it up and fire away after a 40 year wait.
The other side hails Vladimir’s roots in Belgrade, where he was born and honed his DJ skills as an adolescent playing slow jams at his father’s discotheque in the ’80s. The corresponding whorl of ‘Untitledvić’ hails Mitar Subotić (aka Suba aka Rex Ilusivii), collaborating with his Angel's Breath bandmate Milan Mladenović. While Suba and Mladenović would tragically pass long before their time in the ‘90s, their exclusive cut here helps define Belgrade’s legacy of slow, sexy, modal club music with a melange of psych rock, Ottoman melodies, and Suba’s mind melt electronics that dwell at the square root of Ivkovic’s signature, downtempo sets nowadays.