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Beau Wanzer
Do The Spider Shimmy

Beau Wanzer has been putting his own spin on a blend of industrial, wave, techno and electro for the past six years or so, since first releasing records through L.I.E.S. Do The Spider Shimmy is a 6-track EP with tracks culled from a CD-R he gave to Solvent & Lowfish in 2003 when he worked in a Chicago record store. Recently unearthed, it shows that Wanzer’s trademark rawness, minimalism and vocals processed beyond recognition were all in place early on.

Garum (Beau Wanzer & Shawn O'Sullivan)

Garum is the unholy union of Beau Wanzer and Shawn O’Sullivan. On their eponymous debut EP the pair play it pretty much as you’d expect them to. This is no bad thing - there are few other artists currently operating who can make scuzz-techno of such malevolent power. The Garum EP is out via The Trilogy Tapes (Low Jack, Beatrice Dillon).

Mutant Beat Dance
Mutant Beat Dance

This self-titled record from Mutant Beat Dance is more of a debut opus than a debut LP. Featuring 25 tracks spread out over six (!) records/two CDs, and with the box-set including a booklet, Mutant Beat Dance is a lavish piece. With so much time to play with the music here is unsurprisingly varied. Founding members Traxx and Beau Wanzer have roped in Steve Summers for this selection that takes in everything from synthwave to Chicago acid to Liquid Liquid-style punk funk. Keep an ear out for members of LCD Soundsystem cropping up on backing vox.

Beau Wanzer

Chicago weirdo Beau Wanzer returns to Ron Morelli’s Long Island Electrical Systems with a typically idiosyncratic EP. This self-titled affair makes for a neat overview of the various strains of club fare that Wanzer has been serving up over the past few years. There is left-field electro (‘The Grim Whim’), mutant techno (‘He Splilled My Drink’) and hypnotic synthwave (‘Wick Honey’) among these five tracks.

Transformation / Beau Wanzer
Kozmik / Orbit

This split 12” on Nation offshoot Kode plays two of techno’s more idiosyncratic voices off against each other. Transformation’s offering is a hypnotic slow-mo grind, full of faraway screeches and eerie percussion. Kind of like Kraftwerk’s ‘Autobahn’ if Kraftwerk had actually been Fuck Buttons and the record was cut at 33 when it was meant to be cut at 45. On the flip, L.I.E.S./Jealous God bloke Beau Wanzer gives us a track called ‘Oklahoma 3’, which sounds nothing like any of the music from Oklahoma. It actually sounds like a darkwave rendering of Hype Williams.
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Beau Wanzer
Issue No. Twenty

Given that Jealous God have dropped brutalist EPs by the likes of Broken English Club and Varg, it was perhaps only a matter of time before they called in a favour from darkwave dynamo Beau Wanzer. Issue No. Twenty is a perpetual motion machine, increasing in speed and intensity as it goes along. Kicking off with two loping bits of coldwave, we end up with the speedy industrial techno of ‘Cave Mace’.

Maiden Japan / The Gold Room

Juzer is the tasty pair-up of Beau Wanzer with Dan Jugel, each of whom have been carving out good slices of weirdstyle techno and dance electronics for some time. Now they do it together, pooling resources for two tightly-condensed 7” tracks. Pressed to particularly heavy wax, and released in limited quantities by R=A.

Beau Wanzer
Untitled II

Untitled II is a treat for Beau Wanzer fans: it’s the result of an archive trawl, digging out wild high-quality cuts that for whatever reason didn’t make it out there before. The 12 tracks (including ‘Dr Dre’s Smelly Feet’ and ‘Shitty Cough 14’) are heavy and dirty and broken-sounding: e.g. this is prime Wanzer material. Self-released vinyl LP.

Beau Wanzer

Electronic polymath Beau Wanzer dabbles in every possible world conceivable, making music that's abrasive as well as reflective, uncompromisingly bizarre and smoothly-sailed. His debut record comes from recordings made between 2002 and 2008, spanning six years of musical content. It's self-titled, genre-hopping and rather DIY.

Crepes EP

Dark Entries takes a break from its regular program of eighties coldwave / EBM reissues to release some brand new music from De-Bons-en-Pierre, aka Beau Wanzer and Maoupa Mazzocchetti. The Crepes EP was recorded in a single day in Brussels: six electro-industrial jams, all single takes. 12” with postcard.

Beau Wanzer

Everyone’s favourite Chicago-based molecular biology researcher/off-kilter not-quite-house music producer Beau Wanzer drops a self-released limited 7”. “It’s a Holiday” is anything but, with its rhythmically faltering conveyer belt, industrial pounds and robotic interjections. The three-tracker is sure to be a suitably, wonderfully strange follow up to his previous releases on the likes of L.I.E.S. and Russian Torrent Versions.

Beau Wanzer
Golden Cabinet, The Kirkgate Centre, Shipley (Saturday 2nd April)

The latest in Golden Cabinet's hopefully never ending series of shows at the Kirkgate Centre, Shipley showcases prolific Chicago based producer Beau Wanzer, His raw and uncompromising music blends influences from techno, electro, minimal wave, EBM abstract noise and 80's industrial. Japanese duo Group A are in the support chair. They make synth heavy minimal wave, avant noise influenced by industrial pioneers such as Throbbing Gristle or Cabaret Voltaire. Finally to finish off a nice triple bill Druss is the shapeshifting project of Gnod founding member Paddy Shine making head music without cliche.

CP / BW (Corporate Park and Beau Wanzer)

Duo Shane English and Jonah Lange make music together as Corporate Park. Here they have collaborated with Beau Wanzer as CP/BW. Untitled is collection of their recordings from sessions in Denton, Texas over the last three years. The influences come from all angles to display their unashamedly off-kilter approach to electronic music.

Beau Wanzer

New from Beau Wanzer is this Untitled 12”, loaded up with four tracks of compulsive-twitch inducing underslung electro. ‘Beaches of Leeches’ is especially good, parts of the mix sounding almost dubbed out while others push through shinily. Released on Beau Wanzer’s own self-titled label, no less.

Beau Wanzer
LP Sampler

Eclectic Chicago producer Beau Wanzer toils with industrial, house and noise music, and is set to release a self-titled record that brings together found material he's dug up from over the years -- he's prolific, you just didn't know it. The music spans over six years of Wanzer's craft, and 'LP Sampler' gives you a small taste of what's to come: considering the genre-hopping skills this dude's got, anything goes.