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In Mirrors
Escape From Berlin

The press release for Escape From Berlin, a new record that is something or other to do with Johnny Jewel and his friend Jesse Taylor, asks us to imagine ‘Phillip Glass [sic] playing chess with William Burroughs while Klaus Schulze slaves over a droning synthesizer in the corner.’ No thanks. At least the Schulze thing is accurate. In Mirrors will satisfy those who still haven’t had enough of John Carpenter’s music despite seemingly every third record released in 2018 being something to do with the Halloween franchise.
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Desire
Under Your Spell

As much as I enjoyed the film Drive, I'm not sure I can forgive the wave of bands flatly imitating its soundtrack that followed its release. That said, the film's own soundtrack still holds up. Under Your Spell by Desire was part of that soundtrack, and appears here with a number of other songs and alternate versions by the band.

Johnny Jewel
Themes For Television

He’s prolific, that Johnny Jewel. Despite running Italians Do It Better and being in Chromatics, he still manages to find time to turn out an impressive amount of solo material. No sooner has the dust settled on Jewel’s January LP Digital Rain than we get Themes For Television, a twenty-one track collection of music intended for the reboot of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Only ‘Windswept’ made it onto the show in the end, but the remaining pieces conjure that very specific TP mood very well indeed.

Tess Roby
Beacon

Tess Roby’s debut LP Beacon, out via Italians Do It Better (Chromatics, Glass Candy), is a well-wrought collection of electronic ballads. Bringing to mind a more considered and nuanced version of Zola Jesus, Roby’s poised vocals dovetail with gently purring synthesisers, keening organs and little curls of electric guitar.
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Johnny Jewel
Digital Rain

Just six months after Windswept, which featured some of his memorable contributions to the latest Twin Peaks series, Mr. Jewel’s ready with the next batch. The concept of Digital Rain is to evoke precipitation, which Johnny doubtless experiences little of in Los Angeles, and to convey liquid structures. Expect lots of gentle transitions between vignettes of rain samples, melancholy synths, dripping glockenspiel and the like.

Chromatics
Nite

'Nite' surfaced ten years ago to too few pairs of ears, so is very much welcome back on a new CD and LP release. This mini album takes cues from Miss Kittin's electro-pop workouts but treads far into contemporary disco and Italo, never letting go of the sultriness that gives it its dark, irresistible character.
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Glass Candy
I Always Say Yes

Italo reissue, originally recorded just over ten years ago, showing off the best aspects of a genre enjoying a continued refresher. This represents the less bombastic style, rooted more firmly in older Patrick Cowley-esque disco hits but with all the romantic drama found in Italo's most endearing examples.
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Various
Cruise Control

Listen in to Johnny Jewel’s package of highlights for the summer, all carefully picked out from the 2017 release roster of the Italians Do It Better label. Cruise Control features seventy-nine minutes premium smooth-synth material from Chromatics, Nite Jewel and Glass Candy among others, and it is bound to make your summer better. CD on Italians Do It Better.
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Johnny Jewel
Windswept

Johnny Jewel’s dark disco has adorned many soundtracks including Drive and Lost River. His new album features a load of unreleased solo material, including few of his works for the third season of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Includes a couple tracks with his groups Desire and Chromatics. 80s Bohren und der Club of Gore in dystopian lounge setting.

Symmetry
Themes For An Imaginary Film

The album’s made by Johnny Jewel and his mate Nat Walker (Desire). It’s three hours long, it’s called Themes For An Imaginary Film and is the debut release of yet another new Jewel venture, Symmetry. The LP edition is pressed on ‘windshield dipped in blood’-coloured vinyl. Themes For An Imaginary Film is targeted at ‘Painters, Writers, Photographers, Designers, Cruisers, Night Walkers, & Dreamers’, and it sounds like a perfect simulacrum of all of Jewel’s other output. We have reached peak-Jewel - this is a thing of retro-fetishist, Italo-wave, hypnagogic, New-Romantic beauty.
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