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Sommet
Fugitive

Ooh, I’m liking this a lot. I don’t know a lot about Sommet and the press release isn’t giving a lot away but the sleeve to this LP indicates that this is the work of Clement Bonnet and Sebastien Rosat, who I’m assuming are French until instructed otherwise. They’ve pieced together seven tracks of pulsating soundtra...view item »
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Jesse Ruins
Fractured Holy Symmetry

'A Film' was a record by shoegazing, pop dreaming, electronica-tinkering band Jesse Ruins, and 'Fractured Holy Symmetry' is a companion piece for all those who loved it, featuring remixes by artists such as Soft Metals, Naliza Moo, Radio Friends and Diane Halls, as well as six new Jesse Ruins tracks. A varied offering of noise and synt...view item »
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Model Alpha
Dimensions

Model Alpha are a Parisian pair, who have been beavering away at their analogue synthesisers for a while now. Dimensions is the first public release of their dabblings, and the result is a set of tranced-out, space age instrumentals. Released as an LP with a bonus, single-side flexidisc squeezed into the package for goo...view item »
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Sergie Rezza
Mist

Sergie Rezza is a collaborative project between Romain Poncet and DJ Deep that lies somewhere in the dark and dreamy territory between techno and noise. ‘Mist’ combines the energy and focus of Romain with the atmospheric experimentation of Deep to forge a new, more cerebral, beat driven path embellished with intricate melodies and su...view item »
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D. Stop
Traitement de choc

Woo, exceedingly rare first release from synth-punkers D. Stop, reissued at last. What’s more, Traitement de choc’s original three tracks are complemented by four other contemporary numbers, which have never seen vinyl release before. Clear vinyl 10” reissue on the Desire label, limited to only 300 cop...view item »
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Too Young To Love
Fire

I thought this was gonna be some kind of indie pop 7” ('cause, y'know, most 7”s by people I've not heard of are) but actually I was way off. This is some kind of techno dance pop business, done very slickly with buzzy bass and intermittent, crisp beats and smooth gliding synths...view item »
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Monoton
Monotonprodukt 02

The Vienna-based Monoton were one of the most influential minimal electronic acts of their time, making clinical and abstract sounds that tried to capture the most important moments in repetition. Formed by Konrad Becker, the project revolved around his own technical innovations; on 'Monotonprodukt 02', the use of drum machines, electr...view item »
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Ike Yard
Remixed

Ike Yard came into being as No Wave passed on, Industrial was in the air and 'proto techno' had yet to be coined. Propulsive, paranoid, aggressive electro minimalism, with as much attention paid to the mixing board and effects processors as to vocals, guitar and synth. At once starker and more fully-formed than virtually all other contemporaneou...view item »
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Ricardo Tobar
Hundreds/Garden

Ricardo Tobar makes downbeat and oh-so-minimal techno, known for fucking shit up on James Holden's imprint. His work has a nostalgic, crackedy feel, brought on by his affection for primitive drum machinery and ageing electronic equipment. 'Garden' takes a cut from his debut record and presents it on a shiny 12" courtesy of Desire Inc., with a co...view item »


D.Stop
Nouvelles du Front

French dudes with tall hair and a love of next-generation punk rock (the kind with synths and new wave influence and all that wonder), D.Stop were formed in the early 1980s and released their first record of synth-punk in '83. Here is 'Nouvelles du Front' for all those who want to get their hands on an overlooked document of coldwave. ...view item »
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Underpass
Assimilation

Underpass hail from Olympia, Washington and make politically driven, atmospheric post-punk music. Their debut LP, 'Assimilation', showcases the band's minimalist approach to song craft; deep, echoing bass lines coalesce with prevailing synths and vocal and guitar lines akin to the haunting quality of Robert Smith's. Although brooding and dark, '...view item »
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Underpass
Assimilation

Underpass is a post-punk band from Washington who, apart from their founder, Alexander Miranda, remain anonymous due to what record label Desire cites as "border issues". The band stick to the gloomy, despondent traditions of the genre they play in, with guitar that recalls early post-punk champions; Miranda's often horrifically anecdotal lyrics...view item »
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Babel 17
Celeano Fragments

Babel 17 formed on the periphery of the 80s and 90s, making a sinister coldwave, post-punk and industrial hybrid. Their stay was short but sweet, with two records released in four years. 'Cleano Fragments' was originally released in 1990 and gets a new release from Desire. It's a compelling record of dark synth and dejection for fans of New Orde...view item »
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Cold Name
Eat Your Hand

Cold Name is the solo alter-ego of Jesse Ruins' Nobuyuki Sakuma, and this week he's got an album out on the reliable Desire imprint. From the Cold Cave-ish artwork I was expecting a cold wavey type sound but this is actually a subtle and slowly-unfolding electronica album featur...view item »
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D'Marc Cantu
Parisian Summer

The idea behind 'Parisian Summer' came after I played the Weather Fesitval in Paris during the spring of 2013. The atmosphere was amazing and so many new ideas emerged from my experiences there. 'PartyDaze', 'Svetlan' and 'MadDance' were all created ahead of my show at La Machine that weekend. All three of those tracks were made with the purpose...view item »
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A G E N D E R
Fixations

A G E N D E R is a feminist punk band from Melbourne that grew out of frontwoman Romy Hoffman's home recordings; it's now a three-piece playing her songs. Their second record, 'Fixations', is a post-punk record about exploring "fetishes and femininity". It recalls Total Control in its half synth, half despondent guitar sound (the bands have...view item »
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Monoton
Monotonprodukt 07

We wanted to give this album of the week when we first got it but they sold out too quickly so here we are again! Here's Brian's review for the black vinyl but we now have white vinyl left! This sounded utterly brilliant when I read about it a while ago and still sounds like nothing el...view item »
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oTo
Purge An Urge

Purge an Urge by oTo was their only album. Originally released in 1986, the duo had expanded to a three-piece band for the album. Purge an Urge followed on from their successful 12” single, Anyway. Initially, the album was supposed to contain 9 tracks, but by the time of release it had been trimm...view item »
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Orphan Swords
Risk In A New Age

Although generally known to be lethal combination, there can also be a beauty to Orphan Swords, if you coat them in noise and speak emotionally about tough things in a controlled manner. It is a risk you have to take, and taking Risk in a New Age is something these Belgians love and will never stop doing....view item »
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Live Skull
Cloud One

Weirdly, given the band name and the album cover, this is not 70s/80s heavy metal. Instead, Live Skull were a no wave band, and Cloud One captures them at their scrambly noisy best. In fact, this record is often considered the band’s greatest work, so it is a relief that it is finally back in print after so long....view item »
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Candidate
Side By Side

Side by Side is the debut album from French duo Candidate and was originally released in 1987. The boy-girl pair from Nancy followed on from the success of Nancy bands such as Kas Produkt, by singing in English yet remaining popular elsewhere in Europe. Side by Side is available on blue vinyl, limited to 300 co...view item »
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oTo
Anyway

oTo were an integral part of the fertile music scene in Nancy, France during the 80s. Anyway was their debut single and has filled dance floors across the globe. The highly regarded single was originally released in 1984 prior to their only album Purge an Urge. Anyway is reissued on 12” v...view item »
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Ike Yard
Loss (Regis Remix)

Here's a little one-sided taster for an upcoming Ike Yard remixes album, and it's got Regis reworking 'Loss'. It starts out as a stuttering little techno beat and cut-up vocal sample, but that eventually develops into a pulsating wall of synth bloops anchored by a steady bass drum and snare, a pulsating shivering em...view item »
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JBLA
The Belleville EP

JBLA is the result of a jam session between Julian Jöckel (midnightopera), Stuart Argabright (Ike Yard, Black Rain, o13), Michael Langeder and Bernardo Risquez from Different Fountains. The EP’s title track is a dark downbeat atmospheric c...view item »
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Operations (Monoton aka Konrad Becker)
Posession

A thumping, groovy beast from electronic arts pioneer Monoton. For Operations he teams up with Viennese vocalist Sela to present a unique project fusing modern technology with ancient communication techniques. Taken from the vaudevillian live show it’s a dark trip into the Twilight Zone. Out on 10...view item »
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Collateral
Ctrl 5 / Ctrl 3

Two “plus points” in the last five minutes; I'm liking this Collateral 12” and I've also just seen a horse. Terrific. Now I'm sure you know all about horses so I'll tell you about this 12” instead. It's in a white sleeve, white vinyl and it's that brand of female...view item »
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The Present Moment
The High Road

What can I say about The Present Moment. They make real industrial Goth type stuff of the like I never really understood. I guess if I was "real Leeds", born and bred, I'd be able to relate to these overly dramatic dark synth tones, but I'm not, I'm from Telford. In Telford we listen to proper pop music like Yazz and Shanice, not a load of indus...view item »
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Ike Yard
Remix EP 3

Early 80’s minimal electro post-punk outfit Ike Yard receive further remix treatment from a wicked selection of current players. This set follows remixes from Regis, Tropic Of Cancer, Fred Szymanski and Arnaud Rebotini. Stepping up here we hav...view item »
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AV (featuring Death In Vegas Remix)
Mort à Vegas

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Ricardo Tobar
Treillis

From Desire Records, the Frenchmen who brought you Egyptology's epic extended synth-warble, The Skies, Ricardo Tobar's Treillis is another cut of electronic wonderstuff. A 10/10 if it wasn't for a typically meandering first track, along with a few e...view item »
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Panico
Resonancia

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Les Maitres
Demos

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Various
And You Will Find Them In The Basement



Katharsis
Suspension Of Belief

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Egyptology
The Skies

Oh wow. Where the hell did these guys come from? The sleeve art for this album is sexy as all hell, with a die-cut front cover which you can mix and match with the four different sides of the inner sleeves. Desire have teamed up with French label Clapping Music for this vinyl edition whic...view item »
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AV
Venus Bar

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Jesse Ruins
A Film

Romantic and wide-eyed electronica gets breathed in and out in A Film, the debut record from trio Jesse Ruins who have expanded from their origins, incorporating stunning shoegaze inclinations. There are even drums. The sound of a quietened IDM record getting thrown into the wide open. ...view item »
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Puce Moment
Puce Moment

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Deathday
Deathday

This is this LA quartet’s debut album on Desire so I’ve no idea what to expect. What I’m getting is a brand of post-punky coldwave with icy synths and percussive post-industrial aspects, somewhere between Cold Cave and a guitarless ...view item »
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Xander Harris
Snow Crash

Xander Harris, not to be confused with the fictional character, has been a busy lad lately, and since we didn’t manage to find time to review his previous album last week it’s come to me to say a few words about this one on Desire, ‘Snow Crash’...view item »
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A Terrible Splendour
Poseurs

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TSTI
Evaluations

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Collateral
Black EP

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Bernardino Femminielli
Double Invitation

Bernardino Femminielli comes from the past. Weird 70s and 80s. You can see him in a sentimental white suit or with a black leather jacket. Friend of many odd fellows, such as Alex Zhang Hungtai aka Dirty Beaches, son of arty Montréal, after a couple of releases for Los Discos Enfantasmes and a s...view item »
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Ike Yard
Ike Yard

This one has been a long time coming! Originally released in 1982 on the US branch of Factory Records. It was the only release on the label and the only LP by the band up until follow up ‘Nord’ appeared last year. Quite a gap that! The record is self titled but is often referred to as ‘A ...view item »
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Crossover
Gloom

These people are making some kind of synthy darkpop sounds on this record here. Judging by the press release they’ve been going for a while and developed a bit of a following but this is my first time in their company. Sometimes there is a boy singing and sometimes there’s a ...view item »
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Dance Chapter
Chapters

This is one of those “complete discography” albums from a long-lost West Yorkshire band so short-lived they only released two records -  just six songs in total! They only brought out a 7" and a 12” EP in their short career but ithey're great and have become very soug...view item »
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The Present Moment
Loyal to a Fault



Newclear Waves
Newclear Waves

Looks like it's synthpop corner for me this morning. First the new Terror Bird LP, now this one from Newclear Waves. I'm not too sure about that band name...it reminds me of that Ash record 'Nu-Clear Sounds', and who ...view item »
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Project Komakino
Retrospection

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GHXST
Evil Wicked Desire

Now this one's interesting. New York trio GHXST (pronounced 'Ghost') are introducing themselves by way of this sexy-looking grey vinyl LP, and it's a well-formed sound they're peddling. Influences including goth, industrial, synthpop, indie, shoegaze and noise rock all mix together in a cu...view item »
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Demontre
Reigning

Not heard these guys before so I thought I'd check 'em out. Firstly some facts for you..... there's 300 copies of this baby.... 150 in a green sleeve and 150 in a red sleeve. We have a handful of each but there being only 300 I can't imagine it hanging around for too long. I thought these ...view item »


Retriever
The Rattle And The Hiss

Well Newcastle, I'm sorry that I don't come up more often, you've a lovely personality and some great pubs. I'm a bit unfamiliar with your burgeoning indie scene though. Maximo Park and Chapman Family are all that's known down these parts. Are Les Cox Sportifs from there? I like them! And the evergreen Milky ...view item »
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Project Komakino
The Struggle For Utopia

You'd struggle to listen to this and not immediately think hang on! This band sound exactly like Joy Division, they've named themselves after a Joy Division song, the band photo on the album (black and white) looks like Joy Division. I guess if you like a band and you want to sound like that it could be fortuitous to make it ever so slightly les...view item »
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Shazzula / S†U
Split

This is the work of a lady that is a member of the mysterious Aqua Nebula Oscillator. This is totally on the dark tip with bleak and sparce ethereal sounds which become increasingly eeerie and spooked. On the second side as S†U (Shazzula and Uspudo) side she's sculpting walls of doomy black psychedelic guitar ritual with distant drums pre...view item »
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Televised Crimewave
Help The Girl

Televised Crimewave are a relative new entity spawned from the ashes of the much hyped Leeds "art-punk" band Black Wire. Not sure what happened to Black Wire but I didn't pay much attention in the first place so i guess it doesn't matter. Nowadays the lads are playing downbeat garage rock type stuff that is occasionally referred to as death rock...view item »
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Soft Metals/ Jewels of The Nile
Split

Ahhhh Throbbing Gristle eternal classic gets a cover version... Let's see... Well I'm pleased to report they've not totally butchered the original. While some elements do remain it's a homage that's been updated with a slightly tougher groove that'll work on modern dancefloors. Of course for me the original will always win hands down but they've...view item »
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