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Now this is something quite special, I was intrigued by the brief clips I managed to crowbar off Boomkat's Fort Knox-like cryptic site of esoteric goodies and as far as the collection of tracks by Vazz go I am not remotely disappointed. This Glasgow outfit flitted around the post punk and new romantic scene in the early 80s and really do sound like they've crash landed in a time capsule and come wearily knocking on your door at five in the morning. Imagine how startled they'll be when you're stood there bemused in your dressing gown eating a pot noodle, the one thing they'd never expect to have lasted from those halcyon days! So yeah, wild funky bass lines, ethereal moods, 23 Skidoo, shimmering dubby textures, Tuxedomoon, psychotropic funk, Antena, puttering dream machines (sic), Chris & Cosey.....thinking all these wonderful things! Hey, one song is like Young Marble Giants remixed by Sun Araw whilst A Certain Ratio lounge in a hammock gazing through an opium fog. Quite startling really how these tracks have just sat there in little nook somewhere. Look Stew, I said NOOK!
Flip over for a taste of Italy's La Bambola Del Dr Caligari who are a more enigmatic proposition but no less engaging. Slightly eerier sounding, not surprising from the sinister name and the vocals sound really bizarre like the echo'd intonations from a coven of witches. 'Strawberry Creeps' resembles swirling seductive darkwave electro with a slightly mystical Eastern element to it. subsequent tracks are murky, brooding gothic things with torch song vocals, funeral drum machine and frosty tendrils of sombre synth. The track Satan's Pride is an odd ponderous number with a spoken word vocal and some fabulous escalating synth action. It's like a PVC clad Lali Puna almost. So for my money, the Vazz tracks are UTTERLY indispensable and the Italian outfit's songs are also a most intriguing bonus. A real archive surprise this baby....
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