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Ltd red coloured vinyl reissue 7" on Souffle Continu Records. Edition of 700 copies (Richard Pinhas).

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Soutien à la RAF by Heldon
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9/10 Jim 08 July 2014

High quality vinyl reissues of 3 ultra-rare, groundbreaking 7”s by France’s greatest guitar innovator and electronic music pioneer, Richard Pinhas. Pinhas is a pivotal figure in the experimental underground, if you’ve never heard of him just take a look down the list of some of his collaborators to get an idea of the kind of things he’s influenced (Merzbow, Keiji Haino, Wolf Eyes, Oren Ambarchi, Lasse Marhaug, Yoshida Tatsuya, Philip K Dick, Robert Fripp, Magma…).

The second EP ‘Soutien à la RAF’, from 1975, is from Pinhas’ most renowned group, Heldon, and again was originally distributed free of charge at the time as a gesture of political radicalism. It kicks in with an intense, hypnotic synth loop that just gets me every time. This will have you double checking that it did indeed originally come out in 1975; you could easily be fooled into believing this a Jeff Mills or Porter Ricks cut. The only giveaway is the weirdly textured guitar lead scribbled across the surface of the whole thing. The flip sets up a meditative groove with a strummed, uni-vibed riff over which a huge, soaring fuzz guitar traces ecstatic archs before drifting off on a rolling bass mantra.

Easily up there with the likes of more well-known German contemporaries like Can, Faust and Kraftwerk and about as cool as it gets, treat yourself to a bit of radical musical history.


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