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Finders Keepers keep on finding more exciting things, this time in the shape of a debut collaboration between themselves and Aussie electronic specialists Dual Planet. 

This one captures 14 rare bits of '60s/70's/80's vintage voltage pop, electronic rock, malformed tape-music and zombified funk-punk. Compiled by Andy Votel and Dual Planet's James Pianta, there's rare / unreleased stuff from Don Harper, Suzanne Ciani, X Ray Pop, Teisco, Steve Maxwell Von Braund, Val Stephen, Clone and more.

Also features dazzling artwork from Votel on a heavy-duty sleeve.

LP £19.99 MS001LP

LP on Finders Keepers / Dual Planet ft. Don Harper, X Ray Pop, Clone and more.

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8/10 Brian Staff review, 31 July 2014

This is a labour-of-love collaboration between the ever-canny Finders Keepers and Australian off-beat stable Dual Planet.

Essentially a cosmic weirdo's dream compilation with thoroughly excellent Andy Votel sleeve art, this is very much how I'd expect a DJ set by ex-members of defunct analogue nut-cases Add N To (X) to sound. This is music for people who like Devo but wish they were as prog-fucked as Soft Machine. Folk who love 'Zeit' by Tangerine Dream but crave a bit of Robert Fripp at the same time. There's a track by Steve Maxwell Von Braund which gives this crazy album its title. Proper acid-soaked funky motorik astral-rock madness. I don't actually want to know anything more about him, he sounds like he may either be dead or really boring now as he put all his best ideas into this one song (surely?). It's easily the most wildly entertaining thing I've heard this week is 'Monster Planet'. Ennio Morricone meets Funkadelic by way of Hawkwind and Sun Ra?

Fans of the stone-cold classic Forbidden Planet soundtrack will adore bits of this. All those lovers of cult European soundtracks, devotees of Broadcast's more outre moments. X-Ray Pop are featured here too; truly one of the most strange, pioneering yet underrated French bands ever. You must buy all their available records now. Or the Octo-robot will kill your family. Yeah. What else? Stuff from the likes of Andrzej Korzynski who offers up something akin to early 80's industrial electro-funk. Loads of superbly segued oddities for the connoisseur of the strange in your family. I think you'll find that's YOU if you are reading this. Yeah, gotcha!

Aussie import only, not sure how long this'll stick around but I'm impressed as an impressed man by the crate digging skills exhibited here.


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