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NYC’s Diane Cools and the Distortion contribute the first 5” vinyl release from micro-label Polytechnic Youth. The label's manifesto is to produce small presses of electronic ditties and radiophonic experiments. Thankfully the music here is as wonderful as the label. The group spew out a kitchen-sink industrial music full of gnarly arpeggios and snotty cut-up vocals. Comes on thick, clear wax too.

5" £9.99 PY16

Limited 5" lathe cut on Polytechnic Youth. Edition of 99 copies. ONE COPY PER CUSTOMER.

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Time is Now / Klang You by Diane Cools and the Distortion
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6/10 Laurie Staff review, 10 December 2015

Do not try to put this into your CD player, as these 5 inches contain no digital bits. That’s right, this is a super-rare 5” vinyl that really pushes the boundaries of what is worth it in this world. But, you cannot deny that this is a lovely object, and placing it on the record player is a fun new thing. It’s just, well, I tried to review the first track but it was over before I could think!

Ok so it’s weird synth music with a spoken word vocalist spouting stuff about how our lives are meaningless and eventually repeatedly saying “fuck you”. ‘Klang You’ starts off as a basic synth arp before a couple more synths join after the expletives and a simple beat leads it to the end. Flipping over to ‘Time is Now’ is a nice easy task, and we have more synth arp things and spoken word for another minute or two.

There’s some interesting synth noises at a couple of moments. Other than that, I dunno, I can’t just give them points for a funky format. It’s probably a statement about how we’re all slaves to the vinyl industry and the hit-single mentality or whatever. I’m just left wondering what the point is.

Stocking filler?

9/10 Dirk Schreber Customer review, 11th December 2015

Another fabulous piece of synth education courtesy of the glorious Polytechnic Youth. This is unusual New York avant pop from Diane Cools. Utilising Patti Smith spoken word to great effect over a raw synth and drum machine throb. Think Suicide meets early Devo via industrial Sheffield. The packaging is fab with two tasty inserts all surrounding the clear 5" vinyl. Each tune weighs in at just 1.30", the perfect pop time. The Time is Now. Only 99 exist. Why wouldn't you? To the negative Normans review I say Klang You!


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