Review: As any New Wave enthusiast will happily tell you, Richard Bone was one of the founding fathers of New York's late '70s/early '80s electronic scene. By 1983, his fame had spread as far as the UK, leading Survival Records to take a punt on his Brave Tales album. Since then, the LP has gone on to be regarded as an underground new wave classic, hence this first ever vinyl reissue. It remains a hugely impressive work, with Bone tempering the vibrant cheeriness of his synthesizer melodies and lo-fi drum machine rhythms with stylish, off-kilter vocals and some seriously addictive analogue basslines. There are nods towards post-punk pop, New York electro and, more bizarrely, 1950s rock and roll dotted throughout, as well as references to cult movies and lesser-known records from the period.
Somehwere Else In Europe - "Eddie & The Sun Shine" (4:26)
Analysis - "Surface Tension" (3:08)
The Limit - "OK Go" (2:56)
13 At Midnight - "One The Beach" (4:53)
The Limit - "Do It" (4:35)
Richard Bone - "Quantum Hop" (4:24)
Review: New wave archivists Medical Records continue to trawl through the epic back catalogue of Survival Records, which was one of the UK's leading alternative electronic imprints during the 1980s. The label's combination of far-sighted, left-of-centre synth-pop, eccentric instrumentals and rougher, dancefloor-focused fare is much in evident in this fourth retrospective compilation. Highlights include, but are not limited to, the dark, slap bass-propelled wooziness of The Limit's "Shock Waves", the arpeggio-heavy, Mascara-clad throb of 13 At Midnight's "Other Passengers" and the deliciously cheery, lo-fi synth-pop/electro-funk fusion of "Surface Tension" by Analysis. Throw in a couple of killer cuts from NYC legend Richard Bone and you've got an essential collection of quirky, early '80s electronic cuts.
Leidenschaft - "The Cities Of The Red Night" (3:38)
Black Fantasy - "Fade Away From Me" (3:13)
Almost Alone - "Blue City" (4:06)
Review: If you're into your '80s cold/no wave filth then Medical's Electroconvulsive Therapy series are the tickets for you! The fearless reissue label have put out seriously definitive collections of the post-punk era, ranging from vocal-led synth-pop to more industrial and cavernous proto-techno beats, and this third chapter of the ET branch - an RSD 2015 special - is another gorgeous ten tracks of rare-as-hell experimental music from the golden era of creativity. You can hear shreds of Joy Division's massive influence on 80's music in tracks like "Who Cares" by Leidenschaft or "Betrayal" by Secession. However, there's also plenty of disco/boogie-filtered action on cuts like "Look!" by VUD and "The Cities Of The Red Night", another track from Leidenschaft. It's a compilation for romantics, a sector of society who is in love with that era's sense of bittersweet melancholia. Lovely.