Review: Somewhat later than initially intended, Pinkman serves up the second volume in its celebratory "Five Years of Tears" series (the first landed back in April 2018). As was the case with its predecessor, the six-track set is made up entirely of previously unreleased material. This time round, the majority of the material is inspired by EBM, industrial, coldwave and other skewed, left-of-centre electronic sounds from the 1980s. The material is uniformly strong, with highlights including the sweaty, percussive, all-action insanity of "Al Batard" by Jann, sleazy, mid-tempo EBM pulse of Kris Baha's superb "Beatthemachine" and the pitch-black, DAF style intensity of Retrograde Youth's "Final Days".
Review: As the title suggests, this is the first volume in a series of 12" singles designed to celebrate five years of admirable Dutch label Pinkman. It's naturally packed with previously unheard treats, with a trio of label regulars being joined by newcomer Randstad. Ernestas Sadau steps up first to set the tone, delivering a raw, creepy and paranoid analogue throb-job rich in psychedelic electronic motifs, EBM style arpeggio lines and snappy machine percussion. Alessandro Parisi's "ZeroCool" sounds like a dystopian cover version of the KLF's original 1988 version of "What Time is Love" (that's a good thing, by the way), while Identified Patient's "OCTrax" joins the dots between Nitzer Ebb, Italo-disco and new beat. As for Randstad, the artist's "Glasback" is a dubby, otherworldly treat rich in odd spoken word vocals and gloomy chords.