Review: For their first trick, recently launched label Ex Machina presents a selection of tunes extracted from M. Finnkreig's 1988 debut cassette, Exit/Accidental. There's much to admire throughout, from the foreboding, fuzz-laden new beat pulse of "Blank Order" and "Clean State", to the bubby but moody, alternative synth-pop bustle of "Discover The Truth" and high-pitched, manipulated acappella vocal cut "Medium". Elsewhere, "Exit-Accidental" is a cheery and out-there chunk of pitched-down electro rich in moody, post-apocalyptic chords and stuttering sample stabs, and "Liberia" is a woozy collage of layered spoken word snippets, lilting synthesizer melodies and wobbly drum machine programming.
Five Times Of Dust - "Computer Bank" (The Floor mix) (7:12)
Five Times Of Dust - "Armoured Car" (6:57)
Unovidual & Tara Cross - "Like I Am, Comme Je Suis" (The Floor mix) (7:11)
Unovidual & Tara Cross - "Imponative" (3:28)
Review: Thanks to the eternally revered Minimal Wave imprint, out of NYC, Mark Phillips and Robert Lawrence's Five Times Of Dust project is going through a bit of a revival. The duo had first released some post-punk cassettes back in the 80s, and they clearly have not been forgotten. On this new remix EP, "Computer Bank" is given a makeover in the form of a The Floor remix, who proceeds to add all sorts of quirkiness over the tune's tough, heavy bass and driving rhythm; "Armoured Car" breaks the 4/4 in favour of something much closer to the band's original drum machine style. Once again, on the flip, we have a remix of "Like I Am, Comme Je Suis" by The Floor, who throws up a gnarly electro bass onto shady, neo-romantic vocals, and the whole things is finished off by "Imponative" from Unovodual and Tara Cross, who produce a slow, heady industrial groove for the dancefloor.
Review: Previously only available on CD back in 2001, this Best Of Fad Gadget collection finally lands on vinyl with inners including liner notes by Paul Morley. It draws on four of the cult band's most acclaimed albums and includes early singles like "Back to Nature", " Ricky's Hand; Handshake" and "Lady Shave." An undoubtedly large influence on the ensuing noise, industrial and EBM movements around Europe, this album highlights just how ahead of its time this music was with its angular guitars, dead pan vocals and twisted electronic sounds. Artful, roguish and energetic while being prescient on subjects like sexuality and mass media, this is an essential collection.
Review: Believe it or not, it's been eight years since Danny Wolfers aka Legowelt aka Smackos aka Venom 18 aka House of Jezebel - and many more - has released under the enigmatic Franz Falckenhaus moniker. As iconic and singular as this sound may be, it has been left to linger beautifully in the shadows. Until now. The Dutch synth God returns with Tupolev System, an instantly immersive LP that has been released courtesy of Vercetti Technicolor and Antoni Maiovvi's marvellous Giallo Disco. The album is one sound, with one vision, opting for a deeper and richer house sound that we're usually accustomed to with Wolfers. Blurring the lines between drone, ambient, house and post-wave, this LP flutters effortlessly form genre to genre, and from tempo to tempo. However, there is a constant and unmistakable touch throughout it. One that is grounded in European industrial culture, and one which will surely attract more than the usual 'outsider' house cats. Another magnificent piece of timeless electronic music from Danny Wolfers.
Review: More Than Human are based in Canada and have previously released records by Pye Corner Audio, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe and Ekoplekz. Their next release comes from Faten Kanaan, a Brooklyn based artist who slowly builds songs by live-looping them into a narrative, without the use of sequencers or arpeggiators. His third full-length Foxes is loosely inspired by early Surrealist automatism, made-up languages, Middle-Eastern Hakawati storytellers, and the minimalist poignancy of mimes. Here, Fatan uses sound as an intuitive gesture to tell a wordless story, exploring intimacy, anxiety, mischief and restlessness.