Review: The combination of Richard H. Kirk and Minimal Wave was never going to disappoint, but the four tracks on this Never Lose Your Shadow 12" are still very special! Digging deep through the archives of the Cabaret Voltaire front man, Veronica Vasicka presents a quartet of solo recordings that have never been committed to wax before. The highlight is undoubtedly the A Side title track, a lolloping ten minute track of hypnotic industrial action made all the more memorable by Kirk's acerbic intonations about "the blind leading the blind". If you've caught a Vasicka DJ set recently you will have probably lost yourself to these ten minutes. On the flip are three tracks recorded in the same late '70s period which are distinctly more experimental in tone and just as vital.
Review: The follow-up to legendary Marcello Giombini's cult Computer Disco album, I Adore Commodore was created to sex up the new home computer and relate its music to the clubs. Complete with a sassy video, the album sees the electronic pioneer reconstruct and recompose soundtracks of the games at the time on a Commodore 64. The results are incredible and pack much more of a punch than the processing power might suggest. The spiralling arpeggio and slapbass of "Jupiter Lander", the fright night theatrical funk of "Space Invaders" and the seafront silliness of "Depth Charge" are just some of the whimsical, funky highlights across an untarnished time capsule album that will bring back many memories for those around the 40 mark.
Review: Franck Kartell has been waving the flag for French electro for quite some time now, but what we really like about this man's style is his ability to branch out to all sorts of misguided, psychedelic electronics. He returns to his favourite Bass Agenda with a storming LP, a glorious collection of industrial dance tunes that's make the likes of Henrich Dreissel very proud indeed. Coincidences is an album of many shapes and sizes, with some tunes made for the floor and others built for pure meditation, but there is a recurrent sound running through its nervous system, an elegant strain of high-powered Detroit funk. Don't get us wrong, this gets into some pretty sticky electro heaviness in many places, but there are also extended moments made of pensive, deep-as-hell instrumentation. It's bad-ass. TIP!
Review: Biff! Dark Entries is on one of their famous rolls right now! We thought that after Portion Control's much needed reissue, the label were going to run out of steam but here they are again Van Kaye and Ignit's A Slight Delay, a tape cassette originally released in the early 1980's which has been hidden in the coils of time ever since. The Arnhem university duo were fascinated by percussive electronic rhythms and their collaboration works wonders, where lo-fi beats meet punky vocals in a fun yet sinister kinda mood. To be honest, this is just pure coldwave magic for all you collector-fiends out there and you'd be silly not to purchase because the only other way you'll find it is looking through millions of cassettes in weird junk shops.
Review: Cory Kilduff is probably best known for being the synth-wielding singer from experimental electro-punk fusionists The Rise. Here he goes solo, delivering his first full-length "proper" following an ultra-limited, self-released debut cassette back in 2016. "When It All Gets To Be Too Much" was apparently inspired by "Molly Ringwald's roles in John Hughes movies" of the 1980s. Kilduff certainly nails the polished-but-lo-fi feel of synthesizer-heavy music of the period, serving up 10 hugely entertaining synth-scapes that touch on a variety of moods. Compare and contrast, for example, the rushing, kaleidoscopic cheeriness of "Not Like The Others", the melancholic instrumental synth-pop sorrow of "Chestnut Hills" and the church organ-fired horror soundtrack chic of "Higher Education".
Late For Sum (Kincaid Sleep Deprived version) (5:24)
What's The Time? (Kincaid remix) (5:59)
Distant Storm (Kincaid remix) (6:36)
Not A Priority (Kincaid remix) (6:10)
I Smashed Your Phone (Kincaid Wolfish remix) (5:22)
Review: This is a second release from the familia collaborative duo of Kincaid and his dad Blancmange. Their first EP made a big mark when it landed on Moscoman's Disco Halal imprint and now they back it up with more sludgy electronics, deconstructed dark disco and coldwave synth styles. "Late For Sum" opens in mysterious, spacious fashion before a Kincaid version reworks it into something more propulsive for the club. The darkened mood and trippy synths continue on "What's The Time?" while the b side offers exotic Middle Eastern disco, cosmic melodies and stark electro-techno with real panache.
Review: Influenced by her time in the French countryside after a bout of touring exhaustion, the latest release by Caroline Herve is the most spiritual release yet from the artist more widely known as (Miss) Kittin. The electroclash pioneer and techno veteran gives up past formulas on the Cosmos LP, although there is a familiar sound on the moody electro-pop opener "Cosmic Address". Elsewhere, she proves there's variety in her sonic arsenal such as on the precision IDM of "Question Everything" or "Last Day On Earth", to the deep and introspective dub techno on "Multiverse" and the remainder of the album's expressions in organic, leftfield electronica.
Review: You'd be forgiven for being unfamiliar with Carl Gustav Gjengen Og Parkeringsbandittene, a 1982 Norwegian children's mystery film with an eccentric, convoluted plotline. This is the first time that the soundtrack, which was created by former Norwegian progressive rocker turned composer Pete Knutsen, has been released. It's an imaginative and largely colourful affair, with Knutsen utilizing spacey synthesizer sounds and bold melodic riffs (very reminiscent of the period in which it was created) alongside his usual fuzzy rock guitars and out-there electronics. It's hugely evocative and entertaining, with nods to a myriad of contemporaneous American and European styles as well as the Beatles circa The White Album and Abbey Road.
Review: Svart Records continues the Eero Koivistoinen reissue program with yet another rare album by the artists, this particular one from 1971. With Vesa-Matti Loiri, Seija Simola and Eero Raittinen on vocals. Koivistoinen's children's music album entitled Muusa ja Ruusa was based on the poems of Kirsi Kunnas and released by the book publishing company WSOY. Although some of these songs were revisited in the 2000s on the album Ville ja Valle, the original has never been reissued in any format. The moods on this recently unearthed album is best described by the label, who claim it sounds like 'pastoral calm to the psychedelic bubbling of witches' cauldrons. This is music to boil frogs to.' And that's pretty spot on, we agree!
Review: It's the 30th Anniversary of the Castlevania franchise and Austin, Texas based cinema retroverts Mondo are proud to celebrate with a premiere vinyl release of the original soundtrack to the 1986 Nintendo Entertainment System classic that started it all. Featuring all 12 BMG tracks from the video game by Konami Kukeiha Club (a collective name for the Konami sound production staff) and original artwork by Becky Cloonan. The first of a five-album campaign dedicated to the video game franchise, so get in on it!