Review: If you have a serious interest in Italo-disco, you should already be aware of Kirlian Camera. For the uninitiated, Angelo Bergamini's band was founded in 1980, and has been a constant presence on the Italian music scene ever since. "Helden Platz" was originally released in 1987, and is one of the standout moments in their bulging discography. Full of Cold War-era paranoia, the A-side extended version is dark, gothic and stylish, with impassioned female vocals riding body-popping machine drums, moody chords and a mind-altering arpeggio bassline. On the flip you'll find the notably different 7" version, and the gripping dark ambient of "Burial".
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: 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".
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: We are proud to present the first ever vinyl issue of Jon Krocker's debut album 'Monolog' originally released on cassette in 1983. Jon is from Winnipeg, Canada and got his start as half of the synth noise duo Dialog. In 1981-82, while studying for a BA in Film Studies, he would go to the studio and practice. No writing or patch memories, composing on the fly. His set up consisted of a Minimoog, Oberheim Two Voice, Roland RS-202, Roland Space Echo, EML 400, Roland DR 55, Roland System 100 mixer. After playing some of the songs to Impulse Records store owner Roman Panchyshsyn, he agreed release the album on cassette on Contagious Records. Primarily influenced by the German school typified by artists such as Conrad Schnitzler and Kraftwerk, Jon's music exhibits the cold machine ethic of the neumusik. The 12 instrumental tracks are stark and minimal, at times anxious but overall space orientated and flexible. All songs are remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. Each copy includes an 8-page newsprint zine featuring ephemera, press clippings, photos and liner notes by Jon.