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Hope
Hope (140 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: PLA031 / MNQ112.
Industrial/Noise
  1. Erector
  2. Sunset Sex
  3. Invocation
  4. Cold Blood
  5. Head Stop
  6. Mission England
  7. Dereliction
  8. Black Madonna
  9. Gag
  10. Something In The Air
  11. There Is No Night
Review: The second album to be reissued by Mannequin and Platform 23 Records of the music from Bourbonese Qualk, Hope saw the politically active musical entity expand on their mix of music, art and politics.

Staunchly independent, doing the recording and design via their Recloose Organisation label, by 1984 the group had occupied a large disused building on the Old Kent Road, becoming the base for the band's activities as well as other creative and political activism.

Recorded at the Ambulance Station, Hope is full of unceasing drum machine rhythms, electro pulses, echoing samples and lo-fi synths matched with strummed guitars and dub bass. The accompanying drones and snarled vocals go beyond any early 80's industrial tag to be something more unique, with the uncompromising, conceptual and avant flashes showing a more experimental buzz, an awkward quasi-funk noisy nuisance.

Remastered by Rude 66, this is music as much for then and today, a radical, revolutionary cultural force that acts as a positive social charge.




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Laughing Afternoon (140 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: PLA030 / MNQ111. Rel: 13 May 19
Industrial/Noise
  1. God With Us (5:17)
  2. Idiot Pain (3:59)
  3. Barcelona Telephone Exchange (3:00)
  4. Freefall (4:00)
  5. Blood Orange Bargain Day (4:36)
  6. Behind Closed Doors (2:24)
  7. Qualk Street (2:11)
  8. To Hell With The Consequences (3:13)
  9. Building Jerusalem (3:39)
  10. Feast Of Trumpets (0:18)
  11. Virgin Eyes Virgin Eyes (2:39)
  12. Spanner In The Works (1:13)
  13. Mystery Dance (6:39)
Review: Shape-shifting post-punk quasi-legends Bourbonese Qualk are finally getting a bit of the shine they so richly deserve after years in obscurity, not least thanks to the retrospective compilation on Mannequin back in 2015. Now Platform 23 are reissuing their classic album "Laughing Afternoon", originally released back in 1983 and having lost none of its impact. It's a slippery, shape-shifting creation that veers between uneasy soundscapes and gutter-dwelling funk, with some truly visionary signal processing, electronic textures and more besides in the mix. It's a crime this crew aren't held in the same regard as their other early 80s post-industrial peers, but at least the wrongs are being righted now.
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Automaton
Automaton (140 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: PLA 037. Rel: 03 Jun 19
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Science & Industry
  2. Oooh Ahhh
  3. Automata 7
  4. Dream #630
  5. Dreams Of Tunnels
  6. Photocopy Cha Cha
  7. Liquid Shadows
  8. End Of Time
  9. Careening Towards The Sun
  10. Pensive
  11. Forest Song
Review: The music of Chel White is celebrated in Automaton, a collection of mostly unreleased recordings from 1985 to 1991, by this innovative animator, film maker and visual artist.

Having studied music theory in grade school, White taught himself drumming and played in a new wave band until, in 1981, together with Dan Gediman, they formed the minimal wave duo Process Blue (Alternative Funk, 1985 / Dark Entries, 2018). Here their experimentation went way beyond playing drums.

His interest in industrial music, fostered in the late '70s and early '80s while working in factories as a way to put himself through college, informed his use of electronic instruments, tape manipulation, noise and unconventional percussion.

By 1985, as a now solo artist buoyed by newly affordable audio sampling technology, White tapped into his earlier teenage fascination with the art and films of both the Surrealist and Dada movements - in particular their disparate and fragmented imagery and sound - as a means to create striking new sonic palettes.

Science & Industry - a track largely influenced by Balinese monkey chanting and the consumer excess of American in the 1980's - is a clear example of "music collage". Photocopy Cha Cha, made for the short animation film Choreography for Copy Machine (Berlin International Film Festival, 1992 / Sundance Film Festival, 2001) moved his music into the realm of early multi-media.

Experimenting further, tracks like Liquid Shadows and Pensive provide minimalist moments, before the drone-like Dream #630 and Forest Song point to a future that included music video works (David Lynch/Thom Yorke).






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Between Rhythms III (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: PLA 027. Rel: 20 May 19
Deep House
  1. Point Zero (7:36)
  2. B K S (7:14)
  3. Traditional Ties With Dreaming (5:27)
  4. Elevator (9:32)
Review: Platform 23 continue to explore the illustrious, intriguing archives of Exquisite Corpse with a third installment of early 90s gold. There's a pronounced trance edge to Robbert Heynen's productions here, all captured in that heady period between 1992 and 1994 when the tag stood for some of the trippiest dance music you could hope to get lost in. "Point Zero" is a forthright stomper laden with lysergic tones that morph and modulate over the driving rhythm section. "B K S" sports a jazzier tone that aligns it more with deep house than trance, but it's still geared towards maximum immersion. "Traditional Ties With Dreaming" is a more angular piece that emphasises interlocking percussive rhythms with a tribal techno bent, and "Elevator" rounds things off with a swooning slice of impeccable ambient techno.
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Between Rhythms II (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: PLA 026. Rel: 29 Apr 19
Deep House
  1. Shadow Play (6:53)
  2. What A Life (9:25)
  3. Sacrifice (6:40)
  4. Tepu (6:58)
Review: Following the excellent first installment of archival material from former Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia's Robbert Heijnen, Platform 23 return with another four stunning digs from the vaults that further flesh out the mysterious allure of this singular artist and his peak early 90s era. "Shadow Play" manages to be many things at once - bumping late 80s deep house, dubby rhythm study, spine-tingling proto trance, and much more besides. "What A Life" has a more techno-minded tint to its programming and sequencing, but it's still definitely on the eyes-closed trip-out trajectory as it snakes its way through thick plumes of pad. "Sacrifice" puts rattling percussion at the front of the mix to create an exotic, outernational feel, and "Tepu" takes things heavier with a submerged tribal beat underpinning a murky low end throb and dubby processing.
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Between Rhythms IV
Between Rhythms IV (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: PLA 028. Rel: 10 Jun 19
Deep House
  1. Honeymoon
  2. Strange Attractor
  3. Calling The Quarters
  4. Etoiles
Review: The 4th and final EP of music from Exquisite Corpse brings to a close this series of rebirth and definition. Together, Robbert Heynen, Debbie Jones and Tim Freeman released in just 2 years a stream of sacred, serotonin beats and hypnotic tribal rhythms that shape shifted dance floors.

Returning to the source, the debut Reassembling Reaility EP, with Hollywood. A confluence of steppa rim, spoken mystics, found sounds, synth-strings and rolling basslines. Join us.

Leading to Strange Attractor from the prized Dream Night Dance album, familiarity and progression. Euphoric onrush, bottom end pulsing, sentimental strings, serene keys, pitch shift, a master class of less becoming more. Aural injection.

Calling The Quarters off 1993's Inner Light album starts the final side in bestowing beauty; above so below, in front, behind, around. Raw, natural, fluctuating, moody, obscure. The mystery.

The release and series completes with Etoiles. Again (aptly) drawn from 1992's Dream Night Dance Music, the hallmarks' of this underrated project are there. Detroit bass, lazy hats, counter claps, harmonies for modern times.

Tribal. Ambient. Techno. The terms do not justify the music included. As it should be. Primal, sanctified, conscious, living. The journey ending.




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Played by: Noise In My Head
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Mind/Soul
Mind/Soul (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: PLA 035.
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Competition
  2. Confidence
  3. Looking Thru Your Mind
  4. Two Different Things
  5. At Random
  6. I'm Immune
Review: "A manner or style, a frame of mind, thought or existence" (Mode).
"Intelligence quotient, the use of perception or awareness." (IQ).

Mode I/Q, the self-proclaimed unknown band, was a richly textured, bold project starting life in 1979 out the embers of punk and new wave resulting in a hypnotic convergence of love, the future, life and art.

Lucian and Nicolas, two creative spirits who viewed the world through their own prism, augmented by a moving cast of friends and acolytes, were together compelled to make great music. This was a concept from the heart, with transformativelive performances, channelling spaces into art "Mode" events orchestrated to bring about a full integration of site and sound.

Psychedelic, punk overtones. A funky electronic hybrid, mixing Kraftwerk with black music. Guitars delayed and twisted through echo boxes and micro synths. Casio and Commodores delivering the machine funk. CBGBs, Max's Kansas City and Danceteria - Mode I/Q played and much, much more.

Just 3 releases deep, 1984's mini LP Mind/Soul captures the band at their best. 6 songs to immerse, dance and shake the mind.
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VARIOUS
Alternative Funk: Volume 1 (140 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: PLA 023. Rel: 03 Dec 18
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Stanislas Noel & Jean-Christophe Utz - "Money Money" (0:34)
  2. Scoop! - "Caravan" (3:30)
  3. Son Of Sam - "Anti Apartheid" (4:16)
  4. From Raushenberg - "About Fritz" (4:06)
  5. Fist Of Facts - "Fire Breath" (2:14)
  6. Philippe Laurent - "Rapide" (5:46)
  7. Vox Populi & Man - "Alternative Fresh" (3:17)
  8. Zoohtee - "Track 8" (3:01)
  9. Kosa - "Nykowe" (1:21)
  10. Randall Kennedy - "Smith's Room" (2:36)
  11. The Arms Of Someone New - "Cool As Christ" (4:10)
  12. Human Backs - "Takayama Rising" (5:13)
  13. ONY - "Give It To Me" (1:31)
  14. Vox Populi & Man - "Megamix" (2:18)
Review: New label Platform 23 lands with a bang, delving into the mysterious world of 1980s cassette culture and in particular the Vox Man label run by French outfit Vox Populi, Axel Kyrou and Francis Man. This Alternative Funk: Vol 1 collection cherry picks from the various installments of Alternative Funk that Vox Man released in the mid 80s, presenting some vaguely familiar names and a whole lot of unknowns that fuelled a DIY scene brimming with creativity and lo-fi brilliance. On this first installment, get down to weirdo boogie of From Raushenberg, wig out to the psychedelic synth music of Scoop! and throw down to the drum-tastic madness of Fist of Facts. It's all old, and yet it feels so new.
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Played by: Dj soFa
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Ou Sommes Nous?
Ou Sommes Nous? (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: PLA 036.
Deep House
  1. Club Stuff
  2. Vini Vidi Vici
  3. Ou Sommes Nous?
  4. AA HHH
Review: Platform 23 returns with the reissue of songs from Canadian project, Vini Vidi Vici. With just one privately pressed mini-album in 1989 that bridged the gap between the later years of New Wave and the early vestiges of House, the music included in this edited EP highlights a thriving Montreal scene in its heyday.

Vini Vidi Vici was created out of two different music backgrounds. Paul Klopstock was a classical pianist, while Mario Langlois was a DJ, self-taught musician and radio producer, who came together when both worked at the underground arts / club Le Lezard. Starting in 1986 the space mixed painting, drag shows and bands alongside the latest alternative sounds, from Rap to New Beat, Electro to Acid Jazz.

As House and Techno started to filter through, Mario (aka Ave Mario) and the other resident DJs laid the ground of what was to come. From this Paul and Mario collaborated from late 1987 through in to 1988 and created the mini-album, however this EP concentrates on the duo's self penned work.

Recorded at Oliver Sudden Production studio, the A side is made up the raw House of 'Club Stuff" and Native American meets avant percussion of 'Vini Vidi Vici'. Showing a confidence and experimentation beyond their years, the two tracks production and all round hypnotic danceability, highlight why original copies are so prized (and expensive).

The B side follows with two tracks recorded in Mario's home closet studio. Lo-fi to the max and improvised, the no wave / world beat experience of title cut, 'Ou Sommes Nous?' and the proto-electro-wave of 'AA HHH' are like something again, a mesmerising fusion and quite unique.

Self pressed, the project ventured to live performance and (sadly unreleased) remix work, before the partners went their separate ways, however this archival document can be seen as their own special conquest.
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Played by: Dj soFa
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