Morphosis’ Morphine records boldly step into the archives of one of Philadelphia’s best kept underground secrets: synth composer, Charles Cohen. This excellent release beholds seven key tracks (recorded between 1979 & 1988) that go into uncharted polyrhythmic / ambient / cosmic territory. The label say ” First chapter in the trilogy of Charles Cohen retrospective works, featuring some of his early works from the Philadelphia’s “No Man’s Land” Art Installment, the “University Of Texas in El Paso” and “The Painted Bride” Art Center performances. This release also features the track, Dance Of The Spiritcatchers, which previously appeared on the Music From No Man’s Land EP by Ghostwriters, a split record with Jeff Cain, originally issued in 1980 on Zero Records.”
Dark Entries is celebrating its 50th release with Leæther Strip “Teenage Demos”. Leæther Strip is the solo-project of Danish electronic industrial artist Claus Larsen. “Teenage Demos” is a collection of Claus Larsen’s earliest recordings. Nine demo songs recorded between 1982 and 1986 never before released on vinyl. Influenced by Fad Gadget, Depeche Mode and Jean Michel Jarre, Claus began creating synth-pop melodies at age 14. Though the melodies were catchy and upbeat they had a hidden melancholy because Claus knew that he was different than others. “Dreaming” was his first attempt to “come out” to himself as a queer kid. Lyrically the songs reflected what was going on in his head: youth, hope and dreams. Claus used a simple set up: Moog Prodigy, Yamaha drum machine, delay pedal and spring reverb. He would record the bass and drums on a double cassette recorder, without midi, sequencers or preset sounds. By 1985, Claus composed instrumental songs as the final three tracks on this album illustrate.
Dark Entries is proud to release the sophomore EP “Occupations” from San Francisco based synth trio INHALT. Consisting of European and East Coast natives– Matia Simovich, Bryan Gibbs, and Philip Winiger– INHALT’s core operative strategy is of sonic fidelity and integrity rather than nostalgia. The record was produced over a year and a half, and mixed in both Austria and California, employing the best of modern and vintage techniques and technology. The sound is INHALT’s interpretation of the border between the voice driven song form and the expansive, extended 12″ arrangement. It is informed equally by the soundtracks of John Carpenter, as much as the vastness and sheen of Trevor Horn.
Dark Entries is proud to present the debut 7″ of Figure Study, a contemporary band from New York. Figure Study is the Manhattan duo of Nathan Antolik and April Chalpara, who share writing and production duties, while April handles the vocals. For their debut single “Lesson One” they utilized small, simple analog synthesizer set up of all vintage Roland analog synths and drum machine. Figure Study’s sound includes influences from early minimal synth music such as Kirlian Camera, Nine Circles, and The Actor.
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Ahead of the release of his next full-length album on Creme Organization, irrepressible Dutchman Legowelt has readied a new EP. This EP features four tracks, one of which is Crystal Code 2080, which will also appear on the forthcoming album Crystal Cult 2080. The EP starts with the track from the new album. Coated in melodic mysticism and alive with many impish synth spirits, a celestial mood pervades the whole track as jumbled acid lines and jacking percussion fill in the foreground with plenty of energy. The other three tracks are just as muddled and multi-layered, texturally rich and typically Legowelt. They include the eeriness of Majestic Alchemy, the stormy and filmic emotions of ‘Mistral’ and classic house jack of Do What U Gotta Do with its mesmerising synth lines and deep moods.
Alden Tyrell is back with a new Clone Jack For Daze. A double A-side release with modern jack tracks that nod to Chicago’s tradition of making effective and fun tracks for the floor. These two tracks with a little jack nostalgia that will do the job! Mr Tyrell delivering in top form.
Finland’s Halvtrak joins Don’t Be Afraid’s burgeoning family for his debut EP. Across four tracks, Scandinavia’s latest musical export explores the house sound of Chicago via Tampere, offering four outstanding dancefloor options with a unique and very personal twist, whilst touching on some familiar UK-centric tropes.
Atom™ & Tobias. deliver their first tracks recorded for Ostgut Ton on the “Physik 1 EP”. For this collaboration they opted for two classic Acid jams. On the first side “Physik 44A” builds a steady sweep with its continually modulating Acid line and relentlessly driving percussion. Luscious beats are propelled through an intricately crafted hi-hat construction until the filter cut-off signals a break, only to allow the track to strike back in full force. On the B-side “Physik G321V” focuses on the groove. The same subject with a different approach. A surprising balancing act between the serious mood layed down by the track and the combined playful vocal stabs that are comfortably bathed in Acid as though they always belonged there. A thoroughly timeless record.
The long overdue Bio Rhythm debut of the chief metaphysics himself.. Three westside boogie tracks that will make all you jackers scream.
For the latest Apartment release two interplanetary gangs come face to face in a techno battle for the ages.
Hailing from the Phantom Planet we come across Forsh, Bin Man and The Red Defender, a trio of rebel Outlaws whose spaceship is under fierce attack from The Muscle Patrol, the Hi-tech Galaxy’s ultimate and most fearsome tool of oppression. Following wave upon wave of Acid attack, the Outlaws are forced to eject from their ship, landing on a mysterious jungle planet…
Unbeknownst to them, the trio have landed on Huguenot, infamous for it’s ghostly shark creatures which rise up to hunt the living…and they smell fresh meat…
…meanwhile, traveling across deepest space aboard The Viceroy 9-c we find The Dean of Threenie and e-D aka The Beets. They are 2 disparate characters from the planet Tr One, infamous for it’s GreenLight Sector, a nefarious haven for low-life traders and smugglers. The duo traverse the galaxy in search of rare treasures to capture and trade back on home soil. Unlike the Phantom Planet Outlaws, these two know what awaits them on Huguenot…or do they.
Will The Beets save The Phantom Planet Outlaws from the bloodlusting creatures of Huguenot? Will they sell them out to The Muscle Patrol? Or will they join forces to rid the galaxy of it’s most fierce oppressors?
The black gold sat upon your turntable contains all the answers…and more…
Entro Senestre makes his L.I.E.S. debut with the two track ”Siamese Connextion” EP. Root Canal sounds just like the title, a painfully executed techno/electro track. Starting with a blown-out stuttered kick pushing air coupled with synths and melodies that wouldn’t sound so far off in an Ultradyne song crushing the listener. Siamese Connextion is a completely different animal clocking in at 9 minutes with lush chords and melodies, building up and breaking down, providing perfect early morning modern house sounds.
Running Back boss Gerd Janson and fellow German Phillip Lauer are Tuff City Kids and are the next pairing to contribute to Delsin’s house leaning series. Opener ‘HFS’ is a louche and laid back affair. It’s a spacious track with plenty of ambient textures as well as hollow sounding melodies and more grating percussive stabs. A beguiling combination of the blissful and the brutal its about as fresh as house can sound in the modern day. The more kinetic ‘Wendy (Girlfriend 43 Piano Mix)’ is underpinned by a rasping, hiccupping bassline and is built on heavy rubber kicks whilst a lead melody brings a sense of brightness to the otherwise murky mix. Completing the fine trio of tracks on vinyl is ‘Reeze’. With its well-defined drums and snares, ramshackle percussive flourishes and juddery bass, it’s a sketchy slo-jam that will work crowds into a stupor with ease.
Great & energetic techno track by Skatebård for the clubs featuring a Mental Overdrive disco rave remix.
In the rebound – another classic house EP by the master, Boo Williams.
DJ Nasty is a Detroit electro veteran, with a career spanning 15+ years. Nasty is back with a new EP of deep Detroit electro funk! The kind we don’t hear too often these days. This EP started back in 2008 scheduled to be released on the late Aaron Carl’s Wallshaker Records. Aaron and DJ Nasty worked on this EP between 2008-2009, however these tracks went unreleased due to the tragic passing of Aaron Carl the following year. The EP was unearthed by Detroit DJ Brian Gillespie, who along with his old friend DJ Nasty decided the time was right for the EP to be heard. So here it is..