INIT – Two Pole Resonance [HVNLP001]

Having first joined forces last year to lend a hand of Massimo Pagliara’s collaborative With One Another full-length, Benedikt Frey and Nadia D’Alo present their debut full-length under the Init alias. It’s a thoroughly atmospheric, clandestine affair, with the duo delivering a dark-wave opus that tips a hat to early Depeche Mode, minimal wave, Detroit techno and the ambient soundscapes of Brian Eno. D’Alo provides the vocals, though for much of the time they’re utilized as textures, rather than the central focus of the duo’s shuffling, slowly evolving synth-scapes. As an album, Two Pole Resonance is initially attractive – albeit in a stylized, late night kind of way – but really comes into its’ own after repeat listens. It is, though, definitely worth the effort.

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INIT – Two Pole Resonance [HVNLP001]

VA – French Synth Lovers #2 [SERLP004]

Serendip.Lab presents a compilation gathering 10 great and rare tracks of french synth wave released between 1981 and 1984. The A side reflects this sunny sweet synth pop scene, whereas B side, more cosmic, is made of instrumentals.

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VA – French Synth Lovers #2 [SERLP004]

5X0D – 5X0D [DOM008M]

5X0D has always been Mark Phillips and Rob Lawrence since it began in 1981 in Bristol UK. Early influences were many going back to pop, prog and krautrock bands of the early 70s, through punk and new wave to industrial, then later Japanese technopop like YMO.

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5X0D – 5X0D [DOM008M]

VA – Ixtab Compilation Series Vol.1 [MF095]

First in a series of compilations from Monofonus Press is this lovely 4 song 12″ EP. Opening track “Molecular Psychology” by Interbrain, duo of Willie Burns and Alessandro Adriani is a 14- minute Electro-Kraut caliche stomper to keep the mosquitoes riled up around the sweat-drenched masses. The Stockholm duo Empfänger swarm in with throbbing kick drums, buzzing bass sequences and some meth-crazed psychopath vocals on their Acid Techno track “Charles.” Side B opens up with the Cosmic Disco track “Tsch” by Welsh producer Samoln. Closing the record is the epic “The Terrible Comet Salt” by Idea Fire Company & BRRR, which has a peculiar narrative over a haunting low key composition.

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VA – Ixtab Compilation Series Vol.1 [MF095]