Smersh – Sideways [DE187]

Dark Entries returns to the New Jersey basement studio of Smersh to unearth an 18-minute jam session from 1989, backed with two contemporary remixes. “Sideways” was taken from a cassette titled ‘100’, which refers to a 100-minute jam session the band recorded to tape on June 12, 1989 in Piscataway. A frenetic hybrid of techno and acid with driving EBM style beats, “Sideways” weaves intricate industrial noises with synth melodies that drift in and out of phase. On the flip are two fresh remixes by different aliases of prolific Ann Arbor producer Tadd Mullinix. As JTC, he expands the sound palette, adding organ stabs and lush pads, drawing on Detroit deep house and UK garage. The Charles Manier remix features chanted vocals on top of an array of pulsating synths, stark percussion, and post-punky guitar effects.

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Smersh – Sideways [DE187]

Charles Manier – Luxus Steroid Abamita [BOP007]

Tadd Mullinix’s Charles Manier project returns with a third double-LP, Luxus Steroid Abamita, an edict of nine new amorphous transmissions and clustered, clangorous, hemi-synthetic funk. This is experimental machine music: it’s inspired by the fringes of dance, but skirts petrified arpeggios and other stock Wave and Technopop emblems. Its spirit elicits Sheffield Post-Punk and Düsseldorfer NDW desiderata, but exploits are crisp, psychedelic, and expansive.  Lyrics come as laconic Dada, sociopolitical impressions—in counterpoint to concrète tape smears, echoing guitar deluges, and entrenched in ever-shifting grime. A wide spectrum of density is proffered. Atmospheric zones are submerged, modulating knells. When tempos increase, sample & hold mutations make synthesizers sputter and writhe. The title track and opus,“Yopo (Calcium Tree)” carry this with heavy pulses—storming like locomotives.

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Charles Manier – Luxus Steroid Abamita [BOP007]

The Hanging Garden @ Trafohaus, Endhaltestelle Kaditz (Dresden) 20-21.08.2016

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The Hanging Garden @ Trafohaus, Endhaltestelle Kaditz (Dresden) 20-21.08.2016

Crash Course In Science – Jump Over Barrels [DE102]

Crash Course In Science are a post punk band that formed in 1979 in Philadelphia. “Jump Over Barrels” was recorded at the Third Story Studio in Philadelphia in 1981, one year after “Signals From Pier Thirteen”. The song remained unmixed and unreleased at that time for a proposed album titled “Near Marineland”. Lyrically the song tackles overcoming obstacles, self imposed or otherwise, with vocal interplay between Michael and Mallory. On the A Side is the original mix and a demo mix from 1981. Then on the flip is a brand new remix by prolific Ann Arbor producer Charles Manier, a pseudonym of Tadd Mullinix, who toughens up the track. Also included is an unreleased demo version of the song from 1980, accentuating the raw and skeletal nature of the track.

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Crash Course In Science – Jump Over Barrels [DE102]

Charles Manier – American Manier [BOP004]

Tadd Mullinix returns to the lesser spotted Charles Manier avatar for the second album release on his Bopside label, and the first under this guise following releases for Nation and Ghostly. The resulting 11 track album is mostly new material with a lineage of inspiration that can be traced back decades, from box banging EBM club trax to spectral beatless excursions. Drawing influence from a variety of sources but still a cohesive, engaging listen – ‘American Manier ‘ is destined to become a future underground classic.

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Charles Manier – American Manier [BOP004]

VA – Nation Presents: The Modern Electronic Element Series III [NAT017]

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VA – Nation Presents: The Modern Electronic Element Series III [NAT017]

Charles Manier – Electrocution [KODE001PROM0]

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Preceding the impending release of Charles Manier’s full length double LP Nation have put together this killer 3 track 12” of exclusive tracks to wet your appetites. These songs will never be released anywhere else. While featuring a live version of ‘Waiting for Electrocution’ from the forthcoming LP, the ‘Electrocution’ EP is much more than a preview. We witness a rough and wild take on the song with its fatalist lyrics subjugating listeners to a sweltering, dirty march.

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Charles Manier – Electrocution [KODE001PROM0]

Charles Manier – Charles Manier [NAT013]

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Ill new Charles Manier album on Chicago’s, Nation. This self titled album takes that noise and cranks it right up over tipping point. Nation, a label designed to push the underground to a new level of electronic sound thru experimental styles of musical consciousness. In our recent releases the idea is to never go with the same formula twice. Jakbeat introduces a new concept of productions, music with a sense of novelty that can be accentuated in a certian setting a state of mind. This is a rare assemblage of recordings and live performances from the archives of the Ballard and Ridgewood-Cantullinix Studios in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Recorded 2001-2012, these are the solo visions of Charles Manier. He summons the spirit of early industrial music and breathes in it’s corpse again. Not unlike his previous releases on Ghostly International,here are virtigo endusing arpeggios that twist around a futuristic pulse, and occasionally sting. Here are ritual themesongs for the heathen cyberpunk and experimental landscapes, built from old metal and old plastic, that were designed for a lost future recommended for people who dance to Esplendor Geometrico, Severed Heads, Suicide Liaisons Dangereuses, DAF, Psyche, Executive Slacks & Das Ding.

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Charles Manier – Charles Manier [NAT013]