VA – Artificial Dancers: Waves of Synth [RHMC005]

Birthed at the turn of the ‘80s, synth and wave music has remained a constant force over the last four decades, with a recent spike in interest in the sound offering further proof of its’ timeless, out-of-this-world quality. It’s against this backdrop that Dutch DJ Interstellar Funk presents his celebration of the style, “Artificial Dancers – Waves of Synth”. A bumper compilation bristling with obscure and hard-to-find gems, the set sees the Artificial Dance label founder joining the dots between synthesizer and drum machine-driven tracks in a variety of subtly different styles. It’s the result of hundreds of hours spent digging through dusty old records, tapes, and the Bandcamp accounts of DIY musicians who have been active since the sound’s first boom in the early 1980s. The 11-track set draws on tracks made and released at different times over the last 40 years, with the earliest cut committed to tape in 1978 and the most recent in 2018. While the tracks date from the ‘80s, ‘90s, noughties and 2010s, the showcased cuts are united by a primitive but futuristic quality that makes dating them difficult. In many cases, it’s hard to tell which tracks were made in the early 1980s and which were conjured up in 21st century studios.

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VA – Artificial Dancers: Waves of Synth [RHMC005]

Death In Vegas – Consequences of Love [DRONE009]

United over a love of Throbbing Gristle and Chris & Cosey, Richard Fearless partners with artist and writer Sasha Grey on ‘Consequences of Love’, the second single from Death in Vegas’ critically lauded sixth studio album, Transmission. In the spirit of this collaboration, we are thrilled to announce the release of ‘Consequences of Love’ with a remix by iconic electronica pioneers Chris & Cosey. “After listening to the stems we could sense a kind of “October Love Song’ vibe in there so – so that’s kind of what we aimed for. We really enjoyed doing it, there was lots of dancing around the studio while we worked on it.” Chris Carter.

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Death In Vegas – Consequences of Love [DRONE009]

Carter Tutti – Carter Tutti Plays & Remix Chris & Cosey [CTILP012014]

New material from Throbbing Gristle’s Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti should always be celebrated and their latest joint opus will be of particular delight to hardcore fans. Carter Tutti plays Chris & Cosey is a logical extension of the live show of the same name the pair have been performing and perfecting over the past three years, transferring revisited classics from the stage to the album format. Completed to heed requests for the release of a live album, this double LP features some eight CC classics like “Driving Blind” and “Obsession” newly reworked and recorded at their Norfolk studio. Of course it all sounds as imperious and industrially challenging as you’d expect. Excitingly for completists, there is a second LP included that houses remixes only previously available on a tour-only CD.

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Carter Tutti – Carter Tutti Plays & Remix Chris & Cosey [CTILP012014]

VA – Trevor Jackson presents Metal Dance 2 [STRUT107LP]

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Strut present ‘Metal Dance’, a new compilation from one of the UK’s most respected DJ / producers, the man behind Playgroup and original founder of the legendary label Output Recordings, Trevor Jackson. Echoing elements of his renowned DJ Kicks mix from 2003, Jackson draws here on specials that have peppered his DJ sets for almost two decades. ‘Metal Dance’ mines deep and hones in on the more underground and danceable side of industrial, post-punk and EBM (Electronic Body Music), a phrase coined by Ralf Hütter of Kraftwerk but honed by later bands like DAF and Front 242 as socialist realist aesthetics were dragged onto the dancefloor during the mid-’80s. Jackson cherry-picks classics and rarities from this era, including a new edit of Nitzer Ebb favourite ‘Control I’m Here’ (sampled on Quartz’ rave classic ‘Meltdown’), the cold dance of Analysis’ ‘Surface Tension’, Neon’s dark ‘Voices’, re-interpreting a Master C&J riff from the early days of Chicago house, and hard-hitting dubs from Pete Shelley, Alien Sex Fiend and more. Herein lie sounds that have heavily influenced today’s crop of artists – from LCD Soundsystem and The Knife to Factory Floor and Hot Chip. Elsewhere on the album, Jackson brings in unexpected gems – a track from cult John Carpenter film ‘Escape From New York’ re-edited by Klein & MBO’s Mario Boncaldo, a lost album track by avant garde Spanish artist Diseno Corbusier and a UK promo-only mix of Yello’s ‘You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess’.

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VA – Trevor Jackson presents Metal Dance 2 [STRUT107LP]

The Opiates – Rainy Days And Remixes EP [DAREC1104]

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The Opiates is the latest project from the “queen of electronic soul” Billie Ray Martin, together with Norwegian musician Robert Solheim. This is the taster of remixes and first single “Rainy Days and Saturdays”, from the forthcoming album ‘Hollywood Under the Knife’. Remixes by Hercules and Love Affair’s Kim Ann Foxman on ” Jalousies and Jealousies”, as well as all-time heroes Chris and Cosey of Throbbing Gristle on “Anatomy of a Plastic Girl”. The XHK Mix of  “Silent Comes The Nighttime (Again)”, with its hard Dubstep flavour completes the picture and gives the song a completely new voice and vibe.

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The Opiates – Rainy Days And Remixes EP [DAREC1104]