Zerocks / ‘N UMOH – You Too [PROXIMA003]

Proxima announce the reissue of some of the work of new beat producer Jo Bogaert. Under various pseudonyms, including Zerocks and ‘N UMOH, Thomas de Quincey or Acts of Madmen, Jo Bogaert is considered to be one of the most influential artists in the Belgian new beat scene of the 1980s. He is also the man behind Technotronic and the hit track ‘Pump Up the Jam’. Proxima is releasing a selection of tracks from Zerocks and ‘N UMOH on a 12inch,.Includes a remix by Audrey Danza.

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Zerocks / ‘N UMOH – You Too [PROXIMA003]

Time Modem – The Time Of The Gathering [BOY8818-12-22]

Joachim Wilhelm and Ulrich Wilhelm recorded as a variety of aliases in the early 90s, from Deep Thought and Intact through to Time Modem. Their sound was typical of the Central European vibe, with a pronounced Belgian new beat slant to the music in those dark but playful synth lines and arch film samples. Originally released on BOY in 1990, The Time Of The Gathering is everything you want from a release in this era, teasing a kind of proto trance vibe without any of the fluff, just trippy synth lines and an unrelenting, throbbing pulse. It’s all about the Highlander-sampling title track, but every tune on this much-needed reissue is gold, sounding beautifully buffed up for 21st Century mixing. This is the first re-issue after 32 years!

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Time Modem – The Time Of The Gathering [BOY8818-12-22]

Hassan Ideddir – Atfalouna EP [DE287]

Hassan Ideddir’s 1989 single “Atfalouna” sees an expanded repress courtesy of Dark Entries. Born to Berber parents in Morocco, Ideddir began making music at the age of 10 after being discovered singing in the stairwell by his school’s headmaster. Encouraged by his peers, he began playing concerts, and his status grew. In 1987, he played a string of sold-out concerts in Casablanca, Rabat, and Marrakesh, in support of a children’s charity. The success of these concerts secured him a record deal, and he went to Paris to record his debut single “Atfalouna” in 1988. Released in 1989 on WEA, “Atfalouna” is a dense slab of multi-genre pop. An opening wash of digital synths and reverberant vocals quickly falls away to a cascade of orchestra hits and pulsing electronic drums; the monotone chant-rap of a female chorus collides with Ideddir’s soaring melismatic vocals, pleading against the injustice and hunger in the world. While Hip-Hop and New Beat borrowed tropes from Arabic music, “Atfalouna” inverts the gesture, resituating orchestra hits and sampling techniques within a Moroccan music framework. A shorter instrumental version follows, which preserves the female vocals. Also included are two tracks not on the original 12”. “Ibina” is a moody, downtempo instrumental that sounds like a cult Italo B-side. The record closes with “Ydouchababe”, an electro number driven by funky guitars, electronic claps, huge horn riff. Here, Ideddir sings of a youth festival honoring Hassan II, former king of Morocco.

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Hassan Ideddir – Atfalouna EP [DE287]

System 01 – 1990-1994 [MNQ150]

SYSTEM 01 - 1990-1994

Mannequin Records presents a 2xLP compilation of System 01, the legendary techno project of Johnny Klimek & Paul Browse. Moving from acid basslines, 808/909 minimalistic reminiscences and hidden movie samples, the core of the compilation is covering Johnny and Paul whole activity as System 01, spanning from their 1990 debut EP “From Psychodelics To Cybernetics” on Interfisch with Timothy Leary, father of the LSD generation, to 1994, with the release of their most acclaimed album “Drugs Work” on Tresor, naturally placing them in the “Der Klang Der Familie”.

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System 01 – 1990-1994 [MNQ150]

French Theory – Lost On The Way To Destelbergen [N9.041RM]

FRENCH THEORY - Lost On The Way To Destelbergen

Here is the reissue of the most sought-after track by French New Beat band French Theory. Originally released in 2008, this tribute to Boccacio (the revered temple of New Beat and EBM, located in Belgium) struck at the heart of the movement’s soul. It quickly gained cult status for its gloomy atmosphere, heavy industrial beats and catchy melodies that propelled the classic New Beat sound into the 21st century.

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French Theory – Lost On The Way To Destelbergen [N9.041RM]

Simbolo – Ecdisis Vol. 4 (Mick Wills Edits) [FRV038]

SIMBOLO - Ecdisis Series Vol 4

Mick Wills is no stranger to Frigio Records, the German Dj and producer has turned his hand to edits and remixes on previous releases and now arrives with his own 12” of edits for the volumen 4th of the label’s Ecdisis series. The source material for the two pieces on offer comes from Brazil’s Simbolo, a band formed in 1988 and still active with a career spanning more than thirty years, was a central player in South America’s EBM and Synth scene. MIck Wills has selected two tracks from the Brazilian’s back catalogue, the first being “Mind.” Industrial influences come immediately to the fore, complex drum patterns give way to a juddering groove in which guttural vocals depict a scene of hurt and pain. “Synchrono” occupies the flip. Taken from the 1995 album, In the Danger Zone, the original two minute piece is extended into a seven plus minute epic. Following on from “Mind”, “Synchrono” melts stuttering bass-lines and textured percussion with indecipherable lyrics counter-balancing heady strings. Two cuts of emotive and impacting electronics.

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Simbolo – Ecdisis Vol. 4 (Mick Wills Edits) [FRV038]

Split Secs & Franz Scala – XXX013 [XXX013]

SPLIT SECS/FRANZ SCALA - XXX013

XXX The Label brings for its 13th release a collaborative EP between Split Secs, an electronic music production and DJ duo from LA, and Franz Scala, the head of Slow Motion. On the A side we have two original tracks while on the AA side the artists remix each others tracks.

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Split Secs & Franz Scala – XXX013 [XXX013]

Reda Saiarh – Let’s Dance [08PM]

SAIARH, Reda - Let's Dance

Let’s Dance – 08PM – by Reda Saiarh is a 10” release on AM Records. Four oddball “New Beat – not – New Beat” tracks produced by this young dj from Geneva (of the duo Ramin & Reda) for renewed appetite for dancing after the lockdowns… title track Let’s Dance is Reda’s 2021 take on the classic Bowie song, followed by an original new production Quinz Lord, in which he samples his girlfriend’s cat. On the flip he worked with Thomas Lavanchy on E-O, a song constructed around traditional Gabonese chanting before finishing off with an ode to Yello medley, mashed up to the deepest kick of the record.

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Reda Saiarh – Let’s Dance [08PM]

Andi / Randolph & Mortimer – Torque Force [MEC073]

ANDI/RANDOLPH & MORTIMER - Torque Force

The concept behind this split 12” is simple. Two artists who are divided by the Atlantic Ocean but unified by a love of classic New Beat sounds. Andi, boss of the New York City-based Synthicide record label/club night and Aufnhame + Wiedergabe recording artist, combined forces with Sheffield’s Industrialist and lover of underground Body Music, Randolph & Mortimer, to present their own interpretation to the unmistakable Belgian genre.

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Andi / Randolph & Mortimer – Torque Force [MEC073]

Stigma AKA Steve Marie – Nuclear Device [MAHRES001]

STIGMA aka STEVE MARIE - Nuclear Device

Nuclear Device / Mahres 001 is a mini-album with 6 hot tracks produced by STIGMA the first time use alias of Steve Marie. The tracks are written during pandemic, it’s a mixture of some slow industrial influenced compositions, late night club bangers and 2021 revisited synth pop 80’s sounds.

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Stigma AKA Steve Marie – Nuclear Device [MAHRES001]

Ton Globiter – KITNL Dark Hour Reprise [OR94]

GLOBITER, Ton - Kitnl Dark Hour Reprise

Oráculo Records joins forces with Wrong Era to release the vinyl debut of the Lithuanian young act Ton Globiter. In between techno, ebm and new beat, his sound is fresh and overwhelming, ready to fire up any dance floor. It includes remixes by Kris Baha and Synths Versus Me to complete a ballistic weapon EP.

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Ton Globiter – KITNL Dark Hour Reprise [OR94]