Plus Instruments – Februari-April ’81 [DOM02]

What is Plus instruments? The title implies the secondary nature of the tools used to produce the sounds, maybe even of the sounds themselves. The means of making sound are not important, but the sounds themselve, but even beyond them there is a force, a grumbling. Maybe best represented by the first sound heard on Plus Instruments “Februauri- April 81”, a sound that is more felt than heard. The grumbling persists throughout the album, not in the same sonic way but things gyrate and repeat until they are mineral and not purely auditory. Using toys, drum machines, and other homemade electronics designed by front person Truus de Groot, the band manages to obscure every song into a hard to maintain mix of No Wave drive, New Wave sheen, and dance music groove. Originally established in The Netherlands in 1979 by Truus de Groot in various line-ups, she hooked up with Lee Ranaldo and David Linton in 1981 when she first ventured to NYC. A trio that smashes the sound of early 80s New York with the equally as progressive European experimentation of the time. Completely without total contemporaries, Plus instruments make music free of bounds from time, labels, and place. Originally released by Kremlin records in 1981 run by Sonic Youth’s future manager Carlos van Hijfte, Domani Sounds proudly presents Februari-April 81′ featuring brand new liner notes by van Hijfte himself.

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Plus Instruments – Februari-April ’81 [DOM02]

VA – Kale Plankieren: Dutch Cassette Rarities 1981 – 1985 Vol. 1 [KH009]

VARIOUS - Kale Plankieren: Dutch Cassette Rarities 1981-1985 Volume 1

Featuring a wide range of artists (Das Ding, Plus Instruments, De Fabriek for a start!) from the Amsterdam Fetisj scene and cities such as Rotterdam, Utrecht, The Hague, and Zwolle. It gives a glimpse into the artistic DIY music movement that was growing extensively outside of mainstream circles. The beautifully printed record sleeve was designed by Steele Bonus. It includes liner notes (in English and Dutch) that paint a great picture of the context where these bands and artists lived and breathed. It is compiled by Mark van de Maat and mastered by Rude 66.

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VA – Kale Plankieren: Dutch Cassette Rarities 1981 – 1985 Vol. 1 [KH009]

Plus Instruments – Love Is Enough [EES024]

PLUS INSTRUMENTS - Love Is Enough

Joining the dots after last years reissue of Plus Instruments early 80s post-punk music on the Bodies EP on Emotional Rescue, Especial now looks at their return to recent music production, taking the song “Love Is Enough” from the recent Trancesonics album and giving it the all encompassing label remix treatment. We get four reinterpretations by Richard Sen, Khidja, Luke Solomon and Jamie Paton.

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Plus Instruments – Love Is Enough [EES024]

Plus Instruments – Bodies [ERC024]

Emotional Rescue returns to the early 80’s Downtown NYC post punk / new wave scene with Plus Instruments – collecting their best and rarest songs on one groove laden EP. 4 tracks of pure Downtown punk-dub-funk, all with the nonchalant Euro-style delivery of Truus de Groot. Coming with extended unreleased versions, the originals were collected from sought after EPs, an obscure compilation LP and fiishes with a never before released song – this is history.

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Plus Instruments – Bodies [ERC024]