VA – Síntomas de techno – Ondas electrónicas subterráneas desde Perú (1985-1991) [BR149]

This compilation presents for the first time various underground techno groups and projects that emerged in Lima in the mid-1980s. Projects such as Disidentes, Paisaje Electrónico, T de Cobre, Meine Katze Und Ich, El Sueño de Alí, Cuerpos del Deseo, Círculo Interior, Ensamble and Reacción were responsible for introducing styles such as techno-pop, EBM, industrial and minimal synth in Peru. Coinciding with the explosion of punk in Lima and the appearance of the so-called Rock Subterráneo [underground rock], these techno groups shared the same DIY spirit, performing in many punk concerts and even creating their own fanzines, and, above all, opening a space for other types of sonic experiences. Meine Katze Und Ich, El Sueño de Alí and Paisaje Electrónico were also the parallel projects of the members of Narcosis, the iconic punk band, one of the founders of Rock Subterráneo.

VA – Síntomas de techno – Ondas electrónicas subterráneas desde Perú (1985-1991) [BR149]

Influenza Prods. – Mémoire [LER1029]

Bruno De Angelis and Giovanna Gulinello unwittingly met in London in the late 70’s, after being introduced by a mutual friend. It wasn’t until Bruno rescued Giovanna from an awkward date that the pair became a couple. At the time, music was just something they did for fun. In 1981 the pair moved back to Italy and found an apartment in Rome. It’s here that they began to focus on their music and where they started ‘recording’ their tracks. As with many artists during the early 80’s, the Influenza Prods’ sound was the direct result of the accessibility of emerging electronic instruments and the recording equipment available to them. Influenza Prods managed to ‘release’ three tapes which comprised of the Greatest Tits (1983), Cheek-A-Bomba (1984) and Quasi Solo (1985).

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Influenza Prods. – Mémoire [LER1029]

Mark Grusane – Dance Intensity [RHSTOREJAMS017]

Thirteen years after his whopping ‘Time and Space’ EP, Chicago ‘O.G.’ Mark Grusane returns to the Rush Hour imprint with his ‘Dance Intensity’ EP. Combining trademark electro, wave, synth-pop and disco elements into three modern dancefloor cuts.

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Mark Grusane – Dance Intensity [RHSTOREJAMS017]

Charlie – Cold Inside b/w Melodies Bring Memories EP [FLR01]

Focusing exclusively on 7″s, Ferry Lane Records launches its first release with the debut of Leona Jacewska AKA Charlie. Having garnered a following with her DJ and live performances, the record sees the Polish producer merging seamlessly Italo, synthpop and wave.

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Charlie – Cold Inside b/w Melodies Bring Memories EP [FLR01]

Her Absence Fill the World – Neon Arabesque [DR123]

Berlin-based Post-Punk duo Her Absence Fill the World with the second release “Neon Arabesque” on Detriti Records. Her Absence Fill The World makes music that sounds simultaneously lost and chased. Inspired by their individual backgrounds in classical violin and techno, spanning Ankara to Berlin, their style blends together with a dark, melodic sound defined by a strongly reduced harmonic structure, a hovering voice, and synth leads. post-punk.com

Her Absence Fill the World – Neon Arabesque [DR123]

June – Window Of Time [AD017]

On his new album for Artificial Dance, Tsampikos Fronas aka June takes a departure from his dance orientated earlier work. Recorded between 2018 and 2020, Window of Time sees the Berlin-based producer explore sparser arrangements than his previous releases. The record unravels like a dystopian cyberpunk novel, something akin to William Gibson’s Neuromancer. Both the title track and ‘Stratagem / Predator’ create an increasing tension that builds through repetitive sequences. The arpeggiated synths on ‘Year 2092’ evoke images of sprawling metropolitan city scapes, while the claustrophobic mood of ‘The Master of Electricity’, the first track written for the album, wouldn’t go amiss on a soundtrack to a sci-fi thriller like Blade Runner. Created using modular synthesizers, analog sequencers and analog polyphonic synths, Window of Time eschews melody in favour of cold, pulsating rhythms. Combined with haunting choral toplines and minimalistic flourishes, such as those on album closer ‘Elegy’, June invites the listener on a free dive into their subconscious; to navigate boundless, unexplored territories.

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June – Window Of Time [AD017]

Crossed Wires – Crossed Wires II [LSD035]

Following the warm reception afforded to their 2020 compilation album ‘Crossed Wires’, which exhumed unreleased music from the depths of an archive belonging to an unnamed producer, Light Sounds Dark presents ‘Crossed Wires II’. Responsible for clueing us up to more oddities than you can name, LSD are on their classic game here, cueing up 15 top shelf obscurities from the intersection of industrial, electro and no wave mutant disco. Another rewarding grab-bag of strange, experimental productions.

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Crossed Wires – Crossed Wires II [LSD035]

Interstellar Funk – Into the Echo [DKMNTL085]

For his debut album on Dekmantel, Interstellar Funk has crafted a raw, yet simultaneously hauntingly beautiful and endlessly intricate record. Layers of blended harmonies and melodies form the basis for jettisons into leftfield experimentation, heavily processed drums and oscillating frequencies. The result is as infectious as it is pensive; a transcendental journey into a synth-laden landscape. “Into the Echo” is daringly eclectic, combining sung-spoken iterations with hypnotic samples and machinic industrial.

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Interstellar Funk – Into the Echo [DKMNTL085]

VA – LSE15 [LSE15]

This is Lost Soul Enterprises’ 15th release on wax, a tidy compilation of off-kilter dance floor cuts and misfit synthpunk anthems. Side A commences with the gothic, neon-soaked Miami bass of Alonzo’s “Cruising with Pap,” featuring sinister verses delivered by a shadowy syrup-sipping secret guest vocalist. Up next is bucking bronco Nick Klein’s slow-mo industrial headbanger “Posture Test.” Lastly, wild synth lines and ethereal dubbed-out samples dart in and out over a tough, punchy rhythmic foundation in Naeem’s “TLX,” an android’s sci-fi electro vision gone haywire. On the B side, Heidi Sabertooth’s “Was It You” launches us deep into chugging acidic territory, combining enigmatic spoken vocals and a psychedelic, slowly evolving SH-101 line over a persuasive groove. Next comes raucous synth-punk powerhouse SSPS with “Paradise Lozt,” raw as fuck, chanting a litany of dystopian tales atop pumping drums and a wash of demented organ-like synth stabs. Finally the release closes with the short but powerful “New Vape City” by the nomadic Douce Angoisse – an absolute earworm, a doleful coldwave ballad whose lush production plays perfect counterpoint to the icy, deadpan sentiments within.

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VA – LSE15 [LSE15]

Boris Barksdale – Mind Over Matter [NATURAL058]

Boris Barksdale’s first full length on Natural Sciences is the final joyride of the human mind. Over two sides of screwed proto-beat, street electronics and twisted metal ambiance, “Mind Over Matter” picks apart the medias domination of the world we live in, drawing on internet advertising campaigns and social commentary to show you how messed up things have really become. The record builds on from Boris’ inclusion in Natural Sciences’ Future Works & Age in Decline compilation series.

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Boris Barksdale – Mind Over Matter [NATURAL058]