You would think that a small country like the Netherlands has very few isolated places, but buried in the south-west corner you will find the region of Zeeuwsch Vlaanderen. Just before the Westerscheldetunnel was built in 2003, the area was only reachable by ferry or over land through Belgium. By the late 1970s, in the region’s small city of Terneuzen, a group of like-minded music lovers were inspired by punk music and formed a series of bands together. A number of the musicians first met in high school, and it is here where we find Danny Bosten (Das Ding) and his label Tear Apart Tapes. If you played music you had to have a label to release it and because you had a label you needed to make music. It was a logical and circular process, and despite being isolated, nothing stopped them from bringing new music to Terneuzen. Up till today the label releases cassettes just like in the olden days as well as a string of 7-inches with new music by Das Ding, Les Yeux Interdits and Ian Martin. Each of these releases carries a similar visual aesthetic to the label’s early 1980s output. All of them sold out quickly, but luckily they are now collected here on this LP.
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2020 Best Albums
Continuing our past year briefing, after the readers top 3 and best giveaways, we present a list of our 20 favorite albums from 2020.
We have four albums more on the electro side coming from DMX Krew, Men With Secrets (Donato Dozzy and Retina.it), Nullptr and The Exaltics & Heinrich Mueller, while on the industrial/EBM side we have albums by A Civil Terror, La luna sotto il ponte and LBEEZE and impressive works from Black Meteoric Star, Ian Martin and Trenton Chase.
On the synthier side of music we have four albums coming from Das Ding, Linea Aspera, Newclear Waves and Jake Schrock, while for the Detroit lovers we have two Detroit influenced album by The Beneficiaries (Jeff Mills, Eddie Fowlkes and Jessica Care Moore) and The Nightstalker (Dan Piu and Martin Akeret).
Closing the list are the debut album of disco-don Franz Scala on Slow Motion, Obergman‘s acid album on Furthur Electronix, Anthony Collins with his album on Lobster Theremin under the Grant alias and Shifted with his first album on Avian.
The list is compiled in chronological order.
Das Ding – Industrial Universal 1.1 [PNKMN18.1]
3 years after the original vinyl press, Pinkman and Tear Apart Tapes (Das Ding’s own imprint) join forces for a fresh take on ‘Industrial Universal’. The cassette features the re-release of the 4 tracks from the sold out EP on the A-side, and 4 new productions on the B-side. Industrial Universal 1.1 adds an extra turmoil and energy into the already time tested cocktail, delivered in Das Dings style.
Das Ding – Plastic Disaster [TAT024]
4-Track C-24 Cassette Tape EP with Das Ding techno!
Dmitry Distant – Machines Are Playing Us [TAT023]
Dmitry Distant with a 4-track cassette EP on Tear Apart Tapes.
Shakkatam – Change / Run [TAT022]
First release by a female ensemble from Rotterdam. Shakkatam is a collaboration between Miss Nixon and Jacqueline Fuijkschot. All tracks are recorded at the attic of the Falafular Modules HQ.
Das Ding / Ian Martin – Perspective & Time [TAT020]
A split release by two Rotterdam artists from the same part of town, Das Ding and Ian Martin.
Les Yeux Interdits – Prison [TAT018]
Remastered version of a 80’s classic tape release, now on 7inch by Das Ding’s label Tear Apart Tapes.
Das Ding – Dream Decay [TAT019]
70-ies Tangential Electro-Pop by Danny Bosten’s project Das Ding on Tear Apart Tapes.
Das Ding – Nerd / Intermission [TAT016]
7 inch with electronics from Das Ding. More or less an homage to (very) early Kraftwerk.
Lab 80 – 7 Class A Songs [TAT011]
Originally to be released in 1985. Finally released in 2014. Straight from Das Dang on his excellent cassette series. Handmade covers and cassette labels, these are very limited edition items.
Schedelvreter – Hunker (Tear Apart Tapes) [MW034]
Minimal Wave announce a limited edition hand-silkscreened 10” release of Schedelvreter aka Danny Bosten, originally recorded and released in 1985 on Tear Apart Tapes (NL). Danny tells the story of how he recorded these tracks: “I had been making these repetitive, pattern-based Das Ding songs and felt the need to do something a little different. Something more organic, with a narrative structure to it. Reading Shelley’s Frankenstein at the time, and looking at old accounts of Spanish explorers in the Americas, inspired me to make what I imagined as the soundtrack to an imaginary movie: bleak and desolate. I had a Crumar synth that was falling apart, and if you held down a chord and switched it off and then back on, the voltage would drop so the tones became individual blips that sounded like human voices. I made some massive drum sounds by layering noise, used leftover four-track additions in reverse, and included some drums I found on a tape my brother had given me. I just layered it all on the four-track and played along. It made a nice little package of about seven pieces, so I made up a name for it, “Schedelvreter,” which translates as something like “Skull Gobbler.” The tape was released in 1985, but only a few were made at the time.”
VA – The Tear Apart Tapes [MW026]
Out of the 3 songs on this release, 2 were originally released on cassette in the 80’s by Danny Bosten of Das Ding via his own Tear Apart Tapes label. The other one (LAB 80) was a collaboration he did with his brother and has remained unreleased until now. This release was pressed in conjunction with PopWave301 to celebrate Das Ding’s live set at OT301 in Amsterdam on October 21, 2010.