Making her recording debut just two years ago in 2013, Helena’s first release was a 3-track EP – Actio Reactio – on Actress’ Werkdiscs imprint. She has since partnered with PAN (as Black Sites alongside F#x), Lux Rec, Bunker sublabel Panzerkreuz and Texan cassette imprint Handmade Birds to share her overtly analogue excursions into techno’s shadowy fringes, improvised and recorded in her bedroom studio in Hamburg. Fully embracing her love of hardware, Helena joined James Dean Brown’s legendary electronic improv outfit Hypnobeat (founded back in 1983) in 2013, blazing a trail across Europe with their intense polyrhythmic jam sessions on the TB-303, TR-707 and TR-808.
“I have the feeling it’s more one-to-one – you do something and then the machine reacts. The machine has its own mind too, so it gives something back.”
Ten tracks deep, Discreet Desires is the embodiment of Helena’s deep-seated beliefs about music as a radical force and unifying movement. Something that is evident from her growing stature as a selector and her enthusiasm for musical subcultures from punk to nu wave, industrial, krautrock and avant garde electro – all of which were rooted in raw experimentation and existed in polar opposition to the perfect, polished mainstream.
Emotional Rescue continue to mine hidden corners of esoteric music to bring your rarified delights in a freshly mastered form. This time the label has turned to cult Spanish label Auxilio De Ciento, who have been quietly picked up by more tuned in heads for their excellent new wave, synth pop and industrial wares. La Caida De La Casa Usher present the most abrasive material on here, but largely it’s a relaxed affair. You can lose yourself in the bubbling synthesizer goodness of Bene Gesserit and Danny Alias, or trip out to the pattering drums of Zazou, Nodland, Lema.
“25 years on, with countless releases for Peacefrog, Ghostly, Planet E, 7th City, Ongaku, Raw Fusion and Circus Co., their burning desire to leave a dent in the realm of post-punk, industrial, EBM and noise has resulted in INTERVAL’s transmit, their debut on HELIC.AL, featuring their close friend Andries Boekelman on bass. Tracked and mixed using Sines’s collection of vintage analog consoles, tape machines and effects units, it’s a departure from the increasingly sterile digital environment most have come to cherish Instead, they’ve dumped laptops and pitch-correction for analogue time modulators designed for Stevie Wonder, and delays & reverbs dreamt up by Factory Records’ Martin Hannett. Self-described as “post-punk experimental shoegaze goth beat-driven mechanical dirges of love and lust”, INTERVAL is what happens when you take experienced electronic music producers who wear their broken hearts on their sleeves and get them back to their formative roots.”
Book Of Eibon (Parasols Remix)
Absurd (Vercetti Technicolor Remix)
Die 7 Tore Des Schreckens (Xander Harris Remix)
Voices (Antoni Maiovvi Remix)
Sette Porte Dell Inferno (Mater Suspiria Vision Inferno Veneziano Remix
“For those not in the know Mater Suspria Vision are one of last remaining first wave of Witch House, proceed without prejudice, MSV were a truly bizarre one of a kind group. Combining Cosmic style with early Krautrock experimentation, bootleg VHS and a wild sense of humour, MSV have been one of our favourite groups for a long time. We’ve taken their last LP Antropophagus and run it through the Giallo Disco filter, featuring remixes by Xander Harris, Parasols AKA Ali Renault, Antoni Maiovvi and Vercetti Technicolor. Mastered by Alek Stark, Art by Eric Lee and Giorgio Anselmi”
An acclaimed classic in the Warp catalogue, the double vinyl edition of the 2001 album will be made available again on 10 February 2017.
Taylor Burch and Joe Chocherell’s DVA Damas project has always inhabited a sound space all of its own. While heavily influenced by post-punk rock, new wave and minimal wave synth-pop, quite a few of their records also draw on contemporary minimal techno and Visionquest style tech-house. It’s the latter that comes to the fore on “Clear Cut”, with Burch’s stylized, groaning, Mascara-clad vocal riding a dubby, hypnotic tech-house groove and spiraling, EBM electronics. It stretches out for a mesmerizing 10 minutes, too, and subsequently overshadows the fine – but not quite as potent – bonus tracks.
A1 Chasing Away The Night
“The second of two new Gesloten Cirkel releases for Murder Capital following his 2014 album for the label, Submit X. ‘Charning’ is a deranged acid cut with unexpected rock undertones, ‘Perron’ is a warehouse-ready dance track, and ‘Chasing Away The Light’ is a very fun club number.”
1992 – 1997
A collection of early Legowelt tracks, found on old dusty tapes assumed a long time gone.
Pressed on three slices of 155 grams black wax and inserted in black sleeves with an eerie story.
A C E cut at 33⅓ rpm
B D F cut at 45rpm
A1 Lego Resistance
A2 The Building Blocks Of Life
B1 Nowhere Track
B2 Techno Madchen
C1 An Obnoxious Affair On Tape
C3 Airplanes In The Rain
D1 Are You Really So Deep
D2 Sleeping In The Window
E1 Silent Service
E2 Decay Dream
F Wir Lebten In Miniland
Limited to 500 & no repress !
All tracks carefully restored & remastered whilst the vinyl comes in full colour heavy card inners with two riso print poster sleeves & a gatefold pvc cover.
A1 –Citi & Byte Sistem Candy Dance (Vocal Version)
A2 –Amnésie With The Nicolosi Family Turas (Flemming Dalum Remix)
B1 –Ghecko Firelight (Instrumental)
B2 –Gary Low I Want You (Romain Bezzina Edit)
C1 –Govindo Ou Ka Vini Moin (Il Bosco & Kid Machine Edit)
C2 –Fockewulf 190 Gitano
D1 –Danny Keith Keep On Music (Dub)
D2 –Rockets Some Other Place, Some Other Time (Remixed Extended Version)
“Red Laser conductor general Il Bosco once again turns his beam on 8 tracks of mind
melding italo. Providing a double vinyl release of tracks that have been inspirational
to Red Laser Records and the labels releases.
This isn’t by any means your run of the mill italo selection.
Il Bosco knowingly selects a set that shows the true girth of style and fashion in the
Face grillers are ramped up next to sleazy pop sensibilities. Goth-synth disco
frottages with 8-bit machine gun bass lines. Chugger masterpieces salivate on
crystalline new romantics.
As the compiler says ‘Truth is loads of Italo is shite but when its good it’s up there
with the best electronic disco music you will ever hear’ Check this album and you’ll
For maximum disco potential several Red Laser protagonists have suitably
revamped and edited some of the selections with Kid Machine & Il Bosco uniting in
the cut, Flemming Dalum sprinkling his magic dust over a bonafide classic & Parisian
Romain Bezzina repairing an old banger.
As always Red Laser pay close attention to detail with all tracks carefully restored &
remastered whilst the vinyl comes in full colour heavy card inners with two riso print
poster sleeves & a gatefold pvc cover.”
Back in stock, the 2012 debut full-length from Austin-based electronic quartet S U R V I V E is available once again with yellow and black alternate artwork. A fresh U.S. repress is in high demand for this modern classic, as the band enjoys a recent surge in notoriety on the heels of members Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein’s soundtrack work on the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. Recorded from 2010-2012 at the band’s own Omniverse Studios in Austin, this record chronicles the early days of the group as they developed and defined their familiar yet original style of dark soundscapes.
This record’s full spectrum of synth-based composition returns to LP and cassette, with CD and limited clear and black-colored vinyl editions available for the first time. S U R V I V E ’ s debut full-length marks the culmination of countless sessions recording and crafting a remarkable balance of songwriting and experimentation. The band’s signature sound is a combination of vintage and modern synthesizers, recorded live and carefully processed to draw character out of every enriched sound wave before joining the mix.
Originally released in 2012 on Berlin-based Mannequin Records,
S U R V I V E ’ s premiere is a fusion of reserved minimalism and lucid hooks. Underlined by the band’s uncompromising standards in sound design, this album maintains a damaged quality that is nuanced and cohesive across all nine emotive tracks. Ambient pieces such as “To Light Alone I Bow” and “Deserted Skies” are beautiful hybrids of harmony and tension that represent the record as a multifaceted work of both mood and melody. In contrast, the cold and brutally propulsive pair of singles “Hourglass” and “Omniverse” are strikingly addictive, making their way onto the soundtrack of the 2014 feature horror film The Guest, directed by Adam Wingard.
“Back in stock, the 2012 debut full-length from Austin-based electronic quartet S U R V I V E is available once again with yellow and black alternate artwork. A fresh U.S. repress is in high demand for this modern classic, as the band enjoys a recent surge in notoriety on the heels of members Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein’s soundtrack work on the hit Netflix series Stranger Things.
Recorded from 2010-2012 at the band’s own Omniverse Studios in Austin, this record chronicles the early days of the group as they developed and defined their familiar yet original style of dark soundscapes. S U R V I V E ‘ s debut full-length marks the culmination of countless sessions recording and crafting a remarkable balance of songwriting and experimentation. The band’s signature sound is a combination of vintage and modern synthesizers, recorded live and carefully processed to draw character out of every enriched sound wave before joining the mix.
Originally released in 2012 on Berlin-based Mannequin Records, S U R V I V E ‘ s premiere is a fusion of reserved minimalism and lucid hooks. Underlined by the band’s uncompromising standards in sound design, this album maintains a damaged quality that is nuanced and cohesive across all nine emotive tracks. Ambient pieces such as ‘To Light Alone I Bow’ and ‘Deserted Skies’ are beautiful hybrids of harmony and tension that represent the record as a multifaceted work of both mood and melody.”
Cititrax is thrilled to present a full length LP entitled Adieux Au Dancefloor by Montreal based recording artist, Marie Davidson. Marie Davidson has emerged as one of the foremost electronic artists working in contemporary pop today. As a long-time member of Essaie Pas (DFA Records), Davidson has had the opportunity to hone her many talents. She has been participating in the city’s vibrant experimental community for much of her adult life. However, in 2012 she began to unveil compositions under her own name, revealing a solo artist who possessed the combined confidence and vulnerability required to write, produce and perform unaccompanied. Davidson’s intimate solo work is embodied through a host of synthesizers, sequencers and drum machines which coalesce in synchronized harmony, punctuated by vocals, half sung, half spoken in both French and English. She masterfully shapes the overall mood, themes, emotion, expression and intensity of her work, which gives the final result a distinctive, cinematic quality.
With Adieux Au Dancefloor, Marie makes a slight departure from her last two releases, via Holodeck (2015) and Weyrd Son (2014), by creating her first fully dancefloor oriented piece of work. Through the 45 minutes of music that comprises the album, she experiments with pop structures, defines her voice, and layers rhythms to make complex and beautiful techno tracks. She closes the album with the title track in classic Chanson style.
Adieux Au Dancefloor will be released in early October. The record will be pressed on 160 gram white vinyl and will feature photographs by the equally talented Corinne Schiavone. The record will be housed in a full color printed heavyweight jacket along with matching printed inner sleeve.
A1. Vercetti Technicolor – Golden Taurus
A2. Vercetti Technicolor – Topaz Fear
B1. Vercetti Technicolor – Death Wish
B4. Vercetti Technicolor – Golden Taurus (Heinrich Dressel Remix)
“Crimes Of The Future is the kind of label you can trust, no matter who is at the controls. The same could be said for Giallo Disco, and certainly the two labels orbit a similar space for lurid soundtrack-inspired hardware jams from the Italo age. Vercetti Technicolor is one half of the Giallo team alongside Antoni Maiovvi, and here steps out with a perfectly bombastic range of compositions that revel in B-movie brilliance.
“Golden Taurus” is the perfect slow-burner, those mono bass notes warming like no soft synth ever could, while “Topaz Fear” brings a more action-driven sequence into the mix. “Death Wish” too opts for a pumped up club scenario, while Heinrich Dressel smokes out “Golden Taurus” into a seedy slow-jam.”
A3 Cryptic Dimension
B1 Multiple Existence
B4 Remote Viewer
B5 Segunda Realidad
“First vinyl edition of the special Zwischenwelt Project. A well executed audio-visual experience playing with the tension between machine and human vox. Musically rooted in the early 90’s lab-electro style that has been presented as Gesamtkuntwerk, further conceptualized and developed into an even more abstract but not any less powerful or less intense experience. Cold voices sonicly merging with emotional machine sounds (or is it cold machine sounds merging with emotive vocal sounds?).”
Conceived as a kind of sequel to 2012’s Sleep Games there’s an epic sensibility to Stasis. The haunted concrete caverns of the earlier album give way here, to vast, awe inspiring spaces.
The album has a strong narrative flow that can be read either as the soundtrack for an interplanetary voyage under suspended animation or the exploration of vast inner realms under some other form of technologically enhanced sleep.
The LP packaging is designed by Julian House. The 180gm LP includes a free download card.