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  • 01. Diamond Man
    02. Heavy Metals
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    BENNI

    Diamond Man

    [engl] Benni have two LPs out on Goner Records, he was in Wizzard Sleeve, Natural Child, Heavy Lids and played Mr Quintron's right hand when Quintron had broken his wrist. John Carpenter-ish garagerock? Garagey Vangelis with creepy vocals? It's fan-fucking-tastic for sure!
    Format
    7''
    Release-Datum
    09.10.2020
     
  • 01. Non non non
    02. Art nègre
    03. Les yeux ouverts
    04. Tête de bois
    05. Paris Paris
    06. Rue Jacques Tati
    07. Beau rivage
    08. Monsieur Madame
    09. La lumière est blanche...
    10. Et la terre est rouge
    11. 1938 Les petits nains
    12. Hymne au confort
    13. La Joncque chinoise

    CHA CHA GUITRI

    FRENCH SYNTH WAVE - SYNTH ETIENNE 1981

    [engl] Unless you are a monomaniacal specialist of the 80s, there is very little chance that Cha Cha Guitry will ring any bell. And yet this band, buried away in Saint-Etienne – at the very heart of France – could have rivalled easily with Elli & Jacno or Telex. Emblematic of that French touch which tinged new-wave with a bit of sunshine, their electro, retro-futuristic songs have that slight sweet and sour flavour between casualness and sophistication. The birth of Cha Cha Guitry in 1981 was a landmark for its members, Serge, Dominique, Charly and Marie. High-school friendships and love stories helping, it is in a most spontaneous way that these art lovers formed their band. Once their hippie phase was over, the guitar, sax and flute were abandoned in the closet while machines took over: an EMS AKS synth, a Roland SH101, a Roland TR808 rhythm-box. The two couples met in the congenial atmosphere of their “home studio” to record their songs. The boys composed and sang, the girls sang and designed minimal costumes, the elegance of which was enhanced by some DIY touches: no need for fabric, paper will perfectly do. As deceivingly offhanded stylists, the Cha Cha crew carefully crafted a music that was both studied and charmingly quirky, making collages of pop raw materials and avant-garde stuff. Scissors in hand, they took what they wanted from the Bauhaus, Moholy Nagy, or Sonia Delaunay’s dresses, taping these iconic bits onto the sounds of Kraftwerk and what remained of pop culture (comics, movies, songs of the 30s or easy listening). Cha Cha Guitry, wisely ingenious, modelled tropical landscapes out of cellophane, thus elaborating its own synthetic surrealism. We’ll offer as evidence the title “Les Yeux Ouverts sur les Beautés d’Aujourd’hui” (“Opening Our Eyes to the Beauties of Our Days”), borrowed from a handbook about mechanics. “We were aware of the beauties of the decade, both visual and aural. That was the spirit of Cha Cha. It was like living in an inspiring utopia: we were at the wheel of a bubble, driving at full speed through the 80s!!!” The adventure would not last more than a few years, just long enough to record two cassettes on Kronchtadt Tapes (a local label central to the underground scene that was more into punk) and give three concerts. “It was difficult to play our music on stage with studio synths, so we figured out a system in which the fifth member was a Revox. It throned among us on stage, playing the soundtrack as we sang live.” As isolated as they were in Saint-Etienne, they got nevertheless noticed by Alain Maneval who programmed them regularly on Europe 1, and they could even be heard on Radio Gay. So they went to Paris to meet a manager from Virgin, but they never got the luck, rare in those days, to release a vinyl. Their arty, pop style was also too DIY for Agnès B’s freshly opened shop: their second cassette, though wonderfully packed in a Plexiglas case resembling an icicle, was not to the brand’s taste. Serge has been living in the same flat since 1975 and never got rid of his synthesizer. The studio where Cha Cha would record its songs has not changed a bit. Everything has been kept, ordered, archived, from the piles of magnetic tapes to the hundreds of Polaroid shots. We are happy to offer you a selection of them.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    07.07.2014
    EAN
    EAN 3521381529708
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    07.07.2014
    EAN
    EAN 3521383429693
     
  • 01. Direct Lines
    02. Le Chorale
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    ELECTRONIC CIRCUS

    Direct Lines

    [engl] Though famous for other things (including doing the synths on GARY NUMAN’s iconic “Pleasure Principal” album and co-writing VISAGE’s massive hit, “Fade To Grey”), Chris Payne brought THE ELECTRONIC CIRCUS to life in 1981. At the time, poised to become his next major project, the initial single “Direct Lines” gained little traction and quickly found its way to quiet obscurity. There it remained until some genius made a video using footage from Swedish film “Summer With Monika” that so perfectly fit the surging melancholy of youth’s temporary romances that the song garnered a million views and a new cult of rabid fans (me included! -Jensen). Once this synth-pop perfection enters you it will find permanent purchase and continue to be a joyous wellspring for years to come, truly a gift that keeps giving. This fully licensed official reissue comes on 150 on red and 350 on black 75gr vinyl housed in a reverse board custom die-cut glue pocket sleeve. Originally recorded in 1981 at Pebble Beach Studios in Sussex UK (also where THE ADVERTS recorded the excellent "Gary Gilmore's Eyes/Bored Teenagers single!) by Tony Harris. Remastered in 2021 by John Golden. Art and packaging based on the original 1981 design.
    Format
    7''
    Release-Datum
    22.11.2021
     
  • 01. The Man (English Version)
    02. Flieg
    03. Tidal Meditation
    04. Die Stimme aus dem Universum
    05. Arabische Nacht
    06. Ein Kleiner Walzer
    07. Lieben ist
    08. Parademarsch.
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    KOZMONAUT

    Flieg

    [engl] Ultra rare D.I.Y minimal / synth–pop / industrial / darkwave album from 1986! Kozmonaut was the personal project of a young & talented Canadian musician called Michael Gutierrez, who moved to San Francisco in the early 80s. Influenced by Kraftwerk and German culture / electronic music, Michael recorded the "Flieg" album all by himself at his garage studio, using the pseudonym of "Hans Schiller". 1000 copies were pressed on his own label, Vier Productions Inc, but they were never distributed or sold at the time, with virtually the entire pressing being discarded, as Michael, a perfectionist, was not satisfied with the spelling mistakes on the cover, among other things. In 1989, Michael, along with Pieter Ziegelmeier, formed the famous industrial / electronic band Kode IV. Sadly, Michael contracted AIDS and passed away in 1994. All the contents of his garage (tapes, albums, synths and recording equipment) were sold for cheap or ended up in the street. Fast forward to 2010: An adventurous record hunter (Christian Peintner) finds a copy of the "Flieg" album at a thrift shop in San Francisco. At first, he thinks it’s a German album but after some investigation, he discovers the name of Michael Gutierrez which leads him to Kode IV and then to Peter Ziegelmeier. He visits Peter who tells him the real story of Michael Gutierrez aka Hans Schiller and Kozmonaut. Listening to it now, "Flieg" is an excellent album, a crossover of a wide range of styles from early Industrial (paving the way for Michael’s later sounds with Kode IV), to Synth–Pop, Experimental Electronics, and Dark Wave. Michael uses the vocoder very effectively and in one of the songs, "Tidal Meditation", he recorded the Golden Gate Bridge fog horn to use it as a sample.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    19.06.2017
     
  • 01. Ata
    02. Tolstoi
    03. Gezeiten
    04. I'm In Love With A German Filmstar
    05. Ich Hab' Angst
    06. Landeplatz
    07. Basu
    08. Holiday
    09. Unit Ten
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    P4

    Ich Hab' Angst

    [engl] Limited to 200 copies: - 170 copies in black/white cover.(THIS) - 15 copies in silver/white cover. - 15 copies in superwhite/white cover. Tracks A1 and A2 were previously released on the compilation cassette Lautt - Ein Sampler Aus Südwest. Slightly different versions appeared previously on the cassette P4 in 1982. Tracks A3 and A4 were previously released on the compilation cassette Sellemols & Heid in 1983. Tracks B1 to B5 were previously released on the cassette P4 in 1982.
    Format
    LP lim
    Release-Datum
    08.08.2019
     
  • 01. Trois Dans Les WC* - Contagion
    02. Act - Ping Pong
    03. Les Visiteurs Du Soir - Je T'écris D'un Pays
    04. Vox Dei Terroriste
    05. Comix - Touche Pas Mon Sexe
    06. TGV - Partie 1
    07. C.K.C - 20h25
    08. Marie Möör - Pretty Day
    09. Deux - Game And Performance
    10. Ruth - Polaroid Roman Photo
    11. Vitor Hublot - Aller Simple
    12. Visible - Le Jour Se Lève
    13. Casino Music - Viol AF 015
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    V/A

    BIPPP - french synth wave 1979/85

    Mit dem BIPPP Sampler bringt uns das in Frankreich ansässige Label Born Bad ein Stück französischer 80s Untergrundmusikgeschichte für das manche Leute töten würden wenn sie die Originalaufnahmen in die Hände bekommen würden! Die Compilation ist vollgestopft mit extrem raren französischen Minimal-, Synth- & Coldwave. Der Großteil der Songs sind dabei wohl auch nur dem engeren Kreis der Minimalsammler bekannt, können hier aber dankenswerter Weise auch endlich einem (etwas) größerem Publikum präsentiert werden. Wer frühe Soft Cell, Silicon Teens, Grauzone, Nouvelle Vague die von Martin Hannett produzierten belgischen Names oder ähnliches mag kommt hier wirklich nicht dran vorbei. Großer Tip für alle die auf schrägen 80s Epop, Postpunk und Minimalelektronik stehen, inkl. tollen beiheft- leider nur auf französisch!
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    07.08.2007
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    06.01.2010
     
  • 01. Mirador
    02. Cobalt 56
    03. Violences Conjugales
    04. Dernière Robe
    05. Plaisirs Solitaires
    06. Kgb
    07. Sortie De Route
    08. Amour Révolte
    09. Blitzkrieg
    10. Futur
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    VIOLENCE CONJUGALE

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    Französischer 80's minimal / Synth Wave in der Tradition von Frustration, Cheveu, Charles de Goal etc. Klingt ziemlich unmodern und meint damit authentisch.
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    15.04.2012
    EAN
    EAN 5414939224324
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    15.04.2012
    EAN
    EAN 5414939224416