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LLOYD COLE

1D. CD, vinyl (incl. CD), download. Out September 4, 2015

In preparation for his collaboration with Hans-Joachim Roedelius two years ago ("Selected Studies Vol. 1") British singer-songwriter Lloyd Cole recorded plenty of electronic music that hasn't been released yet. "1D" is a collection of the best pieces of this "unused" music. None of the pieces involves the use of a piano keyboard or a computer, except to record it. Some modulations were executed by hand. Most were generated by programmed sequencers and logic. Each piece is a self contained electronic circuit.

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E S B

Tiersen / Laquerrière / Poli. CD, vinyl (incl. CD), download. Out October 16, 2015

ESB (formerly Elektronische Staubband) is a project by the three musicians Yann Tiersen, Lionel Laquerrière and Thomas Poli. The three analogue synthesizer aficionados joined forces 2010, played several festivals and released their first single in 2013. Finding time between their myriad other music projects in 2014 the trio finally had a short window to record the debut album. Convening at Tiersen's studio, each member chose two weapons from his analogue armoury and plugged in for ten days of intense, immersive, cosmic jamming. ARPs glide. Korgs drone. Moogs throb. Electricity breathes life into the strange, tangled melodies. Common influences swirl around. Michael Bundt to Tim Hecker, Klaus Schulze to Fennesz, Popol Vuh to Loscil, Kraftwerk to Fuck Buttons, Delia Derbyshire to Grouper, Neu! to Follakzoid. Accidents are appreciated. Unexpected meeting are welcome. The finished songs giving a cracked, kaleidoscopic view of some exotic retro-futuristic world.

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BERND KISTENMACHER

HEAD-VISIONS. CD, vinyl, download. Out Nov. 6, 2015

Bernd Kistenmacher, born in Berlin in 1960, seen as the pivotal figure in the so-called second Berlin School of electronic music, emulating the first which featured Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream and co. Kistenmacher released his first cassette in 1984 and has been making music ever since. Kistenmacher did not like the way electronic music was developing in the Eighties, so he simply bought himself the analogue synthesizers he needed to pursue his passion: "classic" Berlin School par excellence. "Head-Visions" is Kistenmacher's debut album from the year 1986. Reissued as a digipack, vinyl and download

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BERND KISTENMACHER

WAKE UP IN THE SUN. CD, vinyl, download. Out Nov. 6, 2015

Bernd Kistenmacher, born in Berlin in 1960, seen as the pivotal figure in the so-called second Berlin School of electronic music, emulating the first which featured Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream and co. Kistenmacher released his first cassette in 1984 and has been making music ever since. Kistenmacher did not like the way electronic music was developing in the Eighties, so he simply bought himself the analogue synthesizers he needed to pursue his passion: "classic" Berlin School par excellence. "Wake Up In The Sun" is Kistenmacher's second album from the year 1987. Reissued as a digipack, vinyl and download

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QLUSTER

TASTEN. CD, vinyl (incl. CD), download

QLUSTER are Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Onnen Bock and Armin Metz. "Tasten" is their fifth album. The trio explores the musical depths of three Steinway concert grands to their fullest potential. Spherical sounds of three overlapping instruments, complete with gentle tones and little melodies, sporadically culminating in impulsive sonic storms. A wonderful piece of "neo-classical" music by three masters of their art. "Tasten" can conceivably be described as the successor to the 2012 album "Antworten", on which grand pianos also played a similarly significant role. Whilst "Antworten" featured singing bowls, "Tasten" is exclusively a piano work, one which sees the instrument used at times in unconventional, percussive ways, its strings plucked or stroked. Out on CD / LP (incl. CD) / download

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MOEBIUS PLANK NEUMEIER remixed by RICHARD FEARLESS

SELEKT02: "Speed Display" remixes. 2 track 12". Vinyl, download

SELEKT is the name of our 12 inch platform for experiments by musicians on the label and other artists. SELEKT offers space for collaborations and remixes (without borders). SELEKT02 features two remixes by Richard Fearless (Death In Vegas) of the track "Speed Display", taken from the album "Zero Set". It represents a milestone in latter-day Krautrock, created in 1983 by a hugely authoritative triumvirate of the German avant-garde: Dieter Moebius (Harmonia, Cluster), Conny Plank (the definitive krautrock producer) and Mani Neumeier (Guru Guru).

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CONRAD SCHNITZLER/PYROLATOR

CON-STRUCT. CD, vinyl (incl. CD), download

The German pioneer of electronic music Conrad Schnitzler (1937–2011) amassed a vast archive of sounds for use in combination with each other in live performances. In 2011 the idea came up of con-structing new compositions, not remixes, from this material. The Con-Struct series was born. Our release features con-structions by Pyrolator, co-founder of the legendary German label Ata Tak, solo artist and member of various seminal post-punk bands such as D.A.F. and Der Plan. "My prime objective was to present a side of Conrad which I had always heard in his music but one which often goes unnoticed: a darker, technoid side. Conrad has always been one of the great pioneers of classic Berlin techno music", says Pyrolator. Convince yourself! Out on CD / LP (incl. CD) / download

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AUTOMAT

PLUSMINUS. CD, vinyl (incl. CD), download

The analog mother of all minimalist pop species is Dub. Rhythm and sound are more important than melodies. And repetition reveals itself as a form of change—if only because the focus gravitates to the small yet important details. Under this premise, the Berlin-based trio Automat (Jochen Arbeit, Achim Färber, Georg Zeitblom) has now recorded an exceptional album. Of course, we are not dealing with classic dub reggae here. And the Detroit Techno is another story. The thunderous bass lines, delirious rhythms and hypnotic sounds make the notion of categories and genres seem superfluous. PLUSMINUS recalls the mysterious monolith in Stanley Kubrick's "2001": There's nothing here that one could hold onto, and yet so much of it that the listener is transported into a kind of trance. Out on CD / LP (incl. CD) / download on May 29, 2015

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BUREAU B compiled by RICHARD FEARLESS

KOLLEKTION 4: 25 tracks from our catalogue. 2 CDs, 3 LPs, DL. Out June 26, 2015

To provide an overview of the various musical styles in which Bureau B specializes, we have created a compilation series entitled KOLLEKTION. Each release in this series will be curated by a musician perfectly suited to the task. The fourth instalment in our series fills us with particular pride: Richard Fearless, best known as the leader and founder of British band DEATH IN VEGAS, has listened his way through our entire (!) archive and now presents his own very personal selection from the catalogue on two CDs or three LPs. With tracks by Faust, Cluster, Roedelius, Moebius, Kreidler, Asmus Tietchens, 39 Clocks, Thomas Dinger, Günter Schickert and many more.

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CONRAD SCHNITZLER compiled by THOMAS FEHLMANN

KOLLEKTION 5. CD / Vinyl / DL. Out July 31, 2015

36 years ago the art student Thomas Fehlmann (The Orb, Palais Schaumburg) attended a guest lecture by one of Germany's most important experimental electronic musicians Conrad Schnitzler (Tangerine Dream, Kluster). Schnitzler demonstrated to the students how the "extended definition of art" established by Joseph Beuys could be applied to music. This proved to be a crucial element in Fehlmann's decision to become a musician. Now things come in full circle: Fehlmann compiled our fifth "Kollektion", arranging, in uniquely harmonious fashion, sixteen pieces from the early 1980s by the man who broadened his horizons. The gateway to Conrad Schnitzler's sonic cosmos has been flung wide open. Out on CD / LP / download

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ROEDELIUS SCHNEIDER / SCHNEIDER KACIREK (RSD excl.)

Record Store Day 2015 exclusive split 12" Maxi

One side: Roedelius Schneider: 1) Deshalb 2) Stäubchen 3) Offen
Other side: Schneider Kacirek: 1) Chambers 2) Tired Resistance 3) Elements Objects

All previously unreleased material. Outtakes from the recording sessions of the two Bureau B collaboration projects with Stefan Schneider: Hans-Joachim Roedelius und Stefan Schneider released two full length albums on Bureau B so far ("Stunden" and "Tiden") and together with Sven Kacirek Stefan Schneider has just released "Shadows Documents".

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GUT UND IRMLER / MOEBIUS STORY LEIDECKER (RSD excl.)

Record Store Day 2015 exclusive split 12" Maxi

One side: Gut und Irmler: 1) Sometimes Less
Other side: Moebius Story Leidecker : 1) Squib 2) Last Image

All previously unreleased material. Outtakes from the recording sessions. A twelve minutes hypnotic masterpiece from Gudrun Gut (Malaria!) and Hans-Joachim Irmler (Faust) and two outtakes tracks from Dieter Moebius (Harmonia, Cluster), Tim Story and Jon Leidecker (Negativland).

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SØLYST / TARWATER (RSD excl.)

Record Store Day 2015 exclusive split 12" Maxi

One side: Sølyst: 1) Polar (featuring Sebastian Lee Philipp) 2) Pierbourg (featuring Valerie Renay)
Other side: Tarwater: 1) Figures Of A Folk 2) Swift 3) Gnostic Serenade 4) Le Chambriste Objects

All previously unreleased material. Re-work of two tracks from Sølyst‘s last album ‘Lead‘ with vocals by Noblesse Oblige‘s Valerie Renay and Sebastian Lee Philipp. Four outtakes from the last album recording session by Tarwater.

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AUTOMAT / CAMERA (RSD excl.)

Record Store Day 2015 exclusive split 12" Maxi

One side: Automat: 1) Ahhh (feat. Katharina Franck) 2) VC1
Other side: Camera: 1) A Distant Thank You

All previously unreleased material. One outtake of the self-titled debut album session by Automat and a new exclusive RSD recording by Camera!

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CAMOUFLAGE (RSD excl.)

Record Store Day 2015 exclusive 12" Maxi

One side: 1) Shine (Single Version) 2) If 3) Shine (Klaak Remix) 4) Shine (Car Crash Set Remix)
Other side: 1) Shine (Die Krupps Remix) 2) Shine (Hans Nieswandt & Levent Canseven Remix) 3) Shine (Roedelius Schneider Remix) 4) Shine (Pyrolator Remix)

Tracks A3-B4 previously unreleased remixes. A1 and A2 only vinyl version available.

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YOU

Scanner. For download only. Reissue from 1981

The German electronic duo YOU (Udo Hanten, Albin Meskes) released several synthesizer albums in the late 1970s and 1980s. Between the first and second LPs they released a 12 inch single entitled "Scanner". They were joined by Klaus Schulze's drummer Harald Grosskopf and guitarist Ulrich Weber, both of whom also played on the debut album "Electric Day" (reissued by Bureau B). Our exclusive digital release features a previously unreleased remix which sounds radically different to the original and is the actual highlight of our release.

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DIE WILDE JAGD

Die Wilde Jagd. CD, vinyl+CD, download

Die Wilde Jagd (The Wild Hunt) is a joint project of Ralf Beck and Sebastian Lee Philipp, named after an ancient Germanic myth. Beck is a musician and producer from Düsseldorf. He has released several albums as part of the duo Nalin & Kane, as well as under the name Unit 4. Philipp is part of the Berlin-based electro-wave duo Noblesse Oblige. They joined forces after meeting in Düsseldorf's club Salon des Amateurs. It seems no coincidence that Düsseldorf is the duo's founding city: their music is full of subtle references to local acts, such as Kraftwerk, NEU!, DAF, Liaisons Dangereuses, Pyrolator, the Krupps and Propaganda. Using numerous analog keyboards and recording devices, and combining them with a diverse range of percussion instruments, they create their own "hunting music", which at times sounds unsettling, like swampland or a dark forest, but also urgent and pressing, like incandescent lasers or a hypnotic dance.

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AUTOMAT & MAX LODERBAUER

SELEKT01. 4 track EP. Vinyl, download

SELEKT is the name of our new sublabel – a 12 inch platform for experiments by musicians on the label and other artists. SELEKT offers space for collaborations and remixes (without borders). SELEKT01 features a collaboration of the Berlin music collective AUTOMAT (Jochen Arbeit/Die Haut, Einstürzende Neubauten; Achim Färber/Project Pitchfork, Prag; Georg Zeitblom/Sovetskoe Foto) and the Berlin musician and producer pro Max Loderbauer (Sun Electric, Moritz von Oswald Trio). The outcome: dark, hypnotic, experimental electro dub/IDM. Four tracks of pure sonic bliss!

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RÜDIGER LORENZ

Southland. Reissue from 1984. CD, vinyl (180g), download

Rüdiger Lorenz was a pharmacist by trade. He produced and marketed a total of eighteen electronic music albums until his death in the year 2000. As only a few hundred copies of each were circulated, Lorenz's works remained largely unknown. Our reissue will change that! "Southland", originally released in 1984, is stylistically between the new Düsseldorf School (Ata Tak/Pyrolator) and the old Berlin School (Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze).

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CAMOUFLAGE

Greyscale. CD, vinyl+CD, download

We write the year 2015. One retro wave follows the next. Synth-Pop is bigger than ever. All around the world, current productions reference the sound that emerged from pre-reunification Germany. So where are the originals - the bands and artists of that time - today? Many can be found doing the rounds at eighties parties held by local radio stations. Others are investing the royalties from their back catalogues in the cultivation of organic vegetables. Not so for Camouflage. That's right - THE Camouflage - the masters of sadness dressed up in electronic songs. The band flitted directly from the small German town of Bietigheim-Bissingen all the way to the United States in 1987 with "The Great Commandment". Their music brilliantly combined the icy coolness of Kraftwerk, the pop of OMD and the melancholy gloom of Depeche Mode. Yet the temptation to indulge in nostalgia has always remained very feint with this band. So it's no surprise that Camouflage now emerge with "Greyscale" - a strikingly current and compelling album, both musically and lyrically.

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POPULÄRE MECHANIK. Compiled by HOLGER HILLER

KOLLEKTION 03. CD, vinyl, download

Populäre Mechanik was a post-punk, jazz bastard project created by Wolfgang Seidel, friend and sometime musical partner of Conrad Schnitzler and founder member of Ton Steine Scherben. This collection has been curated by Holger Hiller, best known as vocalist for Palais Schaumburg. Hiller presents tracks from two cassette productions which Seidel released in the early 1980s. The booklet features an interview which Hiller conducted with Seidel in which they discussed the function of rock and pop music over the past 45 years.

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CLUSTER

USA live. CD, vinyl (180g), download

Cluster (Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius) are considered pioneers of electronic music and key Krautrock protagonists. In the late 1960s, together with Konrad Schnitzler as the trio Kluster, they changed the world of music for ever with their radical improvisations. Having split from Schnitzler, Moebius and Roedelius continued as Cluster, releasing eight further milestones of electronic and ambient music up until 1981, two of them with Brian Eno. In 1990 they returned to the fray with their "Apropos" album. Halfway through the decade they toured Japan (see below) and the USA. The US live recordings released in 1997 on Purple Pyramid as a double CD (entitled "First Encounter Tour") have been reworked and reselected in collaboration with the musicians. On vinyl for the first time. New artwork.

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CLUSTER

Japan live. CD, vinyl (180g), download

This album features live recordings from concerts in Osaka and Tokyo from 1996. Tracing the arc of suspense in these improvisations, the equanimity and nuance which Roedelius and Moebius bring to their music becomes apparent, engendering a positive sense of excitement in the conscientious listener. Our reissue is a new, reworked version. (Originally released 1997 under the title "Japan 1996 live".) New artwork.

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SCHNEIDER KACIREK

Shadows Documents. CD / vinyl(+CD) / download

Kenya meets Krautronics! Under the auspices of the Goethe Institute and Unesco, Stefan Schneider (To Rococo Rot, ex-Kreidler) and Sven Kacirek ("The Kenya Sessions") have spent a fair amount of time in Kenya in recent years. As they travelled the country, they recorded rare, traditional music in different locations. On "Shadows Documents" they graft their acoustically gleaned impressions of Kenya onto pure electronic templates (with analogue accents). A central role is played by the repetitive, hypnotic element which is so integral to tribal music with its complex rhythms. On "Shadows Documents" the drums mutate into a sort of synthesizer instrument, almost subliminally melting into the sound of other instruments as a virtual observer, adding a certain nuance here and there, rather than performing a more catalytic function.

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CONRAD SCHNITZLER

(Grün). Reissue from 1981. CD / vinyl / download

The green album concluded Schnitzler's "monochrome" album series (red/1973, blue/1974 and yellow/1974/1981). Schnitzler's tracks in the 1970s were lengthy and shared a musical pattern which varied only minimally. Hence the green album has just one track on each side and any changes in melodic structure are subtle in nature. The borders between Schnitzler's creative periods are too nebulous to be sure that the green album represents the coda of his 70s music. Still, Schnitzler's musical essence of the decade is in evidence as aural concentrate on both tracks of the green album. Not, however, as a recapitulary review, but as a foundation, fertile ground in which his art would thrive in the decades which followed.

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CONRAD SCHNITZLER

(Gelb). Reissue from 1981 (recorded in 1974) CD / vinyl / download

Conrad Schnitzler (1937–2011) is one of the most important representatives of Germany's electronic music avant-garde. A student of Joseph Beuys, he founded Berlin's legendary Zodiak Free Arts Lab, a subculture club, in 1967/68, was a member of Tangerine Dream and Kluster and also released countless solo albums. The yellow album contains recordings from the year 1974. It is not only amiable from start to finish, it also documents an important stage in Schnitzler's musical development. This album reveals itself to be an important milestone, illuminating a clear path into the future. Schnitzler had begun to free himself from the constraints of orthodox conceptual art, advancing into the wide open spaces of uncharted musical territory.

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If you want to see our older releases, please visit our archive: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and before.