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HARMONIUS THELONIOUS

Plong. Out August 28, 2020

Harmonious Thelonious is the solo project of the Düsseldorf musician Stefan Schwander. His works combine American-influenced minimal music with African rhythms and European melodies.

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SO WAS VON EGAL 2

German Synth Wave Underground 1981-1984. Out August 14, 2020

Two years have passed since the successful release of the first "Sowas von egal" compilation. "Sowas von egal" is a collaboration between the Hamburg record label Bureau B and the Hamburg party series Damaged Goods where they present rare, obscure synth & wave discs from the early 1980s which absolutely deserve to heard. It was clear from the outset that "Sowas von egal 2" would need to scale similar heights of excellence as its predecessor, featuring carefully selected, sought-after, danceable tunes. In contrast to the first volume, most of the acts here were only active in the early 1980s and have not released any records since then. The tape artists were particularly invested in the DIY ethic – as is often apparent in their sound aesthetics and the unbridled energy which has lost none of its intensity today. Their art was seldom – if ever – tempered by commercial considerations or sales strategies. A year in the making: "Sowas von egal 2" is a worthy successor to part 1!

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BAAL & MORTIMER

Deixis. Out June 26, 2020

Since 2014 Baal & Mortimer is the project of Alexandra Grübler, created in Düsseldorf, sonically exploring questions of resistance, autonomy, language and identity. After the release of "Earthrise" on the label HEAVEN in 2018, her debut album "Deixis" will be released by Bureau B this year. She has collaborated with Black Merlin, Musiccargo and Rupert Clervaux and was most recently a mentee of Laurel Halo for the Berlin Amplify program.

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HARALD GROSSKOPF

Synthesist (40th Annivesary Edition). Out June 5, 2020

For the 40th anniversary this classic of german electronic music is released as 2-vinyl with new interpretations by Steve Baltes, Thorsten Quaeschning, Paul Frick, Keidler, Pyrolator, Love-Songs, Stefan Lewin, Camera and Tellavision.

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LOVE-SONGS

Nicht Nicht. Out May 22, 2020

Hamburg-based Love-Songs' debut album Nicht Nicht continues the band's striving to mesh defined grids with improvisatory snapshots to create their very own take on organic electronica. Since 2012, the electro-acoustic trio were able to explore the possibilities of their free-flowing interplay through the course of several EPs and the mini-album 'Inselbegabung'. Meandering through its seven tracks Nicht Nicht contains the Trios most aerially shimmering tracks to date flanked by tribal bouncers. Form, deform and somewhere in between.

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LAPRE

Banzai (Elektronische Musik aus Berlin 1985 - 87). Out May 1, 2020

Rudolf Langer (formerly of Tyndall) and Peter Preuß teamed up to create Lapre as a vehicle for their adventures in sonic experimentation. They set about capturing their nocturnal rehearsal room sessions on tape, Langer on synthesizer and Preuß on guitar. Banzai, the second collection of Lapre recordings, concentrates on their creative output from the years 1985 to 1987. It documents the duo's impressive latter phase, moving on from their earlier cosmic collages into an altogether more playful state of mind.

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DIE WILDE JAGD

Haut. Out April 17, 2020

Die Wilde Jagd is the music project of producer and songwriter Sebastian Lee Philipp. With the aid of his co- producer Ralf Beck and various guest musicians, he created a self-titled debut album in 2015 and a highly praised follow-up disc, "Uhrwald Orange", in 2018. The band's third album – "Haut" – is now set for release on Bureau B. Die Wilde Jagd regularly tour throughout Europe and beyond as a Live duo comprising Sebastian Lee Philipp on guitar, electronics and vocals and Ran Levari on drums.

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ELEPHANT CHATEAU

Dreamings & Offshore Drilling – Pearls And Turtles. Out April 17, 2020

The complete other-worldly beautiful works of Elephant Chateau are now reissued on the new compilation "Pearls and Turtles" which will be out on April 17th via Bureau B. All tracks have been carefully remastered from the original tapes. Including an extentive interview by music journalist Bjørn Schaeffner and a new artwork by Elephant Chateau's Johannes Vetsch.

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ROEDELIUS

Tape Archive Essence 1973-1978. Out April 10, 2020

For the first time ever this Roedelius audio sketchbook had been digitalised and available to the public in 2014 on a limited (500 units only) 3-LP box set called ā€˛Roedelius Tape Archive 1973-1978". The recordings offer us a deep insight into the creative process of his music. Fleeting notes, slivers of ideas, so to speak, moments of inspiration. Finger exercises, experiments in harmony, studies in rhythm are also preserved on these magnetic tapes. Since the box set has been sold out for a long time, we decided to release the essence of those 3 LPs on a 1 LP compilation: "Roedelius Tape Archive Essence 1973-1978"

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ROEDELIUS

Selbstporträt Wahre Liebe. Out April 10, 2020

The first part of Hans-Joachim Roedelius' Selbstportrait (Self-Portrait) series was originally released under the title 'Sanfte Musik' on Sky Records in 1979. Now, some forty years later, a new instalment has arrived in the form of an album entitled 'Wahre Liebe'.

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BUTZMANN/KAPIELSKI

War Pur War. Out March 27, 2020

We are delighted to annouce the reissue of another of our long time favourites: Frieder Butzmann & Thomas Kapielski's collaborative album "WAR PUR WAR", originally released on Zensor in 1987. This utterly unique work is an idiosyncratic mix of eccentric electro-pop and bizarre sonic collages and has gone on to become a sought-after collector's item. Now lovingly remastered, with refreshed artwork and two bonus tracks, complete with previously unpublished photos and liner notes by Frieder Butzmann.

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JIMI TENOR

NY, Hel, Barca. Out March 6, 2020

Finnish composer and multi-instrumentalist Jimi Tenor has joined forces with Bureau B to release "NY, Hel, Barca" – a retrospective compilation spanning the years 1994 – 2001. The double LP features early works and selected tracks from his first six albums, long since deleted. The 20 tracks on "NY, Hel, Barca" document key stages of Jimi Tenor's remarkable creative path, underlining the prolific and varied nature of his artistic output. Then as now, he shines like a satellite hovering over the European pop landscape.

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CEL

CEL (Felix Kubin & Hubert Zemler). Out February 14, 2020

The "janus-faced Poltergeist of the retro-futuristic electronic dance music" Felix Kubin and the polish drummer Hubert Zemler, inspired by Jazz, contemporary music and Improv, teamed up together to create this project that convinces with its innovative electronic concept and sounddesign. With Kubin pushing his sound generators to the limits of the frequency spectrum and Zemler playing impulsive and machine-like beats, these two musicians are able to design a beautifully dark soundscape.

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DEUX BALEINES BLANCHES

Singende Drähte. Reissue from 1986. Out February 7, 2020

DBB was the name of Stefan Schneider*s avant-pop-project who concurrently with his studies of photography at Duesseldorf's Kunstakademie had begun his musical explorations in the early 1980s, which also led him to cofound the bands Kreidler (1994) and To Rococo Rot (1995). "Singende Draehte" showcases some of his early work in the field. The somewhat sketchy and abstract character of these 14 tracks, "Draehte" (wires) is slightly reminiscent of the esthetics of contemporary labels like Les Disques du Crépuscule or early 4AD. yet they sound surprisingly modern even 30 years after they were first released.

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HELDON

Un rêve sans conséquence spéciale. Reissue from 1976. Out January 31, 2020

Richard Pinhas' legendary synth & guitar prog band HELDON was always its own beast and by 1976, whith their fifth album, it was thriving and roaring like never before. More work was being completed in a proper studio, the Moog helped strengthen the sound and direction, and Pinhas' rotating cast of collaborators was solidifying into something resembling a regular line-up, with François Auger on drums and Patrick Gauthier on synthesizers. The result was a darker, heavier, and more intense sound.

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HELDON

6 — Interface. Reissue from 1977. Vinyl/CD/digital. Out January 31, 2020

HELDON was continuing to evolve rapidly. Thanks to the increased presence of drummer François Auger and synth/Moog man Patrick Gauthier, Pinhas' project had solidified into a harder and heavier unit. Despite its often warm and near-funky feel, "Interface" has been cited as an influence on key industrial and noise musicians including Wolf Eyes and Merzbow. "A lot of people told me that 'Interface' and bands like Throbbing Gristle started the initial so-called industrial music but I was not aware of this at the time. But if you tell me it's pre-industrial music I'm okay with that, of course", Pinhas says in the liner notes of our release.

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HELDON

Stand by. Reissue from 1979. Vinyl/CD/digital. Out January 31, 2020

With their seventh and final album of the 70s HELDON certainly went out on a high. "Stand By"s mood remains urgent and gripping throughout, fashioned via immense synthesizer sounds, a plethora of interweaving drum patterns, spiralling guitar chops and lurching riffs. It's been likened to krautrock, yet Pinhas never paid attention to the German scene. There are other similarities to parallel innovations that John Carpenter was making in the field of sci-fi/horror soundtracks.

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