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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 C&ecute;puscule 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

Standy 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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SERGE BLENNER

La Vogue. Reissue from 1980. Vinyl/CD/digital

Music for the apocalyptic eighties Deutschland state of mind. When Serge Blenner left his native France for Hamburg, West Germany, neither he nor anyone else could have guessed that he would inadvertently compose a soundtrack for the Cold War. But his dark, monotone synthesizer album La Vogue (1980) turned out to be just that.

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SERGE BLENNER

Magazin Frivole. Reissue from 1981. Vinyl/CD/digital

Cold, concise analogue synthesizer instrumentals — on his second album Serge Blenner remained true to his style, albeit shifting course slightly towards pop territory. The juxtaposition of dark harmonies and pop structures is what makes this album so appealing. In places, it feels like a blueprint for early Depeche Mode

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CONRAD SCHNITZLER

Conditions of the Gas Giant. Vinyl/CD/digital

Imagine if you could listen to the nervous whirling of methane and helium, that's what this album sounds like — at least in the mind of experimentalist Conrad Schnitzler. The Berlin artist first released these recordings on a small American cassette label. An uncommonly rhythmical vortex, we would suggest. Now available for the very first time on CD and vinyl!

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NOTORISCHE REFLEXE

Notorische Reflexe. Vinyl/CD/digital. Out December 6, 2019

Notorische Reflexe was an experimental band, art form and a film performance group from West Berlin. Existing from 1982 to 1986, they were part of the early 80s Berlin art scene along with groups like P.D., Die Tödliche Doris, Einstürzende Neubauten or Malaria. Their only LP – originally released in 1985 – is an impressive outburst ranging from minimal electronics to more experimental takes with some jazzy/ethnic touches. Now reissued on LP and CD featuring a bonus track, extended artwork and liner notes by Mark Reeder. Released on CD, vinyl and digitally.

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MARTIN REV

Clouds of Glory. Vinyl/CD/digital

Martin Rev is best known as one half of the seminal duo Suicide (with Alan Vega). Listening to his solo albums, it becomes clear that Rev was responsible for the group's music. Clouds of Glory, his second solo effort, was released on the French label New Rose in 1985.

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MARTIN REV

Cheyenne. Vinyl/CD/digital

Although it was not released until 1991, Martin Rev's third solo album features a wealth of material from the year 1980. For "Cheyenne", Rev created instrumental versions of many of the tracks which had formed the basis of the second Suicide LP entitled "Alan Vega / Martin Rev".

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VON SPAR

Under Pressure. Vinyl/CD/digital

What others call a "band", Von Spar see as a modular system. The creative community is in a state of constant flux. 15 years have passed since their debut, five since their last album "Streetlife". On closer examination, there is a somewhat chameleonesque quality to their discography. Their records are the result of continuous metamorphosis, opening wormholes to post punk, krautrock and 80s art pop. The constants: rhythmic refinement and harmonic quantum leaps, swirling synthesizer arpeggios, backwards guitars with no hint of retrogradation. "Under Pressure" features Chris A. Cummings (a.k.a. Marker Starling) and guests like Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), Vivien Goldman (Flying Lizards) and Eiko Ishabashi (Merzbow).

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TELLAVISION

Add Land. Vinyl/CD/digital

For a decade Tellavision has been one of Germany's most exciting sonic inventors, carving out her own inimitable style through her previous three albums, two EPs and countless tracks. New music abstractions echo against a backdrop of old Krautrock mechanical-motorik rhythms, allied to the physically gripping immediacy of techno and noise. Tellavision has never sounded so immediate, so confident, so very much in the moment. Her newest album "Add Land" is her finest album to date.

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ANDREAS SPECHTL

Strategies. Vinyl/CD/digital

Little of today's realpolitik-related gloom casts its shadow over "Strategies", the new album by restless avant-garde auteur Andreas Spechtl. On the contrary. Whereas the two preceding albums "Sleep" and "Thinking About Tomorrow (And How To Build It)" documented quietly intimate, personal journeys along the margins of Europe or Iran, casting a sceptical eye on neoteric political shifts, "Strategies" is an altogether more explosive affair, buzzing with beats, effervescent with the energy of techno, dance, a celebration of resistance.

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YOUNG SCIENTIST

Results Not Answers. Vinyl/CD/digital

When you think of the music to have emerged from Seattle, grunge and Sub Pop are probably the first things that come to mind. But Seattle was already home to a vibrant alternative music scene back in the 1970s. One of the most prominent synthesizer acts of the period was the trio Young Scientist. Influenced by the likes of Cluster, Harmonia and Tangerine Dream, they released their music exclusively on cassette. We are delighted to present their superb debut album from 1979, the hypnotic-meditative-cyclical "Results Not Answers" on CD and vinyl for the very first time!

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STATION 17

Werkschau

Anyone who has followed the progress of Station 17 over the past three decades will know: the only constant in this band is change. Evolving, stretching musical parameters, testing limits — these are the guiding principles of the band founded in 1988 by a group of mentally handicapped residents in Hamburg. The anniversary compilation "Werkschau" offers a wonderful introduction to the cosmos of these pioneers of inclusive music production.

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STATION 17

Ausblick

"Ausblick" is the twin of the album "Blick", released almost a year ago: a work full of exciting collaborations with faUSt, Günter Schickert, Ulrich Schnauss, Pyrolator, Harald Grosskopf + Eberhard Kranemann, Andreas Dorau, Schneider TM, Andreas Spechtl and Datashock. "Ausblick" is a special release to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band.

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GÜNTER SCHICKERT

Nachfalter

Günter Schickert's debut "Samtvogel" (Brain 1975) and the follow-up "Überfällig" (Sky 1980) were two of the most significant guitar albums of the Krautrock era. His new album "Nachtfalter" carries on from these beginnings. Recorded during the scorching hot summer of 2018, "Nachtfalter" shows the pioneer of the echo guitar sound his very best. Here Schickert was assisted by Andreas Spechtl (Ja, Panik) who recorded the album and played the drums. They form a truly winning team: Spechtl selected the best moments of Schickert's guitar tracks, mixed them while also supplying some own loops.

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BERNARD XOLOTL

Last Wave. Reissue from 1982

French electronic music from California: "Last Wave", the fifth solo album by the artist and musician Bernard Xolotl, was originally released on cassette in 1982. He named himself after the Aztec god of lightning and death. His music is influenced by the Berlin school of electronic music. This reissue includes a previously unreleased bonus track (not on vinyl).

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RICHARD PINHAS

L'Ethique. Reissue from 1982

Following the vaguely poppy shapes of 1980's album "East West", his fifth solo album "L'Ethique" saw ex-Heldon guitarist and synth wizard Richard Pinhas return to bigger and bolder band-like methods. After the release he disappeared from the limelight for nearly a decade and returned in the 1990s.

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SOLARIZE

Nachtwerk (1991–1998)

Since 1981, Wilfried Franzen and Thomas Grötz have been developing their own version of experimental pop music, which oscillates between song structures, noise, and psychedelic trance. Bass and keyboards form the instrumental substructure of the duo's compositions, which are enriched with guitars, violin, piano, electronic percussions, and samples. After self-publishing various cassettes and CDs, "Nachtwerk" is the first official release of SOLARIZE, which presents selected pieces from the years 1991 to 1998.

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