Quick update on new mail order items that have arrived in our office / oficina (for our Spanish viewers...). Includes some fantastic reissues, and some items from two labels we've never 'used' before, Rotterdam based label, Electronic Emergencies, and another Netherlands based label (our country of birth...), Knekelhuis! We also have a few copies of David Stubbs' fantastic new tome / tomo, Mars By 1980: The Story of Electronic Music, essential reading, and currently being consumed in sunny Spanish plaza's by PM!!
More items to come, so keep checking back... Plus news of new releases in our next update!! Plus don't forget to buy our latest releases:
DE AMBASSADEWat Voel Je Nou 7" (Knekelhuis Records)
In the grayness by concrete of the Amsterdam suburbs we find Pascal Pinkert (Dollkraut) working on his darker wave salvation, going by the moniker of De Ambassade.
DIY in sound and design, the arrangement of De Ambassade catalogue blend perfectly on Knekelhuis Records!
This debut EP forming an alliance between the past and the present deliver one take recordings, drowned in reverb, using preferably older recording methods. The result are poppy wave tracks that shiver your spine and let you chant along to lyrics from the dutch lowlands.
DE FABRIEKMade In Spain LP (B.F.E.)
Official reissue of this experimental industrial electronic classic originally released by Discos Esplendor Geométrico in 1987. Edition of 300 copies.
POLAROIDSenza Respiro LP (Dark Entries)
Polaroid were an Italian post-punk/new wave band, formed in Turin in 1981. The original lineup of the band consisted of Marcello Zavatto (voice, guitar), Massimo Vagnarelli (bass, drum-machine), Evandro Fornasier (guitar), Claudio Vagnarelli (synthersizer) and Marco Farano (Drums). Polaroid made their debut with the cassette 6-track EP Senza Respiro, self-released in 1984. Influenced by Bauhaus, Joy Division, The Cure, Pere Ubu as well as Chic and Talking Heads. The music was dark and cold, but also melodic especially with regards to guitars and voices.
After last years excellent discoveries from Volume 1, another batch of lost and unreleased Dutch (cassette) material is coming back to the future. For this sequel we dug deep into the Dutch lowlands and again found some independent music thats still relevant today. In the process we met even more amazing musicians and heard great stories from a distant-not-so-distant past. Expect a wide palette of DIY and experimental sounds by artists from Groningen, Zwolle, Arnhem, The Hague, Rotterdam, Tilburg and Deurne. Volume 2 will also feature a beautifully designed inlay with liner notes in Dutch and English. Mastered by Wouter Brandenburg, designed by Steele Bonus and compiled by Mark van de Maat.
VIOLENCELe Flux de la Nature 10" (Electronic Emergencies)
Arcane electronic duo Violence, from Quebec, Canada, show their dark side on the four track 10-inch Le Flux de la Nature. Their underground spirit of new wave, French vocals, opaque and sometimes disturbing electronics reflect the complex rhythm of nature and intense human relationships. The spectacular cover art by Manuel Bisson complements the music perfectly.
DAME AREACentro Di Gravitá LP (B.F.E.)
First offering from this duo which operates between two poles: Industrial tribalism and synthetic minimalism. For fans of Malaria, Liaisons Dangerouses, Suicide, Muslimgauze …
PEINE PERDUETokyo en Morceaux LP (Electronic Emergencies)
After their Histoire dune Âme EP in 2017, Peine Perdue returns to Electronic Emergencies with a full album. Tokyo en Morceaux contains 11 new tracks by the avant-garde acid wave duo residing in Paris and Berlin.
'Tokyo en Morceaux' takes you on a dazzling joyride through the streets of the metropolis, high on devotion, deception, delirium and many other intense emotions that echo between the skyscrapers, trying not to get lost in translation.
DAVID STUBBSMars By 1980: The Story of Electronic Music P/B (Faber & Faber)
David Stubbs is a British author and music journalist. Alongside Simon Reynolds, he was one of the co-founders of the Oxford magazine Monitor before going on to join the staff at Melody Maker. He later worked for NME, Uncut and Vox, as well as the Wire. His work has appeared in The Times, Sunday Times, Spin, Guardian, Quietus and GQ. He has written a number of books, including a song-by-song profile of Jimi Hendrix and Fear Of Music: Why People Get Rothko But Don't Get Stockhausen, a comparative study of twentieth-century avant-garde music and art. He lives in London.
CRASH COURSE IN SCIENCESituational Awareness LP (Electronic Emergencies)
With Situational Awareness, post-punk legends Crash Course In Science deliver a ten track album consisting entirely of brand new material. The songs on Situational Awareness sound crisp and ultra-fresh, while the band from Philadelphia, USA, maintains their distinctive DIY sound created by toys, kitchen appliances and self-built synths. Far beyond new wave, the music is experimental and danceable at the same time - science and art, together hand in hand.