Bernardino Femminielli is a Canadian born, Berlin-based artist who in the past has released on labels like Clan Destine and Digitalis. In 2012 he released this Double Invitation LP on Desire and they now bring his cohesion of industrial, Italo-disco, French new wave and post punky sounds to the digital medium. All but the final "O Sodoma" from the LP are awash with walls of synth, reverb and delays that Femminielli pairs with strung-out guitars and faded variety show vocals in a sound that sits somewhere between Tropic Of Cancer, Sisters Of Mercy and Giorgio Moroder (and do we dare add, Michael Bolton?).
Minimal Wave sister label Cititrax have been teasing fans with the prospect of a Further Reductions album from Shawn O'Sullivan and Katie Rose and the six tracks on Woodwork more than live up to expectations! Although O'Sullivan will be known to most for his industrial leaning techno productions for labels like Avian, L.I.E.S. and The Corner, the Further Reductions collaboration with Katie Rose dates back as far as 2008, formed to explore a vocal-led, contemporary take on the minimal wave sound. According to Cititrax, Woodwork combines the influences of classic techno and early house to create "super lush and atmospheric tracks that work both on and off the dance floor." There's something XTRMNTR era Primal Scream about "High End Basics" whilst "Void Of Course" sounds like gloopy acid house slowed down to a deathly crawl, the rest you should experience for yourself!
Having already been reissued by VNG Int'l a few years back, Bureau B have decided to repackage this leviathan of a release once more. Harald Grosskopf is something of a legend, having been a collaborato with Klaus Schulze and the drummer for Ash Ra Tempel. Synthesist is a rare work of visionary futurism fused with the motorik rhythms of Krautrock; equipped with a Moog synthesizer and a drum machine, Grosskopf creates a world of his own, one which sits somewhere on the border between light and dark, never steering to close to either one. It's both fun and a eerie at the same time, precisely the reason for its singularity. If you haven't checked it, you're missing out.
Sleep Red! (feat Sam from Gramme) - (4:29) 116 BPM
Something (feat David Shaw) - (5:16) 122 BPM
Dona (feat Rosie from Ballet School) - (5:12) 114 BPM
Barbarism (feat Red Axes) - (5:08) 115 BPM
Take Me To The Top (feat Bozzwell) - (3:39) 110 BPM
Swing Now Out (feat Tara) - (4:59) 110 BPM
Number 9 - (5:20) 124 BPM
The Night - (3:54) 85 BPM
Swiss eccentric Robi Insinna seems to be having something of an identity crisis. This sixth solo full length is credited to both Headman - his now familiar alias for coursing, punk-funk influenced dancefloor attacks - and his given name. As if that wasn't enough to baffle the easily confused, 6 also includes contributions from an impressive array of guest bands, producers and vocalists, including Hiem's Bozzwell, Red Axes, Brassica and The Emperor Machine. Musically, it's business as usual, with the ten murky but stylish tracks variously fusing coldwave synths, punk-funk basslines, dub disco grooves, spiralling electronics and a smidgeon of acid house into wonky and entertaining new shapes.
Jewels Of The Night return to Germany's Desire imprint with a gripping new LP! Genres can't really describe what these guys are doing, and their music can only be described in the sounds that they make. To give you a short round-up, everything from techno, electro and no-wave is in the cocktail. "Egyptian Eyes", although one of the oddest tracks on the LP, is actually one of their best songs to date, where broken shreds of percussion are eaten up by a wave of melancholic drones and utterly seductive vocals. "Deathwish" is another corker, this time verging more onto experimental hip-hop than anything else - blissful!
Seattle-based label Medical Records has never been shy about putting out the nuttiest electronic music from the most mysterious of artists. Kline Coma Music debut on the label with a twisted, poppy blend of synth experimentations and cold-wave revivalism. One of the features which immediately stands out is the artists' use of gritty, analog instruments. The sound is grainy, subtly distorted and utterly seductive. "Deep End" is definitely one of the stand-out pieces, containing one hell of a groove and a fiercely contorted mass of percussion stabs and FX-layered noises. "Darkroom" is also something of a gem thanks to its high-tech, electro vibe surrounded by nostalgic yet playful vocals. One for the long drives at night.
French label Desire spark up a full working relationship with pioneering producer Konrad Becker here following his commission to remix Ike Yard and their reissued edition of Monotonprodukt 07, his seminal early 80s album under the Monoton alias. Operations is Becker's latest creative endeavour and this four track Possession EP finds him operating in the crawlspace between synth pop, electronica and dub, seemingly exploring themes of a spectral nature with the assistance of vocalist Sela. Described by Desire as linking "21st century technology to ancient communication practices," the project is as political as it is dancefloor-focused and makes for compelling listening.