Spacemaker and Leather E's Electronic Emergencies label has largely impressed since launching midway through last year. Following killer releases from Das Ding, SOS and Visonia, they turn to previously unheard NYC cold-wave combo Ceci N'Est Pas. The American trio's debut is an impressive one, too. There's something particularly confident about "The Last Time", which expertly combines New Order style guitar passages with rasping electronic lines, cheap drum machine rhythms and atmospheric vocals. "The Stranger" is a little woozier and dreamier, coming on like the soundtrack to a sleepy saunter through empty warehouses in the company of Cabaret Voltaire, circa 1983's The Crackdown.
You have to admire Dark Entries for their dedication to sourcing obscure music. These tracks were recorded in a Copenhagen suburb during the early 80s and subsequently released in a limited edition of just 100 cassettes. Now the US label has re-mastered and reissued them on vinyl for the first time. Guld boasts a naive, lo-fi feeling, from the dreamy synths of "Fortryliet" and the sensuous "Bent" to the scratchy guitar and post-punk pop of "Alices Udvej" and the primitive rhythm of "Leifs Jamre". It's not all wide-eyed reveries though and the eerie synths of "Den Kolde Skulder" suggest that Guld had a more malign streak. Whether Dark Entries can unearth more of his material remains to be seen, but if anyone can do it, the San Fran label can.