Mannequin Records will release The End Of Civilization, a compilation of contemporary synth and post punk curated by label artist Mushy.
Anyone with a firm grasp of the law of averages would understand that in a month where there was far too many good records, a fair proportion also came wrapped in excellent sleeve art.
Italian label Mannequin has announced the forthcoming reissue of Sam Rosenthal’s Tanzmusik LP, first released in 1985.
“There are bands that have been acting ruthlessly in the shadow for years, in a completely confidential manner, then one day chance (but does chance exist?) makes you find one of their recordings, listen to it, and at that moment you could kick yourself for not having discovered these soundscapes earlier and you try to find all of them.”
Vague aspects regarding the makeup of Tropic of Cancer have been present since the band emerged with The Dull Age, though who exactly did what remained as gauzily unclear as the murky soundscapes that characterised that highly prized 10” on Downwards. With that debut and the subsequent trickle of Tropic Of Cancer material, it’s been assumed that Juan Mendez aka Silent Servant was a driving creative force within the band alongside his partner Camella Lobo. Such assumptions are naturally born out of association given Mendez’s at times growling vocals (on “Be Brave” in particular) as well as his role within the Sandwell District enclave alongside Regis and a predilection for the industrial and post-punk forms of music that serve an intergral part of the Tropic of Cancer DNA.