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God With Us - (5:52) 76 BPM
   
Idiot Pain - (3:29) 128 BPM
   
Barcelona Telephone Exchange - (2:46) 84 BPM
   
Freefall - (4:10) 87 BPM
   
Blood Orange Bargain Day - (4:35) 68 BPM
   
Behind Closed Doors - (2:21) 97 BPM
   
Qualk Street - (2:09) 76 BPM
   
To Hell With The Consequences - (3:14) 59 BPM
   
Building Jerusalem - (3:39) 144 BPM
   
Feast Of Trumpets - (0:15) 153 BPM
   
Virgin Eyes Virgin Eyes - (2:43) 108 BPM
   
Spanner In The Works - (1:09) 143 BPM
   
Mystery Dance - (6:45) 128 BPM
PLA 030
13 May 19
Indie
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Erector - (2:34) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sunset Sex - (6:10) 81 BPM
   
Invocation - (3:55) 52 BPM
   
Cold Blood - (1:49) 83 BPM
   
Head Stop - (3:32) 73 BPM
   
Mission England - (2:48) 76 BPM
   
Dereliction - (4:48) 61 BPM
   
Black Madonna - (3:12) 138 BPM
   
Gag - (4:26) 76 BPM
   
Something In The Air - (4:03) 53 BPM
   
There Is No Night - (2:08) 112 BPM
   
Locked Groove Loop - (0:58) 159 BPM
Review: The second album to be reissued by Mannequin and Platform 23 Records of the music from Bourbonese Qualk, Hope saw the politically active musical entity expand on their mix of music, art and politics.

Staunchly independent, doing the recording and design via their Recloose Organisation label, by 1984 the group had occupied a large disused building on the Old Kent Road, becoming the base for the band's activities as well as other creative and political activism.

Recorded at the Ambulance Station, Hope is full of unceasing drum machine rhythms, electro pulses, echoing samples and lo-fi synths matched with strummed guitars and dub bass. The accompanying drones and snarled vocals go beyond any early 80's industrial tag to be something more unique, with the uncompromising, conceptual and avant flashes showing a more experimental buzz, an awkward quasi-funk noisy nuisance.

Remastered by Rude 66, this is music as much for then and today, a radical, revolutionary cultural force that acts as a positive social charge.
PLA031 / MNQ 112
31 Jan 20
Industrial/Noise
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Science & Industry - (5:32) 120 BPM
   
Oooh Ahhh - (2:37) 120 BPM
   
Automata 7 - (4:01) 107 BPM
   
Dream #630 - (2:36) 150 BPM
   
Dreams Of Tunnels - (2:00) 51 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Photocopy Cha Cha - (2:37) 120 BPM
   
Liquid Shadows - (2:12) 152 BPM
   
End Of Time - (1:30) 97 BPM
   
Careening Towards The Sun - (2:37) 115 BPM
   
Pensive - (1:13) 108 BPM
   
Forest Song - (2:28) 148 BPM
Review: The music of Chel White is celebrated in Automaton, a collection of mostly unreleased recordings from 1985 to 1991, by this innovative animator, film maker and visual artist.

Having studied music theory in grade school, White taught himself drumming and played in a new wave band until, in 1981, together with Dan Gediman, they formed the minimal wave duo Process Blue (Alternative Funk, 1985 / Dark Entries, 2018). Here their experimentation went way beyond playing drums.

His interest in industrial music, fostered in the late '70s and early '80s while working in factories as a way to put himself through college, informed his use of electronic instruments, tape manipulation, noise and unconventional percussion.

By 1985, as a now solo artist buoyed by newly affordable audio sampling technology, White tapped into his earlier teenage fascination with the art and films of both the Surrealist and Dada movements - in particular their disparate and fragmented imagery and sound - as a means to create striking new sonic palettes.

Science & Industry - a track largely influenced by Balinese monkey chanting and the consumer excess of American in the 1980's - is a clear example of "music collage". Photocopy Cha Cha, made for the short animation film Choreography for Copy Machine (Berlin International Film Festival, 1992 / Sundance Film Festival, 2001) moved his music into the realm of early multi-media.

Experimenting further, tracks like Liquid Shadows and Pensive provide minimalist moments, before the drone-like Dream #630 and Forest Song point to a future that included music video works (David Lynch/Thom Yorke).
PLA 037
13 Dec 19
Coldwave/Synth
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Inner Rhythm (Higher World mix) - (8:10) 86 BPM
   
Kupuri - (7:23) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
X-Out - (8:06) 124 BPM
   
Sitting In A Tree (Time Flies) - (6:18) 126 BPM
PLA 025
04 Mar 19
Techno
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Honeymoon - (8:48) 129 BPM
   
Honeymoon - (6:00) 132 BPM
   
Calling The Quarters - (8:06) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Etoiles - (6:35) 124 BPM
PLA 028
10 Jun 19
Techno
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Point Zero - (7:33) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
B K S - (7:13) 124 BPM
   
Traditional Ties With Dreaming - (5:25) 138 BPM
   
Elevator - (9:33) 128 BPM
PLA 027
20 May 19
Techno
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Shadow Play - (6:49) 128 BPM
   
What A Life - (9:23) 129 BPM
   
Sacrifice - (6:38) 125 BPM
   
Tepu - (6:59) 129 BPM
PLA 026
29 Apr 19
Techno
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Competition - (5:25) 113 BPM
   
Confidence - (4:45) 117 BPM
   
Looking Thru Your Mind - (4:31) 145 BPM
   
Two Different Things - (3:49) 132 BPM
   
At Random - (3:55) 132 BPM
   
I'm Immune - (4:07) 148 BPM
PLA 035
03 Jun 19
Indie
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Open Up The Network - (4:44) 148 BPM
   
Jayne Andrews - (1:52) 74 BPM
   
Filaments - (1:55) 136 BPM
   
Steam - (6:04) 100 BPM
   
Etruria - (4:04) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sun's Up - (3:02) 150 BPM
   
War, Children, The West - (3:46) 154 BPM
   
Helsinki (I'll Never Forgive Myself) - (3:59) 118 BPM
   
November - (3:03) 90 BPM
   
Meg - (3:53) 86 BPM
   
Penetration - (2:08) 91 BPM
   
Lapse Wine - (1:44) 154 BPM
   
Friends - (2:42) 142 BPM
Review: Thirteen recordings of musics entirely produced upon 4-track portastudio for your pleasure and discourse - the sole work of Mr Robert Grant of this parish.

So states the photocopy insert from the 1985 November LP on Cordelia Records. Home to R. Stevie Moore, Rimarimba recently reissued by Freedom To Spend - and label owner Alan Jenkin's The Deep Freeze Mice, Cordelia was home to a menagerie of sound collage plucked from the ether.

Included is the only release from Concept City, spreading across 13 instrumental tracks of samples and noise. The Welsh choir and robovox meets hypnotic bass of Open The Network glides to the acoustics of Jayne Andrews and Filament, before Steam amasses TV ad cassette archives. As Etruria and Lapse Wine's Durutti meets reel-to-reel to the cold wave of War, Children and wasp synth of Helsinki, Grant slowly unfolds a masterpiece.

Looped drum samples, multiple layered to tape, sped up and slowed down for phasing, the title track is a pinnacle of 80s DiY genius. 'Crossroads' multi-sampling Meg leads to the exotica 'muzak' closings of Penetration and Friends. With just 5 albums over 40 years the music of Mr Concept can be a discovery and cherished.
PLA 039
13 Dec 19
Coldwave/Synth
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Various
   
Stanislas Noel & Jean-Christophe Utz - "Money Money" - (0:29) 102 BPM
   
Scoop! - "Caravan" - (3:27) 131 BPM
   
Son Of Sam - "Anti Apartheid" - (4:14) 70 BPM
   
From Raushenberg - "About Fritz" - (4:04) 56 BPM
   
Fist Of Facts - "Fire Breath" - (2:09) 131 BPM
   
Philippe Laurent - "Rapide" - (5:43) 126 BPM
   
Vox Populi & Man - "Alternative Fresh" - (3:15) 112 BPM
   
Zoohtee - "Track 8" - (2:58) 67 BPM
   
Kosa - "Nykowe" - (1:17) 66 BPM
   
Randall Kennedy - "Smith's Room" - (2:32) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Arms Of Someone New - "Cool As Christ" - (4:08) 119 BPM
   
Human Backs - "Takayama Rising" - (5:09) 122 BPM
   
ONY - "Give It To Me" - (1:29) 75 BPM
   
Vox Populi & Man - "Megamix" - (2:14) 53 BPM
PLA 023
03 Dec 18
Indie
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Various
   
Dee Nasty - "Orientic Groove" - (5:18) 116 BPM
   
Scoop! - "Asphalt Zombie" - (3:22) 81 BPM
   
Vox Populi! & Man - "Johnny Pour Toujours" - (2:13) 107 BPM
   
3M - "The Mark" - (2:40) 81 BPM
   
Asmus Tietchens - "Triumph Des Wilden" - (1:50) 159 BPM
   
Melsjest - "Der Sound Kosten" - (4:48) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Vox Populi! - "1234567" - (0:49) 126 BPM
   
Randall Kennedy - "Enorma Jones" - (1:03) 129 BPM
   
Dennis Young - "Intuition" - (3:08) 134 BPM
   
Stanalis Noel - "Wondercat" - (0:51) 98 BPM
   
Bene Gesserit - "Kidnapping" - (3:33) 110 BPM
   
Kosa - "For Dance" - (3:16) 56 BPM
   
Capital Funk - "The Last Set" - (3:41) 129 BPM
   
Psyclones - "Fall In Time" - (2:22) 59 BPM
   
Chukk Green - "Shoes For Freedom" - (1:19) 65 BPM
PLA 024
21 Jan 19
Indie
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Club Stuff - (4:15) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Vini Vidi Vici - (3:45) 100 BPM
   
Ou Sommes Nous - (3:36) 105 BPM
   
AA HHH - (3:46) 131 BPM
Review: Once again diving into the mysterious electronics of decades past, Platform 23 strike gold with this cult release from short-lived Canadian duo Vini Vidi Vici. In its original form this 1989 private press mini-album emerged from the Montreal underground with a prescient take on house and more experimental minimal wave fare - it's no surprise vinyl copies fetch hefty prices in the second hand market. From the psyched-out house thrum of "Club Stuff" to the percussive bounce of "Vini Vidi Vici" and the more madcap sample juggling of "Ou Sommes Nous?" this is a killer record unbound by scenes or trends - just pure, primal hardware experimentation.
PLA 036
12 Jul 19
Deep House
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