Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Bizarre Unit - Dancing / Away From The Screaming Car (1981)

At long last, a brilliant and ultra scarce 7" from the UK by Bizarre Unit. I'd been hunting this little jewel for quite some time and it's been well worth the wait. I'd previously heard one song that had a rather rough sound to it, but now I'm led to believe all copies share that issue. However, with a little 'remastering' help, these songs are now more than listenable!

It may interest a few of you to know that Paul Nova was involved in this wonderfully obscure gem. Enjoy!

Track List:

A - Dancing
B - Away From The Screaming Car


Monday, November 22, 2010

Near Paris 12" (1985) - Re-uploaded!

Just a notification that the Near Paris 12" has been freshly ripped and re-uploaded. Get it here.

If you have the previous rip, you will notice how vastly superior the sound on this fresh copy is... I was very careful about getting the best sound out of it (aside from some tough to avoid pops here and there), and I think you'll like the results. Play it loud for the best effect ;D.

As a personal aside, I absolutely adore this band and its brilliant duo: Gerald F. Nelson and Dana Riashi. Two incredible people that I'm happy to call my friends.

Stay tuned, as there just may be further material showing up here soon...


Thursday, November 18, 2010

In Search Of Beauty - Disappointment After Hope (1988)

As promised, the follow up demo tape to match the 12" below. I have to say, as much as I am fond of the vinyl release, this tape takes the cake for me. The first song is the hauntingly dark clip that was posted on Facebook, that I can't seem to stop listening to... The rest of the tape follows in a similar fashion, really enjoyable throughout. Other favorites would be "In My Memories", "Beauty", and one that grew on me "A Happy New Year". I've ripped far fewer tapes in my day than I have records, so I hope the sound on this is ok! Enjoy!

Track List:

A1 - A Melancholic Day
A2 - Resurrection
A3 - In My Memories
A4 - Beauty
B1 - A Happy New Year
B2 - Ich Möchte Lieber Träumen
B3 - Venezianisches Ballett


In Search Of Beauty - The Arise (1984)

If you caught the gloomy sample clip posted on the Facebook page, then you had a glimpse of what's to come in this post and the next. In Search Of Beauty were a Swiss band that released this 12" as well as a demo tape which I will post right after this. I'm not certain whether the year for this is '84 as I don't see one listed anywhere on the record itself or the sleeve, so I'm just rolling with the Discogs info. The demo tape does have a year on it (1988), so it's very possible this record is a few years younger, but that's neither here nor there -- the music itself is great! If you love your melancholic darkwave as much as I do, the very first track will grab you immediately. It does goes on a few softer interludes that keep it from being a 10/10 for me, but still really good. Demo tape coming up next... Enjoy!

Track List:

A1 - Love Is Colder Than Dead
A2 - Midnight
A3 - Haunting Anguish
B1 - Never
B2 - Incredible Lightness


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Moresque Foray - Long Distance Sex (1989) +

This is a pretty slick 12" from Germany with a very club-friendly sound to it. I know very little about the band, other than the fact that this is not their only material. You may have also heard this song (from 1986, I think) at a wave party/club. It's definitely the winner of the bunch for me. Anyway, like I was saying this one feels most at home in the club atmosphere, and hopefully you'll start hearing it there. Strange Shock is pretty nice and I definitely prefer the alternate mix of Real Command -- sick synths for the time. Enjoy!

Track List:

A1 - Strange Shock
A2 - Real Command
B1 - Real Command (Long Distance Mix)


Monday, November 15, 2010

Story Structure - I Told You (1989)

Here's an ultra-catchy synthpop 12" from my neighbor to the north, Canada! Finding a copy of this one (that isn't outrageously priced) is anything but easy, as only 200 copies were pressed and sent to DJs and radio stations. So, hopefully this will suffice in the meantime. For those of you less into the synth poppy stuff, stay tuned. I've got some real goodies lined up for you too. The hauntingly dark clip posted on the Facebook page was not just a tease. All this and more, soon. Enjoy!

Track List:

A1 - I Told You (Extended Mix)
B1 - I Told You (Instrumental Mix)
B2 - I Told You (7'' Single Mix)


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Detachments (UK) 2010

Been quite a while since I last commented on a contemporary band, usually because most of the current day acts I like are pretty well-known by most everyone (Xeno and Oaklander, Automelodi, IAMX, Spleen United, Led Er Est... the list goes on).

This band, Detachments, haven't been talked about too much, at least within my circle of friends. They've put out a a few singles starting in 2008, and released a full length album this year. Highly recommended, I might add. Here are two of my favorites from the band:



So, anyway, just thought I'd mention it. Hope you dig it. Here's a link to the label which has a few other nice releases on it as well.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Allen Chaney - The Sound Of Musak (1982)

Here's a nice British synthpop 7" for the weekend. I have almost no time to say anything about this one, but that's ok because I don't really know anything about it. It's definitely a well-produced record with a clear aim at a commercial sound, but not in that bad sort of way, if you follow me. Have a listen. Enjoy!

Track List:

A - The Sound Of Musak
B - It Is Nowhere