MAGIC MIX

synthwave . electro-pop . alt-R&B . minimal wave

WEEK STARTING 24 Nov

Genre pick of the week Cover of Catholic - Vinyl Edition by Patrick Cowley & Jorge Socarras.
Dark Entries and Honey Soundsystem have teamed up to release “Catholic”, the lost opus of disco pioneer Patrick Cowley and Indoor Life vocalist Jorge Socarras.

Perhaps one of the most revolutionary and influential people in the canon of disco music, Cowley created his own brand of hi-NRG dance music, “The San Francisco Sound.” Born in Buffalo, NY on October 19, 1950, Patrick moved to San Francisco at the age of 21. He studied at the City College of San Francisco and met Jorge Socarras in 1973 through mutual friends. The duo’s first collaboration was a ten-minute trance-inducing epic that Cowley composed for a performance piece by Socarras in 1975. Patrick, who played drums, guitar and keyboards, provided the perfect match for Jorge’s vocal talents. Between 1975 and 1977 they recorded an album’s worth of material before Socarras moved to London and Cowley started playing synthesizers for Sylvester. Upon Jorge’s return to San Francis co in 1979, the duo would re-record some of the “Catholic” songs with Patrick’s newly acquired equipment. Meanwhile, Socarras met the musicians with whom he would form Indoor Life, and in 1980 Patrick co-produced their first album. The “Catholic” album was offered to San Francisco’s Megatone Records who passed on it. Fast forward to 2007 when Honey Soundsystem was contacted by John Hedges, former co-owner of Megatone Records. Hedges’ was moving to Palm Springs and invited the crew over to his basement to collect over 2,000 records from his collection. Among the archives were three moldy boxes of quarter inch reel to reel tapes featuring unreleased music by Cowley, including the “Catholic” material. The reel was passed on to Stefan Goldmann of Macro Recordings in Berlin who was able to track down Jorge Socarras and clear the rights. “Catholic” was finally released on CD in 2009. “Catholic” is a genre-bendin g concept album that ranges from minimalistic proto-techno to synth-driven post-punk, pre-dating the dance punk acts LCD Soundsystem and The Rapture by almost 30 years. It shows a much broader range than any Cowley or Socarras material available and gives a totally new perspective to one of the most inspiring eras in music history. Influenced by Tomita, Wendy Carlos, the Velvet Underground, and Roxy Music, “Catholic” prefigures acts like Talking Heads, Units, The Human League or Chris & Cosey. Patrick forges a unique electronic sound from his collection of synthesizers, modified guitars, and self-constructed equipment while Jorge’s vocals go from hypnotic to camp, singing about gay love juju and tackling classics by Donovan and Stoller & Leiber.

Featuring over 80 minutes of music never before released on vinyl, this compilation contains two bonus tracks not featured on the CD release. The tapes were meticulously restored by mastering guru Rashad Becker at D +M in Berlin, then remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA. The vinyl comes housed in a glossy dual pocket gatefold featuring the intended album cover from the original “Catholic” photo shoot in 1979, and the original hand-lettering by Arch Connelly aka A. Style intended for the first 45rpm single. Inside the gatefold sleeve contains lyrics and an essay from Jorge Socarras. For the 32nd anniversary of Patrick’s death, Dark Entries and Honey Soundsystem present a glimpse into the minds of these two geniuses. These recordings shine a new light on the experimental side of a disco legend who was taken too soon. All proceeds from “Catholic” will be donated to the San Francisco AIDS Housing Alliance.

Hardware hoarding brothers Alex & Digby make a triumphant return for FAARAT003 with two killer tracks of minimal synthesis. On the A-side, "Nothing With You" is a slice of good, old fashioned micro gold, worthy of early TM Schneider, Lassigue Bendthaus or Cyclob's mellower moments. Considered sound design and woozing synths are backed by a scattered broken beat as the track phases in and out of the synthetic RnB galaxy. Imagine hearing the FKA Twigs album from the depths of a 2009 K-hole and you'd be well on your way to nailing this one. On the flip, "Tokyo" takes us into noir-ish house territory, nestling comfortably in that sweet spot between minimal techno and micro house. The rattling polyrhythm keeps your head bobbing away while acidic warbles, phasing sequences and ping pong vocals career through the soundscape, nailing a sound that could take you from Villalobos to Stimming in an instant. Circular, cyclical and trippy in the most restrained way, this is a perfect after hours jam. 

Björk

Biophilia Live

    “A dazzling audiovisual spectacle that benefits from the full cinematic treatment... an imaginative stand-alone artwork.” - The Hollywood Reporter

    The critically acclaimed documentary film which captures the multidimensional concert centred on Björk’s eighth studio album, titled ‘Biophilia Live’, will be released on audio-visual formats via One Little Indian Records.

    The film documents the intimate ‘Biophilia’ performance at London’s Alexandra Palace where Björk was accompanied by unique musical instruments, collaborators and visuals. Shot by directors Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland and produced by Jacqueline Edenbrow / Gloria Films, the film also features science and nature archive and found footage inspired by the themes of the album, as well as animation which has been augmented with the music of ‘Biophilia’.

    The infinitely creative journey presents a culmination of work that represents one of the most original musical endeavors of a generation.

    The DVD and Blu-ray formats also feature extra content filmed during Biophilia’s residency at Japan’s Miraikan Museum and the options of stereo and 5:1 surround sound.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    3xLP Info: 3xLP+DVD.

    Simon Boswell

    Stage Fright (OST)

      By 1987, Simon Boswell had already contributed fantastic music and songs to Dario Argento’s Phenomena and scored all of Lamberto Bava’s Demoni II. With Stage Fright, Boswell combined his expertise in programming and playing synthesisers and samplers with his skills as a great guitarist. Classical roots rub shoulders with the distinctive ‘thrashy’ sound of 70’s English punk music, dreamy synth landscapes and the programmed rhythms of the indie dance music that he produced so much of in the 80’s.

      Charlie

      Spacer Woman - Dark Entries Edition

      The next 12″ in Dark Entries Editions is the Italo disco classic “Spacer Woman” by Charlie. Formed in 1983 as an experiment to break the mold of the classic disco dance sound, Charlie was the vehicle for musician and producer Maurizio Cavalieri who had found fame with Italian disco group Firefly. Cavalieri had been listening to the new crop of UK synth-pop and new wave acts like Depeche Mode and Heaven 17 and wanted to create a more electronic, futuristic sound. He recruited his friend Giorgio Stefani to help write the song and compose lyrics. “Spacer Woman” was recorded in Vicenza, Italy and released by Cavalieri’s own Mr. Disc Organization in 1983. The track features the signature Italo Linn Drum machine as well as the Roland TR-808 and a Yamaha DX7 for the arpeggiated synthesizer melody. “Spacer Woman” spans over seven minutes and features the spaced-out vocals of Stefani’s wife, who sings through a vocoder. The single has become a cult revival track since its appearance on the legendary I-f mix CD ”Mixed Up In The Hague” in 2001. This reissue also features the sought after instrumental mix where the sharp synthesized bassline really comes to the forefront.

      Both songs have been remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. For the first time ever, the 12” is housed in a silver, metallic picture sleeve with an android female model drawing, taken from the original 7” jacket. Each copy includes a 2-sided post card insert with lyrics. Eerie and unforgettable more than 30 years later, “Spacer Woman” is the ideal robotic space-age love song.

      International disco outpost Bordello A Parigi invites you to spend a wild night amid the crushed velvet of their back room. Your hostess, Berlin's Lazercat takes to the decks and massages your senses with hypnotic sequences, pristine melodies and cascading arps. You'll be seeing stars right from the off with the explosive "Nova", a glittering blast of driving bass sequences, soaring pads and snapping percussion which blazes its trail through the night sky. "Vector Dance Pt. 1" on the other hand swaps its Italo influence for the stepping beat of electro and first wave techno, coupling Detroit with Chicago thanks to deep and melancholic pads, zero gravity drums and Larry Heard basslines. On the B-side "Vector Dance Pt.2" flips the script, swapping that electro beat for a full scale jack and pushing the stargazing synths to the fore for peak time frequency abuse. Bloody hell, they don't come more Italo than "Space Face" do they? Bobby O bass sequences meet Kano melodies as Lazercat transports us back to the chase scene of a faintly remembered B-movie. Superb stuff!


      William Onyeabor

      Vinyl Boxset 2

        As featured in the Piccadilly Records End Of Year Review 2014 Top 20 Reissues / Collections, this comes with a free End Of Year CD sampler. Click HERE for more info.

        This second of two William Onyeabor vinyl sets features four of the albums elusive Nigerian synth-funk pioneer William Onyeabor self-released between 1977 and 1985 - remastered and officially available for the first time. His music represents the epitome of the golden era of Nigerian funk, before he gave up a life in music to become a devout Christian. Luaka Bop released the critically acclaimed compilation Who is William Onyeabor’s in October of 2013, and has since seen the release of the documentary Fantastic Man, which was fabricated around the myth of the musician, attempts to unearth the man behind the music, which is also now a full blown live show touring the world, paying tribute to the music of William Onyeabor featuring a supergroup of Damon Albarn, David Byrne, Kele Okereke from Bloc Party, Alexis Taylor from Hot Chip, the Lijadu Sisters, Money Mark, Pat Mahoney and Sinkane. To this day, William Onyeabor has not spoken about his music in one single interview.

        CONTENTS LP BOX 2
        • Hypertension LP
        • Body & Soul LP
        • Crashes In Love (2nd Version) LP
        • Good Name LP
        • 45” of William Onyeabor’s “Body & Soul” by Peaking Lights
        • Poster
        • 16 page 5” x 7” booklet by Michael Rubin


        FORMAT INFORMATION

        LP Box Set Info: Includes a free EOY 2014 CD sampler.

        Piccadilly Records

        End Of Year Review 2014

          Back in the day, confronted from October onwards by a raft of Christmas-related albums from the major labels, and barely a squeak of a release from the independents, we decided to compile our own top 50 albums of the year, and promote that over the festive season instead.

          Nearly two decades on, and with the arrival of the World Wide Web, Piccadilly Records Top 100 has become one of THE essential end of year charts to check out. Our End Of Year Review booklets have also become increasingly sought-after, and now come packed with our Top 100 albums, Top 20 compilations, Top 20 reissues/collections, staff charts and reviews of our favourite albums all wrapped in lush artwork (perfect bound this year!) by Piccadilly pal Mark Brown (www.markbrownstudio.co.uk). The perfect read for any music lover over Crimbo.

          This booklet is free instore or just 1 pence (plus p+p) via the website. Or if you prefer, you can view it online here as a PDF (be warned though it's a large PDF file so it's probably not worth trying to download this on your phone!)

          Enjoy the read!

          Please note: If you're ordering this on its own you will be charged our standard rate of postage and packing for sending a CD/7".

          Elliott Power

          On The Windrush / Portend Feat. WIFE

          Marathon Artists are very happy to announce the return of Elliott Power, this time with a little help from feted Tri Angle newcomer WIFE. The pair’s pulsating collaboration heralds the beginning of some very exciting things to come from Elliott, with this being just the tip of the iceberg. This is a Marathon Artists Singles Club release.

          Elliott Power is a West London-bred artist who, instilled from an early age with a love of wide-ranging electronic musical touch stones, has collated diverse but tightly knit influences into his own distinctly forward thinking tracks. Seamlessly incorporating elements of club-savvy soul and UK bass, along with a touch of paranoid trip-hop, Elliott’s work, from sound to vision, offers a whole private universe we have fortunately been invited into.

          In case you havn't noticed we're currently surfing atop the third (or is it fourth) wave of Italo revival with a plethora of reissues, compilations and nuovo Italo releases washing ashore every week. This week we're treated to something slightly different thanks to this remake of Discomagic's "Waiting For Heaven". Original cast members Ricky Persi and David Sion return, joined by Dutch duo Shambok to update this enduring tale of synthesiser love. On the A-side the 2014 Remix goes to town on the rapturous theme, adding shimmering pads and soaring sequences to David's vocals to create a peak time winner and prompt ear to ear smiles all over the place. The flipside exists for the true Italophiles, rocking chunky synths, cascading toms and vocoded vocals to ensure a legitimate period feel. This is a floor filler of the highest calibre.


          FORMAT INFORMATION

          12" Info: Initial copies come in hand-sprayed and numbered sleeves.

          Gayna Florence Perry and Robin Surtees are perhaps best known for their work with cult Eighties band Shiny Two Shiny. Signed to Red Flame Records, they released one mini LP entitled ‘Halfway Across The Rainbow’ and one single ‘Waiting For us’ c/w ‘Ritual Hate’, in 7” and 12” formats. A mixture of bright and breezy synth pop with some darker undercurrents both records made a dent in the indie charts gaining positive reviews in the music press for releases and live appearances and acclaim from John Peel as well as daytime airplay on Radio 1. They also toured Europe and appeared on TV. At the start of 1984 the band played at the ‘Big Brother’ music festival at the ICA in London, supporting Pink Industry. But by this time the writing was on the wall for Shiny Two Shiny.

          Stress Waves

          Orphic Ruin

            More heat from Ono to keep us warm during the Winter months. Stress Waves is two guys from Brisbane Australia; Nick Williams on vocals and Errol Hoffman on synth, guitar, bass and mixing! The music has an air of Manchester in its bloodstream, gloriously melancholic and wallowing in its own dark desires. It will, of course, appeal to any fans of Joy Division, Depeche Mode, Cabaret Voltaire and sounds like it's been heavily influenced by Cocteau Twins. Williams' does the morose with distinction and finesse, making unhappy sexy and fiendishly cool. Hoffman's soundbeds are beautifully textured, pluming deep into synthetic textures while heavily reverberated, gated drums echo away in the distance. Like the darkest dreams of Martin Hannett re-imagined through a Drexciyan outboard.
            50 copies only with riso inlays.


            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Cassette Info: 50 copies with riso inlays.

            Various Artists

            Bay Area Retrograde Vol.1 & 2

              Dark Entries have combined 'Bay Area Retrograde (BART) Volume 1' and '2' on a single CD! BART is Dark Entries’ compilation of underground music from San Francisco (and the greater Bay Area) made between 1978-1988. Towards the end of the 70s, San Francisco’s experimental music scene clashed with the aftermath of punk and gave birth to a vibrant underground. By the early to mid 80s the DIY music scene of the Bay Area was a hotbed for experimental and quirky new wave, post-punk, and synth-pop, quite similar to New York’s no wave scene and Berlin’s neue Deutsche welle. This compilation connects the (transit) lines between these varied musical offerings and tells the secret story of eleven forgotten Bay Area bands.

              'BART Volume 1' features a Korg-heavy assault from Danville’s utterly obscure Nominal State; two little-known left-field electronic dance gems from Batang Frisco and Quiet Room; Berkeley’s answer to darkwave, Necropolis of Love; a synth-driven drama fest from drag performance troupe Wasp Women; quirky lo-fi gothic pop from one man band Distant Thunder; a gay hi-NRG anthem delivered by Danny Boy and the Serious Party Gods; two lesser know gems from SF synth legends Voice Farm and Los Microwaves; and the futuristic pulsing synth-punk of Standard of Living and the Units. BART Volume 2 features slow, dystopian horror from pioneering industrial group Factrix; crushing, motorik noise from acid punks Chrome; amphetamine-driven synth-punk from Red Asphalt; an early demo, never released on vinyl, from legendary post punk band Tuxedoomon; chilling atmospheric drone from Ki Di Me; leftfield new wave from Indoor Life featuring Patrick Cowley on synths; Los Microwaves more sinister side project Baby Buddha; gay drag icon Timmy Spence delivering an unknown camp classic, a pure instrumental electro-pop workout from Human Being Men; TR-808 fueled synth pop from Menlo Park duo Wonders of Science, and a poetic yet somber and haunting song from the mysterious Zru Vogue. All tracks have been carefully remastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley.

              Each CD contains a deluxe 12-page booklet designed by Eloise Leigh, featuring original photos and fliers from each band’s personal archive. BART is the acronym for Bay Area Rapid Transit, the main rail transportation system for the San Francisco Bay Area. This CD is by no means a definitive compilation but merely opens the tunnel to the underground of the Bay!

              Hometown hero, scally-gonzo pioneer and Italo expert Il Bosco finally delivers his long anticipated compilation of Red Laser Disco favourites. I can't think of anyone better qualified to put together a retrospective of early 80's Italian club sounds than the man who's almost single handedly piloted the burgeoning Manctalo scene over the past five years. Through his Red Laser Disco parties, not least the yearly BBQ, Il Bosco has united synth obsessives, dancefloor cybernauts and some of Manchester's most lovable oddballs in appreciation of il boogie, nuovo romantico and ilectro. This eight track collection represents the essential floor fillers from those raucous parties, expertly recorded from original vinyl copies with no expense spared in the recording and re-mastering process. Alongside absolute rarites from Witch, Evo and Angels Program, each track on the LP shares the timeless sound which has inspired the producers on Red Laser Records. You’ll find synth driven chuggers up against dark disco and chest pumping electro boogie next to arpeggiated thud. Each track is the original 12” version (except one cheeky re-edit), remastered loud and clear for contemporary disco destruction. As ever this album is treated to the standard Red Laser attention to detail, presented in a gatefold PVC cover with two riso print wrap around poster sleeves featuring amazing science fantasy imagery and full colour printed card inners.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              2xLP Info: Limited to 300 copies.


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