MAGIC MIX

synth-pop . alt-R&B . cold wave . industrial

WEEK STARTING 22 Jul

Genre pick of the week Cover of Neon Demon OST by Cliff Martinez.

Cliff Martinez

Neon Demon OST

    “(The score) is almost all synthesizer… There’s a lot of places where the music is really pushed out more into the spotlight, even more than “Drive”. I think I got a bitter part in the film, it’s flattering.” - Nicolas Winding Refn

    The Neon Demon is the latest film from acclaimed director Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Only God Forgives). Starring Elle Fanning (Maleificent, Trumbo), The Neon Demon follows Jesse, a young woman who moves to the neon-drenched city of Los Angeles to pursue a career in fashion modeling. Soon thereafter a group of beauty-obsessed women begin to circle her, hungering for her youth and vitality. Before long, Jesse finds herself caught in the sinister world of Los Angeles’ unforgiving underbelly. Keanu Reeves (The Matrix, John Wick), Christina Hendricks (Drive) and Jena Malone (The Hunger Games series) round out the principal cast.

    Director Refn turned once again to his frequent collaborator Cliff Martinez (Drive, Traffic) for scoring duties. Martinez has created a powerful, modern tapestry of sound utilizing synthesizers as a framework for the dark corners and vibrant vistas that make the City of Angels. The soundtrack also features the dark electro piece “The Demon Dance” by Julian Winding, as well as “Mine” a pop track by Sweet Tempest. “Waving Goodbye“, an original song written by Australian singer Sia and produced by the Grammy Award-winning producer Diplo serves as a bookend to the album.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xColoured LP Info: Limited blue and red vinyl pressing (one LP is red, the other blue) in gatefold sleeve.

    Includes MP3 Download Code.

    A duo from Melbourne, Australia made of members of Standish / Carlyon and Fingers - Conrad Standish and Sam Karmel. 808s and coastal synthesis. With a pacific, cinematic, tranquilizing feeling running throughout; very ethereal, very out there, very good! With a sound palette which takes on icy, glacial synth washes, rich bioluminescent twinkles, mood hightening pads and nerve-twitching drums CS + Kreme have created a sound all of their own. One that would soundtrack a day out on Lake Baikal perfectly, or a middnight dance ritual under the Northern Lights, or just yer bog standard igloo rave. You decide.
    Recommended for fans of La Beaute Du Negatif, Tin Man, Donato Dozzy etc.
    Mastering by Brandon Hocura - Cover by Thomas Jeppe - Layout by Manuel Bürger.
    Highly recommended stuff from this cult label. Move fast. 


    Musical activist from the city of Marseille, DJ Oil, aka Lionel Corsini, is an old friend of Les Disques De La Mort boss Ivan Smagghe. You might remember his Troublemakers (Guidance) and Lionel records for BBE. His first EP for Les Disques De La Mort kicks off with "Rain", which features Saul Williams' spoken words (treated to robotisation) over a swinging, moody jazz-house break. 'Voodoo house' if you want to call it something. The track is then turned into a gurgling acid house monster by Radioactive Man, who gives those breaks an electro twist. Cold Europe under the sun or a frozen Southern island. Who knows? We got lost on the way. "Space Opera" and "Hypnosis" sound like we've had our drinks spiked with acid as disorientated sampled speach flows across loose, shuffling, percussive freeform rhythms. Slow burners, potent mushrooms and warped politics for the criminally minded.

    Since 1987, Frak have been everyone's favourite, premier Swedish synthesizer-touching weirdos. Even if most people hadn't heard of them until 4 years ago. And yet, world of Frak is as long as it is wide. As blue as it is black. As ominous as it is glorious. As dirty as it is hairdryer. Sweet it is as yellow paper As. All of the above is a perfect example of how trying to convey what Frak is in the crass form of words is ultimately fruitless. Never has the inner workings of hardware sounded so good!

    Here is a double 12" vinyl product from Ultimate Hits featuring eight audio recordings from Frak: three men who have known each other since at least 1987. Careering with abandon from heads down machine dirge, to celestial electronic meditation, back to repetitive hardware funk and their iconic harnessing of the electro genre, Frak are the bridge that allows machines the power to communicate with us meager humans.

    The sleeve was lovingly hand screen-printed at the studio of House of Traps, and features the colours commonly known as pink and black.


    Pet Shop Boys

    Inner Sanctum - Inc. Carl Craig Remix

    To celebrate their highly-anticipated, sold-out residency at London's Royal Opera House this July, Pet Shop Boys release a special 12" pressing of their single 'Inner Sanctum'. The 12" features a remix by legendary Detroit techno DJ / producer Carl Craig, as well as two original demo versions of the the track, which are exclusive to this vinyl release. The EP is completed with the album version.

    Piccadilly Records

    Slipmat - Cityscape

      Piccadilly Records logo and white 'Cityscape' print on black felt slipmat. Designed by Mark Brown (markbrownstudio.co.uk), the design is a features a graphic representation of the Manchester cityscape, which also looks like an electronic waveform created by music.

      Piccadilly Records

      Slipmat - Cityscape / Half Record

        A pair of Piccadilly Records slipmats including one each of the 'Cityscape' and 'Half Record' designs.

        Slipmat 1: Piccadilly Records logo and white 'Cityscape' print on black felt slipmat. Designed by Mark Brown (markbrownstudio.co.uk), the design is a features a graphic image of the Manchester cityscape, which also looks like an electronic waveform created by music.

        Slipmat 2: Piccadilly Records logo and white 'Half Record' print on black felt slipmat. Designed by Mark Brown (markbrownstudio.co.uk), the design is a features a graphic representation of the Manchester G-MEX Centre combined with half a vinyl record.

        Piccadilly Records

        Slipmat - Half Record

          Piccadilly Records logo and white 'Half Record' print on black felt slipmat. Designed by Mark Brown (markbrownstudio.co.uk), the design is a features a graphic representation of the Manchester G-MEX Centre combined with half a vinyl record.

          Hot on the Heels of the essential TCP reissue (I know I say that a lot, but I strongly suggest you get on that cosmic masterpiece), Middle East-via-Berlin imprint Disco Halal drop a trio of reworks from label head Moscoman. A longtime fan of the LP, and the driving force in its much needed reissue, Moscoman kept the idea of this passion project in the back of his mind for years before his dreams finally came true. 'It all started when I first heard the record a few years back, I did an edit for the first track, "The Dynamic Energy" and started to play around with "Oasis" as a sample. "TDE" has been on my DJ stick for a long time, and I've basically played it almost every set for the past 2 years or more, but that's where it stopped, figuring nobody would ever try to license the other tracks, or samples, the release of it seemed like a faraway dream. I still remember the message I got back from Tony Carey, being so casual about it, "Yeah sure, do whatever you want with it", one of my highlights no doubt, I rushed back to the old folder in my studio and dusted it off, this is the result! (I have done edits/reworks for all of the tracks, but I selected to release only these, the reason to be disclosed soon.)' 

          Various Artists

          The Minimal Wave Tapes Volume One

            This is the first volume of a series of compilations bringing together undiscovered new wave music from Europe and North America recorded in the 1980s. Most of the songs were originally released on limited edition cassettes or 45s by the artists themselves, and only a handful of people knew about them. Now, they've been remastered from their analogue source tapes for your listening pleasure, brought to you by Veronica Vasicka and Peanut Butter Wolf. 14 tracks including Linear Movement, Crash Course In Science, Oppenheimer Analysis, Mark Lane, Tara Cross, Turquoise Days, Bene Gesserit, Esplendor Geometrico, Das Ding, Martin Dupont, Deux, Somnambulist, Ohama, and Das Kabinette.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            2xLP Info: Double vinyl in gatefold sleeve.


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