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

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Stupendously limited second release from the wonderfully named Hiroshima 45 Chernobyl 86 Windows 95. Another various artists collection kicking off with an asphalt licking throb from Violet Poison who takes Italo synth crunch and EBM's carnal thrust before adding his own fizzy distortion. Diana Berti keeps the 80s qualities in tact through "Spider Pit" which combines galloping arps with motorik drums for an exercise in overwhelming, cinematic electronic disco. Finally, coldwave brilliance from Opfer Der Hingabe who's icy tense thriller, "The Victim" lends itself to murder mysteries set in the dead of Winter and in rural isolation. Made in Italy and with a rather dashing vinyl press, these won't hang around long folks!

Section 25

Elektra

    Brand new album by the legendary Section 25.

    The band formed in Blackpool in November 1977. Initially they were a duo, consisting of brothers Larry Cassidy and Vincent Cassidy). In June 1978 they made their live debut with Phil Denton on guitar. Their debut 7", "Girls Don't Count", was released in July 1980 on Factory Records, produced by Ian Curtis and Rob Gretton of Joy Division. Joined by percussionist Lee Shallcross, Section 25 gradually evolved with a more electronic-dance direction from 1983 onwards, a process which culminated in the album From the Hip and remix single "Looking From A Hilltop", both released in 1984 and produced by Bernard Sumner of New Order. This second iteration of the band also featured the Cassidy brothers' sister Angela Flowers and Larry Cassidy's wife Jenny Ross. In 1986 Section 25 fell silent for more than a decade, and re-emerged with the album Part Primitiv in 2006. On 27 February 2010, it was announced that founding member, singer, and bass player for the group, Larry Cassidy, had died at the age of 56. Today, Section 25 consist of Vin Cassidy, Bethany Cassidy (Larry's daughter), Jo Cassidy, Michael Cassidy and long-time collaborator Steven Stringer. This line-up recorded "Elektra" in 2018 with guest guitar by the band's original guitarist Paul Wiggin. It is pure SXXV, without any outside influences.


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