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Hypnotone

Hypnotone - 2024 Reissue

    Hypnotone's iconic self titled mini album reissued! Originally released by Creation Records in 1991, long out of print and now reissued, meticulously remastered and pressed onto pristine white vinyl.

    Exclusive liner notes by band member Tony Martin "The Hypnotone Story: From Manchester to Creation" and including after hours favourite "Sub" and Balearic hit "Dream Beam" featuring vocals by Denise Johnson.

    Formed in the vibrant milieu of Manchester's legendary Hacienda nightclub, Hypnotone emerged from the creative partnership of Tony Martin and Martin Mittler. Tony, initially involved as the in-house lighting designer, and Mittler, a bar staff member, fused their interests and talents amid the fervour of the late '80s Acid House movement that pulsated through the club.

    Their musical venture began earnestly after an introduction to Alan McGee, head of Creation Records. This connection would soon lead to a record deal, propelling Hypnotone into the heart of the emerging electronic dance music scene, releasing 2 albums, multiple singles and standout remixes for artists such as Primal Scream, Sheer Taft, and The Lilac Time.

    With Creation Records' support, Hypnotone crafted their unique sound combining state-of-the-art digital samplers like the Akai S1000 with a collection of classic analog synths. Their debut self titled mini album includes after hours favorite "Sub" and Balearic hit "Dream Beam" featuring vocals by Denise Johnson. Hypnotone not only shaped their distinct sonic footprint but also influenced the broader trajectory of electronic music. Their journey, marked by innovation anda deep affinity for Manchester's music scene, exemplifies the transformative power of the era's cultural and technological shifts in music.

    This is another must have for collectors and fans of early British (pop) house music, and very happy memories.


    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Hypnotone - Dream Beam
    A2. Hypnotone - Junovia
    A3. Hypnotone - Potion 90
    A4. Hypnotone - Italia
    B1. Hypnotone - In Joy
    B2. Hypnotone - SBX
    B3. Hypnotone - Sub

    File under house, breakbeat, techno and warehouse rave music. The Mental Groove Classic series returns with a treasure trove of rare and hard to find tracks plucked from the personal collection of label founder Olivier Ducret, a pivotal figure in Switzerland's acid house and rave-era party scene.

    On Volumes Two and Three of the series - the first installment hit stores in 2017 - the Mental Groove and Musique Pour La Danse label founder takes us back to the turn of the '90s, a time he spent promoting parties in fields, squats, forests, warehouses and former factories in and around Geneva and behind the counter of a record shopof the same name. While others in Switzerland's emerging dance music scene gravitated towards US house and garage, Olivier and his crew opted for a bass, breaks and techno-focused sound inspired by regular trips to clubs, raves and record shops in the UK.

    Drawing directly from his own record box and a memory bank full of snapshots of euphoric dancefloor moments, Mental Groove Classics volumes Two and Three sees Olivier reaching for cuts of near-mythical rarity, genuinely overlooked gems, and undeniably brilliant tracks that have left a long-lasting impression on the local raving landscape. It's an autobiographical audio document, historical archive and personal musical statement all rolled into one, inspired by a moment in time where musical boundaries were being redrawn in a wave of carefree optimism and freedom inspired new rave scenes across Europe and far beyond.

    Original artwork by Soho's Brain Club co-owner and artist of early British club culture Mark Wigan.




    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Nice artefact documenting the cross-pollination between UK ruffage and the emergent Genevan rave scene. In doing so they've serendipitously uncovered some absolute gems that have been criminally neglected by the plethora of UK-centric rave compilations.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. 100hZ - Catching Spyders (In This Place)
    A2. Airtight - Housewerk FXTC
    B1. Detroit Diesel - Dreams For Santiago
    B2. Techno Grooves - Hiawa
    C1. The Moody Boys - Jammin' (Ital Mix)
    C2. Shaka - Pussyfooter
    D1. Fortune & Fame - Is This Your Life
    D2. Nagai Eri - Delta

    File under house, breakbeat, techno and warehouse rave music. The Mental Groove Classic series returns with a treasure trove of rare and hard to find tracks plucked from the personal collection of label founder Olivier Ducret, a pivotal figure in Switzerland's acid house and rave-era party scene.

    On Volumes Two and Three of the series - the first installment hit stores in 2017 - the Mental Groove and Musique Pour La Danse label founder takes us back to the turn of the '90s, a time he spent promoting parties in fields, squats, forests, warehouses and former factories in and around Geneva and behind the counter of a record shop of the same name. While others in Switzerland's emerging dance music scene gravitated towards US house and garage, Olivier and his crew opted for a bass, breaks and techno-focused sound inspired by regular trips to clubs, raves and record shops in the UK.

    Drawing directly from his own record box and a memory bank full of snapshots of euphoric dancefloor moments, Mental Groove Classics volumes Two and Three sees Olivier reaching for cuts of near-mythical rarity, genuinely overlooked gems, and undeniably brilliant tracks that have left a long-lasting impression on the local raving landscape. It's an autobiographical audio document, historical archive and personal musical statement all rolled into one, inspired by a moment in time where musical boundaries were being redrawn in a wave of carefree optimism and freedom inspired new rave scenes across Europe and far beyond.



    Matt Anniss

    Original artwork by Soho's Brain Club co-owner and artist of early British club culture Mark Wigan.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Nice artefact documenting the cross-pollination between UK ruffage and the emergent Genevan rave scene. In doing so they've serendipitously uncovered some absolute gems that have been criminally neglected by the plethora of UK-centric rave compilations.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Ben J'ammin M - Evolvic
    A2. Uncle 22 - Pain
    B1. Point Zero - Coastal
    B2. Escape - Escape (The Optical Mix)
    C1. Ike - Euphoria
    C2. Minimal Man - Outside The Window (Track 1232)
    D1. Mad Musician - Jazz Out
    D2. Sävel - Sunflower

    The Threshold HouseBoys Choir

    Form Grows Rampant

      The Threshold HouseBoys Choir was a project by Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson. Operating out of Bangkok, Thailand, the Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV founding member started this audio and visual endeavour following Coil's end.

      Despite the name, it was a solo project which relied heavily on computer generated vocals. The name was derived from a play on words, combining the terms houseboy, house of boys, boys' choir, and Threshold House, which was Coil's own label. "Form Grows Rampant" is the soundtrack of a film shot by Christopherson (a video capture at the GinJae Vegetarian Festival in the south of Thailand) and his first major musical project since the tragic death of John Balance and the subsequent demise of Coil.

      The music is a suite of lengthy dense atmospherics that combine shuddering electronics with sampled vocals, eerie digitalia, buried melodies and sinister undercurrents hinting at a gleaming heart of darkness, with a joyful melodic progression that sounds positively triumphant towards the end of the disc. It's both Coil-esque and quite different, and undoubtedly is the worthy successor of the legendary group that Christopherson created with his partner John Balance.

      First released in small quantities in 2007 as a CD/DVD set, this is the first time it is released on vinyl, CD and digital. This reissue has been mastered from original files by Sidney Claire Meyer at former Deutsche Grammophon studios Emil Berliner in Berlin, using the half speed mastering process, and pressed on heavy vinyl.


      TRACK LISTING

      A1. The Threshold HouseBoys Choir - Part One: A Time Of Happening
      A2. The Threshold HouseBoys Choir - Part Two: Intimations Of Spring
      B. The Threshold HouseBoys Choir - Part Three: So Young It Knows No Maturing
      C. The Threshold HouseBoys Choir - Part Four: So Free It Knows No End
      D. The Threshold HouseBoys Choir - Part Five: As Doors Open Into Space


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