TERMINATION_800 makes his glorious return on WIE EIN GOTT with his first own release. CYBERNETIC TORTURE gives us the hope that there is still godlike fire out there. The French producer describes the ritual of suffering, a punishment for any machine that fails in its mission against the weakness of the flesh. Folge dem Befehl!
This release also contains 3 remixes from some of the most talented artists from the industrial/EBM scene: MOVA, ALPHA SECT and AXGGAA & 909 DISTORTION.
Kurt Uenala has his fingerprints on more things than you may realize. While his name may be new to you, it’s possible you’ve come across collaborations he’s done under the moniker Null + Void, including Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Moby, John Grant, The Kills, Woodkid and most notably, Dave Gahan and Depeche Mode
Having worked in Gahan’s NYC studio for years, and traveling with Depeche Mode, Uenala became aware of one of Dave’s rituals. Sometimes a notebook and pen would come out.
Something would get jotted down.
But what? That remained a mystery.
Uenala now calls Iceland home, so he’s no stranger to isolation, but what about city-dweller Gahan? The two kept in close touch during lockdown, sharing thoughts and ideas.
“I always wondered what he was writing in the notebook,” Uenala says, “but I never pried. During one of our check-ins I eventually asked what he was scribbling down when he was off in some corner, or standing on his own, next to a studio window.” Gahan disclosed that they were thoughts, feelings, and observations that would likely never see the light of day.
But then again, why not? Living during a lockdown is unquestionably difficult, but fortune also favors those who are bold in challenging times. Gahan sent Uenala a recording of him reciting something from the journal.
In his studio, a decommissioned hospital situated on an Icelandic Fjörd, Kurt sat in front of a classic Oberheim synth with the recording, reacting to anything from the timbre of Gahan’s voice, to background noise. Inspiration also came from ambience in the black chapel in Uenala’s town, which has often acted as a natural reverb chamber when one was needed. Songs started to take shape, through a modified form of call and response. The confluence of tone, poem, and tone poem.
Both artists were pleased with the results, and agreed that the prose had more of an impact in concert with the music than it did merely existing, on paper, hidden in a notebook. Work continued, and produced a collection of recitations set to soundscapes. “Longing,” “Get Out,” “G.O.D.”, “I Think Not,” and a piece born from the first recording Gahan sent, “Cracks Are Showing,” were completed, then assembled as the Manuscript EP.
Gahan says, “I’m not sure why, or when, exactly, I wrote these short pieces. I knew they were never to be songs. I do know that they were written when I was alone. Sometimes in a hotel room. Where? I can’t recall. Sometimes standing by the ocean, or walking the beach in winter. Sometimes on the empty streets of New York City, during the lock-down. Always whilst feeling the beauty, power, and loneliness of a world beyond me.”
“Cracks Are Showing”
Kurt Uenala aka Null+Void – “Obedient Citizen Mix”
Tracklist: 01. Rock Around The Clock (2022 Remaster)
02. Réalité (2022 Remaster)
03. Sigmund Freud’s Party (2022 Remaster)
04. Wonderful World (2022 Remaster)
05. Peanuts (2022 Remaster)
06. How Do You Dance? (2022 Remaster)
Telex will release a box set, collating the long-awaited remastered reissues of their 6 studio albums, Looking for Saint-Tropez (1979), Neurovision (1980), Sex (1981), Wonderful World (1984), Looney Tunes (1988) and How Do You Dance? (2006).
Remastered and newly mixed from the original tapes by Dan Lacksman and Michel Moers, Telex will be out as a 6-piece vinyl box set, a 6xCD box set and digitally on Mute on 3 March 2023.
The Belgian synthpop trio – Marc Moulin (1942- 2008), Dan Lacksman and Michel Moers – launched in Brussels in 1978 and, as one of only a handful of synthpop pioneers at the time, helped bring electronic pop to the mainstream.
Tomas Tulpe, the best singer in the world, turns his Electrotracks into Partyhits, with weird lyrics about the absurdities of life. He released four albums and brought his excessive liveshow into the clubs, where his fans celebrate his fun tracks like DISCO, SCHMIER MIR EINE SCHNITTE (Make me a sandwich) or GEBÄCK IM GEPÄCK (Pastries in the Luggage). Now it’s about time for the fifths album WHO KILLED TOMAS TULPE? Out there on September 23rd.