out now: Cabaret Voltaire – Red Mecca [Mute]

 

Artist:
Cabaret Voltaire

 

Title:
Red Mecca

 

Label:
Mute

 

Cat#:
CABS3LP

 

Release Date:
19th July 2013

 

Format:
vinyl+CD

 

Tracklist:
A1)
A Touch Of Evil

A2)
Sly Doubt

A3)
Landslide

A4)
A Thousand Ways

B1)
Red Mask

B2)
Split Second Feeling

B3)
Black Mask

B4)
Spread The Virus

B5)
A Touch Of Evil
(Reprise)

 

Info (English):
Remastered and available here on vinyl for the first time since Mute’s reissue in 1990, Red Mecca features the line up of Richard H Kirk, Stephen Mallinder and Chris Watson, and is Cabaret Voltaire’s third album, and the final full album with co-founder Chris Watson.

Red Mecca was produced at Western Works, Sheffield, and, although rioting at this time hadn’t reached Cabaret Voltaire’s hometown, it was a particularly incendiary time across Britain and the tension was explicit through the news media. Explains Kirk, “that insurrection on the streets found its way into the music” and the album was seen by many as the alternative soundtrack to the unrest on the streets.

With Middle Eastern musical influences and a title that reflected the beginnings of long running tensions stemming from the Islamic Revolution and the resulting Afghanistan conflict and rise in fundamentalism, the buried vocals and large instrumental passages are a wonderful bridge between the punkier ethos of earlier releases, Mix Up and The Voice Of America and the more dance minded 2X45 and Yashar EPs that followed.

Inspirations on the album were varied, but these tensions were particularly highlighted by ‘A Touch Of Evil’, which bookends the album and was itself was inspired by the Orson Welles film Touch of Evil (1958) and the soundtrack by Henry Mancini. For ‘Spread The Virus’, the inspiration came from William Burroughs and northern soul while CB became another, initially unlikely sounding, inspiration. CB radio was important at the time as an alternative method of communication. Says Richard, “we were thinking about doing a pirate radio at that time, which never happened, but buried in the sounds before ‘Red Mask’, are clips of CB radio transmissions.”

Red Mecca is an intriguing snapshot of a band continuing to experiment and evolve, different enough to anything of theirs before or after, and very different to whatever the rest of the planet was producing at the time (or since).

Red Mecca was remastered by mastering engineer extraordinaire Stefan Betke (Pole), who also works with Third Ear, Minus, Wagon Repair, Uncanny Valley, Ornaments, BPitch Control, K7 and mastered the VCMG project for Martin Gore and Vince Clarke.

 

Info (German):
Mute freut sich, eine ganze Reihe von kommenden Cabaret Voltaire Veröffentlichungen anzukündigen. Sie beginnen mit einer Vinylversion des grandiosen 1981er Albums Red Mecca am 19.07. – Wir freuen uns wie immer über Verbreitung der frohen Kunde.

Remastered von Stefan Betke (Pole) – der auch für Third Ear, Minus, Wagon Repair, Uncanny Valley, Ornaments, Bpitch Control, K7 arbeitet und zuletzt für Mute VCMG, das Projekt von Martin Gore und Vince Clarke gemastert hat – und zum ersten Mal seit dem 1990er Re-Issue wieder als Vinyl erhältlich, ist Red Mecca das dritte Album von Cabaret Voltaire; und gleichzeitig das letzte, das neben Richard H Kirk und Stephen Malliner, Mitbegründer Chris Watson im Lineup zeitigt.

Red Mecca wurde in den Western Works Studios in Sheffield produziert – und auch, wenn die Riots der frühen Thatcher-Jahre noch nicht Cabaret Voltaires Heimatstadt erreichten, so war doch klar, dass es eine Zeit der Unruhen war in Großbritannien, und nicht nur da – die Spannungen waren mit der Hand zu greifen: „The insurrection on the streets found its way into the music”, sagt Kirk. Für nicht wenige wurde das Album so zu einem alternativen Soundtrack des Aufruhrs.

Die vergrabenen vocals und langen, instrumentalen Passagen, die Einflüsse aus dem Mittleren Osten aufnahmen (nicht nur der Titel reflektiert die Afghanische Revolution), schlagen eine Brücke von den über Punk informierten früheren Veröffentlichungen Mix Up und The Voice Of America zu den Dance-beeinflussten späteren Werken wie 2X45 und den Yashar EPs.

Die Einflüsse auf Red Mecca sind zahlreich, wenngleich die zuvor genannten Spannungen einen Rahmen geben dürften: „A Touch Of Evil“, das die Klammer des Albums bildet, ist zu gleichen Teilen von Orson Welles gleichnamigem Film und dessen Mancini-Soundtrack inspiriert. Die Inspiration zu „Spread The Virus“ gründet auf der Lektüre von William S. Burroughs und Northern Soul. CB-Funk wurde eine weitere, unwahrscheinlich klingende Inspirationsquelle: „CB radio was important at the time as an alternative method of communication“, fährt Kirk fort: „We were thinking about doing a pirate radio at that time, which never happened, but buried in the sounds before ‘Red Mask’, are clips of CB radio transmissions.”

So bleibt Red Mecca bis heute die verblüffende Momentaufnahme einer Band zwischen Entwicklung und Experiment. Einer Band, die anders klang, als alle anderen, die es seinerzeit gab (und vermutlich bis heute gibt).

Der Reihe der Cabaret Voltaire Releases setzt sich fort mit der Veröffentlichung eines Box-Sets auf Vinyl und CD im Herbst: #8385 (Collected Works 1983-1985), die vier remasterte Alben der klassichen Mittelperiode der Cabs umfasst: The Crackdown (1983), Micro-Phonies (1984), Drinking Gasoline (1985) und The Covenant, The Sword and the Arm of the Lord (1985) – dazu kommen Bonus CDs- und DVDs.

#7885 (Electro Punk to Techno Pop 1978 – 1985) wird im kommenden Jahr zum ersten Mal alle Schaffensphasen von Cabaret Voltaire umfassen.

 

Listen:
@Amazon GER

 

Video:
“Spread The Virus”

“Landslide”

 

Buy Vinyl:
CABS Shop
MuteBank
WOM
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Amazon US (Import)
Amazon UK
Amazon FR
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HHV
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Phonica Records
more soon

 

Websites:
Cabaret Voltaire
Mute
Mute @ Facebook
Mute Germany @ Facebook

 

out now: Tallmen.785 – Down [Tallmen Records]

 

Artist:
Tallmen.785

 

Title:
Down

 

Label:
Tallmen Records

 

Cat#:
Tallmen 001

 

Release Date:
June 2013

 

Format:
vinyl

 

Tracklist:
A)
Down

B)
Down
(Clap Version)

 

Info:
Tallmen’s music is for long, sleepless nights in which the music’s religious adherence to 4 on the floor demands dedicated raving. This unification of the old and the new, the rough and the refined is what brings the overwhelming sense of direction and energy in Tallmen’s productions. In three words…Just.Raw.Beats.

 

Listen:

 

Video:
“Down”

Video created by the29nov films.

 

Special:
Electric Deluxe Podcast

 

Recommandations:
“Basswalker Part II” by AÑA & 785 on Isolated System
“Mada Theory” by 785 on Apothek Records

 

Buy Vinyl:
DNP
Juno
deejay.de
decks.de
Hardwax
HHV

 

Websites:
Tallmen.785

 

out now: Headman feat. Scott Fraser & Douglas McCarthy – Noise [Emotional Relish]

 

Artist:
Headman feat. Scott Fraser & Douglas McCarthy

 

Title:
Noise

 

Label:
Emotional Relish / Relish Recordings

 

Cat#:
ERL001 / RR068

 

Release Date:
21st June 2013

 

Format:
vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
01)
Noise
(Vocal Version)

02)
Noise
(Dub)

03)
Noise
(Daniel Maloso Remix)

04)
Noise
(Hardway Bros. Axis Forces Dub)

 

Info:
Swiss label Relish Recordings presents the new single from Headman featuring Scott Fraser and Douglas McCarthy giving a taster of his artist album due later in the year…

Robi Insinna aka Headman has a long history in electronic music and most often trades in the sounds of raw, machine driven funk. Here he pairs up with former Relish producer Scott Fraser of the so-called Scrutton Street Axis (along with likeminded tunesmiths Andrew Weatherall and Timothy J Fairplay who all work in the same basement studio) and Nitzer Ebb’s Douglas McCarthy who provides vocals. The idea behind the new material is for Robi to work with artists he likes and simply to see what happens…

The original of ‘Noise’ is a fierce and prickly brew of synthetic sounds, gurgling acid and heavyweight dubbed kick drums. The vocals of McCarthy add a nineties feel as he asks over and over if you “want some noise” and there’s a very real post-funk attitude imbued deep within the multi-layered track. Sweaty, smoky, dirty basement disco might be a good way to describe it.

As well as a dub version there are two more remixes. The first comes from Daniel Maloso of Cómeme fame. He has just released a solo album at end of last year and turns the track into a more electrified, John Carpenter style version laced up with raw and frazzled arpeggiated synths and plenty of libidinous vocal cries.

The final remix comes from Sean Johnston aka Hardway Bros – a DJ partner in crime with Andrew Weatherall in their A Love From Outer Space party project and revered producer in his own right. He speeds things up a little and adds a bit of retro style dancefloor darkness to ensure the package offers something for every moment of a night.

There is also a video by Douglas and Robi that will accompany the track and the release comes with a cover image by Photographer Horst Diekgerdes taken somewhere during the late 90s that seemed to fit the project perfectly. The package will also be released on Emotional Relish as a limited run vinyl complete with an exclusive Revocal version.

 

Listen:

 

Videos:
“Noise”

“Noise (Hardway Bros Axis Forces Dub Remix)”

“Noise (Daniel Maloso Remix)”

“Noise (Dub)”

 

Recommendations:
Douglas McCarthy’s solo album “Kill Your Friends”
single “The Knife” by Motor feat. Douglas McCarthy

 

Buy Vinyl:
Rough Trade
Juno
Phonica Records
Deejay.de
Piccadilly Records
decks.de
HHV
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Buy Digital:
Beatport
iTunes
Amazon
more soon

 

Websites:
Headman
Douglas McCarthy
Relish

 

out now: Various – Béton Brut EP [Dystopian]

 

Artist:
Various

 

Title:
Béton Brut EP

 

Label:
Dystopian

 

Cat#:
Dystopian004

 

Release Date:
July 2013

 

Format:
12"

 

Tracklist:
A1)
Alex.Do
Concrete

A2)
Rødhåd
The Wall

B1)
Felix K
Stone Edge

 

Info:

 

Listen:

 

Video:
Felix K. – “Stone Edge”

Video created by the29nov films.

 

Specials:
Recondite – “Live@Remedy Brooklyn NYC”

Alex.Do – “Berghain 26.10.2012”

Felix K – “Boiler Room Berlin Mix 2013”

 

Buy Vinyl:
Hardwax
deejay.de
decks.de
Juno
HHV
clone.nl
Phonica Records
Spacehall
more soon

 

Buy Digital:
Boomkat
more soon

 

Websites:
Alex.Do
Rødhåd
Dystopian

 

out now: Mass-X-odus – Gang Wars [Fondation Sonore]

 

Artist:
Mass-X-odus

 

Title:
Gang Wars

 

Label:
Fondation Sonore

 

Cat#:
Fondation Sonore 02

 

Release Date:
June 2013

 

Format:
vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
A)
Gang Wars

B)
Redlining

 

Info:
It started with construction of a six lane highway built through a densely populated poor and working class urban neighborhood. Thousands of people now displaced from their homes. The property values of buildings surrounding this newly constructed urban blight plummet fast. The landowners panic as their profits turn to red. With little or no motivation to maintain their real estate the tenants increasingly live in a decrepitude state of decay. Those who flee go and those who cannot will soon be forced from their homes. Burnt out by the arsonists illegally hired by the owners who seek to collect insurance money on their financially losing property. The domino effect hits hard. Block by block , building by building ravage in the the flames of fire. A wide swath of land that not long before housed over 70,000 people sits in a huge pile of ash & rubble. Lawlessness runs amok and soon street gangs explode on the scene.

 

Listen:

 

Videos:
“Gang Wars”

Video created by the29nov films.

 

Recommendations:
Adam X on SCR Dark Series
First release on FS by Ancient Methods vs. Kareem

 

Buy Vinyl:
Fondation Sonore
Rough Trade
deejay.de
decks.de
Juno
HHV
Clone.nl
NormanRecords.com
Bleep
more soon

 

Buy Digital:
soon

 

Websites:
Adam X aka Mass-X-odus
Fondation Sonore