Two new releases, one from the ever so busy Thisco mainstay Rasalasad, in his style published as free / pay what you want release full of concentrated drone ambience or perhaps “Hypnotic Escapism Music” as in the description of the Thisphoria album on Grain Of Sound which seems fitting for most of his recent releases.
And from Cologne / Berlin finally the debut album from Mik@, also known as part of DL, or The M.M.V.P. projects, a release with the central theme of urban living & travelling, transition phases and unfullfiled desires.
A great shot showing Marsh / Andrews / Baker in full form performing at the Paradiso in Amsterdam 23 / 09 /2017.
The final gig of this year’s return to live performance with the aid of many old allies – Steve Halliwell (Keys) also in the background to be seen, The Syd’s i.e. Sarah and Wendy Patridge on Backing Vocals, Mike Cozzi (Gtr.) and on the Bass Scott Firth (PIL).
Shriekback used the Kickstarter Platform to make this possible and played many tracks from 1985’s ‘Oil And Gold’, a few from ‘Big Night Music’ and some classic singles like ‘My Spine Is The Bassline’, ‘All Lined Up’ in updated versions but only one song from their recent ‘Without Fish And Strings’ album; ‘Recessive Jean’ which is not the strongest imho but worked fine as a medley with the incredible groovy ‘Feelers’.
It was hard to tell who was more delighted that this happened, the band or the fans – a great night out in a great City. Thanks to modern tech nearly every move is documented somewhere but to have been there is actually still priceless.
“2017 marks the 40th year since Martha and the Muffins was founded in Toronto by Ontario College of Art students David Millar and Mark Gane, along with Martha Johnson, Carl Finkle and Tim Gane. Several months later, the band was augmented by two more members, Andy Haas and Martha Ladly. ‘Summer of Song’ is a remembrance of the early days of the band, when we were young and everything seemed possible.”
A very dreamy and thoughtful ballad, well i guess only a few miss getting calmer while travelling through the decades.
On another note Echo Beach released a second Compilation of M&M Remixes in July, called ‘Where Blue Meets Green (balearic edits)’, Martha and the Muffins tracks re-edited, re-sampled and “focused” by DJ’s Sir Billy, TC Sunshine and Martin “ez” Fekl. See and hear the promo video to get an impression of the sunny spirit here:
Andhere’s a bonus remix of their brandmark single “Echo Beach” which is semi-surprisingly not included in the above mentioned Ibiza inspired DJ mixes and only available currently as a free promo download.
Semi-surprisingly indeed if you consider Echo Beach already released a limited CD full of remixes of this one song in 2010 at the 30th anniversary of the original Single release.
Of course not only Nicolai Beverungen (the label head) was caught by this catchy melancholic danceable working class lines, “Echo Beach” was rightfully a Canadian, Australian and British Top 10 Hit and is still remembered as one of the classic New Wave / Post Punk tunes of the 1980’s.
Finally their debut Album Metro Music will receive the deluxe treatment from Universal Music Canada and be reissued as CD / 2LP with bonus tracks unknown yet.
Hard to believe but this will be just the second CD issue of this classic Album at all (…).
Marco Milanesio finally opened up his archives from the past a little wider resulting in the issue of an unreleased ambient experimental studio session recorded in December 1996. Remastered at O.F.F. and issued via the renowned and always busy Nostalgie De La Boue:
The new Blacksilklabel from Berlin released mid July an 12″EP / DL of three remastered and two remixed tracks, taken from the deleted HAX ‘Tecnologie Del Movimento’ Compilations, the early Split Tape ‘Notturno’ and one from the final Album ’24 o 25′.
Although this sounds a bit mixed up the tracks work very well together and the (to me unknown before) remixers Phase Fatal & Unhuman spice up the tracks perfectly. The only lowpoint is the artwork which is close to meaningless to me but musically I am more than happy and this will make my 2017 best of list anyway….
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After pestering Maurizio Pustianaz for a while he finally sent me a batch of early (1986) session tracks to choose from for an exclusive Klappstuhl Records release and here it is; minimal, raw and remiscent of the cold 80’s mood, still influenced by the earlier industrial experimental scene – think of Robert Rental, Konstruktivists or The Elephant Table Album for some slight touchpoints.
A new track taken from a forthcoming release by Gerstein (Maurizio Pustianaz) of Noisebrigade / A New Life / …. has just been released shortly after his highly recommended compilation 32 Years Of Rain which gives a great overview of all the periods he went through since he actively made and published own works – from early Industrial / Minimal Electronics to Piano Works, Post – EBM / Technoid / Darkwave and various Collaborative Works. Early ltd. tape only releases are also present here as later CD or Digital only releases . A few remixes and unreleased tracks make this even more interesting to follow him on his journey through the mind.