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  • Sally Dige 'Holding On'

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    Sally Dige 'Holding On'

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    Sally Dige is a multidisciplinary artist known for her darkly poetic yet highly danceable electro-pop songs, DIY stylistic videos, design and visual art. Sally‘s deep and commanding voice, coupled with her analogue-visual-processes and overlapping artistic mediums has formed an identity that oscillates between the edges of aggression and fragility, old and new.

    Holding On was created during the time of intense inner turmoil. Despite being stretched to her emotional limits, Sally did not let the weight of her circumstances break her, instead channeling all of her pain and fears into the production of a series of incredibly powerful songs. Stunningly, Sally used only her voice and a single synth to create this album. Even with so little gear, the songs are anything but minimal.

    Each song has a minimum of 100 tracks and, for some songs, 100 tracks for just the drum section alone. Every audible sound has 20 other sounds swimming beneath it. These are songs written for dance floors but are sung about loneliness, death and the meaninglessness of existence. Sally‘s work tows the line between a blissful innocence and a heavy darkness.

    Think Gina X flavored post punk-disco rubbing against Twitch-era Ministry‘s lost Sade collab or Enya on LSD after a break up.

    Holding On is Sally‘s second album, following her debut Hard to Please, out on Avant! in Europe and DKA in North America, with two separate cover designs.

    LP comes in printed innersleeve with lyrics.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    1. Holding On
    2. Emptiness
    3. Be Gone
    4. Sail to Me

    Side B:
    1. I Can‘t Be
    2. This Life
    3. No Need to Pretend
    4. Holding On (Forces extended mix)

    Release Date: 03/11/2017
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  • DRIFT 'Genderland'

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    DRIFT 'Genderland'

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    After the digital release of the Genderland single in June, the new 6-track EP by DRIFT. is out.

    Musically, the new songs complement each other. Throbbing beats are punctuated with melodies, vocals floating in layers, their dreamy veil disguising a strong message. Strong and anything but stable. Lead song Genderland with its rumbling bass, syncopated electro-reggae rhythm and dub effects, it’s Ace of Bass filtered through Darkwave.

    Paradise throbs and clanks and drones and pulses with expectation, celestial multitracked vocals. Lines, by contrast, is a bubbling and burbling, bass-driven affair, complete with a melodic nod to West End Girls. Social Front marries its message of female empowerment to bouncy electropop, influenced by post-punk performance artist and No Wave singer Lizzy Mercier Descloux. Calculations draws the EP to a close in a fittingly anthemic manner.

    If first EP Black Devotion was all about searching for a sound, her new recording signals a shift, a drift towards self-determination, a PVC-clad step into the murky mixed-message waters of 21st century gender politics.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    1. Paradise
    2. Lines
    3. Genderland

    Side B:
    1. ????
    2. Social Front
    3. Calculations

    Release Date: 03/11/2017
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  • Veil Of Light 'Front Teeth' - Cargo Records UK

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    LP comes in printed innersleeve with lyrics.

    Elegant 4-side Digipak limited to 200.

    The Swiss Zürich-based act comes back with their third full-length recording. Not even one year after their latest Ursprung LP, Veil Of Light give us ten new songs that mark quite a change of direction.

    The black&white artwork of their previous releases is gone to give space to one bold, full-colour look.

    The guitar-driven shoegaze-oriented fuzzy sounds of past records make way for a new focus on the Electronic, Industrial Synth, EBM-Wave spectrum.

    Check out the opener Your Love with its throbbing synths and mechanical drumming, or the pressing minimal-wave of Soul In Ethanol; again, Sturm Und Drang's pounding industrial dance and Body To The Ceiling's doom electronics.

    A new wave of New Wave is here and Veil Of Light are showing the way.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Your Love
    2. Soul In Ethanol
    3. Cut Fingers
    4. Sturm Und Drang
    5. Cut Out Your Name
    6. Soft Palate
    7. Bridges Of God
    8. Body To The Ceiling
    9. Under A Sun That Never Sets
    10. Fight Fire With Fire
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  • Night Sins 'New Grave' - Cargo Records UK

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    Night Sins 'New Grave'

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    Born by members of hardcore bands Salvation and Mother Of Mercy, Night Sins is the aural proof that life does not walk so dark all over Europe alone.

    Emerging sometime around 2011 under the oppressive skies of Philadelphia, these overcast malcontents are fitly connected to a city engrossed in shadow-soaked vices and dilapidated architecture.

    Not to imply that there isn't a comforting sort of gloominess in this musical malaise as Night Sins frolic down a musical path originally cut by The Sisters of Mercy and Clan of Xymox, with enough hints of Pink Turns Blue, The Mission, and other extensions into 80's darkwave to produce memorable songwriting that stands on its own.

    Bass and drums punch through the mist thick as thieves, guitar lines circle like falcons overhead, minimal synths street clean some of the residual dirt, and singer-songwriter Kyle Kimball's vocals confidently press through an intimate fog. There is a brilliant light in the midst of dimness, and Night Sins is carrying the torch.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    1. Playing Dead
    2. Shoot Me Up
    3. Spectral Bliss
    4. The Stranger
    5. Knell

    Side B:
    1. The Eternal Giver
    2. Wild Eyes
    3. Winged Thing
    4. Knife to the Sky
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  • Hand Of Dust 'Walk in White' - Cargo Records UK

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    Hand Of Dust 'Walk in White'

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    Hand Of Dust is a trio from Copenhagen. They somehow belong the Posh Isolation brood but they play a personal variation of dark rock music with roots in folk and with a lot of focus on songwriting and lyrics.

    Originally formed in order to play the acoustic songs of singer Bo Høyer Hansen as an electric setting, it quickly grew into a band. In September 2012 the band released a demo tape and in January 2014 they put out a 7" EP on NY label Blind Prophet called "Without Grace Or Glory".

    Recently Hand Of Dust reentered the studio and recorded two songs. Speaking of this upcoming 7” single, Danish webzine VORTEXAS says "I remember seeing them playing one of their first concerts: I nudged the guy next to me and exlaimed “They got like a neo-folk thing going, but electric, don’t they?” to which he answered: “Nah, they’re more like Dead Moon.” In a way I hear both". With some good ol' Gun Club vibe, we might add.

    For now you may enjoy these two new tunes: not many bands these days can create such a personal sound when it comes to dark folk/rock music. One time pressing of 500. Comes with insert.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    Walk In White

    Side B:
    A Sight For The Living
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  • Horror Vacui 'Return of the Empire' - Cargo Records UK

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    Horror Vacui 'Return of the Empire'

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    Goth peace-punk 5-piece strikes back! Since 2013 debut In Darkness You Will Feel Alright, the band has been touring both the Old and the New Continent and is now ready to deliver eight new tracks filled with disenchantment, scorn and a proper share of irreverence in leather.

    So this Return operates on two levels. First of all and most intuitive, being this their second album, it is their own return. Second meaning relates to the current state of asphyxiating climate of restoration in national politics. A few governments fell in the last few years and after a brief time of confusion, a new clean face in a white shirt is leading (but is he actually?) the country.

    By the looks of facts so far thou, one might be wondering if these government fools have a clue of what they’re doing. Lucky for us, Horror Vacui surely do!

    European press by Avant! & band’s own imprint Legion Of The Dead of 700 on black vinyl. Comes in printed innersleeve featuring lyrics and band pics.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    1. Return Of The Empire
    2. 5000
    3. The Right Cure
    4. 'Till The Last Drop

    Side B:
    1. Light Of Darkness
    2. Time
    3. Opus Tenebris
    4. Desperate Adelia
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  • Hot Guts 'Wilds' - Cargo Records UK

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    33rpm black vinyl 12" Limited edition of 300.

    Wilds is the second full length from Philadelphia based post-industrial group Hot Guts. What started off as a raw and gritty Post-punk band in 2007 eventually evolved into a more refined foray into territories that cross between the electronic and organic, as well as the harsh and beautiful.

    Currently a duo, Wes Russell's signature rich baritone and unorthodox guitar stylings (at times more reminiscent of construction machinery than a guitar) are still very present while counterpart Shari Wallin (also of Void Vision) provides the synths and drum machines as well as backing vocals.

    Within this web of minimal electronics there are hints of EBM, Neofolk, Tribal Industrial but there is an element of experimentalism that has always been present in Hot Guts that keeps things sounding fresh, and strangely contemporary throughout the recordings.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    1. All Suns
    2. Will Carry
    3. Kite and Shadow
    4. Gold Silent

    Side B:
    1. Fires
    2. The Name of the World
    3. Drift
    4. A Kindness
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  • Qual 'Cupio Dissolvi EP' - Cargo Records UK

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    45rpm 12" limited to 500.

    Lebanon Hanover’s bassist William Maybelline is back with his solo project.

    After the debut album Sable from 2015, Qual strikes back with a three-track 12” maxi-single. Each one of these new songs explore a different dimension of Maybelline’s approach to Body/Wave electronics.

    The title-track Cupio Dissolvi is what we may already call classic Qual: gloomy and throbbing, synth-driven and labyrinthine. A Bloody Blob explores new martial slants, with war-like timpani and a marching robot gait.

    Rape Me in the Parthenon is a 8 minute long dancefloor mayhem anthem scanned by some pounding techno drumbeat and EBM snare and pads. The most alert of you already checked this in some Ancient Methods DJset.

    By far the most extreme track Qual recorded so far. “Buried in flowers with hands of gold / Buried together we'll never mold” shall be thy epitaph here, as well as your message engraved on virgin vinyl.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    1. Cupio Dissolvi
    2. A Bloody Blob

    Side B:
    1. Rape Me in the Parthenon
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  • Qual 'Sable' - Cargo Records UK

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    Qual 'Sable'

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    33rpm black vinyl LP edition housed in UV glossy jackets. Comes with lyrics insert and free digital download coupon. Second Edition CD Elegant 4-side Digipak limited to 200 with new CD body.

    Qual is Lebanon Hanover’s bassist and vocalist William Maybelline.

    With his solo project he aims to examine his personal view on music, Maybelline moved from the pop touch of well-known and respected main band of his to cruise the slums of darker and even more extreme electronics.

    To quote William's own words, Qual is about vile visions, despaired in a frowning black tower of pain. Concealed yearns of a desolate heart, trying to scratch that unscratchable rotting itch from within.

    Centuries of sorrow drenched in gloomy electronics that palpitate like human passions. A call for help.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    1. Sable
    2. Spit On Me
    3. Flay
    4. Benevolent Technologies
    5. O' Ornate Spade

    Side B:
    1. The Geometry Of Wounds
    2. Luxurious Bleedings
    3. Putrid Perfumes
    4. Desolate Discotheque
    5. Rip Doth Thy Scarlet Claws
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  • Lust For Youth 'Growing Seeds' - Cargo Records UK

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    Lust For Youth 'Growing Seeds'

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    You might know Sweden’s electronic act Lust For Youth thanks to their Solar Flare debut album we released just one year ago.

    Today, after the defection of the early female member Amanda, Hannes Norrvide is back solo and born again. To celebrate the new season, the filthy patina that used to cloak the band’s previous recordings has gone to leave room to clearer sounds which allow the different sides of the project to come to life.

    That’s how, on Growing Seeds, you’ll find synth-pop hymns (Behind Curtains) along with noisy industrial tracks (We Planted a Seed) and powerful EBM beats (Cover Their Faces).

    Ten songs to give new life to one of Europe’s most interesting synth/wave bands. Comes on 33rpm black vinyl with insert.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    1. Behind Curtains
    2. It's You
    3. We Planted A Seed
    4. Champagne
    5. La Rouge

    Side B:
    1. Cover Their Faces
    2. Always Changing
    3. Modern Life
    4. We Got Lust
    5. Neon Lights Appear
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  • KOBAN 'Abject Obsessions' - Cargo Records UK

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    KOBAN 'Abject Obsessions'

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    LP comes in printed innersleeve with lyrics. Elegant 4-side Digipak limited to 200.

    Koban is a young duo hailing from Vancouver, Canada. They had their first album out on Broadway To Boundary back in 2013 but it really was their 2014’s EP on Weyrd Son that got our attention.

    Now their second full-length is ready and with it Koban achieved to extend and improve the great results of their previous Vide EP.

    Cold yet catchy dark post-punk driven by caustic drum machines, featuring French-speaking female vocals and English-speaking male voice, powered by synths and guitars as sharp and dangerous as a rusty blade. 

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    1. This Pursuit
    2. Instinct of Ego
    3. Lesser
    4. Elias See’s
    5. Between the Differences

    Side B:
    1. Illusion
    2. Certain Tears
    3. Maladie
    4. Le Cauchemar
    5. We Run Red Lights
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  • Lost Tribe 'Solace' - Cargo Records UK

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    Lost Tribe 'Solace'

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    Limited edition of 300. 33rpm black 12" vinyl. Comes with insert sheet with lyrics. 

    Lost Tribe's Solace is an epic odyssey through the graveyard dimension of punk, drawing inspiration from early crust, 80s California deathrock, UK anarchopunk, and the more tribal side of postpunk bands like Killing Joke.

    Solace combines piercing bass lines with earthquake-like drumming, strong vocals, darkly atmospheric synths, and razor-like guitars to weave a spell of death, lamentation, destruction, and disease over the listener.

    Punk from the wrong side of midnight. 

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    1. Disease
    2. Rise or Fall
    3. Century
    4. Untitled

    Side B:
    1. Untitled
    2. Midnight Rain
    3. Conquer
    4. Dungeon of Stones
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  • Contrepoison 'I Keep On Searching' - Cargo Records UK

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    One-time pressing of 500 on 45rpm black vinyl 12". Comes with thick insert sheet with lyrics and credits.

    Long due vinyl press of Contrepoison second EP.

    We have been glad and proud to debut Pierre-Marc Tremblay's electronic solo project back in 2011 with his first ...Until Next Morning EP.

    Since then Contrepoison has shared an ace split with Vatican Shadow and put out a couple of tape releases on his own Sans Issue record label. Digitally released in 2012 by Hospital Productions and Heartworm Press.

    The closest comparison we could make is early Cold Cave again, but there's more here: something dead-eyed and drugged proper to this sound.

    Make sure to check the sludgy bass thrust and distant, dingy vox of I Keep On Searching and the bleak, tormented coldwave pop of Nectar Of Destiny.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    1. Every Dream I Have Is About You
    2. I Keep On Searching

    Side B:
    1. No Need To Dream
    2. Nectar Of Destiny
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  • CONTREPOISON 'Until Next Morning' - Cargo Records UK

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    CONTREPOISON 'Until Next Morning'

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    Deep, somber vocals filled with sorrow and anger cap it all. 45 rpm 12" vinyl + insert. A press of 500.

    Contrepoison is the brand new solo project by Pierre-Marc Tremblay, young Canadian musician who’s been also involved in other extreme bands in the last years.

    First step has been the self-released demo tape …Until Next Morning followed by the double-cassette compilation Around the Dragon's Broken Neck Hangs the Medal of St. Lazarus on Hospital Productions, both sold out damn soon.

    So now it is time for a proper vinyl release and here we go: the 45 rpm 12” press of …Until Next Morning.

    As you may already know Contrepoison is the French meaning of the word "antidote" and Contrepoison can be seen as an antidote for love.

    This 4-track EP shows the darkest and most anguished side of the human feeling, where drum machines sound like heartbeats and synthesizers are as liquid as tears.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    1. Until Next Morning
    2. The Snake has Bitten Its Tail

    Side B:
    1. Heartbeat
    2. To Never, Forever
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  • THE AGNES CIRCLE 'Some Vague Desire' - Cargo Records UK

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    LP comes in printed innersleeve with lyrics. Elegant 4-side Digipak limited to 200.

    The Agnes Circle are a London based post-punk duo that consist of bassist Rachael Redfern and songwriter Florian Voytek.

    LA native Florian arrived in London in 2015 via Brooklyn. He instantly met Rachael and the two immediately began writing and recording together in a make shift home studio in North London.

    Drawing on elements of English post-punk and French cold wave, their first full length album Some Vague Desire enhances the formula earlier displayed on the debut EP Modern Idea.

    Eight new songs that combine angular guitars with lush and driven bass lines the two envelope their sound together with hypnotic rhythms and melodic croons. 

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    1. White Gate
    2. Porcelain
    3. Monument
    4. Martial Love

    Side B:
    1. Underneath The Ivy
    2. Law of Angels
    3. The Crystal Flowers
    4. Under Reason
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  • PLEASURE SYMBOLS 'Pleasure Symbols' - Cargo Records UK

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    Pleasure Symbols from Brisbane, Australia is the post punk/synth duo project of Phoebe Paradise and Jasmine Dunn.

    Desolate but not devoid, Pleasure Symbols engulf honest pop music under a sea of slowed, cold synth and bass.

    Ritualistic vocals perpetually conveying a sense of desperation, but not without fortitude, the bands unembellished restraint continually on show.

    This self-titled 4-song debut 12" EP is out on Avant! Records in Europe and Death Valley in Australia.


    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    1 Underneath Your Skin
    2 Above All Else

    Side B:
    1 Ultra Violence
    2 Control
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  • PURE GROUND 'Giftgarten' - Cargo Records UK

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    Limited edition of 300 copies with thick jacket & printed inner sleeve.

    Pure Ground is a minimal industrial/wave duo formed in Los Angeles in the Spring of 2012.

    Making use of a great assortment of analog and digital hardware, Pure Ground creates hard electronics teaming with rhythmic white noise and unsettling melody as the backdrop over which the group explores lyrical themes of present-day dystopian realities, sleeplessness and the supernatural, and the eventual triumph of the natural world over a human civilization in rapid decline.

    Not limited to music composition, the band also makes forays into analog video work, much of which can be seen projected onto them during live performances and in album art.

    To date, Pure Ground has released two LPs, four cassettes, three vinyl singles and a 20 minute VHS. 

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    1. Before Us
    2. No Passage
    3. The Great Becoming
    4. The Silent Age
    5. No voice of angels

    Side B:
    1. Still
    2. Omission
    3. Meager Arms Of Sleep
    4. By The Grace Of God
    5. Flood

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  • YOU 'Bouquet' - Cargo Records UK

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    LP comes in printed innersleeve with lyrics Artwork by Brooklyn-based artist Eddie Martinez.

    Previously located in NYC, now Detroit-based post-punk outfit YOU. released their first two records on Cult of Youth's Sean Ragon's Blind Prophet Records.

    Their third LP Sunchaser was released on Dais in 2014. The label properly explains "YOU.’s music up to this point has always pitted its more reflective elements against the austerity of electronics, not so much as to create a warm sound as to invite the listener in as respite from the cold".

    Bouquet is their fourth album and features nine new songs. It is out on vinyl and digital. 

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    1. Taste Lies
    2. Bouquet
    3. Dont
    4. Graveyard Method Actor
    5. Hagion

    Side B:
    1. The Chase
    2. Lost Mines
    3. White Curtains
    4. Space Flower
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