Saturday, November 21, 2009

New Scientists - The Storm (1986) +

Great synthpop 12" out of Germany, featuring 2 tracks from the band's LP, as well as the track "Side By Side", which can only be found on this record.

+ The LP rip can be found kicking about, but with the file names & tags mixed up, so I uploaded an organized version here.

Track List:

A1 - What Will The Future Bring
A2 - Tell Me When Your Heart Beats
A3 - The Storm
A4 - Southafrica **
B1 - Shame On You **
B2 - Atomic War **
B3 - Why Don't You Stay
B4 - Watch Out
B5 - I Miss You

** really love these

+ The members have been involved in several other projects, including the band Cunning Toy in 1987. I have uploaded that record here. Uwe Kallenbach went on to join the group, Syntec. Rene Bachmann is a member of the band Oomph! and is now known as "Flux".

Track List:

A1 - The Storm
B1 - Side By Side
B2 - Watch Out


Friday, November 20, 2009

Aaah...! - Aaah...! (1982)

Nice minimal synth 7" out of the UK. The band's first of two 7" releases, this one's my favorite of the bunch, and neither are very easy to find. Both sides of this one are good. Enjoy!

Track List:

A - Slip Away
B - Duty Calls


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Wrinklemuzik - A Move To The Right (1981)

Ultra-rare minimal synth 7" out of the US, of which I know very little about. I believe it's the only release by the artist. This one really has the familiar sound of scarcity that we crave so much. The title track kicks things off nicely, with waves of trippy analog synthesizers and haunting vocal textures. What follows are two icey instrumentals, the first of which is more akin to track one, the last of which is quite strange and spacey... definitely worth checking out! Enjoy!

Track List:

A1 - A Move To The Right
A2 - Bangkok
B1 - Rein

Download (link removed)
Listen at Myspace
Purchase at Amazon (also available on iTunes)

Support this great artist and buy it!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Car Crash Set - Another Day (1986)

Here's the final 12" released by the very well-known and Car Crash Set, an amazing band that has had a few other tracks posted on various blogs, and released a great LP on Anna Logue records in 2008 (worth buying!). This record keeps in line with the rest of their releases, a collection of outstanding wave tracks that perfectly blend melodic synthesizer with cold guitar. Oh, did I mention it's produced by the legendary John Fryer? I'm fairly certain this hasn't been posted elsewhere, so enjoy this rare gem :-)

Track List:

A1 - Another Day (Extended Mix)
A2 - Talk To Me
B1 - The More You Win
B2 - East To West

Download -- had some issues with the tracks so I'm removing the link for now. Sorry all.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Calling Hearts - Return To Base (1981)

Outstanding minimal synth 7" from the UK. I don't know much about the bands discography, other than the fact that they have another 7" titled "Haunted House" (anyone have mp3s?), and the b-side of this 7" can be found on "East Of Croydon " compilation over at Mutant Sounds. Then there's a loose track I've been able to find called "Cosmology", but I cannot find any information about it. I hope someone out there knows something. It's an outstanding song, perhaps my favorite of theirs... Enjoy!

Track List:

A - Return To Base
B - In The Jungle


P.S. They have another 7" called "Haunted House" that I ripped here if anyone is curious, but I warn you -- it's pretty crap, nowhere near as good as the one above.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Black Letter Day - The Screaming (1987)

Great & rare synth wave 7" out of Sweden on Platina Records, the same label as my very first post here, as well as another 7" that I would really like to get the b-side track of... that being The Gift's "In A Far Away Kingdom". The track is called "Johnny", anyone out there have it? Anyway, both Black Letter Day tracks are quite good, really gloomy synth wave on the title track, and a nice upbeat synthpop track on the b-side. Enjoy!

Track List:

A - The Screaming
B - So Long


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Session - Unit The Forces (1986)

Absolutely brilliant and highly sought after synthpop 7" out of Sweden. The B-side "Enemy" is well-circulated from various comps, but the title track is quite elusive. Well, until now. It goes without saying that if you're hoping to buy this one (if it ever surfaces), it isn't going to come cheap. Hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

Track List:

A - Unit The Forces
B - Enemy


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Ashley Morance - Over The Wall (1982)

Rather unknown US synth wave 7". Fairly certain this is the only release/work by this artist other than playing keys for an obscure punk band called Mourning Noise in 1983, and some other, more recent work under the name "Mike Morance". Not much info beyond that, both tracks are pretty good here. Enjoy!

Track List:

A - Over The Wall
B - I'll Stay Here


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Íncubus - A White Lady (1985)

Super obscure minimal synth / coldwave 7" from Southern France. Dark melodic tunes with heavy synth and bass lines. Private pressing with cover art created by the band's guitarist, Guy Audouard. Enjoy!

Track List:

A - A White Lady
B - Tonight