Kittin - Cosmos

Reclaiming her original moniker of Kittin, electroclash pioneer – formerly known as Miss Kittin – presents Cosmos, a continuous twelve-track LP of organic, leftfield electronica. Throughout her illustrious career, Kittin has carved a considerable niche for herself, assimilating references from New Wave and 90s techno to form an inimitable sound that resonates with electronic music fans the world over. Despite being most recognizable with ‘Miss’ before it, Kittin was in fact her original artist name – the prefix often added without her consent at promoter’s will and eventually becoming the norm.

Cosmos is her most spiritual release yet, influenced by her time in the French countryside after a bout of touring exhaustion. She gives up any formulas from her past; verses/chorus, pop or club beats, to come to the essence of chords and textures, peeling away the non-essential to find joy in music yet again. In retrieving her chosen name from more than 20 years ago, Kittin also returns to the essence of her musical journey. By liberating herself from the constraints of formal structure she opens the door to a new set of aesthetics, exploring her influences without restraint. Sonically, the voice acts a central instrument, whilst the album drives continuously forward with no breaks, paying homage to her love for ambient and electronica whilst wandering calmly into the unknown. “With Cosmos everything is energy. We go back to the core with curiosity and freedom.” – Kittin

LP

Posted on February 2nd, 2019 under Releases, ,

Lower Synth Department - Deep Within The Frame

Long awaited new album by German post-minimal-electronic duo Lower Synth Department!

LP / Digital Album

Posted on January 31st, 2019 under Releases, ,

Totengeläut - Aleppo

Putting into music what cannot be put into words about the Syrian civil war: This is what the Freiburg-based singer Nogood Luna and producer Björn Peng do. The two found together for their own band project after the successful collaboration on the Track „At Night“ on Björn Peng‘s 2014 album, Dark Rave (Anette Records): Totengeläut is a summary of what Nogood Luna experienced while working with Syrian refugees in the Turkish border region and other places: sorrow and despair – This is what the album title, „Aleppo“, stands for.

LP / Cassette / CD / Digital Album

Posted on January 29th, 2019 under Releases, ,

Mängelexemplar - Auf Und Davon

The Synth Wave Duo MangelExemplar ‘from Düsseldorf was founded in 2011. The music is influenced by the New Wave of the early 80s: analogue and melodious synth sounds paired with an authentic vocals typical of this genre.

LP

Posted on January 27th, 2019 under Releases, , ,

Cité Lumière - Le Songe De Kepler

“Le Songe De Kepler” from Paris-based duo Cité Lumière, initially released on cassette only via the fabulous French label “Err Rec”, in December 2017. With barely a second listen required, Polytechnic Youth picked up on it and are delighted to release it on wax for the first time; filled out and expanded slightly with remixed tunes and with fabulous new sleeve art to boot…

Eleven mighty pieces of minimal synth / electronique pop, which tip their cap to those trailblazing early synth pop releases via early Mute / Blackwing Studios, Some Bizarre, early Cherry Red and those great Celluloid label releases in France which paved their own minimal synth course from the late seventies.

As the band themselves say: “At first, you must know one thing; originally as rockabillies / surf / punk rockers, we would never imagine one day releasing fully electronic music as you are listening to here! For us, this release is the result of a long path, and is by far the most accomplished thing musically, we have done so far. You will find every influence we could ingest from childhood to the present: film soundtracks, video-game music, 50′s /60′s rock’n'roll, surf music, not to mention our dedicated love to Joe Meek’s work and much more…

In our minds, as 20th century kids, “Le Songe De Kepler” is definitely an ode to that period of technologic dreams (“L’envol du Tupolev”) and tragedies (“Terminus pour l’ Aerotrain”). So please take a seat and enter our world, taking in the sounds of this second version of Kepler’s dream, on vinyl for the first time with brand new artwork and crazy reworkings from talented friends with their own visions and interpretations of our music.

We hope you’ll enjoy this electronic -and fully analogue- trip we made with our hearts, and, of course, with our lovely vintage synthesizers”.

LP / Digital Album

Posted on January 25th, 2019 under Releases, ,