Saralunden - Suggestive Boy

Among many other things Saralunden proves to be a dismal disco star… on this EP she sounds like a stripped down and darker counterpart of Sally Shapiro…

Presenting moody and sexy music which is in some ways similar to the italo influenced stuff Chromatics is doing… and with the same twisted erotic vibe of Pulp…

This is dirty disco and we like to dance to it… and make out on it…

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Posted on December 22nd, 2013 under Releases, ,

This is the sound of Belgian 80′s nightclubs re-energized for the current scene… from dancefloor to darkroom… it is all here…

Dark, dirty, raw and sweaty… for bodies to move on and minds to loose… in the strobelights… and beyond… no more words… just beats and…

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Posted on December 18th, 2013 under Releases, ,

Medical Records presents the release of its first contemporary artist with the Paris-based Illustration Sonore (I/S). The duo, consisting of Dasz (also in Dolina and Ame De Boue) and Christina (aka Froe Char), expertly craft dark and atmospheric songs laced with unbridled passion in the context of synth-laden melodies, dominant percussion and pensive vocals.

I/S started in 2010 and have played many concerts in Belgium, France, Germany, and Italy. I/S uses variations of electricity to control oscillators and frequency modulations. Best described as synth-gaze, dark-wave, or no-future pop, I/S recorded this full length LP in 2013. The opening track “Ulysses,” sets the mood with uncompromising intensity and passion with serious low frequency tones and catchy synth drenched hooks. The dreamy and brooding “Our Bodies” starts the B side and is a definite standout tracks. The wonderful and melancholy pop track “Flying Lights” is also included on the LP and was previously featured on the lovely compilation “Circuit D’Actes 3” on the French La Forme Lente imprint earlier this year. The relentlessly apocalyptic “Cannibals” is yet another magnificent track worth mentioning here.

For fans of EBM/synth-heavy industrial crossover, lovers of Cabaret Voltaire, Chris and Cosey, modern synth-wave and the like, these tracks will not disappoint. I/S has no fetishism for the old nor obsessions for the new, and they draw their inspiration in synth pop and surrealism.

Presented on high-quality 180gram ultra-clear heavyweight vinyl. Features bonus LP insert with lyrics. Front cover design by Temple Vengeance. Limited edition.

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Posted on December 14th, 2013 under Releases, ,

Odessa 7”, A Kind of Ghost LP, Elyzium for the Sleepless Souls LP and Congrès de Vienne/Saison Froide split 12”Back and happy to inform you about the availability of 4 new references, well-calibrated for the due pleasure of french cold-wave connoisseurs! Four phases towards the ice age:

Elyzium for the Sleepless Souls – Everything Fades LP
First ”foreign” release by a surprising early 90′s duo from Luxemburg, so close to french vibrations.

Congrès de Vienne/Saison Froide – ”Figé dans le marbre…” LP split
The so confidential but nonetheless mythic band finally on vinyl format, sharing the plate with Saison Froide, prolongating the myth.

A Kind of Ghost – Diseased LP
Throbbing, both rhythmic and dark, for all fans of sounds à la Lively Art, Mary Goes Round..

Odessa – s/t 7”
Two unreleased archives from 1983, dedicated to joyless disenchantment.

Each edition strictly limited to 300 copies.

More information / listening / ordering on our website.

Mannequin Records is proud to present a true pearl of the Italian Minimal Synth from the 80′s. Tommy De Chirico founded the post-punk band Politburo in Turin during 1981 togheter with Maurizio Rubinetti (Sick Rose) and Massimo Aluffi (Ivan Siberia). On his own, he released the 7″ “Close Your Eyes / Flower Into The Factory”, produced and recorded at TKS Studio by the Monuments’ Mauro Tavella between 1982 and 1983 and subsequently released by Turin’s Shirak Records in 1984.

When Politburo split in 1986, Tommy continued to experiment with various projects and sounds, including Thugs, Quiet (with members of Monuments and Deafear), Noxeda and Lacrimal, with whom he still plays today.

Presented here are also 3 bonus demo tracks: a rare version of “Close Your Eyes”, and 2 out-takes from 1983, “Vuh-Ya” and “Tuxedo Dance”.

The original graphic cover was realized by Bruno Zanichelli aka Pennarex, an underground artist from Turin, who died prematurely some years after.

Strongly recommended to fans of Martin Dupont, Oppenheimer Analysis, Das Kabinette, Victrola, Neon.

Listen and order on Mannequin Records‘s bandcamp.

Posted on November 23rd, 2013 under Releases, ,