Màquina Total - Estàtua

For some time now, I have been praising a series of both individuals and labels devoted to rescuing hidden gems from the past. The merit of this archaeological task is twofold: discovering music treasures unfairly ignored so far and take them back to the future in magnificent formats for everyone and their mother to enjoy. It’s almost social work. Often, these labels will take a risk and lauch present-day acts without betraying their back catalogue. This is the case, among others, with Domestica and, especially, with its latest release Màquina Total. The first time I listened to them they blew my mind up. I’ve been collecting obscure records for some years: records that travel along grooves full of synths — synthwave, coldwave, darkwave… I am on a terminal loop where synthesizers — dark ones if possible — have kicked guitars out of my personal podium. This must be the reason why I had an actual orgasm when I first listened to Màquina Total. The orgy of synthesizers and vocal melodies to be found there spoke of a promising future. I thought: “These guys should get a record released by Domestica”. My fleeting thought materialized in a limited edition silver foil wrapped cassette released in 2015. The undisputed hits on the Bandcamp demos — like Palmeres and Megatron — had multiplied in this new effort. That mysterious finding had at last an identity: body, soul and even photographs. The mastermind behind Màquina Total was Virgili Jubero, a guy with a special sensibility for melodies and refined embellishments. Urbanització Esmeralda or Sol a Cancún were enough to pronounce Màquina Total a HIT, in uppercase.

A meteoric rise and a cycle that reach today a new level with the release of this first album — a splendid collection of both anthology hits and new achievements. It is enough to listen to a couple hits to understand two things: they are a hidden treasure and they will soon stop being so. Fortunately, this technified and globally connected world of ours will place Màquina Total where they belong: in the top league of synth bands able to make hits which transcend their own scene. A record and a band apt to stand on equal terms with international milestones, a pleasure for unadulterated pop lovers, a collection of hits to be equally enjoyed by fans of The Human League, John Carpenter, Spandau Ballet, Sebastian Tellier, Martin Dupont and Chris Isaak. A record which is already a serious contender for the Record of the Year tag.

You are all welcome to the unique and inimitable synthesized universe of Màquina Total, a place you won’t be able to leave anymore.

LP / Digital Album

Posted on April 6th, 2017 under Releases, ,

Cult Club - Play With Lies

Cult Club is a Berlin-based electro pop duo. Sally Jørgensen is from Canada and László Antal is from Serbia. Their similar diverse backgrounds in the creative arts and their love for analogue imagery and pop melodies inspired them to collaborate together.

Together their songs range from a dreamy, soft sound to harder driving pop songs. Sally’s vocals are layered in a harmony of different sounds and melodies over László’s fretless, bass driven music.

Their debut EP “Never Enough” was released on December 14th, 2015, on Domestica Records. It featured an extended version of their most popular dream-pop song “All the People” to contrast the more chilling cold song versions of “Never Enough”.

Their full-length album “Play With Lies” will be out on June 14th, 2016, on Domestica Records. The album continues to feature sad, dream-pop songs such as “Call My Name” while also containing some straight up pop tracks such as “Play With Lies” and “Talk to Me”.

12″ Vinyl LP / Free Digital Album

Posted on August 9th, 2016 under Releases, ,

Màquina Total

We are incredibly excited to present the second EP of Màquina Total and its debut in physical format: Màquina Total is the musical project by Virgili Jubero, from Barcelona, who has been working under such a pseudonym actively since 2011. This album includes five songs (Son, Urbanització Esmeralda, Sol a Cancun, ¿Què és l’amor? and Estàtua), which range from the luminous Dream Pop, sometimes romantic, others nostalgic… to love, science and forgetfulness. Hypnotic, absorbent melodies and an intimate lyric full of sensitivity converge in this more than interesting project.

Promotional edition of 50 numbered copies.

Posted on June 10th, 2016 under Releases, ,

Pola Tog - Rayogrammes

We’re so excited to finally present you the debut album of Pola Tog, the musical moniker of Joaquín Urbina a Venezuelan audiovisual artist based in Barcelona.

Joaquín starts making electronic music in 1999. Influenced by the EBM, techno and electro-punk scene from the late 90′s he uses the newly bought MPC sampler to make his first tracks.

Around 2002 he begins producing cuts, remixing and playing live gigs under the name TBN202, in 2004 edits his first Ep vinyl “Fingernails” under his own label No-Domain Recordings.

After some years away from the machines and focusing on his professional graphic-videomaking work, Joaquín retakes music production in 2012 giving shape to his new project Pola Tog, an electronic new wave sound based fully on hardware synthesizers and drum machines flavored with electro-EBM-synth-pop-post-punk and automatic dada lyrics.

Joaquin collaborates with Slovenian visual artist Ana Gale, who translates Pola Tog’s post-digital miscommunication tunes into a glitchy poetic visual language turning live shows into a crispy, cinematic and dark AV performance.

Edition of 100 cassettes presented in hand-stamped box.

Posted on June 8th, 2016 under Releases, ,

Cult Club - Never Enough

Cult Club is the musical project of Berlin artists Sally Jørgensen and László Antal. It was formed shortly after Sally and László realized that they could no longer spend their days draped over the couch drinking Pálinka and listening to “Axel F” on repeat. They then decided to put to use their god’s gift of talent they so uniquely acquired, and formed Cult Club.

Their interest in melodic oldies songs and electro pop singles became the driving influence for their musical collaboration. They wanted to create a sound that made the people as mad and wild on the dance floor just as it did for the neighbours who couldn’t stand listening to Sally and László s music blaring in the apartment complex.

Having a mirrored background in the arts, design, film and performance world, Sally and László decided to create a collaborative project that combined their musical and artistic backgrounds into one. DIY art films and electro pop is the by-product.

Edition of 350 units

Posted on February 13th, 2016 under Releases, ,