Leroy Se Meurt - Voué à rouiller

After two remarkable EPs on the Dutch label Enfant Terrible (2019 and 2020), one on Switzerland’s Lux Rec (2020), several tracks on various compilations and around sixty concerts all over Europe, the Parisian duo Leroy Se Meurt now offers an updated version of his electronic punk, for the first time in long format, on the Berlin label Mannequin Records.

This first album, named Voué à Rouiller, sees the band improve its existing formula, while exploding its own shackles.

Their EBM, post-punk, electro remains, but the tone hardens severely. Abrasive rock pieces are now added to the mix, where electric sounds rumble and seek their place in the middle of this electronic discharge where synths, samplers and other drum machines reign. The minimalist, straight-cut compositions systematically hit the mark. The texts, in French or Turkish, still evoke the mysticism or the darkness that characterized them until now, but today we feel a new force, like a revolt that is emerging.

LP / Digital Album

Posted on December 2nd, 2023 under Releases, ,

L.F.T. - Hollow Head

After his sold out LP “Salz” and an extensive tour in Europe, L.F.T. aka Johannes Haas is back on Mannequin Records with a brand new 6-tracks EP “Hollow Head”.

Blessed by the vocal features of Rosaceae ( the bloodthirsty breaktbeat ‘I Want To Be A Witch’), Nils Fock (the banging wave ‘Hörst Du Das’) and Petra Flurr (EBM anthem ‘Panzer Tanz’), L.F.T. music evokes a urge of dancing while simultaneously embracing a DIY aesthetic, creating a sonic universe where past, present, and future converge.

The Hacker aka Michel Amato, a long time collaborator of Mannequin Records, is joining the pack with his interpretation of ‘Panzer Tanz’, turning the track into a straight techno banger.

L.F.T. is a visionary artist who takes listeners on a mesmerizing journey through a sonic landscape that fuses elements of electro and new wave aesthetics.

12″ EP / Digital Album

Posted on October 19th, 2023 under Releases, ,

Desolation Colony

Desolation Colony materialized in the summer of 2019 in the brutal New Orleans heat.

While on tour in Europe with Azar Swan, Joshua Strachan became equally inspired by the writing of Jeff VanderMeer and the spaces and sound systems of the venues Azar Swan was playing.

After sketching several pieces of music, he invited fellow Wierd Records alum Justin Vial (Kindest Lines) to contribute additional elements, and enlisted longtime collaborator Kris Lapke (Alberich, Prurient) to mix.

The project name is taken from one of the most well-known passages in the novel “Annihilation,” a work which Strachan describes as “deeply impactful in terms of how it casts certain kinds of ecological philosophy in poetic terms.”

Glad to cite the apocalyptic environmental death disco of early Skinny Puppy as an influence, Strachan also points to various power electronics and black metal artists as inspirations.

“There’s this thread in ‘Annihilation’ about sort of letting go of the human as the human has been conceived thus far, and black metal is really the music that I think has most dwelled on that idea, so it seemed an appropriate ingredient to include. But it’s also supposed to sound massive in clubs.”

Digital Album

Posted on September 28th, 2023 under Releases, ,

Andi + Machino - Parafernales

The collaborative bi-coastal project between Andi (NYC) and Machino (LA) is dark, spiraling music that conflates the tension of running EBM basslines with the monstrosity of electro-saturated, industrialized beats. In 2021, Andi and Machino began sending music back and forth to each other virtually—thousands of miles apart—as they built upon their passion for creating off-the-cuff, dangerously degenerate dance tracks.

Parafernales, their first release out this summer on Mannequin, is a conceptual EP that deals with power struggles: love and lust, strength and destruction, dominating and domination. Andi’s vocals are spoken, whispered, and yelled simultaneously, as if to mirror the mania of having control and losing it at the same time. The EP title, Parafernales, is a nod to Machino’s first language of Spanish and stems from the idea of miscellany: it is parafernalia for drugs, or, simply, accessories for unsavory activities. With inspirations from turn-of-the-90s erotic thrillers to the Chilean post-punk band, Los Prisioneros, the duo collide in a manner that is unadulterated and, at times, completely unhinged.

Machino is an electronic performer and music producer from Mexico based in Los Angeles who started out making moody ambient, techno and has now pivoted towards industrial music. He has released several EPs on different labels such as Tresor and X-IMG. Andi is a DJ, producer and music journalist based in NYC. She runs the nine year strong label/party SYNTHICIDE.

12″ EP / Digital Album

Posted on August 25th, 2023 under Releases, , ,

Arnaud Rebotini - I Drive East

After his sold out EP “Shiny Black Leather” and a dream collaboration with Dario Argento for the soundtrack of his new film “Occhiali Neri”, Maestro Arnaud Rebotini is back on Mannequin Records with a brand new 4-tracks ep “I Drive East”.

For this new ep, Arnaud started working more on a song form, deeply inspired by his rock’n'roll roots. Having heroes like Suicide or Alien Sex Fiend in mind, he was able to create the perfect link between EBM and Industrial Rock. The final production was orchestrated diving deep into percussive drums and digital synthesizers, a mega hybrid of analog and digital, recalling back our favourite mid-80′s productions.

12″ EP / Digital Album

Posted on December 25th, 2022 under Releases, ,