Monday, 29 September 2008

XMF - Live @ Trolleybus, Marseille 1998

Live set from the French duo(featuring a young Michel Amato AKA The Hacker). Mainly featuring slight variations on their self-released EPs, as well as their infamous track onEpiteth 7, and I'm assuming a couple of never released tracks.

Despite the relative fame to come for The Hacker, and the fact the aesthetic and attitude inherent in their work helped pave the way for the plasticised 'industrial' Dutch gabber of the past 5 years or so, XMF(Like so many Epiteth artists-with the exception of Micropoint) tend not to get the recognition they deserve. The bulk of their productions manage to be both slick and abrasive, a balance which in modern hardcore has been long lost due to a combination of music software, and lazy producers with a fascistic loyalty to that godawful Psychik Genocide kickdrum. Or more accurately, a fascistic loyalty to being really shit. Anyway enjoy the set.

PS - This was 'sourced' elsewhere, it's not an official release and i've no idea who ripped it.


Saturday, 27 September 2008

Further Individual Control - Essential Concepts (Acid Assault 06)

Another Lasse Steen alias from way back before he took the aforemtnioned "hard uplifting trance" route, on Nukleuz Records. This record is on more of a tense, psychedelic(and dare I say, trance-like) acid note, more typical of Steen than the previous post. Cheers to Helicopterface again for supplying the rip.

A1 - Little Old Lady Who (7:53)
A2 - First Essential Break (1:17)
A3 - Possession Mode (6:50)
B1 - Deo-compressed (5:01)
B2 - Second Essential Break (1:10)
B3 - Thin Wallz (7:23)


Sunday, 21 September 2008

Senical - Hazard Units Part 1 (Six Sixty Six 008)

5 Tracker on Drop Bass Network's noisier sublabel by Lasse Steen, formerly a prolific acid and hardcore producer, currently a guy making 'uplifting hard trance' on Nukleuz.

He's making 'uplifting hard trance'. On Nukleuz Records, no less.

(It needed saying twice.)

Senical is his screeching, broken rhythmed and slightly less acidic alias, and Hazard Units is perhaps Senical at its most brutal.

Even more unbelievable is that he released another Senical record just two years ago. Although that seems to have been a record slated for release since the late 90s, so it's safe to say that he'll be sticking rigidly to his 'uplifting hard trance' material from now on.

On Nukleuz Records.

That's Lasse Steen, 'uplifting hard trance' guru, on Nukleuz Records. Download and enjoy.

A1 - Nutz R Uz (4:51)
A2 - Binh (4:30)
B1 - Piratos (3:21)
B2 - Suffer (4:28)
B3 - Fall Out (4:29)


Download and prepare to be uplifted. Hard.

Various - Untitled (Sans Pitie 001)

4 Tracks featuring TR(Sarin Assault), Klaus Kombat, Son of Samael and Angel Flo on the rather expensive Sans Pitie label. Pretty notable for the huge difference in sound quality between tracks, ranging from very shrill on side A, to muddy and about 12dB quieter on B2(Sounds like it was cut from an 8khz .wav or something too). That track aside though, it's pretty enjoyable and relentless stuff.

A1 - TR & Klaus Kombat - Garde A Vue (6:10)
A2 - TR & Klaus Kombat - Massacre A La Famicom (6:31)
B1 - Son of Samael & Angel Flo - Total Carnage of Love (4:51)
B2 - Son of Samael - Blackout (5:54 minus a bit for the lockgroove)



Friday, 19 September 2008

DJ Freak - Alien Raves, Drug Crazed Rioters And Man Eating Machines E.P. (PTH 010)

This is one of the few DJ Freak records which hasn't yet been remastered and re-released, and also one of only 3 Epiteth records that was never re-issued. It's hard to say if there was an actual problem with the vinyl, as the grooves look unusually shallow and was completely unplayable on my own turntables(It was good fortune that I even decided to try it on a newer deck today and it seemed to play fine), or some other reason. The A-side is Freak on decent form with his trademark abrasive and excessively overdriven racket, while the flip side is one of his trademark anomalies, one filtering loop following a very difficult to gauge rhythm, ending in a lock(hence the fade-out).

A1 - Metropolis (4:31)
A2 - Test Plate (4:34)
B - Acid Head (5:28 minus a bit for the lockgroove)


Download Clips

PS, what's these 6 new Freak tests on Discogs? Anyone?

EDIT: Clips of this have been uploaded instead.

Gwakaï - Asociologik (Gwakaï 03)

Gwakaï consists of Pti Kaï of(now of Lenklume) and Gwash(of LeXpekor). This EP is somewhere between old Fist of Fury and No Name, utilizing unconventional kick drums and off-kilter rhythms. The tracks seem to have as much in common with early Cabs, Throbbing Gristle and the like, as anything else. The track names here could be some sort of dig at Epileptik Records, perhaps some personal issue, or something to do with their TV appearance where they allegedly took credit for creating the French hardcore scene. But that's just me speculating, it could very well mean nothing.

A1 - Industrialiptik (5:31)
A2 - Tarahumara (4:27)
B1 - Minimaliptik (Remix) (5:10)
B2 - Animaliptik (5:51)



Thursday, 18 September 2008

Eschaton and Amputate downloads

At the request of the distributor of these records, the mp3s have been re-uploaded as partial clips. Any future posts about UM-distributed records will also not be the complete tracks.

If anyone else has an issue with their records being downloadable here, get in touch and the links will be adjusted or removed as requested.

Also, it has been said that most or all of the tracks on these labels involved Hammer Damage, but that turned out to be untrue.

M.N.O & Radium - Untitled (S.O.D.O.M 004)

For those who aren't familiar with Slaves of Devil Our Master, it was a label run by Armaguet Nad in the mid 90s(a new EP by Nad & A.I.D.S. was released last year as well). All records are limited to 250 copies, with the exception of 10a, which was essentially a 'Best Of'. This is the going rate for this particular record, which is by no means the most expensive of the series(£250-300 for 002 and 005 is not unheard of).

The tracks are by a then on-form Radium, and MNO aka Naoto Suzuki. Both sides are pretty idiosyncratic for the time(See also Radium's 97/98 solo and Micropoint records and Suzuki's Drill A Hole Piledriver), with the exception of If You Eat My Damn, essentially a grindcore(my grasp on metal sub-sub genres is a bit slack, but you'll probably know what I mean) track.

A1 M.N.O - Silent Maternity (3:49)
A2 M.N.O - If You Eat My Damn (4:32)
B1 Radium - Narcotic Nightmare (6:00)
B2 Radium - Octopus Attack (4:56)


Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Psimurgh - International Konection (Mental Action Direct 05)

As far as I can tell, this is the only none-dancefloor-friendly-hardcore release to come from Mental Action Direct. Psimurgh I'm guessing might be from California because of the 5lowershop connection, he's also played keyboards on a Nommo Ogo album. Bearing all this in mind, it's a very strange record in a pretty unusual context. The tracks are divided thus: two drum & bass, one breakcore and one pretty nice 300bpm hardcore, none of which seem to fit with the label at all.

Apologies for the crackling and noise here. It's been pretty well looked after over the years and has only had two(non-ketamine taking and non-free party attending)owners, but at points it still sounds worse than my first issue copy of Hunky Dory by David Bowie, which is at least 30 years older.

A1 - Ni Valle
A2 - Farihfelt
B1 - For Nantes Freetek Spektator's
B2 - Roptekwern's Shikro



The Deal, IMAO & Arcane - Untitled (Labyrinth 003)

Strange record which is essentially Fist Of Fury & La Peste indulging in some considerably lighter music than was expected of them in 1998. La Peste contributes a variation of Jubilation des Rustiques, Fist Of Fury provides some sort of precursor to his later Phantasm EP, There's an ambient track in there too, as well as a completely unjustifiable and inexplicable techno track, which personally I'm not too fond of.

Anyway thanks a lot to Helicopterface for providing the rip, there's a few more contributions fron other folk queued up, so they'll be fired up over the course of the week.

A1 Deal, The (2) - Raï-Tech (6:26)
A2 Deal, The (2) - Module Output Zero (2:11)
B1 IMAO - Paradoxical Jubilation (4:49)
B2 Arcane (2)- New Taste (3:57)



N.K.J.E - Untitled (Sans Pitie 002)

This is a five-tracker on Armaguet Nad and Klaus Combat's speedcore and noise label Sans Pitie. Given the other two N.K.J.E EPs were on HIV and Dead End, it could be a collaboration between Klaus, Nad and Sarin Assault, or any combination of the three. Massively overdriven stuff, which seems to have a weird effect on the stereo imaging when everything crunches together, especially on the first track.

This is a pretty highly lusted-after release, up there with S.O.D.O.M in terms of the huge prices paid for it(I was lucky enough to buy the first two Sans Pities for £2.50 each a few years ago!). Klaus Combat himself seems to be a bit of a mysterious figure, there is a live set of his doing the rounds which again has little information attached to it. So if anyone knows if he has a better-known pseudonym or knows what he's doing now, please let us know.

A1 - Near Krautzfeld-Jackob X-Periment
A2 - Abbatoir
B1 - Krautzfeld-Jakcob Is Dead(Typo from the actual record)
B2 - Vache Enragee
B3 - Transforme Toi



Monday, 15 September 2008

Perplex Barquettes - Snack Today (Bad Ming Tunes 0072)

3 tracks somewhere between speedcore and musique concrète from the aforementioned Michel Comte. If I read correctly, this release is made up entirely of recordings from a slaughterhouse, or something to that effect. Bad Ming Tunes is part of whatever it is that Gigabrother is supposed to be.

A - Holocaustic Vicious (4:24)
B1 - Raw Mars Wars (3:14)
B2 - Too Late (2:35)


Äz - In Search Of Riff & Raff (ACME 02)

Äz is short for Al Zheimer, one time La Peste collaborator, seems to be the guy behind Imachination Recordings, has produced work on Michel Comte's TNT Cosmos, and is therefore involved with the ludicrously mysterious and overly complicated Gigabrother "network", which also involves Taciturne. If anyone reading this can attempt to explain to me what the hell Gigabrother actually is or who's actually involved then I'd be pretty keen to hear it.

Anyway there's 4 tracks here with some weird HL21-esque organs all over it, and a cheeky Twilight Zone sample thrown in for (not necessarily) good measure.

A1 - 4 Dimensions
A2 - Opus Lakrimosa
B1 - Rave Du Cuivre
B2 - 4 Foots Underground



Sunday, 14 September 2008

Le Talium - "La Naissance du Talium" (MAST LTD 06)

Another debut from a French artist(and another white record with no info). A pretty bold debut at that, comprising of two shorter and pretty abstract pieces, one intense number in the vein of old DJ Freak/Noizecreator, and an entire side which is pretty slow and brooding, and built around a Pandit Pran Nath-esque drone. Le Talium is still active, most recently on No-Tek's Torsion Féconde compilation. Mars Assault seems to be defunct now, although they did manage to squeeze out over 20 records in the space of a few years, most famous of which were probably by John Dark and future Deathchanters Sammy & Bryan Fury.

Pretty fine old record all in all, interesting to see the focus and sense of direction present even in his early work.

As there's none on the record, the tracklisting is stolen from Discogs. I assume someone there knows what they're talking about.
A1 Break (1:51)
A2 Efficace Trash (6:27)
A3 Break Doll (1:02)
B1 Fragle Laugh (9:12)


Get it here

Motherlode - Motherlode (ESCHATON 001)

Apart from being released in 1997 and being a white 7" with almost no info on it, there's hardly anything on this artist or label online that I can find. Nonetheless it's good stuff. A side(untitled) is a pretty sparse and massively distorted offbeat number using an 808 and not much else. The B side(also untitled, no doubt causing huge confusion and riots at dinner parties) has a bit more of a bounce on it, both the kickdrum and squealing filtered white noise are reminiscent of Amputate Records, which I'm reliably informed Eschaton is somehow related to.

To clarify and stop all the arguing, the tracklist is:
A Untitled
B Untitled

Discogs info here

And telechargable clips here

EPC - Don't Want To Lose E.P (Fischkopf 024)

The first vinyl release from Brittany's Ronan Le Roux in 1997, and one of the last releases from Hamburg's Fischkopf. And possibly the most bizarre. A brutally lo-fi recording, laden with squealing and crunching percussion and a smattering of various computer files played as .wavs. Infectious Properties on the B-side is perhaps the only remotely DJ-friendly piece, but that aside it makes for interesting listening. This record stands as the first release from the Brittany producers, all of whom went on to produce several 12"s for Hangars Liquides.

Incidentally, judging by Discogs there seems to be a whole load of EPC CDrs and tapes coming to light. If anyone knows where to get a hold of these, please get in touch.

A1 R-624-2
A2 Where Do You Go?
B1 Infectious Properties
B2 Autoplasie

Info and photos here(To be honest I don't have a camera to take photos myself and I'm far too lazy to steal them)

And the release is here.


This page has been set up as an archive of rare, out of print and largely unheard hardcore techno vinyl and tapes of an experimental and/or industrial nature.

Anyone who wishes to contribute appropriate material, or can help provide information on any releases, labels or artists here, is more than welcome to do so. Enjoy!