MASTER/SLAVE RELATIONSHIP - Get Carried Away [Staalplaat, 1992]
I felt like starting the list with one of my favorite female artists, Deborah Jaffe, whom I see as this unafraid yet emotional industrial queen that immediately straps you into a seductive submission. This track, along with its name, exudes a recognizable sexual tension that invites you to join her in what appears to be a forbidden territory.
O Yuki Conjugate - Ba-makala [Final Image, 1987]
What I love most about O Yuki Conjugate is their choice of instruments and their organic sounds. Their music is basically electronic (synthesizers and rhythm boxes) but also includes traditional percussive instruments from different parts of the world, samples and vocals. This track is enthrallingly beautiful.
FFWD▸▸ - Collossus [Inter-Mondo, 1994]
A weird and hypnotic track that I personally find thoughtfully executed musically. Having experiencing DMT some years ago, and now listening to this, it definitely feels like it accurately depicts some psychedelic paths and soundscapes from the hidden parts of my brain.
Biosphere - Ballerina [Touch, 2001]
I discovered this track when I was doing a cinematography course, as it was part of the soundtrack for Dziga Vertov's 1929 film ‘Man with a Movie Camera’ which was commissioned in 1996 but released later in 2001 as part of Substrata². The whole album is deeply cinematic, a spectacular piece of ambient work.
LES VAMPYRETTES - Menetekel [Not On Label, 1981]
I randomly came across Les Vampyrettes last year through a review on Decoder Magazine. That being said I’ll grant myself the permission to quote the author as he perfectly describes both tracks that are to be found on this amazing release. “The two tracks are an undeniably weird and engrossing pair of tracks, shot through with spoken word and drenched in a grey, monochromatic fog. Depending on how you’re listening, 'Biomutanten' may seem the more evocative of the two. With its demonic German narration and dread, slow movement, it makes any notion of “comfort” seem a good deal less tenable. Though its B-Side has circulated less, depending more on subtle acoustics and production, the low-end on “Menetekel” is slippery, with a radically changeable aspect, though my sense is you’d get equally colorful results from a fairly good or a fairly bad audio setup. All in all it’s more than a little disappointing the two didn’t produce even just a bit more together.”
MUZIEKKAMMER - Last Letter From Scott [Trumpett,1982]
Everything I know about Muziekkamer is from what’s written on their Discogs page; or more exactly that Muziekkamer was an experimental ambient duo from Leiden, The Netherlands. Unfortuanatelly there isn’t much information out there about them and their music is quite difficult to find, except for some uploads on youtube. The track I chose is from Colonial Vipers comp., released on one of my favorite cassette labels, Trumpett (The Netherlands), in ’82. This particular track gives me the feeling that I’m being watched or followed, it diffuses anxiety and distress. It makes me feel uncomfortable but, in a strange way, I have come to I like it.
JUAN CREK & PEP FIGUERAS - Koma Koma [G3G Records, 1995]
Koma Koma starts as a simple song, few but playful instruments that together sound like some children are playing with random objects in the garage. Slowly, it develops into a mellow collage of sounds, still incoherent, yet enjoyable. Its purpose is to release the tensions that the other tracks from this mix have formed inside your ears.
Paul K. - Scottish (extract) [Insane Music, 1985]
Alongside IREE Tapes, Insane Music (Belgium) is one of the most important and abundant tape labels from Europe. Insane Music released different volumes of ‘Home-Made Music For Home-Made People’, and the track I chose is from Vol. 3 ‘Loopy But Chic (soft blend)’ that features 2 minute tracks of inventive, strange, repetitive and melodic music/sound-loops. ‘Scottish’ definitely fits the description.
n - Historias Para Largos Recorridos [Klamm Records, 1984]
I have to admit I know close to nothing about New Buildings. Nonetheless Spanish underground music from the 80’s holds a very special place in my heart thanks to its unique DIY sound, fluid vocals and its different forms of cultural expression from the rest of Europe and the United States. There’s another explosion of creativity - prolific, experimental and, consequently, more obscure and marginal. This cheeky new-wave tune is both strange and seductive, it’s about a paranoid girl who strolls through the city at noon and thinks she’s being followed. Totally relatable.
MACROMASSA - Renuncia [Discos Esplendor Geometrico, 1989]
Originally founded by Juan Crek and Victor Nubla, the only two members who have been throughout the group's existence, Macromassa had 143 collaborators and produced its first album in 1976. Their music consists in arrangements of spluttery drum machines and dislocated dialogues between sax and synth gurgles, and sometimes rough vocals. Simply put ‘Renuncia’ is my favorite.