Aug 122019
BLOOD RHYTHMS is an ongoing and constantly
morphing collective spearheaded by veteran experimental artist and
Chicago native Arvo Zylo. The unit's new LP, CIVIL WAR began its
conceptual impetus before its vinyl debut, 2014's ASSEMBLY, which was
a layered whale song / locomotive stomp of brass & wind
instruments recorded in a meat locker, released in collaboration with
RRRECORDS. In 2010, after a few years of makeshift group performances
delivering noisy, loop-based industrial drones as a brass ensemble,
and inevitably growing to incorporate a series of damaged synth/junk
metal outings, the group's official debut was met with live
accompaniment from legendary Chicago avant/industrial/gospel giants
ONO. With that, the very beginnings of BLOOD RHYTHMS' new LP, CIVIL
WAR, were set into motion.
From 2010 to 2016, Zylo exhibited
either with BLOOD RHYTHMS or solo, at noise fests, radio stations, or
various venues around the country, themes which evolved exponentially.
Some of these pieces have been performed live close to fifty times,
occasionally with as many as four drummers and a five piece brass
section. Words like “cathartic” and “intense” were regularly
used to describe the often blisteringly loud affairs– with contact
mic'ed heartbeats, aluminum mic'ed masks, sheet metal, belt sanders,
amplified packing tape, and visceral, feedback-laden howls. CIVIL WAR
is a studio culmination of nearly ten years of ongoing work; A
synthesis of Zylo's main focus, and what has come to be referred to by
some as outsider power electronics. The result is something that
retains the meticulousness, nuance, and visionary drive of a reclusive
studio rat, but without relinquishing the rawness and fortitude of a
full group sonic assault.

CIVIL WAR features contributions
from Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Bloodiest, Corrections House), Mike Weis
(Zelienople, Kwaidan), Wyatt Howland (Skin Graft, Blackfire, Nevari
Butchers), B. Zimimay (T.O.M.B., Dreadlords), Dave Phillips
(Schimpfluch Gruppe, Fear of God), Michael Krause (Death Factory),
Daniel Burke (Illusion of Safety), and Richard Syska (Secret Means of
Escape, Dummy Antenna). It comes on 180 gram vinyl, and there are
standard editions in black, or special editions both with opaque red
vinyl or metallic silver ripple vinyl. It is housed in a thick
gatefold jacket with a full varnish finish, and special editions come
with a 44 page art booklet which includes collaborative contributions
from collage artist Bradley Kokay, and rogue taxidermist Sarina
Brewer. Recorded mainly (initially) at Minbal, Chicago by Brian
Sulpizio (Health & Beauty), and mastered by James Plotkin
(Khanate, Khlyst, NAMANAX). Seven tracks, 38 minutes. Track A3 not for
airplay. Edition of 500 copies: 350 black vinyl (180g), 100 opaque red
vinyl (180g), 50 silver ripple vinyl (140g). Silver copies come with a
unique piece of art.
No download code. No digital.

Marc Urselli
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Aug 122019
Dais Records is proud to release the first ever official reissues from legendary German darkwave outfit Pink Turns Blue, both If Two Worlds Kiss and Meta are out today! Order them here. The band is also hitting the road in September for a full North American tour, find all info about the re-issues & tour dates below!

Founded in Cologne, Germany in 1985, Pink Turns Blue’s groundbreaking blend of atmospheric dark pop informed by European post-punk contemporaries and the buzzing punk dissonance of Hüsker Dü (the band is named after the Zen Arcade song) immediately tapped into a new canon of sound that was foundational to the emergence of darkwave. Available for the first time on vinyl in 30 years, Dais is excited to announce reissues of the first and second albums: If Two Worlds Kiss and Meta – remastered and cut by Josh Bonati.Despite the commitment to their craft and initial grassroots success, securing label support proved difficult as they refused to sing in German and their sober tone lacked the shimmer of pop and optimism that executives felt formulaic to success. Still, the band persisted with the duo of Elbern and Jogwer sharing vocal duties and song credits, each informing the other’s compositions until Elbern halved the song production and left the band in 1987. Continuing to perform and record as a three piece, the band eventually found roots with FunFactory!, an independent label based in Münster whose manager Axel Seitz shared the band’s appreciation of the Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol’s Factory vision, urging them to forego releasing singles and focus on a full-length.
What followed was 1987’s classic album If Two Worlds Kiss: a seminal offering to the canon of dark wave’s DNA – a liquid lesson in melody, mood, and pacing – each track continuously adding to the journey like a unique push pin on a map of melancholy. Defined by their dynamic song-writing, their debut added a new urgency and depth to guitar-driven gothic rock by allowing fast songs such as the lead single “Walking on Both Sides” to possess the same sullen punch and melancholy as slower anthems like “When the Hammer Comes Down”, which derives its power on the downbeat. More rhythmic variety is added through beat-driven dancefloor tracks with triumphant singalong choruses like “That Was You”, showing they could swing hard – as well as swirl…
A year later in 1988, informed by the band’s oscillating live synergy and bolstered by a boon of new equipment and texture, Pink Turns Blue’s sophomore album Meta was a conceptual leap predicated by the study of sound and exploration of its edges. With the same fervor that Joy Division mined deeper, darker, and less linear on Closer, Meta is a cohesive meditation on atmosphere and how every note and passage can traverse space individually and as part of a larger narrative. Singles “Touch the Skies” and “Your Master Is Calling” are the albums cornerstones; airy, steady, and driving tracks with a depth of melody and orchestration that sparked a shimmering new example of dark pop. The instrumental balance throughout the album creates a strobe light journey later echoed throughout gothic compatriots exploring minor keys and nocturnal themes.
Recorded by Jané Krizaj known for producing most of Laibach’s material, Meta’s sessions took place in a basement studio located below a stadium. Then a part of Yugoslavia, the studio located in Slovenia was affordable but lacked many modern recording amenities so the band’s mission was to smuggle valuable equipment through in exchange for recording time. Riding the excitement, cultural experience, and friendship of Laibach born on the road and further fostered throughout the vibrant Ljubljana music scene and Croatian coast, Meta’s feel is an musical manifestation of the beautiful confusion of exploring new and unfamiliar. 
Pink Turns Blue – If Two Worlds Kiss
Pink Turns Blue – Meta

Tour Dates

09/12 – Chicago, IL – Burlington Bar
09/13 – Oakland, CA – Near Dark Fest
09/14 – San Diego, CA – Space
09/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Part Time Punks –  Echoplex
09/19 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon / Funhouse
09/21 – Vancouver, BC –  Eastside Studios
09/22 – Portland, OR – Star Theatre
09/25 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
09/27 – San Antonio, TX – San La Muerte Fest –  Amp Room
09/28 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar
09/29 – West Palm Beach, FL – Respectable Street
10/01 – Baltimore, MD –  Metro Gallery
10/02 – Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA
10/03 – Pittsburgh, PA – Spirit Lodge
10/04 – Montreal, QC – La Vitrola
10/05 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bazaar
10/06 – Richmond, VA – The Camel

Pink Turns Blue
If Two Worlds Kiss
Dais Records
August 9, 2019

1. I Coldly Stare Out
2. After All
3. Walking On Both Sides
4. State Of Mind
5. When It Rains
6. If Two Worlds Kiss
7. That Was You
8. Missing You
9. A Moment Sometimes
10. When The Hammer Comes Down

Limited edition vinyl is repackaged from the original art assets, in a 24 pt reverse board jacket housing a euro inner sleeve with lyrics. Including a bonus track, “A Moment Sometimes”, previously unavailable on the original release and exclusive the the Dais Records reissued vinyl edition.

Pink Turns Blue
Dais Records
August 9, 2019

1. The First
2. The Curse
3. Your Master Is Calling
4. Darkness
5. Cult Of The Beautiful
6. Celebration’s Day
7. Touch The Skies
8. Marcella
9. Faces Of The Gone

 Limited edition vinyl is repackaged from the original art assets, in a
24 pt reverse board jacket housing a euro inner sleeve with lyrics. 
Aug 122019

pStephen Mallinder, co-founder and frontman of the iconic Cabaret Voltaire, has returned with his first solo album in over 35 years: Um Dada. Laced with leftfield house and cut-up sound collages, Um Dada is a melding of energies that are an exercise in simplicity and motion. Sincere, playful realism that beckons your body to move, always reminding you to never take yourself too seriously without forfeiting your agency.

While steering Cabaret Voltaire through the 1980’s, Mallinder was already busy piecing together his first solo album entitled “Pow Wow”, which would help define Mallinder’s interest in the more leftfield electro sounds shaping England at the time. It was this diverse and abstract hybrid that helped inspire generations of artists and musicians through steeping raw machine funk within the whimsical and absurdist ideology. 

Since the release of “Pow Wow” in 1982, Mallinder continued his pioneering work with Cabaret Voltaire, as well as recording and touring with his electro projects Wrangler, Creep Show, Hey Rube, Kula, and Cobby & Mallinder. In addition to his non-stop schedule in electronic music, his professional life as a journalist, broadcaster, producer and now a professor of Digital Music & Sound Art at the University of Brighton, has lead Mallinder to a unique point in his career. Most in his position would be caught up in rosy retrospection, but Mallinder himself says, “There’s too much digital finger-licking right now; every thought and desire at the turn of a dial… well a click of the mouse. And there’s a giddy, false nostalgia about the analogue past. Sorry to burst your bubble but the truth of history is more mundane: practical, pragmatic…Um Dada is about ‘play’ – cut and paste, lost words, twisted presets, voice collage, simple sounds – things that have been lost to technology’s current determinism. Let the machines talk to each other, let them dance .. they lead, we follow.”

Um Dada opens up with the exact machine-led surrealism that Mallinder recommends in “Working (You Are)”. A thick, stripped back dance floor groove provides the ideal foundation for Mallinder’s eccentric vocal cuts. The frisky chops present an almost twisted irony, subtly bringing to mind the role we’re all forced to play as just another cog in the ever grinding capitalist machine of life. Yet, somehow, the listener is left feeling optimistic. A prime example of simplicity at work. 

Tracks such as “Satellite” give a skillful illustration of Mallinder’s adeptness with his musical expertise while preserving his core historical context as only simple reference. The underlying bassline and percussion, coupled with the floating melodies and airy vocal refrain disclose the vulnerabilities of love and loss without a hint of irony or nostalgia.

Um Dada is mischievously idealist, however never loses touch with reality. Offering structure while simultaneously dismantling any and all preconceptions. The spirit of sincerity that sustained Cabaret Voltaire’s lengthy career is abundantly present within founder Stephen Mallinder’s journey through his own whimsical utopian consciousness and staking claim to an identity that is solely his own.

Listen: Stephen Mallinder – “Working (You Are)”

Pre-Order: Stephen Mallinder – Um Dada

Stephen Mallinder
Um Dada
Dais Records
October 11, 2019
Working (You Are)
Prefix Repeat Rewind
It’s Not Me
Um Dada

*CD & Digital bonus tracks
Aug 122019

øjeRum “Without Blood The Sun Darkens” CD (135th Cycle)
Surreal, mysterious and poetic is how one could define the work of Danish musician and collage artist Paw Grabowski. His latest album “Without Blood The Sun Darkens” exudes feelings of the simplicity of being present, in the absence of absolute existence, pervaded by memories, moods and emotions, neither sad nor happy, fulfilled. It is about watching time, from faded memories of ones childhood to that feeling just before laying down between wanderings and stillness, looking at the darkening room just before you disperse and disappear completely into nothingness. Soothing and engulfing melodies that seems to repeat yet always evolving, a profound venture through melancholy.
Edition of 500 copies in 4 panel Digipak. 1 Track. Running Time 59:22
UPC: 633632032943
Digital Available From Bandcamp
MUUR “Bod” CD (143rd Cycle)
Ambient ritual soundscapes that are profound and resonating, the music, artwork and concept behind BOD serves as an exploration and instalment of a new tradition of ritual and occult arts sourced from various ancient foundations. For this, a new culture with its own history, including a new language was constructed. The meaning created by MUUR is but one interpretation of the new tradition; it is of great importance for every listener to construct their own meaning from their experience. Because of this, neither MUUR, nor BOD is affiliated with any form of traditional Left Hand Path.

Edition of 500 copies in 4 panel Digisleeve. 1 Track. Running Time 51:16
UPC: 633632032981
Digital Available From BandcampCyclicLaw
Aug 102019
August 8, 2019: USA
electro/industrial artist SPANKTHENUN proudly announces the release of
their digital EP, Mind Control. The EP features remixes by Leaether
Strip and iVardensphere. Also revealed is the new visualizer clip
for the Leaether Strip remix of the song, "Rotting Meat." 
Check out the visualizer

This is the second of three
releases leading up to the full-length Initial Decay Control release.
The deepest cut on this release is the long unreleased live favorite
"Spiderbaby"… this, a new glitchy interpretation of the track
inspired by the cult classic movie TETSUO: THE IRON MAN.

fans of: Nine Inch Nails, Ministry and KMFDM

"It's a rarity in
this scene to have a band or project that perfectly exemplifies both
insanely hard work and professional, quality output. SPANKTHENUN
does exactly that. Simply put, SPANKTHENUN is a swift kick in the
balls of electronic/industrial music." –


electro/industrial group focused on bringing big catchy beats, hooky
synth lines and catchy lyrics to dark music. Sometimes you will get
pulsing EBM designed to shake the club, like the collaboration with
legendary EBM band Leæther Strip, "Rotting Meat (Mind Control)." Or
you will get an old-school Industrial beat programmed like a trap/hip
hop beat with a vocal track reminiscent of early goth and industrial
records from decades past, like "The Clock" off of their initial
release Regression Complex now on Spotify and

SPANKTHENUN doesn't plan to release music in the
traditional cadence of single, single and then album. SPANKTHENUN will
release smaller EPs and singles to highlight themes and concepts. No
filler here, all meat! Only massive beats!

Releases will also
come via social media and YouTube or releases directly to radio shows.
SPANKTHENUN will release videos and cuts of unreleased songs and then
will pull them from the public forever. Right now you can hear
exclusive remixes only through certain playlists on streaming services
and on YouTube.

The bootleg is back! SPANKTHENUN will release
unofficial remixes and reconstructs of other musicians songs too.
Right now you can hear the blistering club banger of GOD MODULE's –
"First Last Wish," unofficial, not approved, reworked and reimagined
by SPANKTHENUN… only on social channels.

working with some of the most respected names in the
Industrial/EBM/Electro business, as well as hip hop and EDM/House
producers to develop a unique energetic and exciting new

For more

Marc Urselli
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