We are happy to announce 2 new titles, 1 Transfusions 12″, and a limited re-press all planned for April 22 (Record Store Day)
Though these are coming out on Record Store Day, none of them are “exclusive”. That means we can take preorders on them (except Autocreation which will be plentiful in number and available right after RSD if anyone misses out).
MR-070 Ironing Music “S/T” LP (in conjunction with Crispy Nuggets)
MR-071 Autocreation “Mettle.” 2LP
MRT-004 L/F/D/M “tele-” 12″
MR-028 V/A “Electroconvulsive Therapy Vol 1” LP re-press!
Here are the descriptions/links/covers:
MR-070 Ironing Music “S/T” LP $20
Medical Records in collaboration with our friends at Crispy Nuggets blog are happy to reissue a very obscure Australian gem from the 1980s. Ironing Music were a three piece band from Brisbane. They originally formed in 1984 as a result of their collective love for New Order, Human League and eventually Jean Michel Jarre and Cabaret Voltaire. Comprised of bass and electic guitar, Yamaha DX-7, melodica and an 808, they recorded a 12” single as their sole outpt in 1985 in a limited run of 250 copies (obviously excruciatingly rare now!). It was recorded in their bedroom studio with at Teac 4 track. The video clip for the “hit” Shopping Bag Women was played on several national and local television music shows. They also recorded demos in hopes of landing a LP deal which unfortunately didn’t attract any takers at the time. They actually only played 3 gigs and were forced to disband after one of their members fell ill in 1986. The LP presented here included the original 4 track single as well as hand picked demos which nicely congeal to form a well rounded LP documenting the band’s brief existence. They can best be described as lo-fi synth pop with an emphasis on excellent pop songs and interesting synth/instrument arrangements. The first track Shopping Bag Women is infectiously catchy and just screams to be worn out in the club. Fans of early to mid 80s synth pop and new romantic will fall in love. The tracks have been lovingly remastered by Martin Bowes at the Cage, London. Features original reproduction of the front cover painting. Presented in a limited edition on 180gram vinyl.
Preorder HERE (Come with instant download).
MR-071 Autocreation “Mettle.” 2LP Currently not available for preorders but will be available on and after Record Store Day (from brick and mortar stores, etc as well as from us).
For Record Store Day, Medical Records continues it’s fascination with all things Mark Van Hoen this time presenting the sole album release by Autocreation entitled ‘Mettle’. Autocreation was formed in 1992 when Mark Van Hoen was roomates in West London with the other members Kevin Hector and Tara Patterson. Kevin and Tara as DJ’s at the University of London; Tara had recorded with The Hafler Trio prior to this The 3 lived in an apartment block that was full of acid house devotees, DJs, and house producers. The 3 friends spent a lot of time in cutting-edge London clubs which inspired and influenced their music. A remix they worked on – Seefeel’s “Plainsong” became the blueprint the Autocreation sound, as well as feeding back into Seefeel’s sound on their own subsequent material. Autocreation were heavily influcenced by contemporary dub techno such as Basic Channel, early Sähkö Recordings such as ‘Ø’ (Mika Vanio) as well as more pure techno such as Kirk Degiorgio and Jeff Mills. They recorded the album in late 1993, sandwiched between the recording of Van Hoen’s Locust album ‘Weathered Well’ and his collaboration with Seefeel’s Darren Seymour ‘Aurobindo:Involution’. The album notably features heavy use of modular synthesizers (Aries 300, Digisound 80 and others), quite unique for a techno record of the time. The album was released on The Orb’s label Inter–Modo on CD only – directly following The Orb’s collaboration with Robert Fripp (FFWD). Artwork was designed by The Designers Republic – responsible for the vast majority of Warp Records’ catalog and various releases by The Orb. The album is a dark, brooding ambient techno masterpiece. Similar in vein to Locust’s Weathered Well but more techno/IDM genre compliant that made it at times dance floor compatible. For this special edition (first time on vinyl), the album is expanded to a double LP featuring bonus tracks. The jacket is a gatefold featuring a montage of photos in the gatefold. Specially remastered by Mark Van Hoen. Presented on limited edition high quality double 160-gram classic black vinyl. For fans of early Locust, dark ambient techno, and early 90s dance floor friendly IDM.
Stream HERE (no preorder options)
MRT-004 L/F/D/M “tele-” 12″ single $13
British producer Richard Smith creates genre-bending techno that incorporates motifs from the past while presenting the tunes in a de nite forward advancing trajectory. By integrating in uences from 90s electronic music and classics such as DAF and Severed Heads, L/F/D/M presents 4 cuts that are sure to pique the interest of fans of modern techno who have an appreciation for IDM, classic Detroit techno and are searching for something to diversify their repertoire.
Preorder HERE (comes with instant download)
MR-028 V/A “Electroconvulsive Therapy Vol 1” LP $18
Medical Records is proud to release it’s first compilation LP. In association with Crispy Nuggets blog (http://crispynuggets.blogspot.com), we have carefully curated a collection of extremely rare and sought after singles and rare tracks. This compilation includes 5 complete A + B sides as well as 2 other tracks that only appeared on obscure compilations in the early 80s. The first 2 tracks are by UK’s The Electronic Circus. Featuring Chris Payne (who also performed synth work on the iconic “Pleasure Principle” by none other than Gary Numan), the track “Direct Lines” is pure synthpop perfection. The second featured artist is Boston’s Psychic Youth who released one lone 7” in 1982. One of the members, Perry Geyer, was also a founding member of the industrial outfit Manufacture. “Step in Time” and “The Future Is Now” are both dense minimal synth hits that have been remastered by Mr. Geyer himself. Another excruciatingly rare 7” is the self-titled single by UK’s Aaah…! “Slip Away” and “Duty Calls” further fit the bill for moody minimal synthpop greatness. Possibly even more rare is the Shazam single released in 1983 in the UK. Both tracks from the single are included here. The 2 “wild card” tracks if you will on the record are “Panic In Your Mind” by N.A. Pop 2000 (UK) and “Maske” by Berliner Strasse (Yugoslavia). Both tracks were plucked from rare wave compilations from the early 80s. The final single featured is the solo outing by Claude Arto from Mathematiques Modernes. Released in 1981 on Celluloid (France), the 2 tracks drip synthetic bloops and blips while being propelled by rhythmic electro sequences. A perfect closing of each side of the LP. This collection will certainly appeal to fans of the rare minimal synth culture, early stripped down synth pop, or anybody else who has wanted even one of these tracks on wax again as they are all quite rare. This re-press is presented on high-quality 180gram black vinyl. Front cover photography by Alan Masters. Limited edition.
Preorder HERE (Comes with instant download)
Last but not least, we recently acquired the final copies of Martial Canterel “Navigations Vol 1” LP on Electric Voice Records. Very limited.
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