Mar 122015
 

We are now taking preorders on our special April release – V/A Electroconvulsive Therapy Vol 3 (Obscure Singles Circa 83-86)!

This release is coming out on Record Store Day (April 18, 2015), but it is NOT exclusive. That means we are not bound by the RSD rules.  If you preorder now, we will mail about one week prior to 4/18, so you will likely get it on time (or even earlier).  $18 and comes with an instant download of the whole album.  180gram half and half colored vinyl!

Here is the description:

Medical Records continues it’s unearthing of extremely rare singles in it’s Electroconvulsive Therapy series.  Once again, teaming up with Crispy Nuggets blog (http://crispynuggets.blogspot.com), we have assembled yet another collection of long out of print and underground singles and rare tracks.  This compilation includes 3 complete A + B sides from 7” singles + 4 other rare songs (2 from cassette, 1 A side of a 7”, and 1 track featured on a rare 80s compilation LP).   All original tracks are impossible to find for less than a mint on the collector’s market. The first 2 tracks are by Belgium’s Tipical Me from the Claustrofobian b/w Pope No Hope 7”.  These 2 tracks are perfect synth pop in every way.   The second artist is UK’s Secession, and we have included their debut 7” released in 1983. Though known for their later more electronic based pop and dance tracks, these two tracks display their earlier dark beginnings with chilling guitars and a more early 4AD aesthetic.  Both tracks from the 7” are included.  The third artist is France’s Leidenschaft who released one lone 3-song cassette in 1986 with 2 of the tracks featured here.  Leidenschaft could loosely be compared to early Clan of Xymox with French cold wave leanings.   The 2 cuts are very atmospheric and lovely indeed. Back to the UK, we included the wonderfully minimal A + B sides of the rare 1984 7” by Black Fantasy.   Original copies of this single have been selling for insanely high prices these days. 2 more tracks were also included on this compilation which complete the theme nicely.  V.U.D. was an Italian outfit who recorded a track entitled “Look!” which was included on the “First Relation” v/a compilation LP released in 1983 on Mask Productions and curated by Lisfrank.   Quirky and undeniably catchy, we absolutely adore this track as will everybody who hears it. The last track included on this LP is the A side of the rare 1984 7” by UK’s Almost Alone entitled “Blue City”.  Dense and atmospheric synth pop with definite New Romantic tendencies, this track is a perfect closing track for this diverse collection. This collection will certainly appeal to fans of rare minimal synth, early synth pop, or EBM.  This compilation allows anyone who has desired to have one or all of these quite expensive tracks on vinyl in the best sound quality possible.  Additional mastering by Martin Bowes at the Cage, UK.  This compilation and reissue is specially prepared for Record Store Day on high-quality 180gram blue and magenta “half and half” colored vinyl. Limited edition.

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Also:
Our 2 newest March releases arrive here at HQ next week and will begin shipping:

MR-047 Peine Perdue “Disparitions” LP $18
MR-048 Kitty “S/T” LP $18

Both come with instant download on bandcamp

Here are the descriptions/links/covers:

MR-047  Peine Perdue “Disparitions” LP    $18

Medical Records returns to France (by way of Berlin) to present the first full length vinyl LP by contemporary artist Peine Perdue.  Peine Perdue was born in 2010 from the meeting of Berlin-based artist and musician Stephane Argillet and Coco Gallo. Peine Perdue finds its inspiration in a certain geometry, poetry and clearness in music and art such displayed by the cold abstractions of XVIIIth century harpsichordists (Couperin, Pancrace Royer etc) to the graceful minimalism of Erik Satie, the sugar uncluttered pop of the 60’s yéyé and finally to the arithmetic synthpop of the early 80’s. Among the artists and personalities that emulate their creativity are, among others, Delphine Seyrig, ESG, Elli & Jacno, Anna Akhmatova, William Onyeabor, Luisa Casati, André Cadere, Rainer Fassbinder or Robert Bresson.  Construction, vertigo and symmetry with sensitivity but without sentimentality.  Integrating the above references into a delicate mix with very personal and cinematic sensibility led by the obsessive sensuality of Coco’s voice. Previous releases have included a cassette on Vocoder Tapes in 2012 followed by a 6 track vinyl EP on Kernkrach Records (Germany).  Their first full length was a CDR in 2014 on Cold Beats Records. They have toured extensively as well in Europe in between recording sessions. The material on this LP is comprised of all new material written in late 2014.  Despite it’s articulate minimalism, the tracks are very compulsive and lend themselves seamlessly to the dance floor as well as to the soundtrack to a dark late night rendezvous.  Coco’s vocals synergistically complements the fragile and perfect synth lines and beats.  Standout tracks include “Surprise Partie”, “Noyes”, and “Cerceaux” though the entire record flows beautifully from track to track. This record will appeal to fans of the aforementioned legendary French synth pop acts and the like.  Mastered by Martin Bowes at the Cage Studios, UK.  Presented on high-quality 180gram heavyweight blue vinyl.   Limited edition.

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MR-048  Kitty “S/T” LP    $18

Medical Records presents a very special release and selection of works from Austin, Texas’ undiscovered and never before released electronic/ambient artist Kitty from the early 1990s.  This band should have had a proper release in the 90s, so for a lot of people, this is a long overdue accomplishment. Formed in 1994 by guitarists Dain Luscombe and Brandon Loe, the band eventually became a trio with the inclusion of drummer Clint Thorman. Over a handful of four-track cassettes, CDR’s, and one unreleased EP, Kitty developed a sound unique even in the burgeoning psychedelic and electronic music scene that occurred along the I-35 corridor from Austin, Texas north to Denton as well as a rabid cult following.  From their earliest performances as a three-piece, it was apparent that Kitty’s music put them in a peerage of electronic and experimental acts coming out of the UK like Seefeel and Insides rather than another Texan 13th Floor Elevators style psych band. Not that Kitty was without distortion or psychedelia.  Track 1, “Harrison” has both elements and is culled from the band’s unreleased EP.  It erupts with a momentous throb of noise that grinds through the build up and at its instrumental chorus, lifts to soar.  The track ends with an accelerating rave-up that’s less go-go and more electronic auto accident. The delicate and often-flirtatious delivery of vocalist Dain Luscombe is introduced on “Eva,” also from 1996’s unreleased EP.  However influenced by the pop sensitivities of Morrisey and then Smiths, Kitty’s music represented a progression, where the opening sentiment of the lyric hangs for one pregnant moment before a tiny glacier of sounds crush the melody out by its duration. “Aquarena” showcases a fair bit of tape bleed, sounding like the flip side of a friend’s mix tape until the Farfisa heavy, ambient drone takes overtakes it, buries it, twists and corrupts it, redefining the cassette tape saturation by the end of the song as a place to nest and contemplate the journey. “Rosannarquette” is Kitty at their funkiest and most energetic.  Its metronomic and frantic throb was a familiar staple of their live shows and would often set the audience to dancing in venues where big-assed beers and cigarettes were more common pastimes. Late in the B-side we get a hint at a different band entirely with “Stella” and “Heartofmine.”  These were possibly the last, distinctively rockist moments Kitty exhibited before hitting its stride and leaving the safety of traditional song structures for more experimental progressions. “Herzog” represents the band at its peak.  Electronics burble, rhythms build mathematically, and sound moves in lines and waves.  Then it all careens to a stop, once again leaving us hanging, before tossing us into a tape-splice break and a final return of enveloping electronics.  Fans of acts such as the aforementioned Seefeel, Insides as well as other pioneering works by Flying Saucer Attack and A.R. Kane will adore this collection. Mastered by Martin Bowes at the Cage Studios, UK.  Presented on high-quality 180gram heavyweight blue vinyl. 

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