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Artist: ASTRAL SOCIAL CLUB
Title: Sieben Stax
Format: CD
Label: Bottrop-Boy
Country: UK
Price: $15.00
"Welcome to Astral Social Club: your MC is British avant-garde guru Neil Campbell. Put on your dancing shoes, because this is hallucinating, intergalactic trance music of the highest order and its about to take off. The up-beat, cosmic vibes of Campbells first terrestrial voyages aboard the drone/krautrock ship were already very impressive, but with Astral Social Club he sets sail for the stars. Campbell manages to create something entirely unprecedented on this album: trance music as played in the clubs at the other side of the solar system. Or perhaps were listening to the intoxicating smoke signals from extra-terrestrial pirate stations? While listeners may recognise the earthy kraut rock rhythms, the compelling, minimalist drones and a few catchy pop melodies, Astral Social Music is entirely of itself. The moment at which youve become completely immersed in a hypnotic groove is the moment the Club decides to let loose one of the awkward beats or melodies it has in its arsenal. This soundtrack for the ultimate trip surges, pounds, vibrates, swings, pulsates and sucks on your subconscious; its organic music breathes in and out like a shrinking and expanding universe. Leave all nocturnal troubles of the moonlit world behind you and turn your gaze to the sunrays emanating from the Astral Social Club. Reverberating voices and melodies from outer space and rhythmic pulsar fly past at rapid speed only to be swallowed up in a black hole on their way to another dimension. You Einsteins and Hawkings of this world, hold on to one another for the Big Bang Dance festival of your dreams. Sieben Stax is packed in the beautiful envelope packaging, designed and handprinted by Jason Dodge & Christine Roland, a one-off pressing of 250 copies." - Bottrop-Boy.

Artist: BOWER, MATTHEW & MATTIN
Title: A New Form of Beauty
Format: CD
Label: Bottrop-Boy
Country: Germany
Price: $17.50
"With the release of A New Form of Beauty Irish band Virgin Prunes placed themselves firmly on the map of experimental post-punk. This was the unprecedented cathartic musical experience of the early eighties. Din Glorious was the name of the breathtaking coda of this legendary Prunes session. This type of harrowing noise is also evident on Mattin & Matthew Bowers A New Form of Beauty (1975). Not a follow-up but a magnificent, searing chords of chords. Basque noise expert Mattin has undoubtedly found his blood brother in Matthew Bower, the British godfather of noise-rock. In his Theses on Noise (2006) Mattin wrote: "the old conception of Noise was to believe in freedom; the new conception of Noise is to achieve freedom". This is noise with a higher aim, this is noise as utopian ideal. Using guitars and electronics, Mattin and Bower mould a relentlessly pounding tsunami of sound. No time to catch your breath in this long, thundering tornado of noise, feedback, distortion and screaming strings. A screeching guitar occasionally lifts its head above the whirling maelstrom. Ghostlike sounds rise towards the surface of this sonic mass; is that a wailing, desolate violin or a radio I hear in the distance? Am I hallucinating or is this indeed that new beauty? Mattin & Bower far exceed the pain threshold. No need to prick up your ears; expect your eardrums to be pierced. Just when you think calm has returned, the duo decides to increase the dose. At the end of their piece Mattin & Bower reveal an unparalleled vertiginous abyss of noise. The listener is transported from high to higher plateaus of sound. Cries for help are suppressed as salvation comes nigh. This is white noise from the dark side. This is indeed a new form of beauty. A New Form Of Beauty (1975) is packed in beautiful new envelope packaging designed and handprinted by Jason Dodge & Christine Roland." -Bottrop-Boy. Matthew Bower of Sunroof!, Skullflower, Total, Hototogisu, etc..
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