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Artist: SPIDER KING
Title: Shot to Pieces
Format: LP
Label: Cache Cache
Country: UK
Price: $26.00
"An unknown pleasure torn out of Manchesters lost DIY manual, this overqualified/underexposed post-punk pop pillar casts an almost invisible web across the history of Manchesters inner-city music scene, trapping appendages of The Mothmen, Martin Hannett, Gerry and the Holograms, John Cooper Clarke, Blue Orchids, Naffi Sandwich(The Naffis), and The Fates in its glue. As a central mast of Manchesters 1970s/80s "deserted" DIY era, spanning angular jazz funk, punk, and sarcastic synthpop, Spider King also played a huge role in Manchesters honorary adoption of The Velvet Undergrounds Nico (as her lead guitarist), fronted Martin Hannetts first band, and inhabits a key position in the careers of Sad Café, Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias, and Paul Young, not to mention AC/DCs Mancunian debut. With dozens of self-penned songs, unreleased demos, and two of the best collectable Manc punk-funk 45s to grace collectors want-lists, its almost unbelievable (even tragic) that Mike Kings late-70s/early-80s work never saw a full-length release -- until now. Shot to Pieces represents one of the most elusive, jagged pieces of Northwest Englands punk-funk puzzle, recorded sporadically between 1979 and 1983 with a cast of characters from the Rabid/Absurd label family (such as behind-the-scenes synth-wielder John Scott from Gerry and the Holograms) and producers like Laurie Latham (The Blockheads). Commonly recognized by stalwarts of the eras mutating genres as "the one that got away," Spider King is the archetypal artists artist as well as the outsiders outsider and the hardest-working man in no-business, who is now attracting a whole new audience of champions from bloggers, vinyl nerds, and well-respected contemporary musicians, with his appearances on mixtapes and compilations. On hearing this essential release, one could argue that these lost spidergrams are more relevant in 2016 than they were when those arachnophobic A&R men shooed him away decades ago. For those who aint afraid to get bit, say hello to the Spider King." - Cache Cache.

Artist: STABAT STABLE
Title: Ultrissima on the Junks Moon
Format: LP
Label: Cache Cache
Country: UK
Price: $26.00
"The work of an incredible, idiosyncratic, and obscure early-80s French futurist DIY project lead by Jean-Luc Aimé (Univers Zero), this feature-length album of elusive recordings from rare vinyl and cassette co-op releases (collected as the first-ever LP of the project) represents the bone fide axis point where zeuhl-skool meets synthpop, dark ambient, and early electro. A lost art-ifact from a micro-genre in whichZED, Eskaton, and Heldon share outernational tape space with Vox Populi!, The Normal, Colin Potter, and Luc Marianni, this work occupies a unique place on the shelves of fans of early DIY electro and post-punk, while ticking the boxes of 80s VHS OST enthusiasts and followers of the growing interest in European cassette zine projects. These melodic, macabre pieces fuse multi-track cassette experiments with homemade special effects from the hand of an accomplished multi-instrumentalist working on the outer reaches of disenfranchised progressive pop and reluctant techno, defining then deconstructing genres that have yet to exist. Stabat Stable were fueled by futurist gothic imagery and operated on a plane parallel to their European and American contemporaries; there are few artists like them, and virtually none more enigmatic. This benchmark record is the first signpost to a darker part of your musical want-list, as the invisible glue for fans of the aforementioned anti-genres. File under "Not Yet."" - Cache Cache.

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