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Artist: IKO
Title: 83
Format: LP
Label: Democratic Dancebeat
Country: Italy
Price: $26.00
"Iko was a minimal/synth/wave outfit from Canada. The most notable release by the band is their LP simply titled 83, which was released on a small Canadian disco label called Manhattan-Formula. Not much is known about the group due to little information in their record sleeves and little to no traces of information about the label they released on. Anyway, this is one of the most unknown yet amazing creations in the entire history of minimal wave and electronic music. Lots of simplistic lyrics, abstract and experimental sounds, and at the time, extremely groundbreaking techniques on the synthesizer. Iko is what todays electro artists replicate - Adult being the best example. Their sound is hardly new or unique some 20 years later. A true cult of this genre. Try this album for a trip down electro lane!" -Democratic Dancebeat Records.

Artist: VICE VERSA
Title: 1979-1980
Format: LP
Label: Democratic Dancebeat
Country: Italy
Price: $26.00
"Vice Versa was formed by Stephen Singleton and Mark White in 1978. They asked Martin Fry to join them after Martin had interviewed them for his fanzine Modern Drugs. They founded their own independent label called Neutron Records and produced their first release (Vice Versa -- Music 4 EP). This is probably one of the greatest minimal-synth releases ever without any doubts. Neutron Records most important contribution to the scene was the 1980 EP The First 15 Minutes, which featured four unsigned bands of Sheffield: Clock DVA, Im So Hollow, the Stuntkites and of course, Vice Versa. The band released another 7" (Stilyagi/Eyes Of Christ) and the cassette 8 Aspects of Love. As Vice Versa they played a numerous amount of concerts. Their first gig was together with the Human League at Now Society at the Sheffield University and it was called What no Drummers. When they went over to Holland on tour, they were invited to jam in a studio in Rotterdam. Martin started to improvise on vocals and everybody was surprised by the quality of his voice. They decided to make him the lead singer instead of Mark White and spent about a year writing new songs, thinking of a new name and concept. The result was ABC, one of the most famous UK pop bands of the 80s."-Democratic Dancebeat Records.

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