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Artist: 2+2=5, THE
Title: Into the Future
Format: LP
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $21.00
“Italian new wave masterpiece from 1984. Extremely rare dark minimal synth LP, released in 1984 through No Name Records in Italy and now reissued by Mannequin Records for the 30th anniversary. One of the crown jewels of the minimal synth scene. On a cold autumn evening in Milan in 1981, Nino La Loggia met Giacomo Spazio for the first time. The two had the same passion for music: Kraftwerk, Joy Division, D.A.F. and the whole new scene of proto-electronic wave. Together they decided to start the musical project called 2 + 2 = 5, a tribute to Orwellian dystopia. Shortly after, Cha Cha Hagiwara joined the band. Already a keyboard player in Jeunesse dIvoire, she enriched the bands raw sound with sonority and resonance which we can now define as analog. After several gigs around Milan, Turin and Switzerland, in 1983, the trio entered the studio to record their first LP titled Into the Future, which is widely considered one of the most important Italian new wave albums. Expect classic cold wave and minimal electronic Italian sounds in the vein of Cocteau Twins, A Certain Ratio, Joy Division. The role of 2+2=5 was crucial in the development of the Italian alternative music scene. Giacomo Spazio in 1983 established with Ermanno Gomma Guarnieri UT distribution, the first Italian company that distributed counter-culture punk material (tapes, records and fanzines). Then, in 1986, he was among the founders of the first Italian no copyright & electronic counter-culture magazine called Decoder. In 1987 he founded the independent music magazine Vinile and the related independent label Vox Pop, that later became one of the most famous and important indie-rock Italian labels. Nino La Loggia on his side contributed to agitating the Italian underground music scene, as DJ and producer and as co-owner of one of the most important record shops in Milan called Ice Age, now sadly closed.” - Mannequin.

Artist: ACTOR, THE
Title: Exploded View
Format: Cass
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $16.00
Limited edition of 120 copies.

Artist: ACTOR, THE
Title: Exploded View
Format: LP
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $21.00
"Mannequin Records announces the reissue of one of the most important Dutch Wave bands The Actor, with their seminal 1982 tape Exploded View. In the beginning of the 80s, a new phenomenon emerged: home taping. This way of recording resulted in a lot of noise. But that was less important than getting ones music out to the public. A well-known label for cassette bands in those days was the Dutch Trumpett Tapes. They were the first to publish the music of The Actor, who became their top-selling cassette band in 1982 and 1983. The Actors first release was Exploded View in 1982. The songs -- sung both in English and German -- often related to fashion, modernism, dancing and appearance. This made The Actor "quite fashionable." Remastered from the original master tapes by Rude 66, The Netherlands, 2014. Edition of 500 copies on 160 gram black vinyl." - Mannequin.
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Artist: BOURBONESE QUALK
Title: Bourbonese Qualk 1983-1987
Format: CD
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $18.00
"Mannequin Records is proud to present a compilation of one of the most important industrial bands active during the 80s in the UK. Bourbonese Qualk were an experimental music group from England, active from 1979 through 2003. They were always obsessively and uncompromisingly focused on controlling their work: they ran their own record label, recording studio, tour organization, and music venue (the notorious Ambulance Station). They refused to integrate into the commercial music racket and turned down publishing deals from major labels, stubbornly opting for total independence. Theyre also known for their political activism, formed in the crucible of 1980s Britain amid such influences as the UK miners strike, The Falklands War, Thatcherism, monetarism, local government corruption, squatting, anti-capitalism, anti-fascism, and anarchism. Their work was often ambiguous and directly critical of cynical power-politics of any color, often irritating members of the traditional organized left. In 1984 Bourbonese Qualk occupied a large empty building on the Old Kent Road in South London, which they turned into a base for their activities, a cooperative space for artists, musicians, and writers, and a center for radical political activism -- specifically as a coordinating center for the Stop the City anti-capitalist riots of 1984. Throughout its existence the band had a number of different line-ups; this collection focuses on the period of 1983 through 1987, which featured the trio of Simon Crab, Julian Gilbert, and Steven Tanza. During this time the group released five albums: Laughing Afternoon (1983), Hope (1984), The Spike (1985), Preparing for Power (1986), and Bourbonese Qualk (1987), releasing all but The Spike on their own labels Recloose Organisation and New International Recordings. Most of the tracks on this collection were recorded in their studio at the Ambulance Station. The group chose never to record in a proper studio (not that they could ever afford to), working instead with their own extremely basic equipment at a time when home studios were very unusual. If Bourbonese Qualk have a legacy, it is that culture should be reclaimed, redefined, and owned by the people, wherever they are, however small, and not by the state or the market, and that culture is a vital vehicle for debate and radical change. The fight goes on. Mastered by Rude 66. Graphic design curated by Simon Crab and Alessandro Adriani. Double LP includes four tracks not included on the CD: "Dream Decade," "In Flux," "Sweat It Out," and "There Is No Night." Digipak CD edition limited to 500 copies." - Mannequin

Artist: BOURBONESE QUALK
Title: Bourbonese Qualk 1983-1987
Format: Double LP
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $28.00
Double LP version; includes four tracks not included on the CD: "Dream Decade," "In Flux," "Sweat It Out," and "There Is No Night." "Mannequin Records is proud to present a compilation of one of the most important industrial bands active during the 80s in the UK. Bourbonese Qualk were an experimental music group from England, active from 1979 through 2003. They were always obsessively and uncompromisingly focused on controlling their work: they ran their own record label, recording studio, tour organization, and music venue (the notorious Ambulance Station). They refused to integrate into the commercial music racket and turned down publishing deals from major labels, stubbornly opting for total independence. Theyre also known for their political activism, formed in the crucible of 1980s Britain amid such influences as the UK miners strike, The Falklands War, Thatcherism, monetarism, local government corruption, squatting, anti-capitalism, anti-fascism, and anarchism. Their work was often ambiguous and directly critical of cynical power-politics of any color, often irritating members of the traditional organized left. In 1984 Bourbonese Qualk occupied a large empty building on the Old Kent Road in South London, which they turned into a base for their activities, a cooperative space for artists, musicians, and writers, and a center for radical political activism -- specifically as a coordinating center for the Stop the City anti-capitalist riots of 1984. Throughout its existence the band had a number of different line-ups; this collection focuses on the period of 1983 through 1987, which featured the trio of Simon Crab, Julian Gilbert, and Steven Tanza. During this time the group released five albums: Laughing Afternoon (1983), Hope (1984), The Spike (1985), Preparing for Power (1986), and Bourbonese Qualk (1987), releasing all but The Spike on their own labels Recloose Organisation and New International Recordings. Most of the tracks on this collection were recorded in their studio at the Ambulance Station. The group chose never to record in a proper studio (not that they could ever afford to), working instead with their own extremely basic equipment at a time when home studios were very unusual. If Bourbonese Qualk have a legacy, it is that culture should be reclaimed, redefined, and owned by the people, wherever they are, however small, and not by the state or the market, and that culture is a vital vehicle for debate and radical change. The fight goes on. Mastered by Rude 66. Graphic design curated by Simon Crab and Alessandro Adriani. Double LP includes four tracks not included on the CD: "Dream Decade," "In Flux," "Sweat It Out," and "There Is No Night." Digipak CD edition limited to 500 copies." - Mannequin.

Artist: BOURBONESE QUALK
Title: Lies
Format: 12"
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $16.00
"Pressed on 160-gram vinyl; includes postcard; limited to 300 copies. Bourbonese Qualk came into existence in 1979 and put out a stream of confrontational albums through much of the 80s and into the early 90s. After a long pause, they released On Uncertainty in 2001 and disbanded the next year after the death of guitarist Miles Miles. "Lies," a terse, TR 808-driven electro-tinged cut just under two minutes long, originally came out in 1986 on the Preparing for Power LP by way of the groups own label Recloose Organization. This EP features Ancient Methods on edit and remix duties." - Mannequin.

Artist: CARMODY
Title: Sleep on Mirrors - The 1981-1985 Tapes
Format: LP
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $21.00
“As earlier compilations of "danza meccanica" have made clear, Italy gave birth to a disproportionate number of synthpop, new wave, and electronic acts in the 1980s. Mannequin goes deeper into the Italian new wave with a killer ten-track selection of Carmody. Taking their name from Robert Sheckleys 1968 science fiction novel Dimension of Miracles, Carmody came from Torino, alongside contemporaries Monuments and Chromagain. They began as the duo of Alberto Ramella and Andrea Lesmo before expanding to a trio, with Max Casacci on guitar. They recorded from 1981 to 1985 and issued three incredibly rare demo tapes. Sleep on Mirrors compiles the best tracks from those tapes, highlighting some of the most peculiar minimal synth music to come out of Italy in the 1980s. Mastered by Rude 66. Graphic design by Alessandro Adriani. Edition of 400.” - Mannequin.

Artist: CASINO SHANGHAI
Title: LAction Minimal
Format: 12"
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $16.00
"Mannequin Records is elated to present a 12 EP with two unreleased 1986 tracks by Mexican new wave band Casino Shanghai, with a killer analog modular remix by In Aeternam Vale on the B-side. Asking to Laurent Prot to rework Casino Shanghai was more than logical. Permeated by a strong mitteleuropean dark pop atmosphere, here emphasized by the French lyrics ("La Tumba De Edgar Allan Poe" features a poem by Stephane Mallarmé). Limited edition of 300 copies on 160 gram red vinyl." - Mannequin.

Artist: DE CHERICO, TOMMY
Title: Close Your Eyes
Format: 12"
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $16.00
"A true pearl of the Italian minimal synth scene from the 80s. Tommy De Chirico founded the post-punk band Politburo in Turin during 1981 together with Maurizio Rubinetti (Sick Rose) and Massimo Aluffi (Ivan Siberia). On his own, he released the 7" Close Your Eyes/Flower Into the Factory, produced and recorded at TKS Studio by the Monuments Mauro Tavella between 1982 and 1983 and subsequently released by Turins Shirak Records in 1984. When Politburo split in 1986, Tommy continued to experiment with various projects and sounds, including Thugs, Quiet (with members of Monuments and Deafear), Noxeda, and Lacrimal, with whom he still plays today. Also presented here are three bonus demo tracks: a rare version of "Close Your Eyes" and two out-takes from 1983: "Vuh-Ya" and "Tuxedo Dance." The original graphic cover was realized by Bruno Zanichelli aka Pennarex, an underground artist from Turin. Strongly recommended for fans of Martin Dupont, Oppenheimer Analysis, Das Kabinette, Victrola, and Neon." -Mannequin.

Artist: DIN A TESTBILD
Title: Programm 1
Format: LP
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $21.00
“Early pioneers of the German New Wave music scene, Din A Testbild were formed in 1978 by Mark Eins and Gudrun Gut (former member of Einstürzende Neubauten, Mania D. and Malaria!). Din A Testbild played a significant role in defining the avant-garde music of Berlin. Legendary is their participation at the Festival Genialer Dilletanten in 1981. Mixed and produced by Klaus Schulze on his own record label Innovative Communication in 1980, Programm 1 was a favorite in the playlists of the Italian cosmic DJ heroes Daniele Baldelli and DJ Mozart. This first vinyl repress celebrates the 35th anniversary of this classic electronic album. "Din A Testbild comes from Berlin, so do I. The ?70s brought the well-known ?Berlin School of Electronics,? it seems as if in the ?80s Berlin will be the home of the advanced New Wave." -- Klaus Schulze, Sept. 1980. Mastered by Rude 66.” - Mannequin.

Artist: DIN A TESTBILD
Title: Programm 2
Format: LP
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $21.00
“Early pioneers of the German New Wave music scene, Din A Testbild were formed in 1978 by Mark Eins and Gudrun Gut (former member of Einstürzende Neubauten, Mania D. and Malaria!). Din A Testbild played a significant role in defining the avant-garde music of Berlin. Legendary is their participation at the Festival Genialer Dilletanten in 1981. Mixed and produced by Klaus Schulze on his own record label Innovative Communication in 1981, Programm 2 is their second album and was a favorite in the playlists of the Italian cosmic DJ heroes Daniele Baldelli and DJ Mozart. This first vinyl repress celebrates the 35th anniversary of this classic electronic album. "Din A Testbild comes from Berlin, so do I. The 70s brought the well-known Berlin School of Electronics, it seems as if in the 80s Berlin will be the home of the advanced New Wave." -- Klaus Schulze, Sept. 1980. Mastered by Rude 66.” - Mannequin.

Artist: DIN A TESTBILD
Title: Programm 3
Format: LP
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $21.00
"Early pioneers of the German New Wave music scene, Din A Testbild were formed in 1978 by Mark Eins and Gudrun Gut (former member of Einstürzende Neubauten, Mania D. and Malaria!). Din A Testbild played a significant role in defining the avant-garde music of Berlin. Their participation at the Festival Genialer Dilletanten in 1981 is legendary. Programm 3 is their third album. Mixed and auto-produced by Mark Eins with help of Ziggy Schöning, it was released on Klaus Schulzes record label Innovative Communication in 1983. Programm 3 represents a moment of distance from the "kraut" past of the band. Moving out from the legendary Schulzes studio into a home recording dimension with a basic equipment (Roland TR-808, Moog Source, EMS Synthi, tape loops), the sound of Din A Testbild was radically changing, getting closer to the experimental-electro and connecting the Neue Deutsche Welle ("German New Wave") with cosmic disco. Its well known in fact that Din A Testbild were a favorite in the playlists of the Italian DJ pioneers Daniele Baldelli and DJ Mozart, while nowadays you can find them in Matt Edwards/Radio Slave home listening mixes. Mastered by Rude 66. Edition of 500." - Mannequin.

Artist: DIN A TESTBILD
Title: Programm 4
Format: LP
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $21.00
"Early pioneers of the German New Wave music scene, Din A Testbild were formed in 1978 by Mark Eins and Gudrun Gut (former member of Einstürzende Neubauten, Mania D. and Malaria!). Din A Testbild played a significant role in defining the avant-garde music of Berlin. Their participation at the Festival Genialer Dilletanten in 1981 is legendary. Programm 4 is their fourth album. Mixed and auto-produced by Mark Eins near the wall in West Berlin in 1983, the album was rejected at the time by Innovative Communication, considered be too "synth/punk/techno" by the new label managers who were looking more into new age stuff. In fact, Schulze eventually sold the label in 1983, which started to release a plethora of acts loosely grouped around the NAM genre. The album was engineered by Manuel Göttsching (a long-time friend of Mark Eins) and remained under the ice for more than 30 years until Mannequin Records head Alessandro Adriani got in touch with Mark Eins and convinced him to show him the unreleased album. Recorded with basically the same setup of the previously released number 3 of the series (MNQ 092LP), Programm 4 goes even further and faster, pushing the TR-808 and the arpeggios to the limit. Imagine a sort of Clara Mondshine on speed. Looking to Europe widely in that period, similitudes can be found to Portion Control and Neon Judgement. Original reel-to-reel master tapes imported and processed by Frieder Butzmann. Mastered by Rude 66. Edition of 500." - Mannequin.

Artist: FLO & ANDREW
Title: Take Suicide
Format: 12"
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $16.00
"A holy grail of the minimal synth and one of the most obscure Italian musical projects, reissued on Mannequin Records. Originally released in 1981 by Broadbean Records, Flo & Andrews Take Suicide was home-recorded and home-mixed by the duo in Bologna, using early drum machines like the Boss DR-55 and the Korg KR-55, analog synthesizers, guitar, saxophone and tape loops. "To Committ Suicide" travels through contort and nervous synth sounds and loops, taking somehow inspiration from the No Wave heroes, while "Japanese Girls" is a beautiful minimal electronics track in the mythology of the futuristic rise of Japan." - Mannequin.

Artist: FRANK (JUST FRANK)/SOVIET SOVIET
Title: Split
Format: LP
Label: Mannequin
Country: Italy
Price: $15.00
"Released on our beloved friend Alessandro Adrianis Mannequin Records label in Rome who brought us the killer Led Er Est/Ancien Régime record earlier this year. The ever-brilliant young FjFs shimmeringly crystal clear private synth wave here perfectly compliments the rawly aggressive raging full-on post-punk(think Killing Joke, The Sound, Danse Society) sound of Italys Soviet Soviet. This excellent release proves the future of European cold guitar wave is wildly bright indeed." - Wierd.
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Artist: LED ER EST/ ANCIEN REGIME
Title: Split
Format: LP
Label: Mannequin
Country: Italy
Price: $15.00
"Mannequin had a dream and it has come true, a split vinyl between Led Er Est (New York, US) and Ancien Régime (Rome, Italy). Led Er Est hailing from Brooklyn are one of the leaders of the new cold wave and minimal synth scene, signed to scene leaders Wierd Records and recently released their ‘Dust On Common album which could have quite happily been released on Mute in 1979 alongside Fad Gadget and The Normal. Cheap drum machines and synths hammer away relentlessly forming a post-industrial soundscape for sombre yet emotive vocals. Ancien Régime hailing from Rome, moving closer to the spirit of the 80s new wave, the bands sound incorporates influences from 80s dark wave music and modern indie-alternative rock. For the 12 Split the 4 tracks were produced by Alessandro Adriani with a full analog synths and drum machines setup at Mannequin studio. " -Mannequin.
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Artist: MAZZOCCHETTI, MAOUPA
Title: Laugh Tool
Format: LP
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $21.00
“Brussels-based French producer Maoupa Mazzocchetti follows acclaimed productions on Unknown Precept, PRR! PRR!, and Mannequin Records with his full-length debut, Laugh Tool. Mazzocchetti resurrects the earlier days of electro-industrial in a mixture that recalls the late-70s/early-80s period of Fad Gadget, Throbbing Gristle, Portion Control, Cabaret Voltaire, and Front 242 crossed with the more fresh and innovative deep electronic experiments of Beau Wanzer andCharles Manier. Driven by a DIY ethic and a punk ideology, Mazzocchetti records his work in his bedroom without any professional equipment, using analog synths and sequencers, modified drum machines, tape loops, and lots of effects pedals. Florent Mazzocchetti(aka Maoupa Mazzocchetti) began experimenting with rhythm at an early age. He developed a passion for the drums at the age of ten but soon got into rock records and switched to guitar, which became his main instrument and shaped his perception of music. To an audience of contemporary electronic music consumers who have only closely followed techno, house, electro, and disco, the sounds of Laugh Tool will appear unearthly and entirely unexpected. Its an album of ten tracks ready to change minds. Artwork by Florent Mazzocchetti. Mastered by Rude 66. Limited edition of 500.” - Mannequin.

Artist: METRONOMES
Title: The Ballad Of The Metronomes
Format: Double LP + 7
Label: Mannequin
Country: Italy
Price: $25.00
"Mannequin is more than enthusiastic to announce the re-release of both the LPs (Multiple Choice from 1980 and Regular Guys from 1985) plus the two single 7"s Saturday Night/Sunday Morning and A Circuit Like Me from this legendary minimal synth band from Australia. The group was an integral part of the early electronic music scene in Australia and their releases have become collectors items in Europe, as they are mostly impossible to find. The Metronomes first appeared in Melbourne in 1979 and initial members were rock journo/synth player Al Webb, bass player Andrew Picouleau (Secret Police, Sacred Cowboys) and synth-pioneer Ash Wednesday, nowadays a live tour member of Einstürzende Neubauten. Al himself will admit later that Ashs ingenuity in creating something out of very little was the key to the Metronomes sounding as "produced" as they did. Their first 7 single Saturday Night/Sunday Morning came out in 1980, featuring a real metronome as rhythm section with instrumentals layered over, and the second A Circuit Like Me/Closed Circuit from 1980 featured more experimentation with drum machines and rhythm sections recorded using a borrowed Roland CR 78. It was the first time in their compositions that a vocal had been used, courtesy of a lady called Talking Judy. The first full-length Multiple Choice was recorded in the winter of 1980, using Roland Strings, a mini-Korg, some Arp synthesizers and a Boss Dr-55 -- a drum machine that was intensively used by many minimal synth bands during the 80s. The second album Regular Guys was released in 1985 and featured the next wave of synth toys like the Oberheim synth, Oberheim drum machine and Prophet 5. Once the programming was set up, the instrumental tracks were dumped via a PCM box direct to video tape, a pioneering process which almost entirely eliminated tape-hiss. Hand-numbered limited pressing of 500 copies. 2LP housed in a gatefold cover with rare pictures. Includes an insert with The Metronomes band history by former member Al Webb." - Mannequin.

Artist: MONUMENTS
Title: Age
Format: LP
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $21.00
"Mannequin Records are pleased to present a crown jewel of the early 80s Italian minimal synth scene. The Monuments came into being in January 1981 in Turin when Mauro Tavella (keyboards, programming) and Andrea Costa (keyboards, voice) pooled their artistic experiences. From the outset, they produced exclusively synthesized music, following the natural evolution in electronic music from the early days with monophonic synthesizers to the latest virtual sounds generated with the aid of computers. The Monuments released in 1984 their only official record on Discordie, a mini-LP called Age, comprising six incredibly fantastic electro-pop tracks, here reissued by Mannequin Records with two bonus tracks, "Veiled Lady" and "The Seals," which are outtakes from the same period. All the tracks were recorded on a Tascam 8-track, with external synchronization of the percussion, at the TKS Studio in Torino. From 1987 onwards, they focused exclusively on music for theater, radio and independent film, writing scores for the opening sequences of programs for some of the most important Italian TV companies as well as soundtracks for documentaries. Anna Logue Records released XXVII CD in 2009, an anthology of their music that contains the best of their early work from the years 1981-1984. Some critics thought of this mini-LP as the best electro-pop record ever to come out of Italy. A masterpiece. Strongly recommended for fans of New Order, Kraftwerk, Chromagain, and Lisfrank. Artwork reworked from the original cover from 1984. Limited edition of 300 copies." -Mannequin.

Artist: MONUMENTS
Title: From the Future: The 1982-1983 Tapes
Format: LP
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $21.00
"Mannequin Records excavation into early 80s Italian minimal synth continues with the 1982-1983 demo tapes of Turins Monuments, following the labels 2013 reissue of their only official release, the 1984 mini-LP Age (MNQ 040LP), which comprises six incredibly fantastic electro-pop tracks. Monuments came into being in January 1981 when Mauro Tavella (keyboards, programming) and Andrea Costa (keyboards, voice) pooled their artistic experiences. From the outset, they produced exclusively synthesized music, following the natural evolution in electronic music from the early days with monophonic synthesizers to the latest virtual sounds generated with the aid of computers. Most of tracks included here were composed between the summer and autumn of 1982 in the duos private TKS recording studio in Turin. Some were made at the beginning of 1983, but only one, "Clocks Room," was later rearranged and included on Age. Edition of 300." - Mannequin.

Artist: MUSUMECI
Title: Schwarz Morgen/Zusammen
Format: LP
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $21.00
"Mannequin Records is proud to present one of the rarest and most unknown Italian minimal synth bands from the 80s. Musumeci were formed in Turin at the beginning of 1985, by Mauro M. (synthesizers, ex-guitar player of Rude Pravo) and Franco G. (programming, ex-noise-maker of Errata-S-Corrige). The group was founded as a link and expression of various experiences, aimed, at least initially, to highlight the individual personalities of the members. The formation settled after six months of testing with the final entry of Laura G. (ex-keyboardist of Rude Pravo) and Paul C. (voice of K Position). Musumeci were playing several shows, preceded by long monologues incorporated with space atmospheres, electrical scans, voices, screams, etc. Presented here are the two super-rare demo tapes that Musumeci recorded in 1985 (Schwarz Morgen) and in 1986 (Zusammen), on their own label, Zeltweg. Strongly recommended for fans of D.A.F., Severed Heads, Liaisons Dangereuses, Single Gun Theory, and Front 242. Artwork designed by Mushy and Alessandro Adriani. Limited edition of 300 copies." - Mannequin.

Artist: NO MORE
Title: Suicide Commando
Format: 12"
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $18.00
Re-pressed. "RSD 2015 release. 160-gram vinyl. 12" reissue of German trio No Mores minimal electro classic Suicide Commando, originally released in 1981 as a 7 single and subsequently reprinted in 1984 as a 12 single with a different B-side track list. Optimo describes it as "a song that refuses to die. A couple of years after these Germans recorded this, it spread like a virus to become a cult classic. The virus is still spreading to this day." In the 1990s the song entered the techno and electro scenes, and was remixed by DJ Hell and Echopark (Moguai and Torsten Stenzel)." - Mannequin.

Artist: PLATH
Title: Plath (Alessandro Adriani Edit)
Format: 12"
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $16.00
"Originally self-released as a 7" in 1982, Plaths self-titled release is definitely one of the obscure gems of the Italian underground. Plath were a duo from Prato, formed in 1982 by Silvia Innocenti (voice, bass guitar) and Fabrizio Lucarini (synth, drum machine). Plath were influenced by Throbbing Gristle and early Cabaret Voltaire works. A side includes the original single in full, with the classic "I Am Strange Now", recently unearthed by Alessio Natalizia (Not Waving) in his monumental Mutazione (2013). The B side contains a killer percussive edit of Alessandro Adriani made for the most crazy mental dancefloors." - Mannequin.

Artist: RED TEMPLE SPIRITS
Title: Dancing to Restore an Eclipsed Moon
Format: Double LP
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $29.00
"Dancing to Restore an Eclipsed Moon is the debut studio album of American post-punk band Red Temple Spirits. It was released in 1988 on the Nate Starkman & Son label, a subsidiary of Fundamental. Rock critic Piero Scaruffi praised the album, calling it a "ponderous masterpiece" and writing, "The extravagant mysticism [...] had few or no precedents. It rehashed emotional debris left buried under the cosmic and ritualistic hymn of Interstellar Overdrive, under the psychotic and metaphysical melodrama of The End, under the apocalyptic frenzy of Sister Ray, while scouring medieval fairy tales, Tibetan mantras, whirling sufi dances and gothic ballads for intimations of supernatural existence." L.A.s Red Temple Spirits perform ritualistic, droning post-punk soundscapes augmented by tribal drumming, 60s psychedelia, and a (new age) spiritual sensibility courtesy of British emigré and frontman William Faircloth, fresh off of an EP with Ministry Of Love. The band also features guitarist Dallas Taylor and bassist Dino Paredes, a former member of Perry Farrells pre-Janes Addiction band Psi Com. Los Angeles-based Red Temple Spirits were prophets and shamen, ritualistic healers musically exploring an entirely new world. Pulsating psychedelic sonics meet mesmerizing mysticism, comprising intense spiritual, tribal, primitive imagery. Formed in early 1987, the band has released two albums via Nate & Starkman Son Records (distributed by Fundamental) and disbanded in 1993. Limited edition of 500 copies, no repress. RSD 2014 exclusive. Long-time no repress vinyl version. Strongly recommended for fans of The Cure, Savage Republic, Pink Floyd, and Christian Death." - Mannequin.

Artist: V/A
Title: Der Zeltweg - Italian Tapes Industrial Music 1982-1984 Volume 2
Format: LP
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $28.00
RSD 2016 release. 160-gram LP. Limited edition of 500. "The second volume of Der Zeltweg - Italian Tapes Industrial Music 1982-1984, documenting the legendary Musumecis Der Zeltweg tape label, which existed for a few years in the early 80s. While the A-side collects music produced by some of Musumecis side projects (Errata-S-Corrige, Gasdehyde, Herpes-Z) introduced in the first volume of Der Zeltweg (2015) (plus a previously unreleased early Musumeco studio track), the B-side contains the first full reissue of the Il Fantasma della Libertà tape by The Psychopathic Blossom (Der Zeltweg 002), an unexpected, experimental guitar-bass-noise album permeated with Italian-language philosophical declamations and short, pulsating rhythms. For a brief moment Turin was Italys Sheffield, producing an astonishing number of DIY electronic groups. In the context of a wider Europe, Italy has never been thought of as a hotbed of minimal electronic music, but Mannequins Danza Meccanica: Italian Synth Wave compilations have shone a light on a scene that was relatively unknown even within Italys borders. Musumeci is one of the labels most obscure discoveries, but its combined reissue of Musumecis two super-rare demo tapes (MNQ 042LP, 2013) was just the beginning. The mission is now terminated with the second volume of Der Zeltweg - Italian Tapes Industrial Music 1982-1984. Mastered by Rude 66. Graphics by Alessandro Adriani with the help of Lee Douglas." - Mannequin.
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Artist: V/A
Title: klangFarBe: German Democratic Republic Tape Music 1983-1987
Format: LP
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $28.00
RSD 2016 release. Limited edition of 500. "klangFarBe: German Democratic Republic Tape Music 1983-1987 is a compilation of tracks from Frank Bretschneiders legendary experimental new wave label klangFarBe, which Bretschneider ran from 1985 to 1989 in Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany (now known as Chemnitz). Bretschneider, who would go on to found the raster-noton label with Olaf Bender and Carsten Nicolai, established klangFarBe to make his music accessible to a small group of interested parties, eventually publishing eight releases in all. Due to the restrictive laws in the German Democratic Republic, where media was completely controlled by the government and any private publishing was actually illegal, it was only possible to publish releases in very limited editions. At first only known to a handful of specialists, the label soon became well known with the help of Lutz Schramm, host of the famous Parocktikum radio program on East Germanys DT 64 station. With the fall of the wall, Bretschneider gained new opportunities to publish his music in a more professional way, and closed down klangFarBe in 1989 after releasing its final cassette, Trickbeat by Bretschneiders new wave band AG. Geige. This collection includes tracks by Bretschneider, Kriminelle Tanzkapelle (Bretschneider and Fritz-Hendrik Melle), Stein im Brett (Bretschneider and Matthias Stein), and AG. Geige. Mastered by Frank Bretschneider. Graphic design by Alessandro Adriani." Mannequin.
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Artist: ZAHGURIM
Title: Moral Rearmament
Format: LP
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $21.00
“Early pioneers of the UK industrial music scene, Zahgurim were formed in 1983 by Paul Ackerley and William Vince and were associated with the iconic Temple Ov Psychick Youth. Recorded on October 24th and 25th, 1984, Moral Rearmament was the first and subsequently only vinyl release by the group, and was released on the same year by the legendary Berlin record label Atonal Records. The album was produced and mixed by Paul Ackerley and William Vince with Simon Crabtree and Julian Gilbert (both of Bourbonese Qualk) at The Old Ambulance Station, Old Kent Road, London on October 24 and 25 1984. Zahgurim were in fact invited by Konnex Records producer Manfred Schiek to record an album for his recently launched sub-label, Berlin Atonal, and by Berlin Atonal Festival founder Dimitri Hegemann [aka Leningrad], to perform at his pioneering sonic art event alongside Test Dept., Laibach, Club Moral and others. Moral Rearmament became Berlin Atonals fifth release [ST 3005], the label having launched with two live recordings by Psychic TV. This new and first vinyl repress celebrates the 30th anniversary of a classic industrial album, and includes two bonus tracks "Dog Unit" and "Presence" never released on vinyl before and created to mark the occasion of this release. For fans of Bourbonese Qualk, Psychic TV, Test Dept., Zev.” - Mannequin.

Artist: ZOMBIES UNDER STRESS
Title: Stalin
Format: 12"
Label: Mannequin
Country: Germany
Price: $16.00
"Mannequin Records present the 12" release of the Dutch Industrial band Zombies Under Stress. Started in 1984 as an industrial/electronic one-man project, the band has expanded to a seven-person multimedia collective. The band has always maintained a pure industrial approach, through the use of analog synthesizers, microphones, effects and distorted acoustic sounds. Four killer tracks make up this release. "Liberation" and "Stalin" are from their 1985 cassette Fanaticism & Hysteria, this last one also presented in a "Seven Sisters Of Putin" remix form. The killer slow industrial-techno "Message" is from the cassette Matrix Machinations (1996)." - Mannequin.

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