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BBH: Suzanne Ciani, Voices of Packaged Souls

Demdike Stare’s new reissue label, Dead-Cert Pressings, unearths a forgotten gem in Suzanne Ciani’s Voices of Packaged Souls.

BBH: Various Artists, In The Dark: The Soul Of Detroit

It’s not often that we’ll write up a repress here at LWE, especially when the original discs were released less than a decade ago, but then In the Dark is a pretty special collection of music.

BBH: Fresh & Low, Little ‘i’

Foul & Sunk’s reissue of Fresh & Low’s Little ‘i’ EP improves the record’s availability for fans (original copies are around €53 on Discogs) and make the rest of us aware that it even exists.

BBH: The Memory Foundation, Greenflash EP

Released during Memory Foundation’s most prolific period, the four track Greenflash EP offers examples of some of their best work.

BBH: Soft House Company, What You Need…

Although Soft House Company’s 1990 single “What You Need…” feels like a New York house anthem its Italian origins are what make it so special.

BBH: Newworldaquarium, Heavy Metal

When I stumbled upon Newworldaquarium’s Heavy Metal EP, released on Peacefrog in 2003, I snatched it without hesitation, something one should always do when confronted with Jochem Peteri’s records.

BBH: Projekt: PM, When The Voices Come

Kuri Kondrak considers Edgar Sinio’s When The Voices Come EP as Projekt: PM, which helped put Guidance Recordings on the Chicago house map in 1996.

BBH: Robert Hood, Stereotype EP

Robert Hood’s burst of activity in 2009 was composed half of new releases and half of reissues. After reissuing the classic Minimal Nation Hood fired off a couple new jams (including the wicked “Superman”) before continuing the reissues with The Pace/Wandering Endlessly. Which leads us to M.PM number 5, the legendary Stereotype EP first released in 1998. Last year we noted the strength of 2009’s reissues, and Hood’s were a big part of that.

BBH: Cluster & Eno, Cluster & Eno/Eno, Moebius & Roedelius, After the Heat

Here’s a proposition, possibly reductive, probably true: the German duo Cluster (Dieter Moebius and Hans Joachim Roedelius) were the only Krautrock act to make the usual artistic trajectory, from incipient experimentalism to more approachable, populist moves, without trading in one iota of their humour or their peculiar genius. Can and Tangerine Dream lost it; Faust and Ash Ra Tempel watered down most of their ideas (Faust’s “Krautrock” and Manuel Gottsching’s E2-E4 notwithstanding); Amon Duul II aren’t worth mentioning; perhaps only the other great Krautrock duo NEU!, of Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger, made it to the late 1970s with their aesthetics intact. Tracing Cluster’s history is a grand thing to do. Starting as Kluster, with third member Conrad Schnitzler, they released several albums of hard-nailed, formless analogue electronics, Klopfzeichen (Schwann, 1970), Zwei-Osterei (Schwann, 1971) and Eruption (1971), which were as vast and cold as the Arctic tundra, forbidding and steely in their gravity. After losing Schnitzler, the first two duo Cluster albums, 71 (Phillips, 1971) and Cluster II (Brain, 1972), explored similar terrain — an improvised meta-music that satellites out from the big bang of late ’60s counter-cultural disruption, where academic electronic music and the freedoms of rock at its most structurally footloose met on even terrain.