Tag Archives: chris & cosey

Artist of the day #8

Testpattern is an early 80ies japanese duo, mostly forgotten since their output was quite scarce. Yet, a single album and a few compilation tracks should make them a valuable asset to your sonic library. They manage the surprising task of reminding us of Kid Creole, Chris & Cosey and Holger Czukay all at the same time. Enjoy!

Bertrand Delanowave

Track of the day #13

The origin of Ceramic Hello lays in prog rock, but thankfully, this early 80ies american duo settled for a minimal proto-techno approach before releasing their first album in 1981. Since that not much has happened appart from a growing cult-fanbase and the recent but long out-of-print reissue of the album, including an additional LP of bonus material, namely b-side tracks and demos. Out of those demos recorded in 1981-83 comes Sampling the Blast Furnace, a marvel of a song that hasn’t letf my turntables and my DJ bag ever since. It’s a tad dark and full of tension, but probably as forward-thinking as the early Chris & Cosey we’ve been writing about last week.

Bertrand Delanowave

Artist of the day #2

Yesterday, I played CTI‘s seminal album during the show, more specifically the “Dancing Ghosts” track. What sets it apart is its historical inaugural use of both the Roland TR808 and TB303. Recorded in 1983, this anticipates a chicago trend that we’ve been eager to document in the past three years or so.

Anticipation is indeed one of the trademark features from the duo more widely known as Chris & Cosey, of Throbbing Gristtle fame. If you can’t hear Detroit coming in their 1982 Trance LP, you seriously need to check your ears!

Of late, Chris & Cosey have enjoyed a renewed interest from the educated masses, thanks to some timely reissues, their afford mentioned anticipation quality and a few DJs claimed love. What I’ve come to realize was missing in this second coming was the emphasis on the multimedia aspect of their work. The Elemental 7 came out under their CTI guise on Cabaret Voltaire‘s Doublevision imprint, a publishing company dedicted to video art as early as 1982! They published VHSs in both NTSC and PAL formats of their work and likeminded people, such as CTI. So thanks to the internet and globalization, here’s CTI‘s first published VHS for Doublevision, in four parts.
Let the re-discovery begin!

Bertrand Delanowave

04/29/2011 Playlist

Gala DropDrop – 12″ – Overcoat Heat EP – Golf Channel (2011)
Arp & Anthony MooreSpinette – 12″ – Today’s Psalter EP – Rvng Intl. (2010)
Blue Sabbath Black Cheer & Irr. App. (Ext.)Glutton – LP – Skeletal Copula Remains – Gnarled Forest (2011)
Boddika2727 – 2X12″ – 2727 – Swamp 81 (2011)
The Black AngelsEntrance Song (Rain Dance Version) – 10″ – Phosgene Nightmare – Blue Horizon (2011)
The AnswerJohn (Acid John) – 12″ – John – Rockin’ House (1988)
The Taj-Mahal TravellersPart 1 – LP – Live At Moderna Museet In Stockholm, 9th July 1971 – B13 (2011)
Chris & CoseyDriving Blind (Moist Sexy Mix by Vapourspace) – 2XLP – Twist – T&B (1995)
NVIt’s Alright (Extended Dub Version) – 12″ – It’s Alright – Sire (1983)

02/25/2011 Playlist

Chris & CoseyArcade – LP – Exotica – Conspiracy International (2011 – re)
XXXY You Only Start It – 10″ – You Only Start It/Ordinary Things – Ten Thousand Yen (2011)
Rodney BakerrCrazy Track – 12″ – Bakerr Tracks vol.1 – Rockin’ House (1993)
Lidell TownsellUnder Control – 12″ – Get The Hole – Trax Records (1988)
GhĂ©dalia TazartesFerme Ta Gueule Zarathoustra – LP – Granny Award – Alga Marghen (2011)
The SilvermanCircle The Sun And You Become One – 2xLP – Beta-Lactam Ring Records (2003)
Falty DLHip Love – 12″ – Hip Love – Ramp Recordings (2011)
Jacques GreeneThe Look – 12″ – The Look – Lucky Me Music (2010)
Andy Blake X – 12″ – Cave Paintings 2 – Cave Paintings (2010)
A Certain RatioKether The Knives – 12″ – Knife Slits Water – Mango (1982)
Umberto The Child – LP – From The Grave – Permanent Records (2010)
Volcano The BearPlanetary Bethlehem – LP – Planetary Bethlehem – Beta-Lactam Ring Records (2011)

01/21/2011 Playlist

Nurse With WoundMy Saxy Baby – CD – Second Pirate Session – United Jnana (2010 reissue)
Jon MuellerHearts – LP+CD – The Whole – Type (2010)
Arsene SouffriauAttente – 3xCD – ExpĂ©riences BIMES – Metaphon (2010)
Chris & CoseyCowboys in Cuba – LP – Trance – Conspiracy International (2010 reissue)
Alvin CurranCanti Illuminati (part 1) – 3xCD – Solo Works: The 70’s – New World (2010 comp.)
Anworth KirkFakelore – LP – Anworth Kirk – Pre-Cert Home Entertainment (2010)
The Legendary Pink DotsSpace Captain – 2xCD – The French Collection – Beta-Lactam Ring Records (2010)
BroadcastOh How I Miss You – CD – HaHa Sound – Warp (2003)