Portion Control, Van Kaye + Ignit reissues out today

Before February ends we have 2 new reissues out that come from across the pond and stretch back to the years 1980-82.

Van Kaye & Ignit, the Dutch duo of Ed Van Kasteren and Ignatine Bekken, met in 1980 and in 1981 released their “Picassos on the Wall” 7″ and their debut 60-minute cassette album A Slight Delay. Dark Entries’ re-issue includes the entire11-track original c-60 cassette, as well as the 4 tracks from the 7″.

Portion Control is the British industrial trio of John Whybrew, Ian Sharp and Dean Piavani, with self-described style of “hard rhythmic electronics”, who are seen as a major influencer on Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly and Depeche Mode. From 1980 onward, they released a serires of 12″ singles and a full length, I Staggered Mentally. Dark Entries has breathed new life into their debut ,album originally released on Phaze Records in 1982, releasing it now in packaging that includes eight-page, stapled pamphlet that contains press releases, concert flyers and photos circa the recording of the album.

Negroe In N.Y
Love You Generator
Into Plan A
Glad To Be Home
Excerpt From Toys
America Can Wait
Picassos On The Wall
Opera Of Worms
Goin Thru Life

Van Kaye + Ignit is the Dutch duo of Ed Van Kasteren (Van Kaye) and Ignatine Bekken (Ignit), who joined forces in the city of Arnhem during early 1980. While at university, Van Kaye was the singer of The MoNoMeN, a local new wave band. By the end of 1979 he had become more interested in the use of electronics and rhythmic industrial patterns. In April 1980 he released a demo cassette with 30 minutes of his own work titled “A Slight Delay”. While experimenting with synthesizers and developing extreme sounds, he met Ignit, who had previously worked in the fields of art and performance. Together they recorded their first 4 songs with guest musician Williem Wisselink (Wizzkopf) in the summer of 1981, and released the “Picassos on the Wall 7“ later that year on their own Ding Dong label. Van Kaye + Ignit then began work on their debut 60 minute cassette album, A Slight Delay. Like the 7”, all songs were recorded and mixed by Van Kaye at his home studio on a TEAC A-3440 four-track recorder.

Self-released in 1981, the album pairs conceptual sophistication with disarming naïveté in a way that has been difficult to replicate since the formative years of ‘bedroom’ electronic music. Both members handle vocals (or non-vocals), and songs feature everything from new wave riffs to slowly shifting oscillator buzzes and eerie electronics over mechanical rhythms.

This reissue includes the entire 11-track original c-60 cassette A Slight Delay, as well as all 4 tracks from the “Picassos on the Wall 7” spread across two vinyl discs. For the first time ever, the original 1/4” master tapes have been transferred and remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The jacket is a replica based on the original A Slight Delay cassette artwork, which was designed by the Van Kaye, with a hand-colored textured photograph resized and laid out by Eloise Leigh. Each album includes an 8×14 double sided insert with photos, lyrics, liner notes by the band, and a fold-out poster.

He Is Patriotic
Out Of Order
Plateau Stage
All Present And Correct
Sex Crimes
Sure Is Kinda Spooky
Mass Disorder
Sort Out

Portion Control is a British electronic and industrial band from South London. The trio of John Whybrew, Ian Sharp and Dean Piavani started out experimenting with electronics in 1980. Linking up with In Phaze Records, they released a number of cassettes and records before signing with Illuminated Records in 1983. There followed a series of classic 12″ singles: “Raise the Pulse”, “Rough Justice” and “Go-Talk”, which have become underground dancefloor hits. The band classifies their music style as “Hard Rhythmic Electronics” and were a major influence on Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly and Depeche Mode.

Going back a few years, the band released their first official vinyl album I Staggered Mentally on In Phaze Records in 1982. This album laid the template for the harder edged rhythmic industrial sound of the 80s and 90s. I Staggered Mentally is as raw as electronic music gets. Dean Piavani’s anguished vocals are the lone human element amidst electric drones, metallic beats and alien analog flickers. Lead synths and effects were created with the Roland SH-09 and RS-09. The rhythm section was provided by the Roland TR-606 and then brand new TB-303 Bassline. Pulsing rhythmic tones were generated using the sample and hold feature of the Moog Rogue. This album documents the band’s transition from Cabaret Voltaire-inspired experimentalists into proto-EBM and electro-industrial pioneers. It remains a shockingly brutal and viscerally exciting statement.

All songs have been remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The jacket is an exact replica of the original 1982 edition featuring a pixelated man screaming. Each copy includes a 8 page, stapled pamphlet that contains press releases, concert flyers and photos circa the recording of I Staggered Mentally. The perfect soundtrack for the harsh, even malignant, urban-industrial nightmare.

Next month is Women’s History Month, and to celebrate Dark Entries will be releasing records from pioneering Greek musician, Lena Platonos and the Danish trio Moral, led by captivating lead singer Hanne Winterberg.

Platonos, who remains active today, began playing the piano at a very young age, and after years of studying in Vienna and Berlin, returned to her native Greece to release her first collaborative album in 1981. Dark Entires will be re-issuing Gallop, her second solo record, which when it was released in 1985 was ahead of its time, both thematically and sonically.

Moral released their debut mini-album, “Dance of Dolls’ in 1981, followed by “Whispering Sons’” in 1982. After lives tours with Monochrome Set and Nico, the trio crafted their own brand of Nordic melancholic Post Punk, which resulted in their debut LP And Life Is… released in 1984.

01 Μια Άσκηση Φυσικής Άλυτη
02 Τι Νέα Ψιψίνα
03 Μάρκος
04 Κι Ακούμε Σ’αγαπώ
05 ‘Ερωτες Το Καλοκαίρι
06 Εμιγκρέδες Της Ρουμανίας
07 Ηδύποτο Ρουμπίνι
08 Μάγισσες
09 Το 9
10 Αιμάτινες Σκιές Από Απόσταση
11 Γκάλοπ

Λένα Πλάτωνος (Lena Platonos) is a Greek musician, pianist and music composer. One of the pioneers in the Greek electronic music scene of the 1980s, she remains active until today. Lena was born on the island of Crete and grew up in Athens. She began learning how to play the piano at the age of two and became a professional pianist before turning eighteen. Soon afterwards, she received a scholarship and studied in Vienna and Berlin where she was exposed to jazz, rock and Middle Eastern music. She permanently returned to Greece in the late 70’s and began working with the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation. Her debut album was released in 1981 and marked a innovative change in Greek music by featuring the strong use of synthesizers, which Platonos had begun to experiment with.

‘Γκάλοπ’ (‘Gallop’) was Lena Platonos’ second record that she solely composed, produced and sang. The record was released in 1985 and had a profound effect on the contemporary Greek music scene. ‘Gallop’ was composed in the wake of a painful separation and took several months to complete. Lena says, “It’s a study in the mythology of urban population of the contemporary metropolis and also a gaze into the future life of it.” The album is made exclusively of analog synthesizers and heavily features the iconic Roland TR-808 drum machine. Lena’s narrates each song, reciting her own surreal Greek poetry with unique skill. Lyrics deal with heartbreak, dreams, desires and the foresight of society’s obsession with computers in our daily lives. ‘Gallop’ is an album ahead of its time and Lena has an exceptional talent for conceiving issues that were to conquer Greek TV screens and newspapers many years later.

All songs have been remastered from the original master tapes for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The jacket is an exact replica of the 1985 edition featuring Lena’s original collage. Each copy includes a two-sided lavender 11”x11” insert with lyrics, photos and liner notes by Lena, filmmaker Antonis Boskoitis and fellow Greek musician Vassilikos. Prepare to become fully enveloped and entranced by this haunting masterpiece.

01 Airscape
02 Lady Happiness
03 Still Remaining
04 On Serial Rendau
05 Dance Of The Dolls
06 Trees In November
07 Juice
08 The Wedding
09 Slottet I Luften
10 Frosty Nights
11 The Average Life
12 Whispering Sons

Moral was the trio of Marco Andreis (Guitars, Bass), Hanne Winterberg (Vocals) and Ingolf Brown (Synthesizers, Rhythm Box, Sequencer) from Aarhus, Denmark formed in 1981. They released their debut mini-album “Dance of the Dolls” on cassette in 1981 and the album “Whispering Sons” on cassette in 1982. The group played very few concerts, but supported both Monochrome Set and Nico. In May 1983, they contributed three songs to the Irmgardz Records sampler “Somewhere Outside”, a compilation featuring groups from outside of Copenhagen.

During the summer of 1983, Moral recorded and produced their debut LP, “And Life Is…” at Ingolf Brown’s home studio. It was the first release on Ingolf’s label ARP Gramophone in August 1984. Influenced by early 4AD Records, Joy Division, Brian Eno and Wire, the band crafted their own brand of Nordic melancholic Post Punk. The album develops the band’s signature sound of airy, glacial synthesizers with crepuscular guitar and serpentine melodies. The main synthesizers used are the primitive Roland TR-606 Drumatix, the percussion side-kick to the TB-303, plus the BOSS DR-55 Dr. Rhythm drum machine. Hanne’s hauntingly beautiful vocals walk the line between germanic chill of Nico and Alison Statton of Young Marble Giants. Lyrical themes of cold nights and blossoming relationships paint a detailed picture of youthful life in Scandinavia. This deluxe edition contains three bonus tracks that originally appeared on the “Somewhere Outside” compilation.

All songs have been remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The jacket is an exact replica of the original 1984 edition featuring a photo by Per Wiklund of a wave crashing into the sea. Each copy includes a double sided 11”x11” insert containing lyrics for each song and photos of the band. This reissue is dedicated to Ingolf Brown who passed away in 2012.

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