LDDLM004 – C.A.R. – IDLE EYES / ANGELINA REMIXES
Our new release has been a long time coming and is the first collaboration between those evil twins that are LDDLM and KILL THE DJ, two labels joined at the hip.
C.A.R. is Chloe Raunet’s project, whose album MY FRIEND will be released on October 25th on KTDJ. This is obviously an important project all round for her and for us and there was so much to do that two labels was a perfect idea. She originally wrote the ‘IDLE EYES’ lyrics for Gesaffelstein, who turned them down in favour of another two tracks they’d done together. A new song was woven from the words.
Roman Flugel is not only an old friend of the family but also one of our favourite producers. His album on DIAL and recent remixes has proven that he’s on top of his game. There are bleeps, there are subs, and Chloe’s vocal drifting on top of a general electronic monster. Already hammered by Daniel Avery, Dixon, and many more.
Kill the DJ commissioned the Planningtorock remix and we loved it so much that we ‘stole it’ for our vinyl release. JAM has made the song hers, pitching down the vocal, punking up the bass grove and adding, yes, disco strings (Tiga: “I thought I hated strings”).
Manfredas remix of ‘Angelina’ was Ivan’s biggest record for the whole of last year, licensed by Rebolledo for his mixed CD and causing stir here and there. The 12″ will include the instrumental version but as friends, we may soon give the vocal. follow us to know where. This is a very hard track to describe, a cross between a panzer and Rondo Veneziano on acid. It’s for those who dare.
Finally, Robert Johnson and Hinvern new wunderkid, Benedikt Frey (his Blanc 002 was…) delivers a brilliant acid rendering but not a cliché plastic warehouse thing. This builds and builds and builds…
if you prefer the digital format, Kill the DJ has made some of those remixes plus excellent takes by CLARA 3000 and Rroxymore available to all at iTunes
LDDLM003 – CHROMOSOME/NOSEI HAMIGBAAT/TOVA GERTNER – A DOWNTOWN TEL AVIV EP
When the Ginger Prince and myself started Les Disques de La Mort, we pondered on reissues. As ever, we wanted pretentiously to “do things differently”. Our basic rule on the subject was: every 3-4 releases, we’ll bring some tracks back from the dead.
So here’s our SPECIAL EDITION 1: A DOWNTOWN TEL AVIV EP.
I will try to make a long story short.
A few trips in Tel Aviv (where I met Johnny Sharoni and Niv Arzi, the people who made this EP possible) made me aware of the extensive and more importantly, quasi forgotten, wave and pop scene from Israel. I won’t dwell on the in and outs of the question but I was blown away by a lot of stuff they passed on to me. I was also glad that the people who made these records were still around, and more than happy to get them see the light of the day again, in original or slightly edited version.
GAZOLINA by CHROMOSOME is one of those record hunters grail. Fetching far too much money on Discogs these days and having been a DJing classic of RED AXES for years, it was only natural that Niv and Dori got their hands dirty. Their edit keeps the raw punk rage of the original and is all the better for it.
NOSEI HAMIGBAAT’s BIRTHDAY was the track that triggered it all and appears on vinyl for the first time in 30 years (I strongly recommend buying the CD of their album on Anova, a label dedicated to excavating the TA underground). This is a heavily psychedelic romp, as if the 13th floor elevator had stopped on the 1983th floor. Wave, but in a cramped style. THIS HAS BEEN LEFT UNTOUCHED, IN ALL IT’S BEAUTY.
Okay, the purists will tell me that TOVA GERTNER is not part of the DOWNTOWN TEL AVIV scene. They are right, she is not. But ETMOL (1987), a chart hit in Israel, was too much of a good pop song to let pass. Tim Paris and myself are on edit duty and we have made up a genre for it: Balnearic is the sound of the beach and the nose bleed – pianos and hands not in the air but in your pockets, searching for those empty wraps. “downlifting”? IS
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LDDLM002 – MANFREDAS – PINK INDUSTRY
We said Les Disques de la Mort was about unknown geniuses and old flames. It is.
As a touring DJ, you always get sent/given tracks by people you’ve never heard of. Most of them, well… When Ivan met Manfredas at Smala, his night in Vilnius, and he gave him a USB stick with “the first tracks he was happy with” (his words), Ivan knew he had to have a close listen.
Why? Because his set blew him away and his night had ‘cult’ written all over it. It is not often that he gets that excited.
And god was he right! This was music that seemed tailored for us: Extreme efficiency and a high bizarre factor. THE music for us.
PINK INDUSTRY is warped bass funk at its best. Played on his BBC6 mix, Ivan has been hassled for it since then. UUMELLMAHAYE pushes the punk limit towards a synth cliff. And we jump.
We expect a lot from MANFREDAS, he has already remixed Jaako Einlevi, Margot and his C.A.R remix (which we will release jointly with KTDJ) has already been picked up by Rebolledo for his Kompakt mixed CD.
If we are proud of the young chicken, we are also extremely proud to have the first ZONGAMIN remixes in far too long. Zongamin is a bit of a hero of ours, his first album still being played and played and played in our bunker. To our joy, he gave us not one but two remixes that push our boundaries even further: TAKE ONE is disco gone wrong (as it should be) and TAKE TWO almost borders on the very contemporary analog fuzzy techno of L.I.E.S without losing sight of the mirror ball.
A second ep of our wunderkid (inc a Richard Norris psych-out!) is already in the can. Believe us we are not gonna let this one be snatched by others… This one has reached the Juno top 10 straight on release.
BEWARE OF THE WOLF.
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LDDLM001 – MARGOT – WALDORF
Waldorf was tracked down by Leon after hearing it in a badly ripped James Holden youtube set. No idea whatsoever. Just the feeling of a fairly big & elusive animal. Finding out it was MARGOT was not simple, it never is with these guys, their music defining our ‘style of no style’.
So, Sparkle… MARGOT had released their MAGICO DISCO ep on Kill The Dj, my french output (by the way, they were also passed on to him by Holden, just a bit more officially). There it was. Rest is administrative history.
What is it with Waldorf then? Well, we don’t really know. You never really know with Pepe & Giaga, the two Rimini geniuses. In those times of ‘slow s the new black’, why would one want to release a 140 bpm techno track? When pop house is in order, why one want to release a Tovey/Soft cell vocal romp sung in an unknown language (we still haven’t got a clue, we don’t want to)?
Erol Alkan was, for us,an obvious choice. Why again? Because he’s such a gentleman of taste, first and foremost. And an old friend that, like us, does not dwell on past glories. Looking ahead His ‘extended rework’ is exactly that: Erol would not give us ‘an Erol track’ with a sprinkle of Margot on top. Erol made Margot his (including rave pianos), or Margot is Erol, i don’t know. Have a listen, you will. Ivan S.
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