October 25, 2014

Zazou, Bikaye & CY1 - Noir et Blanc, 1983

One of the most organically freaky records I've ever heard. Totally serendipitous experimental pile-on of traditional Congolese singer Bony Bikaye; Algerian-born French producer Hector Zazou; and Claude Micheli and Guillaume Loizillon, mechanics of a massive wall of early 70s analog computers who called themselves CY1. Calling this "east meets west" is totally reductive; this thing is man meets machine on another planet.

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October 20, 2014

Suzanne Ciani - Seven Waves, 1982

Impeccably arranged waves of synthesizer. Suzanne Ciani is a legend.

October 11, 2014

Deutsche Wertarbeit - Deutsche Wertarbeit, 1981

The only solo record from Dorothea Raukes, ex-singer of krautrock band Streetmark. Really tasteful and meditative synth textures, and melodies that feel oddly familiar even on first-listen. "Auf Engelsfl├╝geln" is a narrative high point; "Der Grosse Atem" is a shimmering cosmic closer. Definitely an on-repeat record.

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October 8, 2014

Roberto Cacciapaglia & Ann Steel - The Ann Steel Album, 1979


Looks like another kitschy futurist synth record, but it's beautifully constructed, sometimes psychotic avant-garde pop. Side note: check out Telex's cover of the anthemic "My Time."

October 6, 2014

Francis Bebey - Akwaaba, 1985

Guest post by Collin Crowe

A personal favorite. Aquatic mbira rhythms with heavy overtone vocals that sound like splitting wood.

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October 4, 2014

Leda - Welcome to Joyland, 1978

Guest post by Collin Crowe

Peter Baumann's uncredited cosmic modular electro-pop album.

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October 2, 2014

Solid Space - Space Museum, 1982

Acoustic guitar and synth, together, as one -- and still so dark! Not available for purchase anywhere.