Post Tagged with: "Dark Entries"

The Green, White and Red of Dark Entries

After a range of releases in 2014 Josh Cheon is increasing Spaghetti Dance output of his pioneering imprint with not one but three reissues from the age of Cellophane and Xenon. I wrote recently about the proliferation of Italo Disco through the American West Coast. This spread is expanding from two hubs, Medical Records in […]

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Cute Heels :: Spiritual (Dark Entries)

Cute Heels is, in part, continuing the Industrial project which was started in the late 70s. That coarse and primitive pulse of the past is present, but so are the underpinnings of Birmingham and Detroit. San Francisco’s Dark Entries has, of late, been looking, more and more, to contemporary artists and groups. True, Josh Cheon’s […]

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Crash Course in Science & Psyche :: Double review (Dark Entries)

I sadly missed Dark Entries label boss Josh Cheon on his recent visit to Madrid. We made the plans, but they fell through; the best laid ones of… Despite this brief holiday respite the label has been busier than ever digging out some well-known pioneers of the Industrial scene. Crash Course in Science need little […]

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Lassigue Bendthaus :: Matter (Dark Entries)

Genres blend and melt, without ever being forced. It’s fascinating to see what some electronic artists did musically before taking on their better known mantles. Biosphere with his textured ambient soundscapes started out with synth-pop minimalism as E-Man. Techno stalwart Lagowski began his sonic career with the Industrial outfit of Nagamatzu, a duo that have […]

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Lè Travo :: Erring and Errant (Dark Entries)

Bollen quakes with the angst and anger that characterized the music of 80s synth wave. There is a pervasive sadness accompanying this frustration, but there are uplifting moments peppered amongst the discontent. Emotive and extricated, this lost artist has finally been revived for a new audience. Lè Travo, aka Patrick Bollen, is part of forgotten […]

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Top releases of 2013

Well over 150 releases have been selected by various igloomag.com contributors highlighting some of the finest in an expansive array of electronic music featuring ambient, dub, bass, glitch, industrial, IDM, electro, synth and various other sonic contortions. Links to reviews as well as a Soundcloud player are also included below. ALAN LOCKETT :: Top 20 Abdulla Rashim […]

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Victrola / Big Ben Tribe :: Double review (Dark Entries)

Big Ben Tribe and Victrola are from the same time, and same land, but their use of the synthesizer couldn’t have been more different. Whilst the Trieste group glow with youthful enthusiasm and verve, Victrola darken dreams with overturned ink pots and cigarette ash. Two lost, and almost forgotten, pieces of Italian synthesizer wonder. The […]

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Figure Study / Max + Mara :: Double review (Dark Entries)

The temperature may be dropping but this hasn’t hindered Dark Entries productivity. Josh Cheon’s fervent release rate is being maintained with two LPs from two contemporary US bands. Figure Study recently graced DE with a 7” precursor to their self-titled first album. The ice-like fingers of Winter grip. “Answers” drips contracted chords. Clips beats are […]

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Bézier / Leaether Strip :: Double review (Dark Entries)

The past has always been the focus of Dark Entries; well, the lesser known past. But there have been pockets of the present explored on the pioneering San Fran label. It’s first to some home-grown contemporary talent that DE turns before once again gazing into the obscure 80s. I first came across Robert Yang under […]

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Figure Study / Inhalt :: Double review (Dark Entries)

2013 looks to be the most productive year to date for Josh Cheon’s Dark Entries. Alongside a spread of superb re-issues is an exploration of the contemporary. It’s been a long time since Dark Entries released a 7”, by memory it was during the label’s beginnings with the excellent Death Domain. Time to return to […]

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Dark Day / Nagamatzu :: Double review (Dark Entries)

Dark Entries continues its stroll down memory lane with two more veterans of the label. Dark Day (aka Robin Crutchfield) has just been crowned most released artist for Dark Entries. Even after two full length albums Crutchfield’s early material is again being re-examined. Hands in the Dark is an eight track EP that catalogs pieces […]

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Eleven Pond :: Assemblage (Dark Entries)

Eleven Pond should need no introduction. This 80s group have reformed since being picked up by DE back in 2009. The group are gigging again, bringing their brand analogue pop rock to a new audience. For Dark Entries it is to the past the group return, back to unreleased material made in the latter days […]

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Algebra Suicide / Los Microwaves :: Double review (Dark Entries)

Whereas Algebra Suicide employed drum machines to create a laconic monologue, Los Microwaves used electronic equipment to drive experimentation. Two disparate LPs exploring different avenues of music, both employing newly electrified equipment to produce a unique signature. Dark Entries has the uncanny ability to find obscurity. Understandably the San Francisco imprint has experience of tracking […]

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Xex :: Xex:Change (Dark Entries)

A new wave narrative is at the heart of their sound, a fresh faced exuberance coupled with a critical eye. Experimental, intelligent and a tad tripped out. Dark Entries is the one of the most productive labels I know. Label boss Josh Cheon is constantly reviving material and bringing it to vinyl. Six albums have […]

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YOU. / SGNLS :: Double review (Blind Prophet)

Blind Prophet continues to explore some extremely interesting sounds. Toeing the lines between acoustic and electronic, the barroom and back alley basement, Blind Prophet consistently promises intrigue and experimentation. Sean Ragon’s Blind Prophet Records is now three years old. Since its inception Ragon’s imprint has focussed on the sounds of Minimal Synth and Post Punk, […]

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Q4U :: Q1 Deluxe Edition 1980-1983 (Dark Entries)

 Darkened sounds from an island of long winters and encroaching gloom. After a short pressing plant delay Dark Entries final entry in their women of synth wave series arrives.  Q4U hail from Iceland and are, despite some male members, the apex of Dark Entries she -synth series, closing the pyramid with Q1 Deluxe Edition 1980-1983. […]

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Kloot Per W :: Playback With A Switch… (Walhalla)

Kloot Per W explores with a sense of musical adventure, investigating a series of styles across his career. In parts the album descends into farce, in others there is some real quality on show. An ambitious assortment from Antwerp. It can be easy for releases to be missed. Every week there is a stream of […]

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Kitchen & The Plastic Spoons / Belaboris :: Double review (Dark Entries)

This archaeological imprint has once again dived into the past only to resurface with a spread of obscure female outfits from across the world. Dark Entries have decided to celebrate Women’s History Month with a twist. This archaeological imprint has once again dived into the past only to resurface with a spread of obscure female […]

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Various Artists & Informatics :: Double review (Dark Entries)

Two sides of the globe and two very different sounds. But, undeniably the messages explored by the “Things” and Informatics are similar. Technological advance, the crowning of the individual, global paranoia and the desire for self expression painted with the guitar string and the synthesizer chord. Maybe it is the San Francisco weather? Or it […]

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Fall of Saigon :: Untitled EP (Dark Entries)

Beaten. Enlivened. Youthful. Aged. Fall of Saigon took the divergent and smelted them into an uneasy union. The rudimentary composition to certain tracks amplifies their energy, purging them of decoration for a focus on the iron grip of pain that permeates. Grief laden and cruelly touching. An obscurity brought back to the light. [Release page] […]

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Smersh :: Cassette Pets (Dark Entries)

At beginning the listener could be forgiven for thinking that Smersh were an angry industrial outfit with a penchant for machines and a misunderstood attitude. But that is only the beginning, as the album runs forth a spectrum of sounds are revealed. [Release page] Undeniably, Dark Entries was one of the most prolific labels of 2012. […]

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Top releases of twenty-twelve

Well over 180 releases have been selected by various igloomag.com contributors highlighting some of the finest in an expansive array of electronic music featuring ambient, dub, bass, glitch, industrial, IDM, electro, synth and various other sonic contortions. Links to reviews as well as an iTunes audio player are also included below. ALAN LOCKETT :: Top […]

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Altres & The Product :: Double review (Dark Entries)

With the festive session in our midst it’s time to consume. Food. Drink. Maybe even some new music. Dark Entries have sorted out your next synthesizer stocking stuffer with some abstract analogue art. Dundee, Scotland, is not known for much. The Timex industrial dispute in the 90s. Tay Bridge. Mediocre football sides and of course the […]

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ADN’ Ckrystall & Lives Of Angels :: Double review (Dark Entries)

Dark Entries‘ second home must be Europe. San Francisco, California is where the hearth is, but label boss Josh Cheon has a deep-seated affection for the land across the pond. It is to Britain and France that Dark Entries is once more visiting for two releases from past masters. ADN’ Ckrystall aka Erick Moncollin is […]

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Linea Aspera :: Linea Aspera (Dark Entries)

The economic, social and environmental plates have been shifting viciously for years, culminating in the financial quake we are living through. Linea Aspera take up a synthesizer and a soulful songstress to map this present state. [Release page] I recently mentioned the prospect of “something” being in the waters of the US West Coast for […]

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Stress / Borghesia / X Ray Pop :: 3view (Dark Entries)

Stress are emblematic of the New Wave sound and expertly deliver the anxiety and uncertainty of the 1980s through strings and synthesizers. Borghesia come from a similar position, but on the other side of the curtain. Experimental, insular, industrial and trailblazing. X Ray Pop are the most relaxed of the trio, arty and analogue. Three […]

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Inhalt & Dark Day :: Double review (Dark Entries)

Dark Entries continues to dredge the depths of synth obscurity with two recent releases by Inhalt and Dark Day. Of late the San Fran imprint has taken to EP’s with another just added to the catalogue, this time from some homegrown synth pop talent: Inhalt. The triumvirate consist of Europeans and US music makers. Surprisingly […]

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Jeff & Jane Hudson :: In My Car (Electric Voice)

A worthy return from two minimal synth pioneers. 2011 saw the return of Jeff and Jane Hudson to the vinyl world. San Francisco’s Dark Entries, with Captured Tracks, reissued the couple’s seminal ’83 album Flesh. The twosome are now ready to release some new material. Cue Canada’s Electric Voice Records and a brand new 12” […]

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Vocoder :: Cuadro Sinóptico (Dark Entries)

Josh Cheon has outdone himself with this re-release. The tracks sound as good today as when I first heard them coming across cyberspace care of Mr Dalum’s record collection. Catchy, addictive and moreish; Vocoder sum up the glory of 80s analogue pop. Lamb. A chicken. Cabbages. Peas. Quinoa. Cream. Providence. Providence seems to be on […]

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