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Various Artists 'Prophecy & Progress' 2CD

£17.00

January 2023

Somewhere on here lurks an early Colin Potter track & also a track by Steve Parry & Colin, from their forthcoming 'Womb' CD......

  1. Clock DVA - Lomticks of Time
  2. Vice Versa - Idol
  3. Colin Potter - Number Five
  4. Konstruktivists - Vision Speed
  5. Naked Lunch - Rabies
  6. Five Times of Dust - Automation
  7. Schleimer K - Women
  8. V-Sor X - Conversation With
  9. Attrition - Beast of Burden (feat. 2006 Remaster)
  10. David Harrow & Peter Hope - Too Hot
  11. John Costello - Total Shutdown
  12. T.A.G.C. - Further and Evident Meanings
  13. John Avery - 12am and Looking Down
  14. P.Hope_R.Deluxe - Primarily
  15. The Future - DAZ
  16. Neu Electrikk - Practically Isolate
  17. Steve Parry + Colin Potter - Womb
  18. Eric Random - 23 Skidoo
  19. Illustration - Dimensions Of Design
  20. Final Program - Phase One
  21. Ian Boddy - Follow
  22. Malcolm Brown - Jaws Of The Living
  23. Stress - Second Sight
  24. Red Fetish - Saved
  25. UV PØP - No Songs Tomorrow
  26. Hula - Invisible (Live at the V2 Club, Den Bosch)
  27. Bourbonese Qualk - Shutdown
  28. Steve Parry - Island of Real
                                                                                                               

Following on from 2018's LP V/A "Prophecy + Progress: UK Electronics 1978 - 1990" LP. Peripheral Minimal has released a double CD containing all the original tracks from Volume I and a further 13-tracks for Volume II. Both volumes contain a bonus track. The whole package contains 2 x CDs in a lavish 8-page booklet designed by Jason B. Bernard and Oleg Galay, and is limited to 500 copies.

Once again perfectly mastered by: Martin Bowes @ The Cage Studios.

Label Info :

This isn’t simply another synthpop compilation, or some nostalgic frippery, but an eclectic mix of acts that were experimenting with newly available technology at a time when the punk scene had imploded and the music press was busy coining new genres as an attempt to continue its legacy, although synth-pop in part arose from punk rock, it abandoned punk's emphasis on authenticity and often pursued a deliberate artificiality, drawing on the critically derided forms such as disco and glam rock. Although electronic experimentation had been explored in the decades before, it was still considered ‘alien’, "eerie, sterile, and vaguely menacing", and even downright, ‘austere and fascistic’.

It may have taken the likes of Gary Numan or Depeche Mode et al to switch the record buying public to synthesizer music, but bubbling underground were a myriad of experimenters recording in relative secrecy in Industrial cities like Sheffield or post-war London, at a time when the Tories came back into power and utterly altered the political landscape, and produced a generation of, ‘Thatcher’s Children’ [selfish, arrogant and materialistic]. The antidote seemed to be quiet rebellion in the shape of dark and alienating soundscapes by acts that are now considered ‘pioneers’, or achieving cult status, in a new era of throwaway pop and trite ‘new wave’ impersonators.

Many of the acts herein will be familiar with followers of synth or industrial music, some perhaps lesser known. We’ve also included slightly ‘later’ works by artists that were already firmly established in the early 80s as a comparison, and for the pure arrogance of it. It’s an attempt to rekindle those heady days of experimentation and to encourage new generations to rebel and forgo the fashionable posturing that comes with anything vaguely ‘interesting’." - Original text from Volume 1.

REVIEW:

"Second time around for Peripheral Minimal's exceptional survey of the formative years of electronic music culture in the UK. This time, the original 13-track selection ('Volume 1', featured on CD1) comes backed with a second volume showcasing more obscure, sometimes bedroom-made experiments from post-punk creators and those who came in their wake. It's a terrifically odd, avant-garde and essential selection all told, with tracks from Sheffield oddballs Vice Versa, Hula and Clock DVA being joined by early missives from the now legendary Colin Potter, the buzzing new wave headiness of Naked Lunch, and cuts aplenty from bands whose personal stories and musical adventures have previously been lost to the mists of time. A killer collection that's even better in this expanded, revitalised form." - Juno Records


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