"Rooted in the concept of a "neo-tribal" approach; reducing electronics to the emotional, hypnotic rhythm core, James Dean Brown founded Hypnobeat in 1983. Affected by the energy and the emotional impact of polyrhythms, their live sets turned out to become machine improvisations centered around the inimitable sound of the Roland TR-808 plus a wide range of analog gear including up to six synchronized rhythm machines.”
"Active contributors to the tape scene of the 80’s, two retrospective Hypnobeat vinyl albums are planned for release in 2014 on Serendip and Dark Entries."
"Around 1980 Menko Konings (eM. / No Honey From These / Top Tape) started the legendary Amsterdam underground formation S.M. Nurse, first together with Jos Jak and later also with Anneke Stempher. S.M. Nurse experimented with collage-like music and were inspired by N.Y.-ultra, disco e.g. The band mainly performed in the Amsterdam ultra-circuit, such as Oktopus on the Keizersgracht and D-Day in Paradiso. They also performed at clubs and discotheques such as Mazzo on the Rozengracht and the transgender nightclub Madame Arthur in the Warmoesstraat.
Pretty soon, S.M. Nurse was noticed by radio programme maker Richard Zeilstra from the Dutch broadcaster the VPRO and they were played regularly on radio programmes such as RadioNome and Spleen. They performed live on radio in the villa of the VPRO in Hilversum. They also contributed to the theme cassette Turkish Delight of van Kaye & Ignit’s tapes and record label Ding Dong. Among releases were a live registration on a bootleg cassette, at the time available at Staalplaat, and a cassette of S.M. Nurse on the independent label Top Tape.
At the end of 1983, S.M. Nurse split up. Anneke Stempher and Jos Jak recorded a cassette for TopTape under the name Incredible Coop. Menko Konings continued solo under the name eM. He also started the formation No Honey from These with Robby Horsfall. Top Tape released several cassettes and CD’s from eM. as well as No Honey From These.”
Anneke Stempher: compositions, vocals, instruments. Jos Jak: compositions, vocals, instruments. Menko Konings: compositions, vocals, instruments & guitars.
Released by: Tabernacle Records Release/catalogue number: TABR016 Release date: Dec 17, 2012
Earlier in the year I was fortunate enough to take an extended trip away to Nepal hiking alongside some of the mighty Himalayan Bantha. To view more pictures from the same trek follow the link here. Best viewed whilst listening to Paul Mitchell’s An Expedition.
I saw these two in a container in the central area by vortex at today’s art. they had changed the space to be much like a jumbled studio; old analogue synthesisers, ancient speakers stacked high, dusty instruments, a sock covered microphone and a book created this obscure scene. in amongst these strange belongings are two bedraggled looking men who appear to have ridden the wave of the music scene for quite some time, futuristic hippies, long hair, leather clad, headbands and coloured sunglasses galore. the constant testing and explorative sounds coming from the speakers along with the unintelligible shoutings and ramblings of the smaller and older of the two men created a feeling of anticipation, as if a show was about to kick into full force and these two were just testing their equipment, an explosive show never came but as you come over the precipice of realisation that that is not what this is about you let yourself be engulfed in the sounds, the music and the atmosphere taking you to a place different to the technologically advanced city that surrounds us. a performance celebrating 20 years of bunker records celebrated in a way that enables us to decide whether to reflect back on past similar experiences in this environment or forwards into the possibilities of those to come. enthralling experience.
Slabs of the Tabernacle @ The Star & Shadow Friday 26th October 23.00-late
Mick Wills (MinimalRome, Nation - Stuttgart)
After two lively and very well received parties at The Tanners this summer we’ve decided it’s the perfect time to return to Newcastle with something bigger. Following over 35 nights in the last 4 years, this will be the first Slabs of the Tabernacle outside of Glasgow. We’re inviting back one of our favourite selectors to make a rare UK appearance Tyneside at the excellent Star and Shadow cinema.
Stuttgart-based Mick Wills will be bringing his unique raw mix of deep and dark club tracks all night long.
(plus Slabs residents and friends, more info to follow)
01 UMBERTO – Welcome To The Chillzone 02 PYE CORNER AUDIO - Electronic Rhythm Number Eight 03 VAKULA - This Is Not Music 04 L.B. BAD – The True Story of House Music 05 ALE MANIA – I´ve Let Myself Go (M.W. Edit) 06 HARD CORPS - Je Suis Passée (Dub) 07 THOMPSON TWINS – Love On Your Side (The Kinky Lovers Edit) 08 SOLID STATE - Persia (Solid State Re-Edit) 09 CHICAGO SKYWAY - Air (95 Version) 10 J.T.C. - The Controller (Mick Wills Remix) 11 SCHALTKREIS WASSERMANN – Gogogo (M.W. Edit) 12 FRONT 242 - Masterhit (Part I - Masterblaster) 13 GEORGES RODI – Kaleidoscope (M.W. Edit) 14 S.M. Nurse – Hot Day In Istanbul 15 BOMB THE BASS – X Rays Eyes (M.W. Edit) 16 AU – D2 (Panzerkreuz 1001-2)