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Artist : Iko 

Label : Democratic DanceBeat Records 

'83 / LP

Iko was a minimal/synth/wave outfit from Canada. The most notable release by the band is their LP simply titled '83', which was released on a small Canadian disco label called Manhattan-Formula. Not much is known about the group due to little information in their record sleeves and little to no traces of information about the label they released on. Anyway, this is one of the most unknown yet amazing creations in the entire history of minimal wave and electronic music. Lots of simplistic lyrics, abstract and experimental sounds, and at the time, extremely groundbreaking techniques on the synthesizer. Their sound is hardly new or unique some 20 years later. A true "cult" of this genre. Try this album for a trip down electro lane! This record comes with 2 extra tracks that were never officially released. This collectors limited-reissue comes in edition of 400 copies. Here are the very last ones (without sleeve)!! !!!

19.99€

Artist : Iko 

Label : Medical Records LLC 

'83 / LP

Medical Records is beyond elated to finally present to the world the 1st official reintroduction and reissue of the iconic IKO '83 LP. This coveted album by minimal synth aficionados around the globe has been out of print and very rare since it's original release in 1982. Hailing from Montreal, Canada, IKO has always been shrouded in mystery. All 3 members come from an academic background (electroacoustic composition, etc), and they met at the University of Montreal in the music department. Taking from their collective influences of 60's pop, prog and minimalist composers as well as early industrial, they played in a few early bands before solidifying the all-synth incarnation of IKO in it's definitive lineup. The LP was originally released on Manhattan Formula. Other than Rational Youth, the Montreal synth scene was small, and the band broke up not too long after it's release. Over the years, it has slowly achieved cult status of the highest order and now fetches inflated collector's prices on the open market. It even prompted an unauthorized bootleg LP a few years ago. The master for this very special reissue is transferred and EQ'ed from the master analog tapes. The opening track "Approach On Tokyo" sets the mood with it's electro hooks and almost 'Trans-Europe Express' synth parts. "Gonadotropic Synthesis" is an amazing slow and beautiful synthy melodic number which blurs the lines between love song and a lecture on hormonal interplay out of a medical textbook. "Digital Delight" is a fast paced dance floor favorite with cyborg lyrics and catchy hooks. The LP contains one never before heard bonus track "Jungle City" which is a bit of a more ominous and dark track as compared to the other album tracks. This LP will appeal to the legions of people who have been patiently waiting for an official reissue as well as the un-initiated fans of classic synth-pop, Kraftwerk, early Human League and the like. Features a bonus insert with interview and retrospective by Dave Segal. Presented on high-quality 180gr heavyweight half and half yellow and black vinyl. Essential !!

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