VINYL ONLY VINYL ONLY VINYL ONLY VINYL ONLY VINYL ONLY
A few trips in Tel Aviv made Ivan Smagghe aware of the extensive and more importantly, quasi forgotten, wave and pop scene from Israel. Blown away some of the tracks passed on to him, He and The Ginger Prince thought it would be a good start for the LDDLM reissues series, edits and originals.
GAZOLINA by CHROMOSOME is one of those record hunters grail. Fetching far too much money on Discogs these days and having been a DJing classic of RED AXES for years, it was only natural that Niv and Dori got their hands dirty. Their edit keeps the raw punk rage of the original and is all the better for it.
NOSEI HAMIGBAAT's BIRTHDAY was the track that triggered it all and appears on vinyl for the first time in 30 years (I strongly recommend buying the CD of their album on Anova, a label dedicated to excavating the TA underground). This is a heavily psychedelic romp, as if the 13th floor elevator had stopped on the 1983th floor. Wave, but in a cramped style. THIS HAS BEEN LEFT UNTOUCHED, IN ALL IT'S BEAUTY.
The purists will tell me that TOVA GERTNER is not part of the DOWNTOWN TEL AVIV scene. They are right, she is not. But ETMOL (1987), a chart hit in Israel, was too much of a good pop song to let pass. Tim Paris and Ivan Smagghe are on IT'S A FINE LINE edit duty and have made up a genre for it: Balnearic, the sound of the beach and the nose bleed - pianos and hands not in the air but in your pockets, searching for those empty wraps.
LOVE TO DEATH. LDDLM.
THE VINYL WILL HAVE A SPIRAL GROOVE "LINKING" OUR EDIT TO THE ORIGINAL but still enabling you to play one or the other. WE HAVE INCLUDED, JUST FOR YOU, the "mix in two halves". If ever you play in Tel Aviv, we strongly recommend dropping it.
Published: 3rd July 2014