MNQ 027 HEINRICH DRESSEL - SIGHING MELODIES THRU THE GRAVES MINI LP
MNQ 023 TROPIC OF CANCER - PERMISSIONS OF LOVE 12” EP
‘Minimal Synth Wave’ /// Blow Up #152
Mannequin feature along with Minimal Wave and Wierd Records.
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MNQ 013 - Frank (Just Frank) / Soviet Soviet 12” EP Split (Rel. date 10 Oct 2010)
Mannequin is proud to release a freely inspired split album between Frank (Just Frank) (FR/UK) and Soviet Soviet (IT), which gathers materials from two original musical personalities who made a name into vintage coldwave synthesised sonic excursions/ post-punk’s freaked out damaged epics.
The A Side of the split is devoted to the ultra-minimal electro chilled out rhythmspaces of the french based band Frank (just) Frank. Each track involves into electronic pop music territories, providing a solid mixture between pretty much metronomic-icy repetition, efficient catchy melodies for semi-goth like guitar and pleasantly pop-ish vocals. A delicate melancholic-moody atmosphere is floating upon the compositions.
The B Side offers the post-punk agitated songs of Soviet Soviet, from Italy, based on raw-nervous guitars and utterly nihilistic ambiences, bringing the post-punk genre to its limits, sometimes overflowing on epic convoluted dark wave epics. Ignoring timestamps and geographic restrictions, SS assimilate the explosive retro sounds of the UK and Italian 80s (Killing Joke, Wire, CCCP), assembling a specimen uniquely theirs - from the frenetic opening gallop to the frayed-string finish.
− Limited edition of 500 hand-numbered copies in glossy and silver paper
- 2 Inserts
− Cover on hand-made serigraphy on hard carton closed with black sealing wax for the first 50 copies.
Frank (Just Frank)
A1 - A Decade Of Brutality
A2 - Child Play
A3 - Do The Soviet
A4 - Valerie
A5 - Saint
B1 - Lokomotiv
B2 - Cobretto
B3 - White Details
B4 - S.Y.
B5 - Bulgary
Frank (Just Frank) - Valerie
MNQ 012 - Led Er Est / Ancien Régime 12” EP Split (Rel. date 26 apr 2010)
Mannequin had a dream and it has come true, a split vinyl between Led Er Est (New York, US) and Ancien Régime (Rome, Italy).
Led Er Est hailing from Brooklyn are one of the leaders of the new cold wave and minimal synth scene, signed to scene leaders Wierd Records and recently released their ‘Dust On Common’ album which could have quite happily been released on Mute in 1979 alongside Fad Gadget and The Normal. Cheap drum machines and synths hammer away relentlessly forming a post-industrial soundscape for sombre yet emotive vocals.
Ancien Régime hailing from Rome, moving closer to the spirit of the 80s new wave, the band’s sound incorporates influences from ’80s dark wave music and modern indie-alternative rock. For the 12” Split the 4 tracks were produced by Alessandro Adriani with a full analog synths and drum machines setup at Mannequin studio.
- Limited edition of 500 hand-numbered copies in glossy and normal paper
- 2 inserts
- Limited edition cover on hand-made serigraphy on hard carton closed with black sealing wax for the first 50 copies
Tracklist (click for audio preview)
Led Er Est
A1 PS 18
A2 Lonesome XOXO
A3 A Darkness In My Soul (Solid Space cover)
B1 Brief Encounter
B2 No Lights In The Elevator
B3 The Phantom Chariot
B4 When They Fall