New Releases from Medical Records
Cristof Glowalla-Erde 80 ten inch
Disco Volante- No Motion seven inch
Buy it here: http://medical-records.org/index.html
Medical Records is a fun label to watch evolve over time. The beginning stages being straight reissues with beefed up liner notes on beautiful colored 180g vinyl, then maintaining all the quality of the previous releases they jumped into issuing never before heard tracks by ultra obscure acts like Gay Cat Park. The new evolution sees Medical Records moving into the 10” and 7” format the 10” being my favorite format of all. The mustard yellow 10” of early 80’s West Berlin artist Cristof Glowalla is a fantastic entry into this new territory featuring a long out of print 7” and a smattering of other tracks from 1981. Glowalla’s tracks ooze early 80’s analog magic with pulsating drum machines and layers of synthesizers and the presence of an acoustic guitar helps create an incredible new dimension to the dark synthpop.
Disco Volante’s 1984 single “No Motion” is Medical Records first dip into the 7” realm and sadly a pressing plant error occurred leaving all the vinyl in classic black rather than the intended transparent green. Black is fine by me and no harm was done to the music in the grooves. I also love that the double a side 7” has a side that plays at 45rpms and another at 33rpms. “No Motion” is catchy, quirky diy. new wave at its best. Both Disco Volante and Christof Glowalla are probably entirely unknown to most of the population excluding some hardcore genre collectors, which is why the reissues Medical Records do are so special. They are introducing acts that flew under the radar. While groups like Kraftwerk and Devo ruled the airways these groups passionately made their art in utter obscurity but these sounds are fresh today and ready to be unearthed by a new generation of listeners. Medical Records have the tendency to sell out rather quickly due to the expertly designed packaging and limited nature of the releases oh and by the way because the music is amazing. If you have to pick one go for the Glowalla 10” but be prepared to live a life of regret for leaving behind the Disco Volante 7”