Various ArtistsContort Yourself
80s Underground Cassette Culture with Exclusive Mixtape
Released: 21st December 2017
Incredible, comprehensive and exhaustively researched overview of the obscure, underground 80s industrial and electronic post-punk movement. Each copy from Monorail features an exclusive mixtape compiled by Contort Yourself head honcho Murray CY with exclusive, unheard material.
The 1980s. Neo-liberal excess. Crumbling communism. Military juntas ruling with an iron fist. And of course, freaked out music. Contort Yourself are turning back the clock and returning to an unholy fount of inspiration with "80s Underground Cassette Culture Volume 1." A buffet of beaten up and brutalised tracks are on offer from unknown outfits and respected experimenters. Across two LPs expect to find noise reductions, post punk bitterness, no wave grunts, distortion soaked strings and vocals lost in a hail of pain. A road map into the weird and wild world of DIY back alley artists who, armed with only a tape and an idea, gave the established music norms a sharp fist to the throat.
Considering the wild, untamed nature of releases on Contort Yourself to date, the premise of this compilation is a tantalizing prospect. Digging deep into the underbelly of 1980s minimal wave, industrial and much more fringe activity besides, this extensive collection is not for the faint hearted. There are moments of beauty, moments of horror and plenty of just plain weird transmissions that evoke the era they came from so powerfully. Doxa Sinistra, Human Flesh and an early outing by Merzbow are all standouts in what is a truly wonderful document of a fearless time in genuinely underground music.