C.C.C.C. - Early Works




If you were expecting the next chapter in the Mlehst histories then the good news is that the man has been in touch and there is a big reissue plan underway as well as the wave of new releases ... so keep your ears peeled.

So, how about this as a consolation?

The first three discs are live recordings made between 1990 and 1992 featuring the line-up of Hiroshi Hasegawa and Mayuko Hino with Fumio Kosakai. The fourth disc has previously released tracks from the Phantasmagoria tape and the split release with Jalopaz and Alchemy Of The 20th Century.

Four CD set released on Carlos Giffoni's No Fun Productions in 2007.

Early

Works

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Gewissen - Robisheaux Reminds Us




Kommissarian birdsong signals the entry into a world of dark medieval electronics.

C94 released on Krokodilo Tapes in 2014.

Robisheaux Reminds Us

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Mlehst - The History Of Mlehst - Chapter 3




More excellent archive originally recorded and (largely) released in 1995 and '96.

CDr released on Self Abuse Records in 2005.

Chapter 3

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Blackest Ever Black - What I Learned On My Holidays




What I learned on my holidays is the person behind the Blackest Ever Black mixtapes is Kiran Sande, who runs the label. Makes perfect sense once you think about it. Chances are that he is also responsible for the Gewissen and New Private Window projects. Anyway ...

C94 released on Krokodilo Tapes in 2014.

What I Learned On My Holidays

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Nina - No Observable Effect Concentration




Brooding drones that build into complex cinematic sculptures. Quite beautiful!

C90 released on Krokodilo Tapes in 2014.

No Observable Effect Concentration

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Nord - LSD

Nord were one of the very first Japanese noise bands, starting at the same time as Merzbow, Hijokaidan, K2 and CCCC and yet (like Seed Mouth, Diesel Guitar and Agencement) they don't get a lot of credit. Their self-titled 1981 debut LP was reissued as a double-CD version (still available from the label, Art Into Life), but the rest is long out of print and due for some love. Here's their second record, self-released in 1984 and now going for massive amounts of money from collectors. 

Nord - LSD

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Mlehst - The History Of Mlehst - Chapter 2




The first track "Fishwife Futurist" takes it's name from a 1994 tape and is around 32 minutes of nightmarish electronic laudanum. How much is taken from that tape (if any) is anybodies guess. Two tracks are from the "Occasional Stimulation / Anal Dentist" tape and one from "A Cold Fuck". The other two, I can't nail to a release from that 94/95 period ... maybe ideas from the time that were floating around. Who knows?

CDr released on Self Abuse Records in 2004.

Chapter 2

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va - Mafia vs. Yakuza

Organized crime themed double CDR on Koji Tano's excellent Denshi Zatsuon label from 1999. It came out in two versions: first, the CDRs came out in an edition of 80 copied folded inside some lead. Then, a second edition appeared in a normal paper-and-plastic package. The American disc, by Macronympha/OVMN, has a way-too-long collage of iconic dialogue from mafia movies. Then the Japanese disc has a track each by MSBR and Government Alpha followed by a track by the both of them.

disc 1
disc 2

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Brian Not Brian - Holywell Session




This flows from the mind of Brian G. Morrison (co-founder of Going Good). The mix starts of in an understated swoony trance like way and will probably raise thoughts of "so where's the drama?". Well, that comes with time and certainly with repeated listens. It almost disappears from view in order to burrow away and find the pleasure buttons. Then it all starts to make a lot of sense.

C60 released on Krokodilo Tapes in 2014.

Holywell Session

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Mlehst - The History Of Mlehst - Chapter 1




I don't know the finer detail but it seems that the Mlehst mission was pretty ruthlessly terminated at the turn of the century. His former label Bandaged Hand Produce faced a similar fate and it seems all of the masters were destroyed in 2001. Luckily for us lot there appears to have been a change of heart around 2005 and he started to record again and continues to go from strength to strength. This was the first of a series of releases that sought to pull together the archive that survived. Ali now operates the Belief Recordings label and (unless I'm ridiculously deluded) has a purchasing page on Discogs.

"The orignal mastertapes for the "Coldness" and "Sickness" cassettes are long-lost like so much of the early recordings. The mixes presented here were done in the winter of 1993 and released by Drahtfunk Prod in early 1994. "The Slappers" was never released. Track 7 was remixed at a later unknown date (possibly 1996/7?). Other unreleased material from 1993 was worked into finished pieces for the "Secret History" CD on Bandaged Hand Produce in 2000."

CDr released on Self Abuse Records in 2004.

Chapter 1

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Variations of Sex - Fight, Consume and Die

I hope you like obscure Japanese noise, because that's what I'm posting now. Variations of Sex (a stupid name for a band, eh?) was the project of Koichi Maruyama. He made a handful of albums in the mid-00s and, as far as I know, called it a day. This one came out as a CDR on Dotsmark in 2005.

Variations of Sex - Fight, Consume and Die

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Nzetwork Down - 1/1996/1997

Another strange album of electronic noise that I can't tell you anything useful about, other than that someone called Miki Naohiko is behind the unGoogleable band name. As far as I can tell, the Hasikamke label didn't put out anything else and neither did the artist.

Nzetwork Down - 1/1996/1997

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Blackest Ever Black - Rat Needs Constant Affirmation




I've always taken these Blackest Ever Black mix-tapes to be a rotation of associated people charged with offering a window into the label's subversive aesthetic rather than a specific individual tasked with sequencing the delights on offer. Pretty smart eh? I mean what kind of middle name is "Ever" anyway ... see, nothing gets past me! The tape you say? Dunno, make your own mind up.

C98 released in Krokodilo Tapes in 2015.

Rat Needs Constant Affirmation

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va - Sakura Bomber

I have no information about this Japanese noise cassette. It's not on Discogs. I don't remember when or where I got it. The only bands on the tape that I've heard of are Daruin and NP, and I can't even find information about the rest: Tal-Tal, Chikopido, Nichi-Jo, Helmar, Hyakutorimushi, Nazi, Ko-Zui, Chikopido and Meiouyanma. All I can tell you is that "Sakura Bomber" is a Japanese noise tape from the mid-1990s, probably.

va - Sakura Bomber

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Techno Menses / K. Kusafuka - Requiem In The Sun / Re-Musick / Demise Symphonika




A much needed reissue of some of Kimihide Kusafuka's earliest work from 1983-4 full of space-synth semi-martial "pop music".

Double LP released on Vinyl-on-demand ‎in 2014.

Requiem In The Sun / Re-Musick / Demise Symphonika

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Gewissen - Alexée Riget




I have no idea who is behind "Gewissen". Whoever it is, I doff my proverbial cap to the person/people who have created this completely absorbing mix of classically inflected world music that still disorientates and surprises. Bravo and all that!

C90 released on Krokodilo Tapes in 2015.

Alexée Riget

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Kommissar Hjuler und Frau and The Kommissar Hjuler Allstar Band - Wanderup Indoor Riot




Again, the first side of the tape is a reissue of a 27 copy CDr from whenever that features Kommissar Hjuler, Mama Bär and Sascha Thomsen apparently having a dada pint in a dada pub. The reverse is just utterly fucked in the head aka genuinely brilliant ... a REVELATION style Ivor Cutler for the end of all things. Humanity is fucked anyway so why can't this be the last soundtrack?

C46 released on Green Records And Tapes in 2012.

Wanderup Indoor Riot

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Control Unit - Oto Live




I truly love it when this happens!

When I posted the Burn tape, I mentioned that this was one of the releases that i was looking for and one of us sent it to me. As usual, my gain is yours also. Recorded live at the quite legendary Cafe Oto in London on June the 17th, 2012 this is some really brilliant psychedelic guitar feedback noise murk. A share that has genuinely made my month more meaningful.

CDr released on Chocolate Monk in 2012.

Oto Live

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va - Contemporary Denshi-Zatsuon Vol. 2


Second compilation in this series from Denshi Zatsuon, this time featuring American and Japanese noise. From the US, we get tracks from Solid Eye (members of LAFMS), Speculum Fight (aka Damion Romero) and inBOIL. The Japanese contributions are from two legendary noise artists, MSBR and Incapacitants.

va - Contemporary Denshi-Zatsuon Vol. 2

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Kommissar Hjuler und Frau / Peter Kastner / Kakawaka - Whole Lotta Love




Initially, Side A was self-released as a CDr in an edition of eleven. Luckily, Knox Mitchell was on hand to reissue it on tape so more of us could listen to the Zep "classic" get the kicking it deserves. The reverse sees each have tracks of their own and each one are great. All in all, this is one little gem that slipped under many a radar.

C60 released on Green Records And Tapes in 2012.

Whole Lotta Love

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