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I don't think we'll be destroying anything but because the stuff they release is so broad and, while it's mostly been reissues in the past they are putting out more and more new recording specifically made for the label. Sometimes it's not even easy to tell the reissues from the new stuff. Then there are the compilations (so, the old stuff is not strictly reissues) I think a dedicated MfM thread would be useful.

Lots of enthusiasm from Gaussian Curve album on the albums poll. It's very good, particularly good for working to. Like gr80 on that thread I think the first album is even better. I had no idea until that thread that Young Marco was in the group.

The release I particularly like is Robert Musci's Tower of Silence, which seems to be from the mid 80s but some of it is more recent. Regardless of the sources it does sound very much of a piece as an album. It is absolutely glorious and you need to listen to it RIGHT NOW.

https://music-from-memory.bandcamp.com/album/tower-of-silence (it's also on spotify)

Heavy Messages (jed_), Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:03 (four months ago) Permalink

sorry about that garbled opening paragraph.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:04 (four months ago) Permalink

yes, i was listening to "tower of silence" on my way to work today!

i picked up gigi masin and joan biblioni reissues but have not gotten too deep into them yet

my favorites so far are system's "vampirella" (incredible dutch proto-techno from 1983) and leon lowman's "liquid diamonds" (amazing vaporwave funk from 1980)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYDufRzRJRk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CHR9zvmLGQ

the late great, Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:08 (four months ago) Permalink

actually the lowman comp stretches from 80-85, the track i posted is from 82

the late great, Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:09 (four months ago) Permalink

that Tower of Silence track is amazing!

the 'phet offensive (calzino), Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:10 (four months ago) Permalink

The "Water Music" track by Tower of Silence I meant to say.

the 'phet offensive (calzino), Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:11 (four months ago) Permalink

TLG Tip!

Heavy Messages (jed_), Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:12 (four months ago) Permalink

"tower of silence" is also on apple music, as is an album of his (some tracks overlap w/ "tower of silence") called "the loa of music"

this is my favorite off "tower of silence"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDt57uwzc_E

the late great, Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:13 (four months ago) Permalink

yes yes yes @ that Leon Lowman track, thanks.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:20 (four months ago) Permalink

the comp of brazilian electronic music they put out was superb. there's a european equuivalent to that coming out in the next couple of months too

also the tracks I've heard off the new kuniyuki takahashi comp have been very lovely

faust apes (NickB), Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:52 (four months ago) Permalink

the suzo saiz records have been some of my favourite things as well

faust apes (NickB), Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:54 (four months ago) Permalink

err suso i mean

faust apes (NickB), Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:55 (four months ago) Permalink

they’ve put out some good singles too btw, but this one would be an easy favourite:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=W_UoV0v1RhQ

dip in the pool - on retinae

faust apes (NickB), Thursday, 1 February 2018 01:00 (four months ago) Permalink

The Richenel ep is very good too and sent me on a This Mortal Coil trip for a fortnight

https://music-from-memory.bandcamp.com/album/la-diferencia

and Richenel on This Mortal Coil

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlIb34ElJ4A

Heavy Messages (jed_), Thursday, 1 February 2018 01:13 (four months ago) Permalink

oh I don't actually know that one! good job starting this thread btw jed

faust apes (NickB), Thursday, 1 February 2018 01:19 (four months ago) Permalink

:)

Heavy Messages (jed_), Thursday, 1 February 2018 01:22 (four months ago) Permalink

the comp of brazilian electronic music they put out was superb.

echoing this, it's fantastic

The times they are a changing, perhaps (map), Thursday, 1 February 2018 01:25 (four months ago) Permalink

ILM is no stranger to Gigi Masin at this point but I'd like to mention that the Talk to the Sea comp by this label is one of my favorite albums

Evan, Thursday, 1 February 2018 02:56 (four months ago) Permalink

another yea vote for "outro tempo: electronic and contemporary music from brazil 1978-1992"

the late great, Thursday, 1 February 2018 03:20 (four months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpSYbzWl_nM

^ this song off the kuniyuki takahashi set is great, some kind of dank electronic spiritual jazz thing

faust apes (NickB), Thursday, 1 February 2018 07:36 (four months ago) Permalink

The label compilation from last year came with a live mix from Chee Shimzu which is really good, exploring the ~dancefloor~ side of what they do. I love this label so much!

boxedjoy, Thursday, 1 February 2018 12:42 (four months ago) Permalink

The System is British, not Dutch AFAIK. The bio says he worked with Duran Duran and you can hear the connection.

Not checked out the Geoffrey Landers comp properly but 'Breedlove' is of course classic.

Noel Emits, Thursday, 1 February 2018 18:36 (four months ago) Permalink

Yeah, this is the English System.

Great stuff in this thread btw

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 1 February 2018 18:41 (four months ago) Permalink

oh duh, i misread the info. music from memory is dutch!

the late great, Thursday, 1 February 2018 19:20 (four months ago) Permalink

bookmarked, thanks y'all

sleeve, Thursday, 1 February 2018 19:20 (four months ago) Permalink

Yeah, thanks for starting this - I like a lot of what I've heard from this label so far but am realising I've got some catching up to do.

Gavin, Leeds, Thursday, 1 February 2018 19:27 (four months ago) Permalink

the system sounded very early talk talk-ish to me, back when their label wanted them to be the next duran duran. has anyone head the rest of their album, like the tracks that didn’t make the ep?

faust apes (NickB), Thursday, 1 February 2018 19:28 (four months ago) Permalink

I wish these LPs were less expensive to buy in the States. I love the Gaussian Curve and Gigi comp, a good deal of Outro Tempo, and that Dip in the Pool 12". A lot of the others I've heard go in one ear and out the other, but I very much like this label's aesthetic overall.

Did anyone pick up that Joan Bibiloni comp from a few years back? I'm in love this track:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_I_EZ0jGik

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 1 February 2018 21:23 (four months ago) Permalink

What I have heard of from the Garrett LP on Music From Memory is dee-lish. (Garrett AKA Dam-Funk.)

henry s, Thursday, 1 February 2018 21:34 (four months ago) Permalink

These guys put out great stuff, was just listening to snippets of the Kuniyuki album earlier today. The Vito Ricci comp they put out is also great and hasn't been mentioned yet. Also looking forward to the upcoming "Uneven Paths" comp referenced upthread, as well as the one collecting ambient tracks by Terekke.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Q46kxRIlPI

Federico Boswarlos, Thursday, 1 February 2018 21:47 (four months ago) Permalink

From the upcoming comp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rfps5FD7nQE

Federico Boswarlos, Thursday, 1 February 2018 21:47 (four months ago) Permalink

Richenel is the only dutch artist on the label, i think.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Thursday, 1 February 2018 23:44 (four months ago) Permalink

The Dam Funk album (under the name Garrett) is boring

brimstead, Friday, 2 February 2018 00:50 (four months ago) Permalink

brimstead, you've killed the vibe.

j/k

Heavy Messages (jed_), Friday, 2 February 2018 00:52 (four months ago) Permalink

lol sorry I was really amped up for it

brimstead, Friday, 2 February 2018 00:52 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

https://assets.boomkat.com/spree/products/484582/large/musicfrommemory-unevenpaths.jpg

Uneven Paths: Deviant Pop From Europe 1980-1991

01. Nightfall In Camp - Cada Dia
02. Ströer Duo - Nomad Song
03. Tony Hymas - Pictures Of Departure
04. Violet Eves - Listen Over The Ocean
05. Miko & Mubare - Komoma Ya-Ya-Ya
06. Piscine Et Charles - Quart De Tour, Mon Amour
07. John Makin - No Lie
08. Nonobstant - Jessica
09. Wolfgang Klingler, Thomas Heimes & Hans Christian Mittag - Nach Dienst
10. Sound On Sound - Depression
11. Pete Brandt - What You are
12. Lost Gringos - Tambo Machay
13. Vanakos - I Hate Disco... Not The Dance
14. Brenda And The Beachballs - Dancin Thru' The Night
15. Patrick Forgas - Sex Move
16. Xavier Jouvelet - Oeuf En Clock
17. Lou Blic - Mineralite
18. Steve Beresford - Comfortable Gestures
19. Bill Nelson - The Whole City Between Us
20. Harte 10 - Happy New Year
21. Monica Rypma - Hey, Where You Goin!

Maconie Youth (NickB), Wednesday, 21 February 2018 13:07 (four months ago) Permalink

Steve Beresford yep, Bill Nelson okay, don't think i could tell you anything at all about a single other person on that tracklist though

Maconie Youth (NickB), Wednesday, 21 February 2018 13:08 (four months ago) Permalink

link?

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 14:45 (four months ago) Permalink

https://www.residentadvisor.net/news.aspx?id=41123

^ also has news of a new michal turtle set

Maconie Youth (NickB), Wednesday, 21 February 2018 14:52 (four months ago) Permalink

NickB otm, those are the only two I know as well

sleeve, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:00 (four months ago) Permalink

that's one more than I know

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:01 (four months ago) Permalink

love comps like this, opening up whole new worlds. there's a cool 2LP comp of the Spanish scene that just came out that's similar:

https://www.discogs.com/Various-Golpea-Tu-Cerebro-Spanish-Underground-Cassette-Culture-1980-1988/release/11267448

sleeve, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:03 (four months ago) Permalink

where do US ilxors order Music From Memory vinyl? I bought the last few on Discogs, but shipping rates are getting ridiculous

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:19 (four months ago) Permalink

That does look awesome. Walhalla records from Belgium released two great (well, I only have vol. 2) compilations of Belgian new wave/synth acts from cassette releases.

On topic, apart from the already mentioned Outro-Tempo and Gaussian Curve records I have/love the Denis Mpunga & Paul K. (Congolese/Belgian percussion/synth collab) and Dub Oven (Californian synth/funk/punk) EP's. Basically I check every MfM release my local record shop gets in...

willem, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:19 (four months ago) Permalink

the suso saiz records have been some of my favourite things as well

― faust apes (NickB), Wednesday, January 31, 2018 7:54 PM (three weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I'm mildly obsessed with this as well. Also can't get enough of Roberto Musci

Evan, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 02:21 (three months ago) Permalink

Terekke's Improvisional Loops is out on Spotify this morning, interesting release for MFM: https://open.spotify.com/album/7sYiiE8J3sHHCALicu6MUU?si=hn3sSfcgS9K8XbD5c5MRLQ

MikoMcha, Thursday, 1 March 2018 08:29 (three months ago) Permalink

Somehow perfect for a snowed in London this morning.

MikoMcha, Thursday, 1 March 2018 08:33 (three months ago) Permalink

Been watching this label since I discovered it a few months ago.

I recommend the Geoffrey Landers compilation they put out. "Say You'll Say So" got me hooked.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGsr-wCiXqM

Millsner, Thursday, 1 March 2018 10:25 (three months ago) Permalink

I had been aware of it more or less from the beginning cuz I was living in Amsterdam and had some friends would DJ for Redlight Radio and buy stuff from Redlight Records, but really only paid full attention after this profile on Tako in RA - https://www.residentadvisor.net/features/2530 Gives a decent impression of the 00s crate-digger spirit in Europe, especially after Discogs. It's actually a bit crazy how many of those records have now been re-released even since the feature!

In general, MFM strike me as best case defense of retromania.

MikoMcha, Thursday, 1 March 2018 10:49 (three months ago) Permalink

anyone been keeping up with the second circle releases? only one i have is the dazion EP but that's definitely a keeper

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP0tFEQGUDU

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Thursday, 1 March 2018 13:37 (three months ago) Permalink

where do US ilxors order Music From Memory vinyl? I bought the last few on Discogs, but shipping rates are getting ridiculous

Forced Exposure mailorder has v reasonable shipping and pretty much the whole catalog in stock.

Cannonley Adderall (InternationalWaters), Thursday, 1 March 2018 15:31 (three months ago) Permalink

some kind soul has made a Spotify playlist of all this stuff, looking forward to diving in

sleeve, Thursday, 1 March 2018 15:57 (three months ago) Permalink

There's a good trick with Spotify, you can actually search by label.

If you enter - label:"music from memory" - into the search bar, you should get all the results. Not sure why they don't improve functionality like this tbh.

MikoMcha, Thursday, 1 March 2018 16:14 (three months ago) Permalink

^^^ such a wonderful thing

brimstead, Thursday, 1 March 2018 16:22 (three months ago) Permalink

that Dazion EP is wonderful!

boxedjoy, Thursday, 1 March 2018 17:36 (three months ago) Permalink

Gonna just drop a reference to this reissue comp here, fits into the Redlight Radio DJ set zone of Tako, Jamie Tiller or guys like Hunee over the past few years - not sure if it's the right thread for it, but anyway...

Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul & Synth Boogie In 1980s South Africa - seriously great, sorta MFM parallel.

MikoMcha, Sunday, 11 March 2018 08:40 (three months ago) Permalink

yeah i bought gumba fire yesterday, great stuff indeed

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Sunday, 11 March 2018 23:00 (three months ago) Permalink

boxedjoy, alerted me to this, which is really good.

https://stroomtv.bandcamp.com/album/tropisch-verlangen

It's on Belgian label STROOM rather than MfM but it covers a lot of the same demographic.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Sunday, 11 March 2018 23:08 (three months ago) Permalink

also this on STROOM:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0I3eNguvreM

Heavy Messages (jed_), Sunday, 11 March 2018 23:09 (three months ago) Permalink

Stop it! Stop it!

Heavy Messages (jed_), Sunday, 11 March 2018 23:10 (three months ago) Permalink

the Redlight Radio DJ set zone of Tako, Jamie Tiller or guys like Hunee over the past few years

I call this stuff "Discogs wormhole material"

boxedjoy, Monday, 12 March 2018 08:14 (three months ago) Permalink

That's a great wormhole.

MikoMcha, Monday, 12 March 2018 19:14 (three months ago) Permalink

could use a rolling wormhole thread tbqhwy

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Monday, 12 March 2018 19:54 (three months ago) Permalink

There is a definite axis, isn't there? Stuff that maybe five years ago would have simply been "balearic" but now its too dark and un-pop to align easily. Music from Africa and South America and Asia that's technically reissues but feels new to the world, and stuff that feels like reissues but is actually contemporary. The kind of thing you feel constantly behind the curve on. Growing Bin, Listen To This, WRWTFWW, whoever. Its a broad realm but it feels niche in its remit, "rolling wormhole" might be the best description?

boxedjoy, Monday, 12 March 2018 20:51 (three months ago) Permalink

its kind of post mutant sounds blog balearic?

chee shimizu
ondas
ziggy/stroom
basso/growing bin
maybe the antinote crew
redlight radio gang
visible cloaks/root strata
dream chimney
melody as truth
record culture magazine
etc

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Monday, 12 March 2018 21:10 (three months ago) Permalink

The Knew-age thread?

brimstead, Monday, 12 March 2018 22:10 (three months ago) Permalink

Start at Bumrocks -> Lovefingers?

dan selzer, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 23:53 (three months ago) Permalink

https://youtu.be/Yy0WV2wrpsY

Not MfM but also in the same demographic - this reissued album of baroque Danish synthpop by Suzanne Menzel I've been enjoying this week. Some of it is a little eyebrow-raising but fans of weird 80s pop and Julia Holter should investigate

boxedjoy, Thursday, 15 March 2018 12:39 (three months ago) Permalink

This Uneven Paths compilation is genuinely surprising. Maybe one of the most beautiful compilations of unknown-to-me music I've ever heard.

https://music-from-memory.bandcamp.com/album/uneven-paths-deviant-pop-from-europe-1980-1991

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dldM2onGOdQ

DJ U OK Hun? (jed_), Friday, 23 March 2018 00:55 (three months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

omg the Terekke album is so beautiful. very ambient, mostly just soft muted drifty synth pads but it's really excellent.

brimstead, Tuesday, 17 April 2018 01:57 (two months ago) Permalink

Uneven Paths is ace, first thing I've bought on this label. Reminds me of the Antinote five year anniversary compilation from last year

paolo, Tuesday, 17 April 2018 09:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Uneven Paths, yup terrific. I feel like I'm still absorbing it, but plays like one of the best DJ mixes from Redlight.

MikoMcha, Tuesday, 17 April 2018 11:03 (two months ago) Permalink

Hunee's Hunchin' All Night is also out, and (perhaps?) also deserves a mention on this thread: https://rushhourmusic.bandcamp.com/album/hunee-hunchin-all-night - also great!

MikoMcha, Tuesday, 17 April 2018 11:04 (two months ago) Permalink

^ thanks for reminding me about that, listening now and it’s sounding great

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Tuesday, 17 April 2018 23:17 (two months ago) Permalink

yes, thank you x

Heavy Messages (jed_), Tuesday, 17 April 2018 23:40 (two months ago) Permalink

oh great!

Heavy Messages (jed_), Tuesday, 17 April 2018 23:46 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

jed_ played "Stop It" to a dancefloor on Sunday and it sounded SO GOOD thank you jed_

I think it's my favourite single of the year and it's not even from this year

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 19:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

<3

Heavy Messages (jed_), Tuesday, 5 June 2018 23:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I could report that boxedjoy was stone-cold-sober when I played it but I'd be done for libel.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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