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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. (it's also on spotify)

Heavy Messages (jed_), Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:03 (one year ago) link

sorry about that garbled opening paragraph.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:04 (one year ago) link

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)

the late great, Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:08 (one year ago) link

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

the late great, Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:09 (one year ago) link

that Tower of Silence track is amazing!

the 'phet offensive (calzino), Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:10 (one year ago) link

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

the 'phet offensive (calzino), Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:11 (one year ago) link

TLG Tip!

Heavy Messages (jed_), Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:12 (one year ago) link

"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"

the late great, Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:13 (one year ago) link

yes yes yes @ that Leon Lowman track, thanks.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:20 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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

faust apes (NickB), Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:54 (one year ago) link

err suso i mean

faust apes (NickB), Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:55 (one year ago) link

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

dip in the pool - on retinae

faust apes (NickB), Thursday, 1 February 2018 01:00 (one year ago) link

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

and Richenel on This Mortal Coil

Heavy Messages (jed_), Thursday, 1 February 2018 01:13 (one year ago) link

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

faust apes (NickB), Thursday, 1 February 2018 01:19 (one year ago) link


Heavy Messages (jed_), Thursday, 1 February 2018 01:22 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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

the late great, Thursday, 1 February 2018 03:20 (one year ago) link

^ 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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

Yeah, this is the English System.

Great stuff in this thread btw

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 1 February 2018 18:41 (one year ago) link

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

the late great, Thursday, 1 February 2018 19:20 (one year ago) link

bookmarked, thanks y'all

sleeve, Thursday, 1 February 2018 19:20 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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:

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 1 February 2018 21:23 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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.

Federico Boswarlos, Thursday, 1 February 2018 21:47 (one year ago) link

From the upcoming comp

Federico Boswarlos, Thursday, 1 February 2018 21:47 (one year ago) link

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

Heavy Messages (jed_), Thursday, 1 February 2018 23:44 (one year ago) link

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

brimstead, Friday, 2 February 2018 00:50 (one year ago) link

brimstead, you've killed the vibe.


Heavy Messages (jed_), Friday, 2 February 2018 00:52 (one year ago) link

lol sorry I was really amped up for it

brimstead, Friday, 2 February 2018 00:52 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link


Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 14:45 (one year ago) link

^ also has news of a new michal turtle set

Maconie Youth (NickB), Wednesday, 21 February 2018 14:52 (one year ago) link

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

sleeve, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:00 (one year ago) link

that's one more than I know

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:01 (one year ago) link

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:

sleeve, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:03 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

Terekke's Improvisional Loops is out on Spotify this morning, interesting release for MFM:

MikoMcha, Thursday, 1 March 2018 08:29 (one year ago) link

Somehow perfect for a snowed in London this morning.

MikoMcha, Thursday, 1 March 2018 08:33 (one year ago) link

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.

Millsner, Thursday, 1 March 2018 10:25 (one year ago) link

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 - 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 (one year ago) link

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

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Thursday, 1 March 2018 13:37 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

its kind of post mutant sounds blog balearic?

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

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Monday, 12 March 2018 21:10 (one year ago) link

The Knew-age thread?

brimstead, Monday, 12 March 2018 22:10 (one year ago) link

Start at Bumrocks -> Lovefingers?

dan selzer, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 23:53 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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

DJ U OK Hun? (jed_), Friday, 23 March 2018 00:55 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

Hunee's Hunchin' All Night is also out, and (perhaps?) also deserves a mention on this thread: - also great!

MikoMcha, Tuesday, 17 April 2018 11:04 (one year ago) link

^ 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 (one year ago) link

yes, thank you x

Heavy Messages (jed_), Tuesday, 17 April 2018 23:40 (one year ago) link

oh great!

Heavy Messages (jed_), Tuesday, 17 April 2018 23:46 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link


Heavy Messages (jed_), Tuesday, 5 June 2018 23:23 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

Outro Tempo 1984-1996 announced!
Super thrilled to announce that this Spring we will release the second volume of Outro Tempo! Following on from where the first volume left off, “Outro Tempo II: Electronic and Contemporary Music from Brazil, 1984-1996” takes another dive into the depths of the Brazilian underworld, exploring the rhythms that lurk beneath the Ipanema sunset. A year in the making and again compiled by @johngomezldn it will feature original artwork by @alicequaresma on a beautiful double LP format.

But we’re not done there… to quench your Outro Tempo thirst we are releasing an exclusive teaser EP with the never before heard cassette madness of São Paulo’s Bruhahá Babélico and Individual Industry’s ethereal electro pop on the flip! Check ‘Bruhahá II’ (1987) and be sure to head over to our YouTube for the full track!

willem, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 15:42 (six months ago) link

Excellent news!

groovypanda, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 18:17 (six months ago) link

Now need to see an Uneven Paths Vol 2 (the more superior of the two collections in my opinion)

Thebunk, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 19:19 (six months ago) link

Uneven Paths is the shit.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 23:59 (six months ago) link

jamie tiller was on the NTS breakfast show recently and he talked about the new outro tempo, played some very nice brazilian stuff too

dogs, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 16:10 (six months ago) link

Yup that was a good show.
Further to the above, I preferred the Uneven Paths comp too but pretty much everything that label puts out is quality.

millmeister, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 16:19 (six months ago) link

two months pass...

The excellent Yu Su has an EP of ambient/Balearic tracks coming out soon on MFM sublabel Second Circle. Clips here -

Also RA have made Stroom their label of the month, which I think would be of interest to readers of this thread -

paolo, Tuesday, 30 April 2019 19:40 (three months ago) link

definitely, thanks paolo!

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Tuesday, 30 April 2019 21:13 (three months ago) link

Stroom doing amazing work!

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Tuesday, 30 April 2019 21:24 (three months ago) link

I've been relying on this store to help turn me on to a lot of this kind of stuff lately

Evan, Tuesday, 30 April 2019 22:01 (three months ago) link

Are there any must buys in the Stroom catalogue? I've looked at their Bandcamp page but was unsure where to start.

millmeister, Wednesday, 1 May 2019 13:51 (three months ago) link

Well, Pablo's Eye is great!

Evan, Wednesday, 1 May 2019 13:57 (three months ago) link

Thanks for the Commend link, Evan. This stuff is a big area of interest for me too and it's not easy to stay on top of new releases.

doug watson, Wednesday, 1 May 2019 14:14 (three months ago) link

The Ingus Bauskenieks album is very good.

paolo, Wednesday, 1 May 2019 15:13 (three months ago) link

You're welcome! I recommend following them on instagram as they're generally pretty on top of it and are descriptive about what they're showcasing/what's new.


Evan, Wednesday, 1 May 2019 15:17 (three months ago) link

i got the zoe sinatra/kyoto 12" and the strobe light network one, of their recent releases, and the new benjamin lew one sounds good too from what i've heard; keysha - stop it! is a classic

i find out about most of this type of stuff from instagram and NTS

dogs, Wednesday, 1 May 2019 15:20 (three months ago) link

Yup, seem to remember Charlie Bones playing some Stroom stuff before. Thanks for the recommendations.

millmeister, Wednesday, 1 May 2019 15:45 (three months ago) link

the guy who runs stroom (ziggy aka nosedrip) is a semi regular guest on bones' show, and he also has his own slot too:

Br. Des Shadows (NickB), Wednesday, 1 May 2019 15:56 (three months ago) link

btw that new curt cress reissue on MfM is fantastic

Br. Des Shadows (NickB), Wednesday, 1 May 2019 15:59 (three months ago) link

The latest Suso Saiz LP on MfM is absolutely beautiful as well

Evan, Wednesday, 1 May 2019 16:00 (three months ago) link

oh well reminded - i need to hear that!

Br. Des Shadows (NickB), Wednesday, 1 May 2019 16:01 (three months ago) link

Like this a lot:

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Wednesday, 1 May 2019 16:12 (three months ago) link

Wow, Pablo's Eye 'Spring Break' record is dope.

MikoMcha, Sunday, 5 May 2019 05:28 (three months ago) link

It sure is!

Evan, Sunday, 5 May 2019 18:24 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

in a similar orbit - a compilation reissued on Strangelove compiling their work, a mix of Venezuelan folk, jazz-funk and early synth-pop, ie a South American take on Sade at their most balearic. It's really good:

boxedjoy, Friday, 7 June 2019 07:35 (two months ago) link

Awesome! Been looking forward to more Venezuelan stuff getting on reissue label's radars after those two Soul Jazz comps.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 7 June 2019 10:43 (two months ago) link

i was uber happy the Frank Harris and Maria Marquez comp came out. I have been searching for more of their music since I fell in love with Canto Del Pilon when it was included on a Ralph Records comp in 1987. It only took 32 years!

stirmonster, Friday, 7 June 2019 13:32 (two months ago) link

yes, love room is gorgeous

Br. Des Shadows (NickB), Friday, 7 June 2019 13:35 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

TRjj Music Compilation "12 Dances" on STROOM is fucking brilliant and quite singular. I suppose kind of Pablo's Eye + Tirza without the vocals but weirder.

Funky Isolations (jed_), Sunday, 21 July 2019 22:28 (four weeks ago) link

I agree!

paolo, Monday, 22 July 2019 08:11 (three weeks ago) link

While we're talking about Stroom I'd like to say that their Kyoto/Zoe Sinatra split 12" is just about perfect and probably my single of the year so far, even if both of the tracks are from the 80s.

paolo, Monday, 22 July 2019 08:13 (three weeks ago) link

Super happy to be able to finally announce this one, it’s one we’ve been trying to make happen since we started the label! MFM042 ‘Broken Belief’ is a collection of ten tracks from Japanese musician Toshifumi Hinata recorded between 1985/1987..

— Music From Memory (@MusicFromMemory) July 31, 2019

groovypanda, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 13:06 (two weeks ago) link

Website and bandcamp not even updated w/ it, it seems, but this is great news!

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 13:38 (two weeks ago) link

that is great news. he is long overdue some love and more accessibility.

stirmonster, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:30 (two weeks ago) link

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