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Night After Night (Record Store Day 2020)
Cat: SV 045. Rel: 07 Sep 20
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Night After Night (3:23)
  2. Sense Of Male (4:17)
  3. Infraton (3:17)
  4. Motiv (5:52)
  5. Cherish (2:51)
Review: If this is your first run in with New York's Ike Yard then Factory Records might be a good place to start - these guys were the first US act to sign with the iconic but doomed Manchester label back in the day, and that says a lot about what to expect from their output. This was their first EP, released in 1981, making their proto-post punk and no wave trappings all the more groundbreaking.

The five tracks still stand up today, and certainly compare with some of the era and canon's definitive names. It would be unfair to say you can hear A Certain Ratio, Joy Division or Section 25 here, though, as Ike Yard were doing this at roughly same time to those UK counterparts, so it's less about mimicry and more a sign of just how necessary noises like this were back then.
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Ike Yard (reissue)
Cat: SV 046LP. Rel: 28 May 20
Coldwave/Synth
  1. M Kurtz (5:36)
  2. Loss (7:31)
  3. NCR (5:13)
  4. Kino (7:03)
  5. Cherish 8 (5:17)
  6. Half A God (4:46)
Review: Amongst those who love New York's early '80s no-wave/post-punk scene, Ike Yard's 1982 debut album has long been regarded as something of an under-appreciated classic. Thanks to this reissue from Superior Viaduct, you can now judge for yourself. The band's sound is noticeably a lot more minimalistic than many of their contemporaries, mixing throbbing, low-slung basslines (think ESG or Liquid Liquid) with sparse, pulsing electronics, weird synthesizer sounds and stylish male vocals. It's a unique and hugely atmospheric sound that's as intense and paranoid as it is spaced-out and otherworldly. The album is full of highlights, but our picks include the percussively awkward "Loss", the creepy and clandestine "Kino" and the fiendishly alien sounding "Half A God".
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