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Eclipse (CD)
Cat: ERC 020CD. Rel: 27 Oct 14
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Ballenas
  2. Adios Tren De Jaipur
  3. Midnight Round Mekines
  4. Donde Una Amapola Blanca Revienta
  5. Tierra A La Vista
  6. Tagomago
  7. El Colegio De Alvarito
  8. Eucaliptus Blues
  9. Himalaya
  10. Interior Del Bosque
  11. A Una Muchacha
  12. La Alegria Del Coyote
  13. Gran Via
  14. Kabul
  15. La Oracion Y El Te
  16. Rio Nilo
Review: Emotional Rescue label boss Stuart Leath is particularly excited about this release, and it's not hard to see why. While Spanish singer/songwriter Javier Bergia is not widely known in the UK, his releases - either solo, or as part of the Finas Africae and Arium Musicae groups - are held in high regard by those of a Balearic persuasion. Eclipse is something of a treat, gathering together the best of Bergia's solo work from 1985 to the present day. Featuring Bergia's spoken and sung vocals atop a mix of gentle acoustics, atmospheric strings, delay-laden percussion and subtle global rhythms, Eclipse impresses from start to finish. It should be essential listening for anyone with even the tiniest interest in Balearica.
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Lescudjack (100 gram vinyl 10")
Cat: ERC 032. Rel: 10 Oct 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Lescudjack (2:49)
  2. Lescudjack (Lexx edit) (4:19)
Review: "Lescudjack" is one of the finest moments in Michael Chapman's epic discography. Originally featured on 1978's "Life On The Ceiling" album, the instrumental track melded the British guitarist's distinctive finger picking style with throbbing synthesizer lines and heavy space rock influences. Famously a favourite of Daniele Baldelli, and a long-standing secret weapon of Kosmiche-minded DJs, Chapman's peerless original version is joined here by a brilliant Lexx edit that subtly extends it into a more dancefloor-friendly version, with a longer opening build-up, a tasty drum break in the original, and a deliciously dubbed-out conclusion.
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Orquesta (140 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: ERC 027. Rel: 27 Mar 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Visiones Incomunicadas
  2. Juegos Confusos
  3. Uranio Enriquecido
  4. Programación
  5. Aproximación Dos
  6. Murmullo Atonal
  7. Sensación Melancólica
  8. Ella Baila
  9. Operativo
  10. Humanos De America
  11. Aproximación Uno
Review: Argentinian keyboardist Carlos Cutaia has been active since the early 70s, but diggers have long been fawning after his mid-80s LP Orquesta. Fusing catchy pop-rock workouts with truly madcap moments and glued together by lots and lots of synths, it's little wonder that the Emotional Rescue gang were enamoured with the release and resolved to put together a reissue. There is some really adventurous production going on here, with "Juegos Confusos" being particularly flamboyant and "Uranio Enriquecido" ramping up the oddball keys and splashy effects. Meanwhile the likes of "Sensacion Melancolica" nail that slow and seductive synthwave sound impeccably.
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Vathek (140 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: ERC 045. Rel: 18 Sep 17
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. La Gran Torre De Samarah
  2. La Puerta De Ebano
  3. El Sacrificio De Catoul
  4. El Llanto De Nouronihar
  5. Juego En El Haren Del Fakreddin
  6. Las Reflexiones Del Califa
  7. El Palacio Del Emir
  8. La Pira De Carathis
  9. El Giaour
  10. Los Pabellones De Los Sentidos
Review: Emotional Rescue turns its attention to Spanish artist Luis Delgado, who made a name for himself fusing traditional folk music from across the globe with experimental electronic practice. His first album Vathek stands as one of his masterworks, originally released in 1986 and featuring a range of different electro-acoustic approaches that draw you in with their strange, dynamic textures. There's a whiff of Jon Hassell's treated trumpet about "La Puerta De Ebano" while "El Sacrificio De Catoul" deals in a dense weave of chimes and percussion. Diverse, engrossing listening from the outer reaches.
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Cat: ERC 042. Rel: 25 Sep 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Yonge Street Jam Band 1 (4:23)
  2. Yonge Street Jam Band 2 (4:20)
  3. Yonge Street Jam Band (Jonny 5 Discomix) (8:58)
Review: Forever faithfully mining the past to keep your shelves stocked with gems that might have otherwise been consigned to history, Emotional Rescue turn their attention towards Carl & Carol Jacobs' cult slice of early house music, and what a treat it is. "Yonge Street Jam Band" comes in the form of two mixes that serve as impeccable examples of late 80s club music in all its culture spanning glory. The playful sample slicing and triggering of the second mix is the winner, although the vocals on the original version are equally on point if you want a little more soul in the mix. Jonny 5 then steps up on the flip for a bold but measured re-rub that stretches the vibe out for nine minutes of perfect party fodder.
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Pour L'Amour
Pour L'Amour (140 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: ERC 066. Rel: 06 Aug 18
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Introduction
  2. Le Reveil
  3. L'Amour Pour Bouclier
  4. Ne Doute Pas
  5. Le Long De Fleuve Amour
  6. Le Guerrier
  7. Introduction
  8. Secret
  9. Aurore
  10. Kiroel
  11. Douleur
  12. Sorciere
  13. De L'Autre Cote Du Miroir
  14. Les Coquillages
Review: Emotional Rescue is delighted to offer this compilation of music from Elaine Kibaro and her particular coalesce of chanson, folk, balearic and touch of disco, all encased in her strong French and North African roots.

The music included here, released between 1979 to 1989, is an expression of her development, of music changes matching growth in life, conveyed through her emotions in song. Opening with the spoken word Introduction from her debut album, "Mirrors" and the folk rock of melodies of Le Reveil from the 1981 follow up, Au Soleil, her early works are characterised by band, orchestra and choirs complimenting her voice as one.

This is further heard on the mystical Sorciere, psyche percussion of Secret, the marching Le Guerrier and the inclusion her first "hit" with Aurore, appearing her in all it's extended, off-kilter guitar meets organ form.

Exploring sensitivity and desires the compilation matches these earlier folk and world inspired songs with her move towards electronic production that accompanied a return some 4 years later, adding balearic and even pop dance found on 1985's Le Long De Fleuve Amour and the following 1989 opus, in Kiroel.

L'Amour Pour Bouclier and Ne Doute Pas lift her music higher towards lovers' heights, with word, melody, and rhythm giving the desire to dance and be free, while her continuing exploration of chanson and spoken word takes on new meanings via the new wave meets estoric Douleur, while the emotionally charged soundscape of Kiroel brings balance.

Inspired by the purity of song, Kibaro's music's has a timeless essence to behold; a voice and words found through life experience - beauty, discovery, nature and dreams.

A love and hope in music, her quest for the infinite potential in song.





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Cat: ERC 059. Rel: 02 Apr 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Rock Attack
  2. No Wonder
  3. Rock Attack (Faze Action Discomix)
Review: The Konduko label was a gem of early 80s Miami groove, playing host to a range of projects from Noel Williams. "Rock Attack" was originally credited to J. Griffith, but resurfaces here on Emotional Rescue with Williams' King Sporty & The Ex Tras billed at the helm. It's a firecracker of a tune, revolving around a stuttering electro bassline and the loosest, funkiest set of drums, sounding fresh as a daisy with a new lick of mastering paint. Meanwhile Faze Action sprinkle a little contemporary magic on the track, making a beautifully tripped out "Discomix" that sounds more like a cosmic dub extravaganza to these ears.
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Do You Wanna Dance? (feat Felix Dickinson mix)
Cat: ERC 060. Rel: 16 Apr 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Do You Wanna Dance?
  2. Do You Wanna Dance? (instrumental)
  3. Do You Wanna Dance? (Felix Dickinson Discomix)
Review: Emotional Rescue returns with the third (and final?) King Sporty & The Ex Tras releases with the first ever-official reissue of the highly sought after cult boogie jam Do You Wanna Dance? Coming as remastered vocal and instrumental, plus again featuring a special Discomix, this time courtesy of acid-disco slayer Felix Dickinson.

Appearing shortly after the success of the band's only album, Extra Funky, Do You Wanna Dance? pointed the way forward, moving further from Disco and closer to the rising electro-boogie sounds that were sweeping the dance floors.

The confident up / jump electro drum programming, slap bass and trademark Sporty guitar chops are propelled by a monster swamp inducing synth arpeggio that sings the funk electric, while hip-hop-shout-outs ride the rhythm. If the vocals are too much for some, then the original Instrumental (dub) is also included for those just wanting that infectious groove.

As many will recall, Do You Wanna Dance? featured on Felix's "Originals" compilation for Claremont 56 back in 2011, so when the King Sporty reissue project was coming together there was only one name to be asked for the Discomix. With a long history of DJing and music production, as well the man behind the Recycled Records, Fools Gold, Urban Myth and Bastedos labels, as well many, many releases on the long running and aptly titled Cynic Recordings, his remix arrives on point.

Teasingly drawn out, his mix switches back / forth between versions, the interplay between vocals, guitar, bass and electro-glide synths hypnotically building, with Dickinson's deftly dubbing tripping it out, making the title's question irrelevant, as mind and feet involuntarily move.




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Cat: ERC 058. Rel: 07 May 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Haven't Been Funked Enough (6:42)
  2. Haven't Been Funked Enough (Rapstrumental) (8:08)
  3. Haven't Been Funked Enough (Nad Discomix) (10:10)
Review: Emotional Rescue do the right thing and tap up the Konduko label - an oft overlooked gem of the Miami bass scene - for one of the biggest tracks in Noel 'King Sporty' Williams' back catalogue. "Haven't Been Funked Enough" is an absolute battering ram of proto electro, staggeringly advanced for its time (it was originally released in 1982). There's also a "Rapstrumental" mix with some life-affirming instructive speech across the jam, but the real icing on the cake is Idjut Boy Nad's wild and ranging "Discomix" on the B side. It's a truly spaced out affair that sounds like it was mixed live on the desk with its rugged FX sends and woozy atmosphere.




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Words & Numbers
Cat: ER C037/MNQ 097/BP 102. Rel: 14 May 18
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Twofourtysix
  2. Track 2 (Studio 12 7')
  3. Fivesixtyeight
  4. Threeseventyfive
  5. Onetwentyone
  6. Foureightynine
  7. Sixfiftyseven
  8. Track 8 (Flexi 7")
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Scene In Mirage
Scene In Mirage (140 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: ERC 053. Rel: 12 Mar 18
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Kyrie
  2. Beyond Control 3
  3. Infiltration
  4. Sedation
  5. P2
  6. From Here To Where
  7. Intromission
  8. Anima
  9. Odomankoma
  10. Aura
  11. Flute Cloud
  12. Waiteri
  13. Denouement
Review: Emotional Rescue returns to the music of "dark ambient" pioneers O Yuki Conjugate (OYC) with the reissue of their debut album, 'Scene in Mirage'. Released in 1984, it's post-industrial; cold wave overtures mixed with an ambient oeuvre created a compelling album that has gained cult status.

Recorded in a four-track basement studio in Leeds it showcases two very different sides to their sound. Side E follows the earlier recordings of their debut cassette release "Untitled" (ERC051), with use of analogue drum machines, synthesizers, bass an the ingenious use of tape loops made from audio cassettes stolen from local public libraries.

Side O however, points to the future development of the band with experimental sound collages. Built from percussion, voice, flute and drones created using a home made digital delay with a 1.6 second sampling feature for instant soundscapes. At the touch of a button this was DIY at its core when at the time most samplers cost more than a four-bedroom house in Knightsbridge.

Quickly selling out in its original pressing, inexplicably their record label decided not to re-press, so an expanded cassette version called 'Scene In Mirage/Soundtracks' was re-released on the band's own Final Image label with an accompanying video. Here, Emotional Rescue's re-issue combines the best of both versions in a lovingly recreated sleeve taken from the original design templates.

Based around original members Roger Horberry and Andrew Hulme, OYC is now returning in its fourth incarnation with live shows and hopefully, new music to come. Watch the horizon.




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Stollwerck Single (40 gram 7")
Cat: ERC 044. Rel: 29 May 17
Psych/Garage Rock
  1. Phantom Band/Linear Johnson & The Protons - "Rush Rush"
  2. Drums Off Chaos - "Drums Off Chaos"
Review: The sadly departed Jaki Liebezeit was the kind of drummer whose influence will be continually recognised over the decades to come. Best known for his work in Can, there are also many more sides to this singular sticksman, and Emotional Rescue has chosen to shine a light on his post-Can period living in Stollwerck. On the A side of this 7" curio is the sound of Phantom Band with Linear Johnson & The Protons. "Rush Rush" has a spiky new wave bent to it, but still Liebezeit's drumming stands out. The B side "Drums Off Chaos" need little explanation - it's the sound of one of the all-time drumming greats letting rip in a ferocious blast of percussive abandon.
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Bodies (12")
Cat: ERC 024. Rel: 29 Feb 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Bodies (extended original)
  2. Special
  3. Bodies (extended Dokument)
  4. Deutche Frau
Review: REPRESS ALERT: After the series of Caribbean related releases, Emotional Rescue returns to the early 80's Downtown NYC post punk / new wave scene with Plus Instruments - collecting their best and rarest songs on one groove laden EP. 4 tracks of pure Downtown punk-dub-funk, all with the nonchalant Euro-style delivery of Truus de Groot. It doesn't get better than this. Coming with extended unreleased versions, the originals were collected from sought after EPs, an obscure compilation LP and fiishes with a never before released song - this is history. Licensed and remastered for aural pleasure.
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Psycho Killer (Double Wave edit)
Cat: ERC 068. Rel: 09 Jul 18
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Psycho Killer
  2. Psycho Killer (Double Wave edit)
Review: Digging 80s pop obscurities has long been part of Emotional Rescue's mission statement and the unearthing of this cover of the Talking Heads classic by the little known, Italian new wave band Politrio for a limited 7" press is a worthy addition.

Formed by guitarist, songwriter and producer Giorgio Canali alongside Massimo Sbaragli and Roberto Zoli for the short-lived project. With just one album released of new wave, pop rock, it was their contribution to an Amnesty International benefit LP that spawned this excellent version of Byrne, Franz and Weymouth penned classic.

Coming out of the CBGBs scene of post-punk downtown NYC, the song, released on their aptly titled 1977 "77" debut album, has gone on to become one of the defining songs of it's time. Further enhanced with their mesmeric performance in the 1984 Stop Making Sense film and album, it has been ripe for reinterpretation.

Politrio's version keeps and captures much of the original, but with their own swing, rhythm, Italian-English vocal delivery, rock guitar, bells and keys. While remaining instantly recognizable, this is a unique version, with the straightened drumming giving it some added punch and kick.

This is backed by a systematically cool, delicate but additional re-edit by the Berlin based Italian duo Dama and Budino aka Double Wave. Rising names in the Berlin scene they are part of the Oscillator collective, label and parties and can be heard at some of the best parties right now.

Letting the instrumental interplay of funky, slap bass and rock guitar have more time to shine, the edit builds and drops, dubs and builds again to the vocals and lyrics known so well, offering an alternative sing-a-long for the more wonky DJs and dancers out there.








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Razormaid Mixes (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: ERC 057. Rel: 12 Mar 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Eternal (US club mix)
  2. Prisoner To Desire (Alcatraz mix)
  3. Unveiling The Secret (exclusive re-edit)
  4. Ecstasy (Joseph Watt extended mix)
Review: Emotional Rescue make no attempt to hide their love of classic 80s cutters Razormaid's remixes, and on this occasion they're shining a light on the pumped up dancefloor versions of cult Canadian synthwave concern Psyche. The "US Club Mix" of "Eternal" is a perfect, swooning synth pop belter with weight in all the right places to work on the floor. "Prisoner To Desire (Alcatraz Mix)" is a snarling stomper that almost touches on acidic synth lines underneath the impassioned vocals, and then an exclusive re-edit of "Unveiling The Secret" ups the tempo while letting the catchy pop edge to Psyche's sound shine through. The record finishes with the fevered intensity of Joseph Watt's extended mix of "Ecstasy".
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Cameroon Massif!
Cameroon Massif! (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: ERC 061. Rel: 21 May 18
Deep House
  1. Cameroon Massif! (Massive mix)
  2. Cameroon Massif! (Massive mix)
  3. Cameroon Massif! (live At The Brain 09 mix)
Review: Taking a turn to some of its roots, Emotional Rescue offers a reissue of Ramjac Corporation's UK house/breaks anthem Cameroon Massif!. First released on the increasingly cult-status Irdial Discs in 1990, this was very much the sound of the big bang explosion of Acid House morphing and splintering, as subsequent multi-genres developed, formed, imploded and reformed in new ways that still subsists today.

Within the melting pot of anything goes, chemically-enhanced optimism that spread across the UK during that return to the summers of love from 1987 onwards, the nascent sounds coming from Chicago and Detroit were mixed with a hybrid of 80s British influences, taking in European synth pop, US electro, new beat, hip hop and reggae. Out of this appeared a new sound, mixing that love of techno and house with dub bass and break beats into a proto-jungle swirl.

Like many growing up through the ever-evolving 60, 70s & 80s British music scene, Paul Chivers' early years of learning piano and guitar, moved from Beatles era pop to take in punk, jazz and anything an eager musical mind could explore. Developing a long-term interest and study of Cuban and Afro-drumming, his acquisition of an Atari and sampler soon moved to programming of both drum machines and TB303 and with that, Ramjac Corporation was born.

Playing live at some of the earliest raves in 1988, as often through luck and "right time, right place", including the infamous Back To The Future and Energy parties, Ramjac went from playing from 50 to 10,000 ravers in a matter of months, as the nation was gripped, depending on your cultural standing, by either a mixture of drug apocalypse paranoia or ecstatic celebration.

It was a meeting with Akin Fernandez, founder of Irdial Discs, that led some of the first studio experiments and creation of Cameroon Massif!. Utlising Akin's in-house studio and production skills, alongside Chivers' jazz influenced outlook of improvisation over arrangement, the track took shape, mixing the live programmed percussion, heavy doses of phase, delay and reverb and Sun Ra inspired keys that resulted in a number of mixes of Massif!.

Collected here are the original 12" "Massive" and "Massing" mixes, plus a special live version taken from the "Live At The Brain" reunion gig of 2009. The sought after 1990 versions and original Live mix are taken a step further with this 13 mins + mix, in essence a resampling and remixing reversion with didgeridoo and live on mic MCing, that gives a real glimpse of those early live sets. With more Ramjac Corporation material upcoming and a live reel-to-reel show appearing soon, the return of Cameroon Massif! is now.
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Spark The Universe (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: ERC 041. Rel: 30 Oct 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Spark The Universe (dance mix)
  2. Spark The Universe (dub mix)
  3. Spark The Universe (Chuggy's Disco mix)
Review: Emotional Rescue once more on the hard to find party curio tip, this time tapping up the work of one Ken Ramm whose 1984 burner "Spark The Universe" was previously fetching handsome prices online, and with good reason. The funk is loose and limber on the track, not least when it comes to the bassline and psyched-out worldly percussion. The dub mix pushes out into trippier territory, and then Emotional bossman Chuggy takes the reins on the flip for his own Disco mix of the original. Whichever version you plump for, you're onto a winner.
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A La Izquierda Del Colibri (140 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: ERC 043. Rel: 25 Dec 17
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. I-Cana (7:06)
  2. A La Izquierda Del Colibri (8:49)
  3. El Hacedor De Lluvia (4:53)
  4. Wawaki (6:37)
  5. Lejos Te Llevas El Espejo De Tu Rostro (2:34)
  6. Managua (5:20)
Review: The late Jorge Reyes was a leading figure in Mexican experimental music, and this album recorded with Antonio Zepeda is one of his earliest and most striking works. Originally released in 1986, A La Izquierda Del Colibri is a worldly product of the era in the same way as the work of Jah Wobble and Brian Eno, rich in new wave funk but reaching to a higher plane thanks to all manner of sonic devices. From treated jungle sounds to swooping pads, the whole album feels like an exotic trek through the heat and mystery of Central America, at times leaving the Western world far behind and at other times embracing it. A captivating listen.
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Planetary Unfolding (reissue)
Planetary Unfolding (reissue) (140 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: ERC 056. Rel: 16 Apr 18
Ambient/Drone
  1. Movement 1 - In The Beginning
  2. Movement 2 - "Toto, I've A Feeling We're Not In Kansas Anymore"
  3. Movement 3 - Wherever Two Or More Are Gathered
  4. Movement 4 - Life In The Gravity Well
  5. Movement 5 - As The Earth Kissed The Moon
  6. Movement 6 - Something's Moving
Review: "Emotional Rescue is honoured to reissue the benchmark in new age ambient music, Michael Stearns epic Planetary Unfolding album. Out of press on vinyl for over 30 years, here is Stearns masterful electronic symphony in 6 movements, recorded using his Serge modular synthesizer at the Continuum Studio in 1981.

The culmination of years of exploration in "space" music, Stearns journey, to the album's release, was one of learning and application. Involved in music since his teens, he graduated from guitar bands in the late 60s to an increasing interest in the principles of electronic music synthesis and the physics of musical instruments.

He moved from Tucson, Arizona to Los Angeles in 1975 where he performed live during movement meditation classes at the Continuum Studio. He released his first cassette album in 1977 before going on to record 7 albums during this formative period.

With Planetary Unfolding, the musical ideas that Michael performed on the Serge developed into this 52-minute masterpiece of music, six movements, three on each side of the LP. Based on the idea that the universe is made of sound held together through resonance, where atoms, cells, oceans, plants, animals and humans, all are part of a complex orchestration - the Earth as a being of sound.

Having first approached Michael in 2013, his uncertain response that the album could be rereleased in a way that the music would be given justice via vinyl, the idea was never forgotten. Gaining discovery, appraisal and prominence when "As The Earth Kissed The Moon" appeared in edited form on the "I Am The Centre" box set from Light In The Attic, this excellent window into the world of Private issue new age music, superbly compiled by Douglas McGowan, further increased the interest in Michael's and others, such as Laraaji, music.

With the likes of Matthewdavid's Leaving Records and Jonny Nash's Melody As Truth pushing the ambient curve beyond a post club, chill out fad, classic albums can rightly sit alongside this 'new age of the new age', so that ambient music again has a gravity and place of it's own. This specially re-mastered version by Bob Ohllson features the original artwork by Leilani Bost, liner notes by long-term friend and fellow musician, Gary David, as well as the photography of Ron Peterson, together bringing this wonderful album to life once again.
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Cat: ERC 002. Rel: 04 Sep 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Brujo Magic (unreleased edit)
  2. Ananta Snake Dance (long version)
Review: REPRESS ALERT! Spearheaded by Stuart Leath, Emotional Rescue is a label committed to unearthing forgotten gems and giving them the exposure they richly deserve, with all releases officially licensed by the artist and remastered in full. This 12" sees two classic tracks by the world music collective Suns of Arqa take pride of place. Incorporating elements of raga and dub, "Brujo Magic" is a much more straightforward dancefloor number than its description would suggest, with its rolling bassline and vocoder effects fusing irresistibly with its psyche-rock styles. On the B-Side, "Ananta Snake Dance" combines traditional Indian percussion and harmonium with conventional drumming to create something completely unique. A strong start to what will no doubt be an indispensable label.
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L'Amour Est Mon Arme
L'Amour Est Mon Arme (140 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: ERC 062. Rel: 25 Jun 18
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Lee Harvey Oswald (Zaza dance mix)
  2. Pas De Petit Garcon Dans Mon Avion
  3. Elle A Tokyo
  4. Les Guerriers
  5. Trans Amor Express (dance mix)
  6. Love Is My Weapon
  7. John Wayne
  8. Rendez-vous A Malibu
Review: "Emotional Rescue presents French 80s electronic band Takenoko and their unique and quirky euro synth-pop, here as collected works from 1982 to 1988. The compilation includes their 3 singles plus a number of unreleased songs heard for the first time.

Formed in 1981 when Bruno Aujard, Jean Louis Simonet and Jean Michel Louisor met in Bordeaux, France, the trio took their admiration of post punk bands like Talking Heads and Gang Of Four and mixed it with the pioneering sound of Kraftwerk and the new wave of UK electronic bands and set about composing songs with the simple aim to make people dance. Encompassing their interest in Japanese culture, Takenoko, meaning young bamboo shoot - a metaphor for teenager in Japan - was born.

Initial demos were soon signed and Elle a Tokyo was released on 7" in 1982. A vision of the Far East garnered from magazine stories of Geishas, robots and the arrival of the modern, movement of designers, such as Yohji Yamamoto.

Their second single, Lee Harvey Oswald, didn't appear until 1985. This time darker, the song reflects on the assassination of Kennedy from the perspective of infamy. Questioning human relations became a theme, the contrast and under-lying violence between them.

Their final single, Trans Amor Express, was released in 1988 and expressed their synthesized euro pop to the max, transporting the listener across a world of sensuality and was backed by anthemic John Wayne, also included here, as with all, in remastered form.

Recording throughout this period, 4 unreleased songs are fully realised for the first time. From the driving Pas de Petit Garcon dans mon Avion to the leftfield leanings of Les Guerriers, the Yello-esque Love Is My Weapon and finally, the off kilter closer, Rendez-vous a Malibu, the band finally can be heard as intended, a perfect encapsulation of a new, optimistic, European sound, transposed by the technologies coming to hand."
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Sneaker Mixes
Sneaker Mixes (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: ERC 063. Rel: 02 Jul 18
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Lee Harvey Oswald (Sneaker "Maquette" mix)
  2. Trans Amor Express (Sneaker "Traaans" mix)
  3. John Wayne (Sneaker "Dynamic" mix)
Review: Emotional Rescue returns to the music of Takenoko, the Bordeaux based synth-pop project from 1982-1988, to follow their LP collection L'Amour Est Mon Arme (ERC062), with an EP of remixes from Dresden's cult-like producer, Sneaker DJ.

The meeting of Takenoko and Sneaker offers a perfect marriage of left field cold wave tones, inventive drum programming and pop lyrics, with a master-mixer, programmer and DJ of today.

Following releases on cult labels like Uncanny Valley, Rat Life and Frigio as Sneaker and numerous labels such as Macadam Mambo, Bordello A Parigi and Bahnsteig 23 under several pseudonyms, Sneaker first contacted the label after his trance-inducing, drum heavy remix of C Cat Trance , with the suggestion to research an idea to create a reissue / remix project out of a band he had discovered, Takenoko.

This was soon expanded to become a stand-alone album and remixes EP after the discovery in the vaults of a cache of unreleased songs. The breadth of styles found on L'Amour Est Mon Arme is matched with these "Mixes", as Sneaker takes 3 of their singles and indelibly puts his marker on them.

Starting with his retake of their second single, Lee Harvey Oswald, he reworks their pop ode to the Kennedy tragedy and strips it groove back for a near 9 minute vocal-meets-discodub that lets the lyrical structure remain, before stretching it out and letting the instrumental interplay between keys, guitar and rhythm machines glide before bringing it all back for finale.

Next, their 1988 single Trans Amor Express is given what is becoming a trademark Sneaker treatment. In a similar vain to his remix of C Cat Trance, here he rips the original apart to extend a single vocal refrain with the raw percussion elements for mind-inducing results.

Finally, his mix of the anthemic John Wayne is almost gentle in comparison, adding 909 overdubs but letting much of the original stay, showing again a modern mastery of mixing desk technique and craft.








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Terra Incognita (140 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: ERC 034. Rel: 31 Jul 17
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Denis Mpunga & Paul K - "Criola" (3:23)
  2. Mal - "A Letter From Yellowland" (2:00)
  3. Zazou & Biyake - "Komba" (2:41)
  4. Bene Gesserit - "Broken Toy" (2:15)
  5. La Caida De La Casa Usher - "Caballos" (3:14)
  6. Kastrieste Philosophen - "Heroina" (5:20)
  7. Danny Alias - "Big Brother-The Answer" (4:20)
  8. Image Pour Image - "Where Is The Love In This World" (3:20)
  9. Attrition - "Beast Of Burden" (3:05)
  10. Zazou, Nodland, Lema - "Stranger In The New Light" (4:02)
  11. Kastrieste Philosophen - "Playin The Fool" (3:05)
  12. Instead Of - "Bad Angels" (4:43)
Review: Emotional Rescue continue to mine hidden corners of esoteric music to bring your rarified delights in a freshly mastered form. This time the label has turned to cult Spanish label Auxilio De Ciento, who have been quietly picked up by more tuned in heads for their excellent new wave, synth pop and industrial wares. La Caida De La Casa Usher present the most abrasive material on here, but largely it's a relaxed affair. You can lose yourself in the bubbling synthesizer goodness of Bene Gesserit and Danny Alias, or trip out to the pattering drums of Zazou, Nodland, Lema.
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Magiques Creations (140 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: ERC 052. Rel: 27 Nov 17
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Joue Joue
  2. Tchi Tchi Vox
  3. Miss October
  4. Nakarde
  5. Nazareman
  6. Be Modar
  7. Jube Man
  8. Ankaboot
  9. Bedroud
  10. Deltangui
  11. Remembering Ancient Fights
Review: Following the excellent reissue of Aither last year, Emotional Rescue return to the dreamy, decidedly tripped out sound world of French-Persian outfit Vox Populi! with this enchanting collection of early rarities from the early to mid 80s. There's a range of moods on offer here, sounding very much of the era with dashes of On-U dub colliding with kosmische and the worldly outlook of Byrne, Eno, Hassell et al. It's a varied listen and a wonderful introduction to a band that could have so easily been more widely appreciated if they had managed to break out of the French underground.
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Dreaming In Colors (140 gram LP)
Cat: ERC 055. Rel: 07 May 18
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Mermaid (3:55)
  2. Pipe Winds (5:05)
  3. Pathways (4:00)
  4. Dreaming In Colors (3:03)
  5. Rainsong (4:19)
  6. Rituals (3:37)
  7. Maiden Flight (3:54)
  8. Painted Lake (4:36)
  9. Obsession (4:41)
  10. In The Sun (1:57)
Review: Emotional Rescue unearth yet another pearl of curiosity from the mists of the 80s here, kicking off a series looking at the work of guitarist Carl Weingarten. This album is a fine place to start, as Weingarten teams up with Walter Whitney for an engrossing exploration of ambient synth work merged with careful use of slide guitar and more besides. It's very much of its time, originally released on Multiphase in 1985, and it's as charming and naive as it is accomplished. There's a new age sweetness to the harmonic composition, but the sound palette is deceptively deep, not least thanks to Weingarten's multifaceted approaches to his instrument. Dreaming In Colours sets a promising tone for what the rest of the series holds.




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Lifestream (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: ERC 064. Rel: 02 Jul 18
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Lifestream (extended mix)
  2. Rain Trek
Review: The spiritual and uplifting music of Clifford White is highlighted with two of his most sought after songs, taken from his 1989 album The Lifespring, and presented here in a special extended 12" for the first time.

Starting in music production at just 15, White could be described as a protegee, however his take is that they were part of a music journey that continues today. With a centre found in electronic music and spirituality, his progress, from simple home use 4-track stereo to working in professional 16-tracks studios was swift, but matched by a deeper appreciation, greater confidence and wider palette of music styles.

Utilising his love of early samplers, his first use of the Akai S612 to accompany and expand his keyboard recordings saw continued development from his debut album at just 17 with Ascension (1985), to the follow up Spring Fantasy (1987) and on to The Lifespring (1989). A small review in the local paper literally led to a knock at the door and offer of a deal from the Start (State Of The Art ) label to record his next album. With a subsequent advance, professional studio equipment was hired and out of these sessions his sound expanded to include ambient, orchestral, synth pop and even ballads.

From this both Lifestream and Rain Trek emerged. With a love of Jean Michel Jarre's Oxygene in mind, Lifestream's smooth beginning soon gives way to the pulse of an arpeggio driven groove. Aiming for "relaxation with an edge", the track has become a secret play for the more Balearic minded DJ in the decades since and now sees the LP trade for dizzying sums. However, the original is achingly brief, gracefully fading as part of the album's journey. Here though, with DJs and collectors in mind, White returns to the song to craft a specially extended version that completes the song and will be appreciated at sunsets across the globe.

Seeking to take the music and listener to another place, Rain Trek took White's interest in Sci-Fi and the mystic powers of water to a rightful conclusion. The healing nature of his music is apparent, the mystery, yearning and travelling, all emotions evident, but with a kick that will grace the more enlightened dance.



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International Times (180 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: ERC 004. Rel: 15 Jan 18
Soul
  1. Stay Cool
  2. International Times
  3. We Bring Light
  4. Eagle On The Wing
  5. Go With The Flow
  6. For The Love Of Life
  7. More Love
  8. Inner Fire
Review: REPRESS ALERT: Arriving at their fourth release, Emotional Rescue's knowledge of forgotten musical gems and their commitment to give them the chance of wider appreciation they fully deserve cannot be in question! After digging out that Bob Chance classic, the focus switches to something of an equally balearic nature with the release of Jaki Whitren & John Cartwright's lost folk rock album International Times. Originally released as a private press on the obscure French label Living Records back in 1983, this eight track album is filled with dusty soul nuggets which are given extra life by the silky vocal stylings of Whitren - formerly a backing singer for Alan Parson. Opening track "Stay Cool" sounds quite ahead of it's time, whilst there are some true dancefloor gems for the more adventurous DJs out there, such as the title track and the laid back bump of "Go With The Flow."
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Cat: ERC 004CD. Rel: 17 Jun 13
Soul
  1. Stay Cool
  2. International Times
  3. We Bring Light
  4. Eagle On The Wire
  5. Go With The Flow
  6. For The Love Of Life
  7. More Life
  8. Inner Fire
  9. That Will Be That (bonus track)
  10. International Times (12" remix - bonus track)
  11. Times Dub (bonus track)
  12. This Time (live at Glastonbury Town Hall - bonus track)
Review: Arriving at their fourth release, Emotional Rescue's knowledge of forgotten musical gems and their commitment to give them the chance of wider appreciation they fully deserve cannot be in question! After digging out that Bob Chance classic, the focus switches to something of an equally balearic nature with the release of Jaki Whitren & John Cartwright's lost folk rock album International Times. Originally released as a private press on the obscure French label Living Records back in 1983, this eight track album is filled with dusty soul nuggets which are given extra life by the silky vocal stylings of Whitren - formerly a backing singer for Alan Parson. Opening track "Stay Cool" sounds quite ahead of it's time, whilst there are some true dancefloor gems for the more adventurous DJs out there, such as the title track and the laid back bump of "Go With The Flow."
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A La Luna (140 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: ERC 050. Rel: 06 Nov 17
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Demi Paradise
  2. The Sounds Of Earth
  3. Cloud Cuckoo Land
  4. Stardust
  5. Orbit Unknown
  6. Ready For The Moon Trip
  7. The Girl From The Green Planet
  8. Jerusalem
  9. A La Luna
  10. Magic In The Dark
  11. Early Machines
  12. Since You Went Away
  13. Sixties Twist
  14. Innocenti
  15. Love It Baby
  16. Loving In The Fine Light
  17. If I Close My Eyes
  18. This Light, This Light
  19. Voice In The Night
  20. Sad Hearts
  21. Nazca Lines
  22. Worry Beads
Review: Mark and Clive Ives have been prime examples of the second life reissue culture can give previously under-appreciated artists, and Emotional Rescue have been one of the key labels to support the enigmatic brothers from London. As with previous reissues, "A La Luna" presents the delicate, naive yet deep sound of Woo across a long form album that invites you on a curious journey of discovery. With a melodic instinct bordering on exotica, and unique range of instruments in the sound palette and a dreamlike approach to processing, there's nothing out there that sounds quite like Woo, and as ever it's a joy to delve into their sound world and leave more earthly familiarities behind.
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Cat: ERC 014. Rel: 02 Apr 18
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Swingtime
  2. Pokhara
  3. CH Revisited
  4. A Wave
  5. The Cleaner
  6. Wah Bass
  7. The Attic
  8. Razorblades
  9. White & Whiter Still
  10. Wapping
  11. Life In The Shadows
  12. The English Style Of Rowing
  13. Whichever Way You Are Going, You Are Going Wrong
Review: REPRESS ALERT: A seminal re-release: Whichever Way You Are Going You Are Going Wrong marks the start of a very deep, spiritual and hugely influential recording career for Mark and Clive Ives. Recorded in their own small Wimbledon terrace house in 1982 using nothing acoustic guitars, keyboards a small selection of wind instruments, it's a fusion of Balearic, psychedelic folk, proto electronic and ambient music that sits in such a unique world of its own, it still sounds fantastically fresh today. At points very lo-fi and fuzzy ("The Cleaner") at others very crisp, folky and pastoral ("CH Revisited"), imagine Robert Wyatt collaborating with Osunlade, or the Cinematic Orchestra hooking up with Brian Eno and you might get a slightly clearer picture. Only slightly though... These pictures aren't meant to be crystal. That's the beauty.
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