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Artist: IKO
Title: 83
Format: LP
Label: Democratic Dancebeat
Country: Italy
Price: $26.00
"Iko was a minimal/synth/wave outfit from Canada. The most notable release by the band is their LP simply titled 83, which was released on a small Canadian disco label called Manhattan-Formula. Not much is known about the group due to little information in their record sleeves and little to no traces of information about the label they released on. Anyway, this is one of the most unknown yet amazing creations in the entire history of minimal wave and electronic music. Lots of simplistic lyrics, abstract and experimental sounds, and at the time, extremely groundbreaking techniques on the synthesizer. Iko is what todays electro artists replicate - Adult being the best example. Their sound is hardly new or unique some 20 years later. A true cult of this genre. Try this album for a trip down electro lane!" -Democratic Dancebeat Records.

Artist: IKO
Title: 83
Format: LP
Label: Medical
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"The first official reintroduction and reissue of the iconic IKO 83 LP. This coveted album by minimal synth aficionados around the globe has been out of print and very rare since its original release in 1982. Hailing from Montreal, Canada, IKO has always been shrouded in mystery. All 3 members come from an academic background (electroacoustic composition, etc), and they met at the University of Montreal in the music department. Taking from their collective influences of 60s pop, prog and minimalist composers as well as early industrial, they played in a few early bands before solidifying the all-synth incarnation of IKO in its definitive lineup. The LP was originally released on Manhattan Formula. Other than Rational Youth, the Montreal synth scene was small, and the band broke up not too long after its release. Over the years, it has slowly achieved cult status of the highest order and now fetches inflated collectors prices on the open market. It even prompted an unauthorized bootleg LP a few years ago (of much inferior sound quality). The master for this very special reissue is transferred and EQed from the master analog tapes. The opening track Approach on Tokyo sets the mood with its electro hooks and almost Trans-Europe Express synth parts. Gonadotropic Synthesis is an amazing slow and beautiful synthy melodic number which blurs the lines between love song and a lecture on hormonal interplay out of a medical textbook. Digital Delight is a fast paced dance floor favorite with cyborg lyrics and catchy hooks. The LP contains one never before heard bonus track Jungle City which is a bit of a more ominous and dark track as compared to the other album tracks. This LP will appeal to the legions of people who have been patiently waiting for an official reissue as well as the un-initiated fans of classic synth pop, Kraftwerk, early Human League and the like. Features a bonus insert with interview and retrospective by Dave Segal. Additional remastering by Martin Bowes at the Cage, London. Presented on high-quality 180gram heavyweight half and half yellow and black vinyl." - Medical.
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