Mannequin Records, Emotional Rescue, and Blowpipe come together to release the music of Dutch post-punk, industrial outsiders Nexda with a collection of music drawn from all their single and EP vinyl releases. Taken from two 12 EPs, a split 7", and a flexi 7", all released in 1982, the music within Word & Numbers captures striking compositions, part of, but in some way removed from their contemporary post-punk bands coming out of the Dutch "Ultra" scene of the time. Developing out of a series of concerts in Amsterdam, Ultra expanded to Eindhoven, Nijmegen, and Haarlem, with artists and musicians creating their own work spaces and studios. Driven by the DIY mentality of the punk movement, this uniquely Dutch take on the post-punk ethos embraced avant-garde thinking and experimentation that disseminated in ideas and from that, sound. Coming from Haarlem, Nexda -- consisting of Ivo Schalkx, Karin Hueting, Martienden Nijs -- played music on handmade drums, metal, organ, saxophone, and voice. Releasing a series of cassettes on their and Wim Dekkers (Smalts, Minny Pops) Studio 12 label, the latters link with Wally Van Middendorps Plurex label, resulted in the release of Nexdas two EPs -- 246, 121 and 657 (1982) and Second (1982) -0 with artwork of Ivo Schalkx, are included here, both in their entirety. Capturing the bands heavy percussive backdrop, raw, dub baselines contrast with questioning, mainly spoken-word lyrical poetics, saxophone underplay and occasional Pablo-style melodica. The avant nature of the music is apparent and enticing, where experimentalism and artistic expression was sought over commercial success and technique and song form were less important than the process of exploring ideas. The none-descriptive titles match song structures that jettison the traditional verse-chorus-verse; weaving across the eight songs so that they can be heard as one, as much asshort bursts of individual statements. Graphic design rework by Alessandro Adriani. Mastered by Rude 66." - Mannequin.
After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.
This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).
Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.
Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.
Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).
So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.
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