We are very pleased to announce that the third publication in the Ex Machina series is now available for pre-order: L’Embrasse is a compilation originally released in 1987, less than 50 copies were distributed at the time through local shops and it is a portrayal of a unique and very little known scene, generated in the deep underground milieu of Amsterdam. None of the tracks presented on this album has ever been re-released after the ultra-limited original edition on cassette format by Top Tape appeared. At the time, a dozen different acts were featured: Menko (S.M. NURSE founder), Robbie Horsfall, Peter Van Garderen (Nine Circles founder), Der Rudi, Antonia (Tonny Timmermans), No Honey From These, Incredible Coöp (S.M. Nurse members), Beatnik Love Affair, Tranquil Eyes, Cheiron, Spin & Kokkie and The Male Ego.
“We had no name for the music we made. Top Tape released the recordings of those hometape sessions, jams and performances on cassette tape in particular.” tells us Menko Konings, founder of both band S.M. Nurse and independent label Top Tape; “I was forced to start a label (1983) to release my first solo-tape. This is how Top Tape was created. A few years in a row I released music from friends and myself. L’embrasse is a good example of this. (…) We recorded a lot: solo, try-outs, rehearsals, jams, live performances, demos, final versions and spoken audio clips from radio and TV. We also experimented with tapes”.
The recordings offer a fascinating insight into one of several different independent scenes coexisting in Amsterdam more than 30 years ago, which we can now retrieve on this exclusive edition of 200 units.
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