Probably like most people outside of Australia and/or hardcore post-punk/minimal synth-collecting circles, our first contact with Andy Rantzen was through Forced Nostalgia’s 2011 reissue of an amazing Pelican Daughters set from 1988, Fishbones And Wishbones. While there were plenty of people emerging from early ‘80s industrial culture whose work anticipated, or directly fed into, the techno/dance paradigm shift that occurred later in the decade, some of Rantzen’s productions feel madly prescient – see ‘Do I Dream’ on that Oz Waves comp, house-not-house which channels Bush of Ghosts but wouldn’t have sounded out of place on Warriors Dance, or the rolling toms of Pelicans’ gothic zone-out ‘Through The Sepulchre’. Same goes for ‘Beacon Hill’, a proto-IDM glaze which could easily pass for an early Black Dog or Ae track, and which opens this compilation, an excruciatingly limited edition (250 copies) from Kashual Plastik. Drawn from the archive of the Masking Tapes label, it features a couple of Rantzen solo tracks plus choice selections - all reliably gloomy and dub-disoriented - from his Pelican, Shibboleth and Knapp projects.
Housed in a black, hand-screen-printed cloth bag sleeve. One per customer, ships Monday.