Ike Yard was a product of the New York No Wave scene, but also stood very much apart from it, then as now. Propulsive, paranoid, aggressive electro minimalism, with as much attention paid to the mixing board and effects processors as to vocals, guitar and synth. At once starker and more fully-formed than virtually all other contemporaneous post-punk music. desire’s 2012 edition represents the first ever vinyl reissue of this classic, prophetic album.
The line-up for the second remix EP after the successful and now deleted Regis/Monoton remixes 12″ represents a wide catalog of electronic beats. LA own’s Tropic Of Cancer delivers a great ethereal version of ‘Half A God’. Camella Lobo after signs a rare remix after a series of acclaimed EPs for labels such as Blackest Ever Black, Downwards, and Mannequin. Former Ike Yard member and synths wizard Fred Szymanski also reinterpreted ‘Half A God’ with a unique musique concrète-inspired electronica piece under his Recombinant guise.
On the B side it’s time for clubbing with a long Detroit-inspired techno version of Cherish 8 by Arnaud Rebotini, head honcho of Black Strobe.
Ike Yard was originally a quartet comprising Michael Diekmann, Stuart Argabright, Kenneth Compton and Fred Szymanski. The group are active again after a 28 year hiatus, sans Szymanski; their most recent album is 2011’s ‘Nord’.
This is a 12″ vinyl release, limited to 500 copies. Red vinyl, black inner-sleeve.
Artwork by Stephen Americh, inspired by the Factory America design for Ike Yard.
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