Medical Records is beyond elated to finally present to the world 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 it’s 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 60’s 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 it’s 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 it’s release. Over the years, it has slowly achieved cult status of the highest order and now fetches inflated collector’s 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 EQ’ed from the master analog tapes. The opening track “Approach On Tokyo” sets the mood with it’s 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.
Took Circa Tapes 'Kolektique' under my wing for maximum inspiration, as its delightful array of moods, tempos & themes deliver a captivating fusion of minimal electronic synth which is just a joy to fall into. The album effortlessly perpetuates vivid emotions & haunting atmospheres throughout. The incandescent nature of the electronic synthesizers wraps itself so cleverly around sometimes plaintive & haunting vocals, drawing a highly distinct mood to the listeners headspace. Miff Morris