Stephen Mallinder – Temperature Drop / Cool Down
Label: Fetish Records – FE 12
Format: Vinyl, 12"
Killer dank industrial drum funk from ex-Cabaret Voltaire member Stephen Mallinder here flying solo on his '81 debut EP on Fetish Records. It's frightening how relevant this one sounds today, 'Temperature Drop' is a prowling, ominous drum machine volley with hallowed calls and arching industrial clambers in the background yet its still super sparse with bags of space. However, the prize here on the B-side with the runaway drum-machine strut of 'Cool Down'. It's a perfect piece of early 80's industrial FUNK with this lingering sense of melancholy, effortlessly stylish with wrong speeder options (although I've never been into this one at 33rpm). Amazing 12''. (Vinyl & Sleeve NM - really nice copy).