March 14, 2016
By the time you read this, they’ll probably already be sold out.
If you’ve heard anything about enigmatic reissue label Light Sounds Dark in the last few years, you’ll know immediately why this is important. If you haven’t, well, listen up. Alongside the occasional 12″ and LP, Light Sounds Dark has boiled down its output to an annual triple vinyl compilation of the rarest, most obscure, and yet utterly unmissable electronic music from the nether regions of the ’80s synthtopia.
Back in 2014, the mysterious mirror-sleeve WYWH collection made our pick of the year’s most collectible records and has demanded almost £200 online since. Last year’s Ideas Of Reference And The Luna Sea is already pushing £50. In both cases, the compilation dropped without a tracklist and was snapped up in a matter of days.
Now, the 2016 edition has surfaced, with a single day’s notice. While there is typically no information about the release Alien Galaxy Builder looks as though it may break with the industrial and darkwave focus of the previous collections, with a preliminary Discogs listing suggesting a lean towards free jazz, African, psych and Krautrock.
Pre-order your copy here, if you know what’s good for you.