Available now are a couple of releases on CD by Moloko+ from Schönebeck, Germany:

Herbst In Peking – Les Fleurs du Mal (1999) and Alfred 23 Harth & John Bell – Campanula.



New in our catalogue are five cassettes that Sloow Tapes from Stekene, Belgium released in limited editions in 2017:

Kohier (Brecht Ameel & Jürgen De Blonde), Kris Vanderstraeten & Frederik Leroux, Miminokoto (Suzuki Junzo, Koji Shimura, Nishimura Takuya), Margarida Garcia & Manuel Mota, and De Lotuseters (Joris De Rycke, Eva Van Deuren, Bart De Paepe).



Herbst In Peking - Maritime NoirMARITIME NOIR is a poetic effort to meditate on Freedom, knowing that Freedom will never come…

The 5-track CD opens with Bert Papenfuß’s poem ‘Es gibt keine Freiheit’ read in Rex Joswig’s dark and mesmerising voice and set to music by Joswig’s band Herbst In Peking. Once the hawsers of this Moloko Plus release have been cast, the listener finds himself seabound on a voyage to an ever-receding horizon. Accompanied by the sounds of seagulls and submarine sonars the slow voyage leads from ‘We are instruments’ to ‘U-Boot nach Jerusalem’ and to Tom van Alp’s remix of HIP’s classic ’Shame’, only to return to an instrumental version of the opening track. Sure enough, freedom may never come, but this dark and attractive HIP release is a convincing invitation to keep setting sail for its shores.

Herbst In Peking, named after Boris Vian’s novel, was formed by Rex Joswig in East Berlin in 1987. The anti-authoritarian stance and fierce criticism of the GDR regime of this punk band led to an official ban in 1989. While Rex Joswig ran his Grenzpunkt Null radio show from East Berlin after the GDR had collapsed, his band steadily assimilated influences from Dub, Industrial and Electronic Music. HIP’s line-up has changed over the years with Joswig as a constant member and their collaboration with Moloko Plus productive to this day. → order now



The Arras’ is a passage from the early Gothic novel ‘The Romance of the Forest’, first published in 1791. Its author, Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823), is ranked among the pioneers of the genre. In her novels Radcliffe developed the technique of the ‘explained supernatural’, which had a strong influence on Edgar Allan Poe, Marquis de Sade and Sir Walter Scott and was mimicked by Honoré de Balzac in his early novel ‘L’Héritière de Birague’ (1822). By means of the ‘explained supernatural’ technique every seemingly supernatural event is eventually traced back to natural causes without disrupting the suspense of the story. Ann Radcliffe’s work can be seen as a blend of Neo-Classical rationality and Romantic passion.

Samuel Coleridge about ‘The Romance of the Forest’: ‘The attention is uninterruptedly fixed, until the veil is designedly withdrawn’. And Ed Sanders about ‘The Arras’: ‘Just as I was following it closely, and the door was discovered, then poof, it ended! I wanted more and more!’



New from Moloko Plus and Sea Urchin:

Ace Farren Ford – Memoirs From Monrovia (and other delights)

‘Memoirs From Monrovia (and other delights)’ is a compilation of collages, reminders, notes, poetry and cut-up texts that Ace Farren Ford produced and collected during a stint as a porn shop assistant in Monrovia, California from 1982-1984. This handsome edition contains candid, ingenious and often hilarious material, some of which Ace published privately in editions of 10 copies shortly after his lay-off from the job in 1984. The existing Monrovia material has now been compiled and introduced by Ace for a joint edition by Moloko Plus from Schönebeck, Germany and Sea Urchin, Rotterdam. The book, beautifully designed by Anneke Auer, has been offset printed in a limited run of 120 copies.

‘Memoirs From Monrovia’ is sheer delight retrieved from the counter of a 1980s adult bookstore. ‘For those of you who would like to know the surreal experience of those days, this is as close as you are likely to get’, Ace concludes.