Just like the album’s title would suggest, this album’s a little old. IKO was a Montreal electronic trio and it would appear that this is the only album they ever released. Their real names aren’t even known – they go by Zao, U-Gen and Dax. This was originally released on a Montreal disco label called Manhattan-Formula but it’s long since died in the last days of disco. You could liken IKO to a less controversial and more mysterious version of Louis, because there’s really no myth or leads to go on. All that’s really known is that they broke up shortly after this album came out and they all met at the University of Montreal in the music department. Unsurprisingly, the lyrics will change between French and English so they might all be from Québec… anyone interested in opening up on a case on them? Check out a YouTube stream of the album below and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

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.

Price $18

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