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mt022 Verhalten “Forgiveness” 12″ vinyl edition. (cassette out of print)
Verhalten returns with a collection of tracks based around brutalist rhythm and slow melody. Well, underneath the layers of static and feedback that is.

mt021 Verhalten “Oxter” cassette
Further evolution into the deeper realms of noise, Verhalten returns with a claustrophobic din of modular cacophony. Harsh noise walls give way to an almost ambient conclusion.  The first in a series of HNW assemblies.

mt020 Staring Problem “Ghost / Lifelines” 7″ single
For our 20th release, Modern Tapes welcomes the return of our friends who started it all, Staring Problem.  Two brand new installments of Lauren and Alix’s patented brand of minimalist, melancholy and magnificent post-punk.  Happy to have them back!

mt019 Worker/Parasite “Escitalopram” cassette
After a series of impressive releases of hardware based techno for labels like Opal Tapes and Classicworks, Oakland’s Worker/Parasite comes to Modern Tapes with 6 tracks of more experimental work made using only an MPC and the Axoloti, an open platform digital synthesizer.  Escitalopram is an impressive expansion of an already intriguing sound palate further connecting abstract sound design with the weirder corners of the dancefloor.

mt018 Unur “Halt And Start” cassette

Overdue follow up to 2015’s “the key broke off in the lock” Ep. Four songs of urgent post punk/synth wave from Modern Tapes resident troubador. Silkscreened black cardstock jackets, limited edition of 50.

mt017 Verhalten “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity” cassette

Debut of this new project from Unur’s patrick scott.  While Unur focuses more on stories of broken selves and melodic coldwave, Verhalten finds its noir-ish minimalism in radio static and rhythm.  Industrial, noise and muted dark techno all make their presence known.  This project has been brewing in various forms for a few years, this is its debut.  silkscreened black cardstock jackets limited edition of 50.

mt016 Mitra Mitra “s/t” cassette
debut full length from this Vienna based duo. Fantastic, infectious minimal synth. We’ve returned to the silkscreened jackets, especially for this release, gorgeous all around.

mt015- Portable Morla “Confront The World” cassette
She made her MT debut way back on the MT mix tape (mt004!!) Her last full-length was released in 2010, its been a long time coming for this one, and we’re really excited for it. Beautifully constructed minimal synth for all you fabulous space introverts out there!  8 songs of awesome!

mt014- Unur “The Key Broke Off In The Lock” cassette
four songs keeping the taste in our mouths until the next lp comes our way.  A brand new song, an all synth version of “Meanwhile…” from the first cassette, a Smog cover and a minimalist modular+synthi workout.

mt013- Froe Char “Foreigner Skin” cassette
split release with our friends at Spielzeug Muzak in Paris.  4 new songs of further evolved dark synth mastery.

mt012- Cellule 34 “s/t” cassette
another split release with Spielzeug Muzak.  4 song collection of post punk guitars and lo-fi synth tracks from various compilations for this new brussels based artist.

mt011- Unur “No Human Self” cassette
After a pair of Modern Tapes Eps collected conveniently onto vinyl by the kind folks at Genetic Music, Unur has returned with his first proper full-length.  13 new songs of further evolved minimalist post-wave noir.

mt010- Froe Char “Fossils” 12″ Lp
Fossils is the third release from Froe Char, the solo alias of Christina of the also amazing Parisian duo Illustration Sonore.  Where her first recordings as Froe Char writhed in distortion and doom Fossils pushes the rhythm to the forefront and breaks the synths through the haze creating an opaque yet completely minimal mutant wave masterpiece.  Simply put, i fucking love this record.
***split release with the awesome Spielzeug Muzak label from Paris, if ordering from Europe/overseas shipping will be considerably cheaper from HERE

mt009- Bootblacks “Narrowed” cassette
4 songs of slinky post-punk.  Pounding yet tasteful drums, grinding bass, guitar like a lasso and vocals that will make your skin crawl while you swoon.  pop music for deviants to say the least.  happy to have them as part of the MT family.

mt008- YOU. “Brick” cassette
6 song mini-lp of buzzing, wailing, grinding minimal synth from this Brooklyn conglomerate.  Cassette version of the vinyl being released by Blind Prophet records.  This version features a song not on the vinyl.

mt007- Gel Set “Cell Jets” cassette
6 songs of hazy, spacey, sparse minimal synth from this wonderful chicago artist.  We’re very happy to have her as part of the Modern Tapes family.

mt006- Unur “Anyone” cassette
4 new songs of drum machines, synths, guitars, and blurred vocals.  Comparisons have included everything from The Wake and Kas Product, to Wall Of Voodoo.  The companion piece to the “Anywhere” cassette.  Compiled on the Genetic Music vinyl 12″ release “Anywhere / Anyone”.

mt005- Momentform “Four Days” cassette
6 songs of fantastic French coldwave from this young Parisian musician.  Catchy bass lines and synths in every direction.

mt004- Various Artists “Modern Tapes Mix Tape” C30
11 song compilation made as a giveaway for the Chicago bar The Whistler’s “50 Free Records” night.   Bands on the label, soon to be on the label, or just friendly to the cause.  Staring Problem, Unur, Guitar Party, Catholics and The Pill, Prom Concussion, Portable Morla, Locks, Radar Eyes, All Men Of Lidice, Mit Gas, and Jesus Heels.

mt003- Guitar Party “birthday” C30
12 song full length of beautiful guitar atmospherics, lo-fidelity experiments and primitive songwriting.  A family affair in collaboration with some of the Twin cities’ finest minds.

mt002- Unur “anywhere” C15
4 song ep of drum machines, analog synths, fuzzy guitars, and smeared vocals.  All telling tales of tiny apocalypses.

mt001- Staring Problem “s/t” C20
8 songs of Catchy, dark, post punk from the bowels of southern Illinois with a hint of light at the end of the tunnel.