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Gina X Performance \ Nice Mover + Voyeur [TWI 1249 / CD]

Les Disques du Crépuscule presents a new double disc remaster of two seminal albums by German synth wave pioneers Gina X Performance, whose groundbreaking singles Nice Mover, No G.D.M. and Kaddish remain enduring electroclash staples after four decades of club supremacy.

Formed in Cologne in 1978, the core of Gina X Performance composed vocalist Gina Kikoine and producer/keyboard/vocoder wizard Zeus B. Held. 'I had in mind science fiction-inspired tracks,' explains Zeus. 'Really cold sounding music, with no blues-ey chords or melodies, no guitar and nothing rocky.'

Originally issued on German imprint Crystal 1979, icy, noirish debut album Nice Mover spawned two radical Eurodisco hits, with gender-bending single No G.D.M. becoming a firm favourite at the legendary Blitz Club in London's Soho. At the same time Zeus B. Held also became an in-demand producer, working with John Foxx, Fashion, Rockets and Dead or Alive.

The third GXP long player, Voyeur, from 1981, followed a brief spell on EMI and saw the duo return to their experimental, avant-gardist roots, the material by turns seductive, provocative and confrontational. Since then countless electronic artists have acknowledged or betrayed the influence of Gina X Performance, including Depeche Mode, Propaganda, Ladytron and Peaches.

Remastered in 2021 by Zeus B. Held and Lars Lafayette Fassbender, the 2xCD set is housed in a 6 panel digipack sleeve with new artwork and a 12 page booklet featuring archive images and essays by Padraic Moore and Princess Julia. The 8 bonus tracks on the CD format include remixes by DJ Hell, Headman, Red Axes, Psychonauts and Zeus B. Held.

The vinyl edition of Nice Mover + Voyeur is available as a deluxe gatefold double set, pressed on green and clear vinyl. The vinyl is limited to 1000 copies and includes a digital copy (MP3).

2xLP + digital tracklist:

A1. Nice Mover
A2. No G.D.M.
A3. Plastic Surprise Box
A4. Casablanca
B1. Be A Boy
B2. Exhibitionism
B3. Black Sheep
B4. Tropical Comic Strip
C1. I.C. Code
C2. Horror Vacui
C3. Babylon Generation
C4. Kaddish
C5. Video Dragueur
D1. Hypnosis/Hypnose
D2. Pederast Dissection
D3. Hom Intern
D4. Kiruna

2xCD tracklist:

Disc 1:

1. Nice Mover
2. No G.D.M.
3. Plastic Surprise Box
4. Casablanca
5. Be A Boy
6. Exhibitionism
7. Black Sheep
8. Tropical Comic Strip
2. No G.D.M. (Psychonauts Remix)
2. Nice Mover (VV Instrumental)
2. No G.D.M. (Red Axes Mix)
2. No G.D.M. (Berlin 1992 Remix)
2. No G.D.M. (Headman 2016 Rework)

Disc 2:

1. I.C. Code
2. Horror Vacui
3. Babylon Generation
4. Kaddish
5. Video Dragueur
6. Hypnosis/Hypnose
7. Pederast Dissection
8. Hom Intern
9. Kiruna
10. Eurode
11. Drive My Car
12. Nice Mover (DJ Hell Remix)

Available on double gatefold coloured vinyl, 2xCD + digital (MP3 or FLAC). To order any format please select correct shipping option (UK, Europe, Rest of World) and click on Add To Cart button below cover image. Digital copies follow vinyl tracklist and are supplied by link via email.

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"Any fans of the Blitz will know how pivotal German duo Gina X Performance single No GDM was in New Romantic clubland. It was later covered by Erasure, too, and is far from the only dreamy slice of self-labelled robot soul on Gina Kikoine and Zeus B. Held's majestic debut album. Casablanca and Black Sheep are just as prescient for mighty early synth-pop, sounding more polished in getting commercial pop songs from those early analogue synths than the still experimental Brits were managing at the time. By 1981's Voyeur GXP went exquisitely odd but the songs bleep and bloop in all the right places. It all still moves in a lovely fashion - 4/5" (Classic Pop, 02/2022)

"Pure ice-cold electronica" (Louder Than War, 02/2022)

"This welcome double set pulls together Nice Mover and Voyeur, along with remixes and some obscure tracks. Electronically, this anchors in the port of Telex rather than Kraftwerk, with Gina's vocals offering a European counterpart to Grace Jones' more funky post-Nightclubbing output. Four stars" (Record Collector, 04/2022)

"Together Zeus B. Held and Gina Kikoine created a transgressive electronic classic that smuggled genderqueer art into the periphery of the German mainstream, with not a duff track to speak op. Nice Mover opens with the title track, Kikoine placing the album explicitly on the danecefloor of New York's hottest club, Studio 54. The discotheque weirdness certainly made it perfect for London's electronic music lighting rod Rusty Egan, who picked it up and gave it heavy rotation at Blitz, where it was the ideal soundtrack for the club's scuzzy DIY glamour. Voyeur pushes further into taboo territory but still delivers some great moments like Babylon Generation, which jerks along like electronic cabaret, as well as the tranquillised slow drip of numbers like Kaddish, Video Drageur and Hypnosis. Still shocking and still essential 40 years later" (Electronic Sound, 03/2022)

"Pioneering electro-pop from 1979 with hints of Kraftwerk, Nico and Studio 54-era Grace Jones" (Mojo); "Like an artier Moroder" (Uncut); "No G.D.M. is one of the most influential songs to come out of the Continent" (Q Magazine); "Disco for the intellect" (NME)