VEB89 presents Sz. Berlin’s first CDR release and video, Windstärke zwölf (Force 12), available now via bandcamp or in person at Iklectik in London. The album is based on the group’s 2017 performance aboard M.S. Stubnitz and explores the legacy of the East German fishing fleets and navy. It concludes with Autopsia’s stunning remix of Sz. Berlin’s, Nationalhymne 2009, taken from our DDR60 release.
Our first digital album release is by Viy, Vera Bremerton’s side project inspired by, and dedicated to, the victims of sexual violence. Viy introduces a stark, uncompromising female energy into the electronic scene. She has performed live several times in London and is known for extremely powerful performances that have allowed her to develop work of razor-sharp intensity. Viy’s tracks are aggressive, highly dynamic, full of distortion and strident sounds. Her main influences include Converter, Morgenstern, Black Lung and Greyhound. Her debut album is the furious Amoris Vulnus (The Wound Of Love). In it, she uses multiple layers of harsh techno beats, noise, drones and vocal samples of high-pitched screams to illustrate the pain, terror and ultimate endurance of a rape survivor. The album denounces the hypocrisy with which rape is still treated by the media, religion and the public. It fearlessly explores and dramatises the contradiction between the impulse to dance and a repulsive subject matter that society needs to face, making visible an all too often hidden tragedy. Viy confronts the listener with harsh truths through the paradoxical pleasures of the dancefloor context. The energy and dynamism of the music are marked by the haunting shadow of the terrible subject matter.
You can now follow us on Soundcloud and listen to a preview of the Autopsia remix of Sz. Berlin’s Nationalhymne 2009 from the DDR60 compilation:
Various Artists: DDR60
VEB89’s first pre-release is the long-awaited CDR compilation DDR60. Commissioned by Sz. Berlin in 2009 for the 60th anniversary of the DDR, it is officially released on the 65th anniversary in October 2014. With a range of standpoints from pro to contra to ambivalent, the artists open some thought-provoking new perspectives.
Featuring Sz. Berlin, The Party Machine, Gerechtigkeits Liga, Last Dominion Lost, The Pain Machinery, H3NR!K, Kristus Kut, Groupe T, Eva3 (remixing Sz. Berlin), Special Victim and Orgonautic, DDR60 embraces EBM, martial industrial, dark ambient, power electronics, hardcore post-new beat and even East German-inspired space pop.
Presented in a 20 page A5 booklet with artwork by the contributing artists, the compilation features 11 sonic commentaries on the East German state and its history. Released in an edition of 100 numbered copies, DDR60 is available directly from the label: info[at]VEB89.org
These prices include first-class/airmail postage.
ROTW: price on request
DDR: 30 Ostmarks