drowning in a sea of bliss
A1. Norepinephrine - How Groovy You Were - Hardcore
A2. Gloppetta - Tongues Speak - Want To Die - Smoking Rat Machine - Wrongly Wired
A3. Violence Is Love - Shan't Do That
B1. Herpes Virus - Total State
B2. Demon Circuits Bloodbath
B3. Peace Through Strength
B4. Mechanical Induction
B5. Home Video Warhead
B6. Education For Consumption
Mannequin Records is proud to celebrate 40th years of Nocturnal Emissions with more reissues setup for 2020.
Originally released on Sterile Records in 1983, "Drowning in A Sea of Bliss" is dominated by a sheer violent noise which dissolves back and forth between found sounds, cut-ups and rhythmic, hypnotic beats, in the vein of Nurse With Wound, Cabaret Voltaire and early Throbbing Gristle.
"Drowning in A Sea of Bliss" placed #58 in the FACT's Magazine 100 Best Albums of the 1980's.
The Nocturnal Emissions project, masterminded by Nigel Ayers, has been on the cutting edge of new music since the 1970s.
Nigel Ayers has been described as a Guerrilla Sign Ontologist, cutting-up and pasting the contents of the human psyche. With a background in avant-garde art, his work has grown from audio visual installations through underground video works which changed the shape of British television.
In the early eighties Nocturnal Emissions hit London with a barrage of seminal funk; pioneering the use of sound samplers, multi-cultural collage and electronic noise. They became a shape shifting chameleon lightening the darkness of post-industrial music, combining extremist performance art and video displays with apocalyptic beat music. Nocturnal Emissions have since been credited as a catalyst for a generation or two of sound workers.
However, at the height of their success, the Emissions decided to shun the crass commercialism that had developed around them, and to develop their work as a secret alchemy. Nigel Ayers has continued to work with a strong underground of cult support, avoiding music industry fashions, and following his own creative path he concentrated on creating a strong sense of a wilderness identity through sound.