artist: KARLOWY VARY
title: La Femme
format: LP 180g / sky blue vinyl
release date: 3 March 2023
cat. no.: MMA01
Karlowy Vary, formerly known as Korowa Bar was an underground alternative / new wave band formed in 1981. They were based in Zagreb, Croatia and toured extensively all over the former Yugoslavia.
The band's only album, released in 1985 - “La Femme” - is one of the best Yugoslavian underground rock albums of the 80s. It has now been re-mastered from original masters and re-pressed on sky blue 180g vinyl.
title: Ogolelo Mesto/Rugged City
format: LP 180g / clear vinyl
release date: 12 May 2023
cat. no.: MMA02
Borghesia is a Slovenian multimedia / electronic / rock group, created in 1982. The band was formed by members of underground theatre group called FV-112/15. Borghesia created its aesthetics using the imagery of what was prohibited, tabooed and repressed. Their sound is often compared to that of other groups in the period such as Nitzer Ebb and Front 242, whom many cite as the chief instigators of Electronic Body Music.
This album has been originally released in 1988 in what was then Yugoslavia, on vinyl and cassette only. It’s a compilation of songs recorded for and originally released by the Belgian independent label Play It Again Sam. It includes underground ‘hits’ such as Naked Uniformed Dead and No Hope No Fear.
title: Lacrimae Christi
format: LP 180g / gold vinyl
release date: 16 June 2023
cat. no.: MMA03
Videosex was the biggest Yugoslav electronic pop band, formed in Ljubljana in 1982. Their singer Anja Rupel sung on Laibach 1988 version of the Beatles’ ‘Across the Universe’ and their drummer Iztok Turk produced early Laibach records.
The release of their self-titled debut album in 1984 and the subsequent major live and TV performances propelled the young band into major stardom. The follow-up was highly anticipated: in March 1985, Videosex released Lacrimae Christi to critical and general acclaim.
In comparison with the first album, the production on the Lacrimae Christi was state-of-the-art, as the most modern recording and composing techniques were used. The songs "Sivi dan" ("Gloomy Day") and "Tko je zgazio gospođu mjesec" ("Who Ran Over Mrs. Moon") became nationwide hits.
title: Remek Depo
format: LP 180g / coloured vinyl
release date: 8 September 2023
cat. no.: MMA04
Beograd (Belgrade) is a Serbian electro-pop four-piece formed in 1980 in the capital of the former Yugoslavia.
The band has been influenced by the aesthetic, sound and success of international electronic acts such as Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Ultravox and Human League. They played a pioneering role on the Yugoslav synth-pop scene. Their debut studio album called Remek Depo, released in early 1983, was highly successful. However, the group disbanded soon after album release.
To mark the 40th anniversary of its original release, the much sought-after album has now been remastered from original master tapes and will be re-released on 180g coloured vinyl.
Established in 2000, Matrix Music is the leading music distributor in Slovenia. We represent and distribute the biggest music label in the world - UNIVERSAL - as well as some of the most respected independent labels on the planet: BEGGARS BANQUET, DOMINO, EPITAPH, NUCLEAR BLAST, K7, CRAMMED, EDEL, NINJA TUNE, WARP, WORLD CIRCUIT, NAXOS, HYPERDUB, GLITTERBEAT, DEMON, CHERRY RED, ACE, SPEAKERS CORNER, SOUL JAZZ, SNAPPER, MASCOT, CITY SLANG.. We are also a long-time exclusive partner of distributors such as ROUGH TRADE/GOOD TO GO, WORD&SOUND, SOUTHERN, CARGO, PHD and several others.
We have accounts with all independent stores in the territories of Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia. We sell to chainstores and supermarkets, to online retailers, as well as to non-traditional outlets such as record clubs, post offices and petrol stations.
Matrix Music (the record label) was established in 1994 as the first electronic record label in Eastern Europe. The vinyl-only releases by local 'bedroom' producers have been well-received by international electronic community, played by top DJs and praised by specialised (print) media. A vibrant »scene« of DJs and producers has developed along with the label, gaining more and more international recognition over the years. Today, many of those early producers and DJs are well-known and respected all over the globe (Torul, Sare Havlicek, Umek, Random Logic, Valentino Kanzyani..)
In the early 00s, the label moved on to release different mix-compilation series by artists of worldwide renown such as Fila Brazillia, DJ Rush, Slam, Cristian Varela, Kevin Saunderson, Christian Smith, Marco Bailey, Pet Duo, DJ 3000, Detroit Grand Pubahs, Umek, Ben Sims, Ben Long (Space DJs) and others..Some of these compilations were mixed by DJs headlining large outdoor festivals that took place in Slovenia (Meet Me, Sindustry..). The CD series are called UNITED DJs, Ekspozicija, Rock the Discotheque and Detroit Connection.
The label has also released two compilations of KRAFTWERK remakes by local artists called Trans Slovenia Express, released worldwide under licence by MUTE Records.