Cabaret Voltaire member Richard H. Kirk with an experimental electronic release including the great dancefloor track "Never Lose Your Shadow." Tip!!A 12ï¿½ EP of tracks from the archives of Sheffield based electronic music legend Richard H. Kirk, entitled ï¿½Never Lose Your Shadowï¿½. Kirk first came to prominence in the 1970s as a member of the seminal industrial band Cabaret Voltaire. His first release as a solo artist, Disposable Half-Truths, came out in 1980 on Throbbing Gristleï¿½s Industrial Records label and since then he developed a solo career parallel to the band until its dissolution in 1994.
On the EP, there's tracks originally recorded between 1978 and 1987, which have never before been released on vinyl. The title track, ï¿½Never Lose Your Shadowï¿½ blurs the lines between harsh industrial, dance floor, and no wave. The other three tracks are more experimental and reference ideas Kirk was exploring in Cabaret Voltaire at the time. When asked specifically about this collection, Kirk explains that ï¿½none of the tracks were outtakes for Cabaret Voltaire, they were always solo tracks, although I think ï¿½Never Lose Your Shadowï¿½ was vey much a blueprint for the material that Cabaret Voltaire recorded for Virgin / Some Bizarre between 1983-85. The minimal sequencer / drum machine lockdown that I used later for Cabaret Voltaire was pioneered on this track. Lyrically, ï¿½Never Lose Your Shadowï¿½ was inspired by the 1971 speed freak road movie ï¿½Vanishing Pointï¿½, amongst other things.ï¿½