so young but so cold
At the start of the 80s, Spatsz (a former psychiatric hospital worker) and Mona Soyoc formed Kas Product in France and soon after start recording their first EPs in a bedroom on a 2-track recorder. In 1982, RCA release their debut, Try Out, to considerable press in Sounds, Melody Maker and NME where they are oft compared to the Slits, Soft Cell and Suicide. The difference being with Mona's theatrical jazz-styled vocals that are perhaps the french Lydia Lunch (but sang in English) or Lizzy Mercier Descloux getting strangled by Bjork.
Having already established themselves with their frosty combination of claustrophobic jazz and minimalist, disjointed dance rhythms, their second album, By Pass, finds Soyoc experimenting with even more stark, exaggerated vocals alongside a slightly cleaner sound. The band went on to tour Europe extensively with Tuxedomoon, Alan Vega, Minimal Compact, This Heat and more. Now, 20+ years later, Les Disques du Soleil et de l'Acier has reissued the amazing first two records. Grab 'em over at Forced Exposure.
Kas Product - Man of Time
Kas Product - Sober