The SM Corporation ‎– Hammer '86

Shock World Service ‎– SWS003
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP, Limited Edition, Stereo

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A1 Hammer (1986 Studio Version) 2:58
A2 Hammer (A JD Twitch Optimo Mix)
Remix – JD Twitch Optimo*
B (After The) Hammer (Great Lakes Mystery Version)
Remix – Great Lakes Mystery


Limited handnumbered edition of 270 with clear sticker (this version). 100 of which were sold as a special edition with additional content exclusively through Shock World Service's bandcamp merch.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SWS003, sws001 The SM Corporation Hammer '86(12", EP + Cass, S/Sided, Album + CDr, CD-ROM, Sing) Shock World Service, Shock World Service SWS003, sws001 Ireland 2014 Sell This Version


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February 24, 2015
Comes with bonus CD & pin badge set


August 3, 2014

Every week there's one remarkable twelve inch unearthed from somebody's archives, be it some obscure italo treat or an old techno/house blinder rescued from collector scum obscurity. This amazing piece of wax went straight in my bag I tell you. To say this is the first time it's actually seen the light of day is bordering on the criminal.

The original 'Hammer '86' is a fabulous electro-tech-disco stomper with a deep, strident 80's female soul vocal and some real exotic and enticing effects that lend it a darkly sensual edge. Absolutely loving the beats on this. You could not keep still if you heard it in a club. Unless you're dead. Some gorgeous searching synths and it's shivers up the spine a-go-go. I feel gutted when it ends and put it on again twice. Apparently the band recorded the track using metal workshop implements, on a cheap Yamaha keyboard with an attached microphone.

The genius big yin of Glasgow club music, JD Twitch transforms the track into a more EBM/industrial-flavoured stomper, laying bare the SM Corps original influences such as Severed Heads and Skinny Puppy. Hear him disembodying the vocal slightly, reducing the exoskeleton of the song to a ghostly echo. It's like he's fed it a big line of ketamine and watched it fly.

Finally, the Great Lakes Mystery version of 'Hammer '86' is a very radical re-working with a quite different vocal in the mix, a graceful and darkly atmospheric piece of work. It's a stunning slice of ethereal electro pop that culminates in elegiac chamber strings and near-choral male vocals. Truly a classy re-imaging. Grand, celestial and ambitious, tinged with an epic sadness.