Panasonic*Osasto EP

Label:Blast First – BFFP128CD
Style:IDM, Minimal



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Published by My Ears! My Ears! / Mute Song.
℗ & © 1996 Blast First / Mute Records Limited.
Made in England.

Released in Digipak.
Some copies featured an additional sticker with a different barcode and labelcode applied to the shrinkwrap.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 016027 016027
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5016027016027
  • Barcode (On sticker): 4 006759 773437
  • Label Code (On sticker): LC 05834
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 - mirrored): MASTERED BY NIMBUS C2066 BFFP 128 CD · 1:1
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1 - mirrored): IFPI L122
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): ifpi 2322
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 - mirrored): MASTERED BY NIMBUS C2066 BFFP 128 CD · 1:1
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2 - mirrored): IFPI L122
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): ifpi 2307
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3 - mirrored): -MASTERED BY NIMBUS- C2066 BFFP 128 CD · 1:1
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 3 - mirrored): IFPI L122
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): none

Other Versions (4)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Osasto EP (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP)Blast FirstBFFP 128UK1996
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Osasto EP (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP)Blast First, Mute CorporationBFFP128, 9025-1US1996
New Submission
Osasto EP (Cassette, EP, Promo)Blast FirstBFFP128UK1996
New Submission
Osasto EP (CD, EP, Reissue)Blast First, Blast FirstBFFP128CD, 5016027601286UKUnknown



  • tom807's avatar
    Like Butterman below (above?) this 12” EP was my first exposure to Panasonic (Pan Sonic). I scored it in the mid-90s at a small electronic music (EDM?) store in the East Village of NYC while visiting there. Those e-music stores were all over the place, not just in NYC, but in every city, big and small, that I visited during the middle of the decade. These were the stores that were stocked with CDs but mostly vinyl, that also had working turntables so one could audition the records. This was kind of important in those days with this type of music, since the artists names were liquid, in other words, the same artist yet under a different name for a release or few, but then a different name for other release(s). That’s if there was a legible name on the record. The records in the stores were often not sorted not by artist name but either by genre or sub-genre, sometimes by record label, and sometimes by the artist name if they had enough releases.

    I don’t know why I put this one on a turntable while shopping to check it out. But when I listened to it through the crappy headphones I liked it. It cost $5.99 so I thought “what the hell why not”.

    When I got home I put it on my decent system (yes, I was a nut even back then) and it BLEW ME AWAY! I became an instant fan. When ever I saw a Panasonic (and soon after Pan Sonic) I would purchase it. Slowly my collection of this artist grew, and eventually I learned to recognize the two members names - and would grab those releases, too (more experimental, especially Mika (RIP)). And then the internet was invented and my collection grew more quickly and larger (Visa & Mastercard, thank you).

    I know for a fact that I don’t have all of their releases, that would probably demand that searching for their releases become a full time job. Many releases I have only on digital. But my vinyl collection of this band and the solo offerings and collaborations is unusually large. I can’t get enough of this paradoxical “band” and the members musical output. Live they are lethal.

    The paradox of a clinical electronic sound that sometimes veers toward a synth model’s demonstration disc - yet their music brings out such a huge emotional response is magical. And weird.

    It’s sad there is only one member left. And Ipso is likely getting too old to put up with the bullshit of being a musician these days. But i will continue to fill the holes of my collection It will still grow, and I’ll discover more magic in the grooves/digits of their releases.
    • Butterman's avatar
      This was my first exposure to Panasonic back in the mid-late 90s during my graveyard shift at a local underground radio station. A fellow radio host/DJ left it out on the desk and ever so subtlely suggested I give it a spin (this was a vinyl/record). At first I thought it was some sort of audio test record put out by the mega conglomerate which sued the band for their name, but after my very first listen I knew this was not the case. Hard, repetitive, minimal yet powerful rhythm-based harsh analogue electronics which could only be described as minimal hardcore technoid mutation, this record had an immediate effect upon my ears. The next day I went record hunting and found a copy of the vinyl at a store, purchased it for $20, and the rest is as they say history. An absolutely wonderful EP from the duo, perfectly exemplifying their "KULMA"-era sound.
      • yourlove
        i picked this up totally blindly from a record store for like a dollar probably and its totally awesome. i dont know what youd call it, but you could put it in all sorts of sets if you got creative. highly enjoyable if your into the whole atmospheric techno thing. but thats doing it a disservice to just lump it into that genre or whatever. really interesting stuff.


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