German label Macro, have recently unearthed some rare recordings by disco and HI-NRG legend Patrick Cowley. Recorded in the early eighties with close friend Jorge Socarras, the sessions, recorded under the name ‘Catholic’, certainly intrigue and surprise.

Sounding nothing like the up-tempo, sexualised disco songs that he is normally associated with (no Sylvester-type histrionics here), Cowley manages to produce sparse, atmospheric and quite dark songs. Soon recalls the proto-industrial and techno noise of Throbbing Gristle and early Cabaret Voltaire, it’s a remarkable mix of electronic and synthetic sounds, that sounds even more remarkable from a man you remember recording a song called Menergy.

Anyway, have a listen and be surprised. Nice one Cowley!