Thursday, 21 May
"The latest long playing release to emerge from Jane Weaver’s fertile Bird Records (via Finders Keepers) comes from tantrum-pop super hero and long-term spar Tender Prey – personally known amongst Cardiff watering holes and DIY studios as Laura Bryon or Le B. This long anticipated feature-length offering entitled Organ Calzone captures the inimitable drummy saccharine tinged pow-wow punk heard at her celebrated live shows (including repeat invites to Festival No 6 and Green Man) thanks to the recordings skills of Steven “Sweet Baboo” Black and the unanimous gushing encouragement of vir… Read more
Thursday, 14 May
**Brilliant hallucinatory disco hyperstitions - massively recommended if yr into Ron Hardy or Jamal Moss!!! C82 tape housed in resealable anti-static bag** Cerberus Future Technologies present the hallucinatory disco hyperstitions of Montauk Boys in a superlative 16-track suite of disco deviation. Last spotted on the revelatory volumes of 'Frequency Adjustments', the blond Montauk Boys are apparently our distant antecedents from the year 6037 and evidently specialise in a form of hardware-driven dance therapy owing much to the Chicago precedents of Ron Hardy or Jamal Moss, … Read more
Ilyas Ahmed really finds his voice in th captivating songs of 'I Am All Your Own', his first solo album since 'With Endless Fire' (2012). Rather than his usual instrumental arrangements, or the wordless poems of his Visitor duo-mate, Liz Harris a.k.a. Grouper, the Ahmed's dreamy, folk-tinged vocals are front and centre against wide, plush backdrops of his multi-tracked acoustic and electric strings blown out like some Fripp & Eno or Lawrence English composition. "Written and recorded entirely on 12-string and electric guitars, I Am All Your Own was recorded using a 4-track cassett… Read more
"Jessica Pratt’s self-titled 2012 debut has been much-murmured about. People respond to the austere, pristine clarity of the performances, the gentle strength, marvelling at how much comes from so little: just a voice and a guitar or two. They remark on the timeless nature of the songs and the voice, scrupulously informed by the folk rock of ages past but sung without bags (none in hand, nor beneath eyes). They speculate on just who is the personality behind this Jessica Pratt? It is hard not to respond to the sound of her music, not to want more right away. Two years on and… Read more
Thursday, 07 May
**Edition of 80 copies** The blissed ambience of 'DS16' marks one of the first complete transmissions from a new studio operating outta Montreal, Canada. Headed up by studio owner Matthew Salaciak, Demonstration Synthesis gives voice to his anything-goes studio expressions, tending toward a mixture of genteel techno patter and frothy ambient lather very much in tune with Vancouver's Mood Hut Gang from the other end of Canada. Matthew also makes purer, techno-faced gear as Variant, but reserves this tape for more fanciful ideas, from marbled house chords and puttering machine pulses to lushly soured electronica tones and lilting digi-dub-tronica.
Thursday, 30 April
"Since the discovery of Death in 2008 and the release of the archival album ‘...For The Whole World To See’, the story has been often told. Three African-American brothers - David, Dannis and Bobby Hackney - tapped into the surging energy of their hometown rock-and-roll scene (mid-70s Detroit) to produce a style and a set of songs that, while completely unappreciated in their day, proved later to be a powerful missing link in the evolution of punk rock. All this was predicted by their leader, older brother David, on his deathbed, ten years before their rediscovery. His stubborn insistence on keeping… Read more
Thursday, 09 April
"Although the title may be humorous, the first release from the trio of tenor saxophonist Sam Andreae, guitarist David Birchall and drummer Andrew Cheetham is no laughing matter; especially when it displays such a beguiling amount of telepathic interplay. ‘Erich Frohm Where’ sets the tone for the entire cassette, given a synopsis of what to expect on both sides. The simmer begins with Andreae’s burnt saxophones tones that shade and colour in indistinguishable fashion Birchall’s droning feedback squall as Cheetham flitters i… Read more
Thursday, 12 March
Cassette-only collection of of Reverend Lonnie Farris' Hawaiian-style slide guitar gospel recordings from the early 1960s, originally released on his Farris Records label. Some tracks previously appeared on the Tompkins Square Records collections, 'Fire In My Bones' and 'This May Be My Last Time Singing', and Mississippi Records' 'Life Is A Problem' and 'Oh Graveyard , You Can't Hold Me Always' LPs.
Thursday, 26 February
*Limited to 100 copies* "Horace Sprott performed on Volumes 2, 3, and 4 of folklorist Frederic Ramsey, Jr's Music of the South series of field recordings released in 1955 on Folkways. 'Ain't This a Mean World' pulls together tracks from all three of these volumes. Ramsey Jr. met Sprott in Marion, Alabama in 1954 and subsequently recorded seven sessions with him in April and May of that year. Born some time between 1886 and 1890 in Talladega Forest, Alabama, Sprott learnt the old religious songs of the bush arbor and the plantation from his mother and grandmother, and from h… Read more
Thursday, 19 February
*Limited edition Cassette Box Set of 75 copies* Andrew Broder (aka Fog) returns with this series of beat tapes compiled in this set for the small-run Brian Records label, home to lathe-pressings from the likes of Peter Broderick, Nils Frahm and others.
**Edition of 150** 'ZA86' presents reporter Nigel Wrench's remarkable documentation of South Africa under apartheid in 1986, using tapes unlocked for the first time from a Cape Town cellar. Released to mark the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from prison, 'ZA86' offers a detailed portrait of a critical point in the regime's final and most oppressive years, built using extracts edited from nine tapes out of the unique cassette archive of Turnstyle News. From street level perspectives of white right wingers and 19 year old platoon leaders to the funeral of TV cameraman and a May Day… Read more
Captivating improvisations consolidating dextrous free-jazz, rock and electronics by Oakland, CA, USA's Zachary James Watkins and Marshall Trammel aka Black Spirituals. Currently in the midst of a massive Euro tour with Earth, the duo collude with The Tapeworm to present this damn fine expo - 150 copies for the merch-stall and 50 for everybody else - of a coversant sound inspired by roots American black music whose relevance is still striking today. Trammell's percussion and Watkins' electronics play out a dynamic relationship of expressive ritual… Read more
Thursday, 22 January
**Utterly blinding, 100-minute tape housed in rare clamshell case with risographed artwork illustrated and designed by John Powell-Jones. Edition of 350** Reel Torque Volume 8: 'Loukanikos' Dance' is a labyrinthine lesson in the black art of DJing delivered by a pillar of Manchester dancefloors, Jon K. Arriving two years and two weeks after he dropped Fact Magazine's Best Mix of 2013 online, this is - quite remarkably - Jon's first ever physical mix release. It's the stuff mixtape dreams are made of; crammed with complete obscurities, all-time classics and dusty perci… Read more
The donation by Kevin Drumm to Phil Julian of a Hewlett Packard test tone generator (to avoid excess baggage charges) caught the curiosity of Dale Cornish. With Cornish and Julian renowned for their own releases, for a variety of labels including The Tapeworm, this chance bonding over former NASA technical equipment has led to their first collaboration...
*Edition of 100 copies* "Death Is Not The End return with a compilation of 12 tracks that Rev. Edward W. Clayborn recorded for Vocalion in the mid to late 1920s. Very little is known about Clayborn, besides that he is likely to have hailed from the Alabama area. Playing an open tuned guitar with a simple alternating bass line, Clayborn's music has been referred to by some as overtly basic, however amidst the simple beauty lies a depth of passion and conviction."
Thursday, 18 December
**2nd edition of 100 x C25 with fold-out art insert. Purchase of tape comes with full download version dropped straight into your account** "Full Bleed is a more experimental turn for Paul Wolinski following his more song structured work as POLINSKI ( Labyrinths, 2011) and numerous albums, movie scores and one-off performances with 65daysofstatic. Full Bleed is an all together different kind of record for the artist, a move into bleaker, more experimental territory. The digital glitches have been subsumed by analog tape hiss; the kick drums have been eaten by white noise; tempos have be… Read more
Thursday, 04 December
"Wand are Cory Hanson (W.H.I.T.E., Chad And The Meat Bodies), Daniel Martens (Zulus, Battleship), Evan Burrows (Behavior) and Lee Landey (Agowilt). They are from Los Angeles, California. ‘Ganglion Reef’ was recorded in San Pedro and mixed in San Diego, California. The fluctuating gravity of Wand’s sound achieves total Wand-hood by jamming senses, sounds and vibes through the circuits like magic plays of light and dark for today’s (and tomorrow’s) mind-ears. From beneath the glassine surface dost emerge: Ganglion Reef."
Thursday, 06 November
*Edition of 50 copies* Andrew Hargreaves of The Boats returns with an excellent, noisy new Beppu album. Arriving in the wake of this year's 'Coercion' LP, the 'Post Content' session features eight of Andrew's most malevolent industrial/noise excursions inspired by the early waves of TG and Clock DVA and strongly compatible with the recent wave of gear from Vatican Shadow, Alberich et al. And while it might all just be "noise" to the lay listener, there's a thread of melodic ambiguity to Beppu's music that's become his charred brand; from the thunderous discord of 'Verbal Objections' thru the … Read more
Thursday, 11 September
**Military grey-coloured cassette with insert. Housed in Hand-stencilled card box** "Musikaliszer Pinkos [SLP008] is the Lithuanian composer Arturas Bumšteinas’ first recording issued through Slip Discs, under his REFUSENIK alias. Recorded on a Polyvox synthesiser salvaged from a local market in Vilnius, this substantial suit of analogue meditations sees the composer approach material sourced from a Hebrew music book of the same name, published by cantor Abraham Berenstein in Vilna (1927). Surpassing mere analogue fetishism, Bumšteinas’ album is grounded upon a delicate flow betwee… Read more
**Excellent, Deranged avant-dance music from the Slip Discs co-founder. For fans of Micachu, Patten, G.O.D. Military grey-coloured cassette with insert. Housed in Hand-stencilled card box** "SNAZ [SLP009] is the first in a series of deranged dancefloor studies by Tom Rose, for which he is adopting his TCR moniker. Bookended by two remixes of cuts from Micachu’s Meat Batch Mix with Kwake Bass and I’m Not Dancing EP with Tirzah are three TCR originals borne out of an admiration for the producer’s bludgeoning and eccentric dance music. On Leaves, Vixen and Peach, TCR contorts blunted beats into gl… Read more
Thursday, 14 August
**Artwork by Dr.Me. Edition of 50** Michel Hann (Rejections) shape-shifts into Marreck for his 2nd cassette on Tesla Tapes. Stepping on from the Ballardian infatuations and physical blows of his releases for Opal Tapes and Jehu and Chinaman, he's conceived a pointedly streamlined, visceral sound on 'Mechanism' which attempts to burrow right into any willing/unwilling host in proximity. The nine minutes of steam-powered, pneumatic pulses and eviscerating distortion in 'Prima' leave a serrated incision where 'Descending' enters and spreads like some vicious noise virus, before the banking squeal… Read more
Thursday, 07 August
"Fresh from their debut release - a collaboration with kraut legend Harald Grosskopf (RVNG, Sky) (Ashra Tempel, Manuel Gottsching, Klaus Schulze), Standard Planets release their second single, a collaboration with Arthur's Landing: a collective of musicians who worked extensively with revered avant-disco producer Arthur Russell throughout his life. The A side of the release is a never before recorded or released Arthur Russell song 'Dumbo Dumbo'. Arthur attempted this song during the infamous CBS/Dinosaur L recording sessions of 1978 but was abandoned for r… Read more
Thursday, 24 July
"The second in the Fuse Editions series presents two live performances by Star Turbine - one recorded at Fuse Art Space, Bradford, on the 27th of February 2014, and another from Nundungeon, Edinburgh, on the 1st of March 2014. Released on limited cassette and digital formats in July 2014. Star Turbine are Sindre Bjerga and Claus Poulsen. Working mainly with electronics and prepared amplified objects, they have toured their unique soundscapes throughout Europe over the last two years."
Thursday, 10 July
**Housed in oversized case with 2-panel inlay. Edition of 50** "School House is the lo-fi solo guise of Peter J Taylor, a British composer whose work primary focuses on multiple guitar compositions, focusing on extended techniques, custom tunings and adaptive notation to explore the harmonies of micro-tonal change in overtones. Stretching his ensemble pieces to include upwards of 26 axes, Taylor’s work has gained steady renown across Europe and comparisons to the likes of Rhys Chatham and Glenn Branca. On Soft Focus, Taylor boils the main components of his compositional concerns down to … Read more
**Cassette mounted on vacuum formed tray in oversized case. 2-panel inlay printed on 300gsm receycled stock. 100 copies for the world** "Their first recorded album since 2007, ‘Secret Paths’ is I Have Eaten The City’s tour-de-force. This trio of multi-instrumentalists could easily be seen as a microcosm for the practices of Toronto’s wider experimental music scene, the breadth and fluidity of their experimentations throughout their discography showcasing an alarmingly diverse range influences and atmospheres, of which ‘Secret Paths’ is a clear apex. The astonishing opener ‘Eyo… Read more
Thursday, 03 July
**Edition of 100 with custom artwork by Marlous Tode** Immersive live recording of a presentation by sound artist Jacob Kirkgaard at ZXZW festival (now called Incubate) in Tilburg, Holland, 2007. The two recordings, thought lost for years and now rescued by Snug Life, document Kirkegaard's matching the resonant frequencies of the venue, NS16, to make the space itself part of the performance, in line with his artistic praxis dealing with acoustic phenomena and "secret sounds" at the threshold of human hearing perception. RIYL, Roly Porter, Vainio, Emptyset!
Thursday, 29 May
He's back and this time he's got company..errr..sorry. Run Dust and Barry Brush bring the ruckus on this tape which is getting released especially for Run Dusts show at Fat out Fest here in Salford, Run Dust has 2 Tesla Tapes already and a killer on release on the Trensmat label along with some impressive live shows and frantic energy which he is bringing back almost exactly a year to the date to Salford for this years Fat Out Fest.
Thursday, 13 March 2014
**Hypnagogic fug beats for fans of Actress and Opal Tapes** "Astro:Dynamics continue their run of form in 2014 by following releases from Alis and Vaghe Stelle with the debut release from the ever elusive Rasul Gafarov's Nenado moniker. Based in central Russia, Rasul has previously appeared on an erratic flow of 12"s under the name Lenta - including split 12"s with Software's Huerco S on the Other Heights label, and Ahu (the house/techno side project of Touch's Sohrab) on Iran's Shahr Farang label, and has performed rare shows at the likes of acclaimed Moscow club ARMA17. Whilst his work as Le… Read more
Thursday, 10 October 2013
"Cave return following their ‘Neverendless’ album. ‘Threace’ is a real ‘back to the lab’ kind of album for Cave. They have spent more time on these new sounds than they had before - which is saying a lot! All Cave music grabs at your ears and the soft tissue within, and yet this time it's just so much more crystalline, bottom-booting and all-consuming than ever before. Threace comes on guitar up and jelly tight, saving the keys for colour commentary among the beats. Jeremy and Cooper explore their six-string relationship, finding shared space, ducking, parrying, working the edges, and finally twinni… Read more