ELECTRIC YEP is the title of the forthcoming Astral Social Club vinyl LP on trensmat records, which should be available towards the end of summer. As a teaser, here’s the last track on side one, “Rainbow Weather”.
Out now on the ever-wonderful vhf records is a reissue of the 2004 eponymous double-LP by my old crew Vibracathedral Orchestra. We put this out ourselves in an edition of, I think, 200 (or 250 – who knows?) and it sold out pretty much immediately, so it’s very fine to have it available again. I think it’s the last release with the “classic” quintet line-up (you know – Bradley, Campbell, Davenport, Flower, Hayden) and aside from having a hot remastering job and individual hand-screened sleeves by Alan Sherry at SIWA, there’s also a live DVD in there, featuring selections from three gigs (only one of which I’m on, but that one does have a “hidden” audio commentary of sorts by Mick Flower and I).
No copies for sale here, but it seems to be available from the likes of Boomkat and Rough Trade, and direct from vhf too. More details/sound samples here.
This one has been recorded for a while now – I think we finished it around the end of 2010, after starting it early that summer – but it’s been worth the wait, with Weird Forest’s usual high standards of presentation and mastering very much in evidence.
We took a slightly different appraoch for this one too – instead of our more usual “virtual collaboration” method of sending files back and forward through the e-aether, we based this LP around some pretty intense live jams at a sweaty rehearsal space in Leeds. Of course we then took them apart and rebuilt them using our more regular method, but hopefully the sense of live abandon is there underneath it all.
I have some copies for UK/euro distribution, available through my big cartel shop. Elsewhere, it’s probably best to go to the label direct, who also have the digital download option.
Out in April on Californain label Zum, several years in the making (and another 18 months or so after that “maturing”) comes the results of the virtual collaboration between myself and Robert Horton. Seven tracks spread over two sides of vinyl, edition of 400. It’s a fun record too – Robert’s original aim was that we should record a “proper disco” LP, but that idea got pretty warped once we started batting tapes back and forth across the Atlantic. We let things find their own shape, ferment a little and weren’t afraid to totally derail the original impulse of some of the tracks. I’m really looking forward to getting copies of this one when it’s ready.
The new issue of The Wire has one of their freebie Wire Tapper CDs on the front, which includes a track from the LP, “Panharmonicon Particle Radio”.
And here’s another track, courtesy of the Zum Soundcloud page:
Here’s a remix I put together last year for my old pal Richard Youngs, and whose release is now imminent on Luke Younger’s Alter label.
It’ll form part of an LP that will also include two radically different mixes of the same track by Richard, along with similarly shredded interpretations by John Clyde-Evans and Daniel Lopatin. Not sure of release date, but it’s being sent for mastering right now, so not so very long.
A few new releases I’ve had a hand in are due to drop over the first couple of months in 2012.
First up, I did a couple of extreme remixes/eviscerations of new Japanese band Kufuki, and one of them will appear on their eponymous debut CD on Wonderyou Records, due out on January 11th. The other one can be previewed and downloaded here:
Hot on the heels of that one are two new things by Iibiis Rooge, my duo with High Wolf. The “Life in a bloodcell” cassette on Winged Sun Records is 4 tracks spread over 32 minutes, recorded through the aether 2009-11. 100 copies only, and I should have a reasonable number for sale, probably late January. As a little taster from the cassette, here’s an excerpt from the last track, Vanellus Vanellus.
And finally, the second proper Iibiis Rooge LP, “Hespherides”, is due February or thereabouts on vinyl/download on the fabulous Weird Forest label, home to some of my favourite releases of the past few years (Expressway Yo-Yo Dieting, Can’t, Love Cry Want, Starving Weirdos, etc). Very excited to finally get this one out – we recorded the basic tracks in a very hot room in Leeds, summer 2009, and spent a long time batting various sections back and forth across The Channel until we had achieved the correct density and flavour.
Out now – one long side of 2009 ASC, then another of 2011 Tomutonttu, wherein Jan Anderzén folds in extra sonic input from myself and Eva from Orphan Fairytale.
Here’s the bumf:
Astral Social Club
“Wet Wheel/ Hot Wheel”
Two of Europe’s finest collide on a 12” 45 RPM platter loosely inspired by the club single. On “Wet Wheel / Hot Wheel,” Neil Campbell of Astral Social Club succumbs to the heartbeat throb of house, but tops the bass with a frenetic squall of darting alien melodies. On cursory listen, the elements congeal into honest-to-goodness body music, but the track is riddled with stutters and gaps that the flooded synapses fill with aural afterimages. On the reverse, Jan Anderzén of Tomutonttu buries the dance influence, retaining only the genre’s neon shimmer and linear logic. “Syvät Svyät” overflows with cuckoo loops that briefly cohere into musical shapes before casting off, replaced by an ecstatic march of manic squiggles. One must focus to follow the train of musical thought, but Anderzén’s humor and intuition reward the effort.
Issued in an edition of 300 hand-stamped, 150-gram lavender LPs in matte sleeves screened with consummate skills by Alan Sherry of Siwa.
On US label Tipped Bowler – available to order from them now. I also have some copies – see the Big Cartel page to order .