‘White Label’ is a rather nice short film directed by Bristol-based filmmaker Alexander Macdonald that looks to give an insight into the lives of people closely associated with the creation and selling of vinyl records, seeking to understand in some small way what drives people to devote their lives to the black wax, especially given the challenges that it faces as a format. With interviews from Well Rounded Records boss Donga as well as Chris Farrell the owner of Idle Hands Record Shop in Bristol, plus Dub Studio engineer Henry Bainbridge, the film does a great job of capturing the passion and obsession in all of these guys, providing a real insight into how both music and vinyl have come to shape their lives right from a young age. One for the vinyl nerds out there.
We’re big fans of Coyote Records here at Loose Synths, and Arctic‘s latest for the label got our attention straight away. The Eski-era references at the forefront of ‘Shook’ are pretty apparent, but what’s really interesting is the way they’re ripped apart and pieced back together. ‘Know This Don’ has a tough drum pattern with a resonant bassline that rings out beautifully on a big system, with the occasional silence only adding to the intensity of the track. Kid Simpl‘s remix (which Sonic Router recently premiered) replaces the original tough sounds with ethereal ambience that truly flips a banger on it’s head.
You can stream clips below and listen to the whole thing over on FACT.
‘When They Could Own It / Colours’ is released on 19th May via Artillery Records and shows that King Dinosaur continues to grow as an artist. Not built for the dancefloor, When They Could Own It is the product of Mr Dinosaur following his heart, not the crowd. Not one to listen to soon after a breakup as it may well see you over the edge, but for those with healthy hearts, it sure is beautiful.
Sack off all the other mixes that are vying for your attention on the Internet this week. This is the one you need to be listening to. It doesn’t matter than you don’t know who Szatan is – fingers crossed you will do soon. This is dope – a mix for the hunnies.
01. Gonzales – The Tourist _ [Solo Piano; 2004]
02. Biosphere – uva-ursi _ [Substrata; 1997]
03. Oneohtrix Point Never – Betrayed In The Octagon _ [Rifts; 2009]
04. Segue – Westcoast Trail _ [Pacifica; 2013]
05. Global Communication – 5:23 _ [76:14; 1994]
06. Moon B – MoonSide TRK 2 _ [MOON B; 2012]
07. CFCF – Half Dreaming _ [Continent; 2009]
08. Massimiliano Pagliara – LM2-808-SH101-M/P-JP4-P5-SPX90 _ [The Lifesaver Compilation; 2013]
09. Known Artists – It’s Titled (M) _ [Titled; 2012]
10. NeferTT – Cleo’s Spot _ [Blue Skies Red Soil; 2012]
11. Neutron 9000 – Jemble Fruit _ [The Green House Effect; 1990]
12. Deep 88 – The Vibe _ [Removing Dust EP; 2012]
13. Aural Distortion – Overlap (AN-2 Mix) _ [Tsuba Space EP; 2012]
14. Maayan Nidam – Harmonious Funk _ [New Moon; 2012]
15. Legowelt – Elements of Houz Music _ [The Paranormal Soul; 2012]
16. Pantha du Prince – Saturn Strobe _ [This Bliss; 2007]
17. Youandewan – 1988 _ [Anjou; 2009]
18. Efdemin – Bergwein _ [Efdemin; 2007]
19. Christian Löffler – Ash & Snow _ [A Forest; 2012]
20. Recondite – Felicity _ [On Acid; 2012]
21. Braiden – Paganini _ [Belfry Tower; 2012]
22. Nina Kraviz – Working _ [Nina Kraviz; 2012]
23. Drexciya – C To The Power Of X+C To The Power Of X=mm=unknown _ [Neptune's Lair; 1999]
24. Kraftwerk – Franz Schubert _ [Trans-Europa Express; 1977]
25. Ukkonen – Haukivesi Spirit _ [The Isolated Rhythms of...; 2012]
26. Gas – Untitled 4 _ [Pop; 2000]
27. Voices From The Lake – Twins In Virgo (Reprise) _ [Voices From The Lake; 2012]
28. Luke Abbott – Sirens For The Colour _ [Holkham Drones; 2010]
29. Friendzone – Memories (Part 2) _ [Kuchibiru Network 3; 2013]
30. Tycho – Epigram _ [Dive; 2011]
31. Boards of Canada – Smokes Quantity _ [Music Has The Right To Children; 1998]
32. Superpitcher – Tomorrow _ [Kompakt Total 3; 2001]
33. ECO VIRTUAL – Troposphere _ [VIRTUAL大気中分析; 2013]
34. Gonzales – The Tourist _ [Solo Piano; 2004]
Its that time of the month again. Loose Synths @ The Alibi. It’ll be all the usual business with loads of fresh stuff, the sort of things we like to write about on here etc… plus dancing and drinking. Free entry all night and we’ll have some copies of our debut release on the Loose Synths label available to purchase as well.
FREE ENTRY ALL NIGHT
9pm – 3am
91 Kingsland High Street
More info here
An EP of ”grime, hardcore, and bashment channeling the harsh aesthetics of black metal.” could never be a bad thing in my books, and today Deadboy announced his new label Total Fantasy, with the first EP promising to offer just that.
The label’s inaugural release comes from BØNE SQUAD, who present(s) four cuts exploring the dark depths of grime, breakbeat driven rave, golden era Timbaland influenced musicality and tearout hardcore. “The sound of the UK underground filtered through the dark forests of Norway.”
Stream clips below, and check out the suitably freaky video too.
Cracking stuff. No release date that we can see so keep your eyes peeled.
Hessle co-founder Pangaea has just dropped the news that he’s starting a new vinyl imprint called Hadal and kicking off proceedings with a 12″ featuring three new tracks of his own – ‘Viaduct’, ‘Mission Creep’ and ‘Razz’. A step up in terms of production from his previous releases, the three tunes sound warmer and sonically much fuller than his earlier stuff yet equally keep a raw, analogue sounding aesthetic that is imbibed with a decent amount of grit. Well worth your attention.
Released on the 6th June.
The first in a series of releases from Manchester based label Modern Love, Testpressing #001 features two tracks from label stalwarts Demdike Stare. I missed it when it dropped at the end of March and then picked up a copy quite by accident whilst I was record shopping last week, drawn in by the minimalist artwork. A side ‘Collision’ is an 8 minute jungle and noise freak out that sits somewhere between early Photek and Andy Stott’s amen work-out ‘Up The Box‘ from his Luxury Problems LP. What starts out as a swirling, abrasive, ambient soundscape quickly becomes a paranoid and distorted jungle banger that rages it way through its eight and half minutes before falling off the edge of the same screaming, metallic abyss that it came from. ‘Misappropriation’ on the flip is slower and more industrial sounding, the space between its sounds sucked out by the layers of distortion that mangle and merge the different elements into a single wall of claustrophobic sound. Like the A-side it takes no prisoners, drawing on the extreme to create a hypnotic and thoroughly fascinating listen.
I should have posted this sooner but for anyone who hasn’t seen it, FACT magazine premiered the video for our debut release from Shooting Horses over on their site a couple of weeks ago, calling it ‘a slice of milky garage’. Directed by Angus Dunsire and Rob Swaine and featuring the acting talents of Lexi Rose and Daniel Längle, the video was shot in and around Brixton and Dalston with the club scenes shot at our monthly night at The Alibi. Give it a watch above.
If you’ve caught Joy Orbison DJ’ing in the past 12 months then chances are you’ve heard this one, but for those who haven’t, his refix of the Donell Jones classic ‘U Know Whats Up‘ is a slinky laid back affair that melds Jones’ smooth vocals to an unfussy swinging house beat. It’s a simple but effective DJ tool that’ll go down a treat now the sun has come out and is free to download currently over on JO’s soundcloud. Aces.
While I’m at it you can catch him DJ’ing next Saturday (4th May) in Bethnal Green for his self curated ‘Just For You’ series held at The Oval. More info and tickets here