'Billennium Soundscapes is a beguiling mix of live performed electronic percussion and toasty, burnt out synthesisers. A sound that slops into your ear holes and clags brain cavities with a syrupy sonic cream.'
This album was produced over Christmas 2020 in a semi-derelict hideout on the outskirts of Blackpool, England.
All the Drums & Percussion were performed live on an electronic kit and recorded (as were the synths) directly to cassette.
We’re super-stoked that Arlo Parks will be gracing our cover, Tom Bibby caught up with the ‘Collapsed In Sunbeams’ star to talk about her debut album, mental health, and her early days as a writer.
Shame spoke to us about their acclaimed new album ‘Drunk Tank Pink’, their infamous Instagram live streams, and their plans for the future. Edie McQueen sat down with Maximo Park’s Paul Smith to get the lowdown on their upcoming studio album ‘Nature Always Wins’. Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart answered some questions about ‘OH NO’, the duo’s upcoming album of duets featuring the likes of Liz Harris and Sharon Van Etten.
Julia Bardo and Molly Payton write ‘Love Letters Home’ as the pandemic grounds them in the UK, away from home and family life. A Day @ The Label does Birkenhead as we spend some time with Eggy Records to find out how the magic happens at the DIY label. The mercurial Benny Sings zoomed us from Amsterdam, camera firmly turned-off, to talk about his latest single ‘Nobody’s Fault’, and his recent collaborations with the likes of Tom Misch.
Tom Preece got on the phone with Tom Roberts of Cardiff-based rockers TJ Roberts; they chatted about their recent full-length, ‘Love, Loss & Other Useless Things’, and their new community interest label, Rose Recording Co. Alex Amor pens her own piece on the modern dating experience and the songs that inspired her latest EP ‘Love Language.’ Sunglasses For Jaws document their recent time in Sean Lennon’s NYC studio through some ace behind-the-scenes photography; they’re due to release their debut concept record, ‘Everybody’s Made of Bones’ on June 3rd via Pony Recordings.
Nottingham favourites Do Nothing also star, they give us the latest on their upcoming EP ‘Glueland’, due 12th March. It’s a triple-dose of ‘straya in Vol.4, as Skegss feature in another one of our infamous Q&A’s. There is also a score of new talent to discover, LUMER, Robbie&Mona, Sourface, LandoManning, FreyaBeer, and MaddyStorm are the artists you’ll be telling your mates about, as we reboot ‘Tell Your Mates’ in collaboration with Uskees. As ever, you’ll be able to find more exclusive content inside that you won’t see anywhere else.
Issue Thirty-One arrives as our doors creep open and life feels like it may resume sometime soon. ‘Bright Green Field’, the debut album from Squid could well be the soundtrack to an exciting summer. We put the band on the cover and chat to them about venturing into new territory with their first long-form release and the power of “five equal minds creating together”. In London, Sorry have surfaced for the first time since their 2020 debut ‘925’. Surprise new tracks ‘Cigarette Packet’ and ‘Separate’ have got us excited for more so we caught up with frontwoman, Asha Lorenz to chat about their upcoming EP.
Ever evolving and ever-prolific, The Horrors are back with new EP ‘Lout’. Tom Furse talks us through the transition back to heavier sounds and hints towards a new album. Manchester-based Blanketman have released their debut EP ‘National Trust’ and we caught up via Zoom to discuss lo-fi videos, being compared to Joy Division and being more than post-punk. Staying in the north, Hebden Bridge is home to The Lounge Society. Signed to Speedy Wunderground, the band are preparing their debut EP. Keen to know more, we asked them which subcultures resonated the most with the band and what they plan to do once venue doors reopen. From Yorkshire, we keep travelling up. Glasgow’s VLURE have finally released something for us to wrap our ears around.
We follow up our conversation from last year and dig into their dismissal of gimmicks, infusing electronic music into their sound and creating a world that you’re all invited to. Back in the capital, and more specifically the South, Wu-Lu has made a highly anticipated return. We give him a call to chat about wolves in sheep’s clothing and skyscrapers killing culture. Somewhere near The Shard, I’d imagine, are Famous. The three-piece are preparing their new EP and following the release of new single ‘Stars’ we gave them a call to chat ripping off The Beatles and how music is received. The last time we spoke to Folly Group, they were keeping their cards close to their chest, but following the release of their debut single proper and with more music on the way, we were keen to see if they’d open up a bit.
From across the pond, we meet Portland artist, Momo Gordon, who declares, “Comics on clothing is the future.” Andrew Savage’s Dull Tools label is the new home of Tokyo’s Nana Yamato. The young singer-songwriter has just released her debut album and we sent over some questions to get an insight into her world. From three bedrooms in Belfast, Enola Gay are set to be one of the most hyped names of 2021. We reached out via Zoom to see what they had planned and what lies beneath their protest songs. To finish off the issue, we catch up with new discoveries, Regressive Left and Butch Kassidy. The former are rekindling a project which was hampered by careers and West London’s Butch Kassidy are keen to build on the attention they’ve earned from that incredible Slow Dance ‘20 compilation.
In this fourth issue we look back on 5 years of Preston record label Them There with an interview and birthday mix, speak with artists & creative directors of Wigan's cultural manifesto, AL AND AL, and feature Sarah Warburton writing beautifully on the industrial detritus of Wigan's countryside. We've poems by Rob Simms and Tinderbox and artwork by a whole host of talented artists and photographers - borough and beyond...
5 years ofThem There Records
> feature interview with the label
> artwork & words
Ode to a Bastard Countryside
> words & photography by Sarah Warburton
Everything Is Wrong
> words & photography by Tinderbox
The Fire Within
> long-form Q&A with creative directors, AL AND AL
For fans of harmonies and power pop, the debut album from Portable Radio is the natural heir to the Beach Boys when they had beards, The Zombies, Carole King, Bee Gees, Weyes Blood, Drugdealer, Hall & Oates and all that solid gold pop we love!
It's worth pointing out that our very own Mof is in the band, but we're not being biased, honest! Limited run, so don't hang about for this!
Aftershock is a collaborative effort by violinist extraordinaire Mia Zabelka, Vienna and extreme metal bassist/guitarist Arun N, Bangalore which reflects their respective styles and playing, equal parts of soothing ambience, textures make way for improvised parts created predominantly from violin and bass guitar
Juxtaposed with a vibe of post-apocalyptic illegal but now legal gatherings, aftershock gently caresses never before heard hard ambient with free improvisation, techno and experimental electronic music all in a single wave packed into a solid 60 min set meant to be heard from beginning to end in a single sitting to grasp. Adding to this concoction is a special guest, trumpet veteran Joshua Trinidad from Denver
Recorded in the covid months of 2020 (August to October in Vienna, Austria and Bangalore, India). C60, J-card, postcard, presentation envelope.
Two years, two self-released albums and various UK and international live shows later, j.b. glazer returns to Them There for another round of mutant club hitters and abstracted dungeon blues. Following on from the blinding 2018 debut album ‘Compact Break’ - ‘Divine Glint Music’ captures glazer working to the utmost extremes of his practice, wrestling with themes of duality to give rise to some of his most realised and polished work to date.
Divine Glint Music represents a stirring experiment in new production techniques for j.b. glazer, initiated through the reconstruction of forgotten collaborative material and the use of turntables as a compositional tool. His natural flare for sample manipulation and drum programming are apparent throughout but ‘Divine Glint Music’ is set apart from previous works by a new sense of spontaneity and impulsiveness.
Recorded live in London 2020. Recreated using original recordings featuring Bianca Scout, Violence Grass Band, Elena Isolini, James Walker and Halfs.
Hyperdawn is the moniker of Salford based experimentalists Michael Cutting and Vitalija Glovackyte. Off the back of their prolific individual projects, ranging from multimedia performances to studio releases, orchestral works to solo live sets, the duo has steadily developed a distinctive voice as Hyperdawn, forging modified keyboards, homemade instruments and reel to reel tape recorders.
Their debut album Bleach takes their physical, process-based aesthetic with imperfections of warped tape and faltering hardware and pushes it towards the boundaries of pop music. Hints of verse-chorus structures are now apparent with the use of Vitalija’s voice as an essential introduction, giving the duo’s rough-grained instrumentals a new level of poignancy.
Michael and Vitalija have taken their live show to venues and festivals across the UK, US, Canada and Europe as well as had their music broadcast on BBC Radio 3 (Late Junction), NTS Radio and Berlin Community Radio amongst others.
This is the debut album from Algernon Cornelius, the son of Irish and Jamaican immigrants – he is a rapper, producer and multi-instrumentalist from Leeds, currently residing in sunny Manchester. Notable throughout both Leeds and Manchester’s DIY scenes, he’s shared stages with the likes of Armand Hammer, Moor Mother, Cakes Da Killa, Shabazz Palaces and The Bug, in addition to performing at Gilles Peterson’s We Out Here Festival and producing for R.A.P. Ferreira and Pijn.
Limited edition of 35 copies worldwide, only available in physical form.
As the pandemic fog begins to disappear, and the lurkers and vultures return to their murky origins… who will replace the sun and moon when we’ve sold it?
In our third volume we interview Manami, Punk photographer Jude Kendall, A selection of interviews with Manchester’s DJs/Promoters and learn about the history of dancing. Additionally, we have a range of photos provided by Tugalife, Hulmeloonies, Paul McCourt, and Girasolgoth
This issue’s poem is provided by Zachary Knowland.
The debut physical release from Manchester-based upstarts Loose Articles. Pressed by Dipped In Gold Recordings, Up The Disco brings those sweaty nights at your favourite indie disco, straight to your home. B-side is titled Buses.
A 20-minute ambient radioplay set in the deepest recesses of a South Manchester winter 10 or so years ago.
A deep dive into the isolation, the darkness, and the thick fog, through all the estates from Lancashire Hill to Deneway Court. Three L.S. Lowry stick figures on the run from the every day, a huge viaduct cutting across the land and a lighthouse buried underneath, the destination they are trying to reach. Speak, memory.
Heavily inspired by NWW, The Shadow Ring, The Fall, two sides of pain-killer drones revisited and revised endlessly from endorphin, one half of 1-800-ICEMAN/Grimescapes.
The 2nd of 3 drøne reissues, released on cassette for the first time, in anticipation of new material from the band late '19, early '20. a perfect blind was first released on Pomperipossa Records in 2017.
An impressive evolution from the duo’s 2016 debut, using Reversing Into Future's shortwave radio transmissions, cryptic snatches of dialog, and droning synths as a foundation for something more substantial and melodic
Prior to the release of their 4th album later this year, we are delighted to announce we are re-issuing all of the first 3 releases by drøne on cassette for the first time.
We begin with reversing into the future, initially released on vinyl in 2016 through Pomperipossa Records. Field recordings, short wave radio, modular synth all combine to form an enticing, arresting, moving journey of electrically-charged dissonance, drones and electronic melodies. It´s a unique jewel.
A very hot day in the hills above Los Angeles… only possible to work in the mornings because of the sweltering afternoon heat, so all a bit frantic, but with a kink in time. There is no wifi-controlled air conditioning; the car is electric-powered and charging up. It has barely rained for months, (if not years) and the hoses are working overtime. Its an analogue session; Mark’s modular synth set up is working furiously and overheating. We are pushing sounds through and seeing what works… and things gradually take shape. The forms seem to determine themselves; how much control do we have? How much do we want? Some peculiar things start to happen and the haze bends. Some of the sounds seem alive and are quick to reform as we struggle to contain them, like trying to stuff snakes into a bag. The sounds moan and sing, forming their own phonemes.
Helsinki based producer Eppu Kaipainen returns to Decaying Spheres. Poiu explores how music can change our perception of time, with an investigation into the Eno-creed of ambient; when something is both ignorable and focusable, lending itself to an amorphous feeling of time.
The seven tracks convey a sense of temporal empathy, reflecting on life’s instabilities, it’s constant precursors; a dramatic change, a shift, a turnaround, a relapse. The album explores both the significant and insignificant. The juxtaposition of the momentous and the monotonous. Like the beauty that can be found in a typical week, the ritualistic nature of stability and routine is as essential as those more pivotal moments.
Poiu is a collection of long-form drones that elegantly interprets these themes through considered tape loops, saturated synths and layered modular sequences, creating a lush atmospheric sound that never quite lets the underlying darkness come to the forefront.
Limited edition cassette tape - only 25 copies worldwide.
Decaying Spheres' second release is an international effort from some of the labels favourite artists. The tape drifts seamlessly between ten deep ambient cuts, offering a tasteful eclectic mix.
Limited edition cassette tape - only 50 copies worldwide.
Bonzaii - Life on a Blade Hynta - Badlands Ghost Signs - Let Fly Thy Vagabond Heart SVR - A Promise Volunteer Coroner - Fantasy in Flashing Lights Eppu Kaipainen feat Embry お兄ちゃん - My House is Torn Down Every Evening Employee Of The Month - Augur Güsh - Gaunt Σπαταλώ χρόνο - αδυναμία, έλλειψη, λεπτότητα, χαύνωση Seed Faith - Projection Forecast
Just a year after picking up instruments and forming Sheffield band Potpourri release their debut album, First Dance. Potpourri formed in Summer 2019 to play a gig at the inaugural Bingo Fest, and have been cultivating their off-kilter brand of pop since - incorporating the Broadcast-esque electronic sounds, motorik rhythms and chanteuse-style vocal harmonies.
Signed by the band.
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