Yearning Kru: Cracked Lacquer/Vanadium
The second release of 2013 is from the Croydon-born, Taiwan-residing Yearning Kru.
Cracked Lacquer/Vanadium is a maze-like two-part album, compiled from over 12 hours of freeform improvisations to form these two distinct halves. Produced from a combination of ambient recordings, YouTube rips and dance sample packs, the results display a startlingly primitive and disturbingly futuristic patina simultaneously - a collision that blurs and bleeds in a sluggish stop motion.
The twenty-one tracks were produced in a master version (available digitally) edited from over 12 hours of improvisations & recorded directly through to tape by Yearning Kru, creating 23 unique hand-numbered C30 compact cassettes.
The 23 unique C30s and free unlimited digital manifestation available through Kaleidoscope from July 23rd.
The fourth LIMITED DUBS release is from South London based musician, Orphan.
Retakes collects work from a rare anomalous 2009 live set of her slower material, the original files and patches recently unearthed from old synths and hard drives specifically to produce these new interpretations. Here each of the pieces have been torn from the original mix, revisited, revised, reworked into five discrete standalone tracks.
The five tracks were produced in a master version (available digitally) that was then performed as a live mix through to tape by Orphan with additional fx to produce 6 unique C35 compact cassettes.
The 6 unique C35s and free unlimited digital manifestation available through Kaleidoscope from May 6th (CASSETTES SOLD OUT).
Vanilla Hammer: Retreat
The third LIMITED DUBS release is from Vanilla Hammer.
Retreat is a somehow deeply cinematic vision. Through its seven highly textured and evocative movements, there is a heady collision of wide-open vistas, close-whispered conversations, forgotten paths, and dusty ancient futures, flickering like heat scorched desert mirages.
The seven tracks were produced in a master version (available digitally) which was then re-performed live directly to the first tape. An exquisite corpse-like process followed, with each subsequent cassette a remixing/reworking of the material from the former, again directly through to tape.
The 5 unique C25s and free unlimited digital manifestation available through Kaleidoscope from November 5th (CASSETTES SOLD OUT).
320kbps mp3s - http://bit.ly/SrdA9P
Karen Gwyer: I've Been You Twice
The second release of 2012 is from the Michigan-born, London-based musician Karen Gwyer.
A heavy drift of crystal clear synthesizer swirl, impressionistic flashes of melody, and unexpected percussive patterns, with Gwyer’s own carefully multi-tracked vocals, shifting insistent from undulating blur to sharp focus, and back again - dawn hour incantations.
13 unique C30 cassettes were produced by Gwyer, dubbing the four master tracks down to tape with additional live fx.
The 13 unique C30s and free unlimited digital manifestation available through Kaleidoscope from March 2nd (CASSETTES SOLD OUT).
320kbps mp3s - http://bit.ly/Knd4Er
Sculpture: Slime Code
Slime Code is an exotic particle soup of pause button tape edits, varispeed action, VU busting tape saturation, freakform noise, grazing tape loop critters, and electronic rhythms.
The music was performed live to 8 track tape by Dan Hayhurst and Reuben Sutherland (Sculpture) on 1st July 2011.
7 unique dubs to C20 compact cassette were executed by DH, and a digital edit was compiled from the C20s on August 6th 2011.
The 7 unique C20s and free unlimited digital manifestation available through Kaleidoscope from Valentine’s Day (CASSETTES SOLD OUT).
320kbps mp3s - http://bit.ly/16uUSrW (original version*)
*An edit of Slime Code was issued on 12" vinyl and paid digital by the Digitalis label in Jan 2013 and is available to buy from them here - http://bit.ly/UCWruC