• Glowing, hyperreal debut from Berlin-based artist The Newcomer. Third in our Aether Editions series of digital-first releases, and the first Kaleidoscope output of 2017’s newly prolific phase. A glowing testament to individual clarity of vision. From the mantra-like EP title, to The Newcomer’s name as an allusion to openness and ‘beginner’s mind’, the direct and hopeful humanity of this music is a necessary breath of fresh air in today’s difficult and clouded times. // Bandcamp / Apple Music / Spotify / 555-5555 Store

  • 11 tracks of ‘blissed-out, melted down, DSP-refracted Motown Xmas sonix’ from avant production team Actual Magic. Surprise-released across socials on Christmas Eve 2016. The second in our Aether Editions series of digital-first releases, 8 years after the first, Arch M’s cult 2008 recording ‘Mountain Tan Commercials’. Lush optimistic waves of expanded Ambi-Sonix to begin 2017  // Youtube / Soundcloud / Bandcamp

  • The first release of Kaleidoscope’s Chrome Series of experimental & longform audio on pro-dubbed cassette is from UK-based artist and musician Benedict Drew. On his first widely available audio release, Drew presents a work of simultaneous intimacy and vast scale, evoking a paradoxically detailed immensity. Across side A, elegiac synthesizer tones cut majestic paths through icy static and squalls of feedback, while on the flip, the clouds part to reveal delicate interplay between what sounds like whispered child’s speech and organ-like undulating tonal figures. Available on cassette and digital along with a series of videos from Drew freely-available online.  // BUY / Spotify / Apple Music

     

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    The first of our 50/50 split vinyl 12″ EPs pairs Aldous RH (ex-Egyptian Hip Hop)’s lo-fi parallel universe AM radio hits with hi-tech electronics from Tel Aviv’s Vanilla Hammer. 

    The first solo release committed to wax, ‘Seductive Atmospheres’ sees Aldous RH’s singular approach explored across six visionary tracks. A defiantly individual presence both live and on record, his labyrinthine songs defy simple categorisation, whilst refracting pop through a uniquely accomplished and baroque filter.

    The EP is available standalone digitally and also on vinyl with Vanilla Hammer’s ‘Diss Patches’. The vinyl edition includes a download code for both sets of digital tracks. // BUY / Spotify / Apple Music

  • The first of our 50/50 split vinyl 12″ EPs pairs hi-tech electronics from Tel Aviv’s Vanilla Hammer with Aldous RH (ex-Egyptian Hip Hop)’s lo-fi parallel universe AM radio hits.

    ‘Diss Patches’ presents eight tracks of hi-tech sonics – drawing skewed lines between the 90s hip hop beat tapes of his youth in South London, the concrète clank of Tel-Aviv bustle, and the reality-bending landscapes of countless literary odysseys.

    The EP is available standalone digitally and also on vinyl with Aldous RH’s ‘Seductive Atmospheres’. The vinyl edition includes a download code for both sets of digital tracks. // BUY / Spotify / Apple Music

  • The sixth edition of the LIMITED DUBS series, Guardian Petted sees California musician Jocelyn Noir aka ALAK’s intensely hybrid and singular vision explored across five visionary tracks. As if viewed through a dark prism, this collection of songs glisten with a peculiar and fractured Gothic light – dawn and dusk overlaid. Noir’s crisp, clear vocal entangles incandescent wordplay with dense undulating sample collage, synthesizers and heavily chorused electric guitars reciting angular otherworldly scales. Insistent drum machine rhythms and a minimal acoustic kit recall the stark echoes of dub, post-punk, industrial and techno. The five tracks were produced in a master version (available digitally) which were then each recorded onto individually hand-lathed records. These records were then played with additional live processing through consumer fx boxes & recorded directly through to tape by ALAK, creating 8 unique C18 compact cassettes // Stream / Free Download

  • Companion piece to Yearning Kru’s ‘Cracked Lacquer/Vanadium’ – remixes by Brood Ma, recsund, swivelized sounds, Ornine, Felicita. Free unlimited digital manifestation available through Kaleidoscope from August 2013 // Stream / Free Download

  • The second release of 2013 was 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 2013 // Free Download

  • Companion piece to Orphan’s ‘Retakes’ LIMITED DUBS release. ‘Re:’ comprises four specially-commissioned versions of tracks from Retakes and one original production bonus track, ‘Losos2’. Datasette, patten, Karen Gwyer and Michael lend distinctive sonic palettes to reimagining the originals. Organised in identical order to the original tracklist, ‘Re:’ is a prismatic alternative view, a distorted analogue. Free unlimited digital available through Kaleidoscope from May 30th 2013 // Stream / Free Download

  • 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 // Free Download

  • Tel-Aviv-based Vanilla Hammer’s ‘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 2012 // Free Download

     

  • ‘I’ve Been You Twice’ is the 2nd LIMITED DUBS & the debut release from Michigan-born 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 2012 // Free Download

     

  • ‘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 2012. An edit of ‘Slime Code’ was re-issued on 12″ vinyl by the Digitalis label in Jan 2013 // Free Download

     

  • In advance of the now-fabled  12″ record ‘Moon-Tan’ on the Cavern label, Arch-M delivers a teaser in the form of cult release ‘Mountain Tan Commercials’. Available as a free download and limited edition tape, ‘Mountain Tan Commercials’ sees then-London-based San Francisco-born Corey Reid delving into the farthest reaches of a sun-drenched, battle-scarred lo-fi pop.

    Over 7 gorgeous tracks, concise electric guitar figures gleam with soft distortion and a luscious reverb. Clattering percussion falls around with unrestrained urgency, and a precision that belies it’s apparent spontaneity. Melodies – like old friends fondly remembered – swim in your head long after the ecstatic nine minutes is over // Free Download

  • Issued in a 7″ sleeve with foldout poster, the limited  CDR “Clarinettis Qoonotations: Too Many Notes” fucking preternatural and the golden weave of g-nashing teeth, is the seminal 2009 full-length release from California-based musician Jocelyn Noir’s ALAK (formerly Alas, alak, Alaska!).

    Noir’s album is permeated by a strange Gothic air. A heavy, hanging dark smoke that twists and turns itself into animated baroque swirls, occasionally clearing to reveal a blindingly clear light. This is a special record. // Bandcamp

  • Issued in a 7″ sleeve with foldout poster, patten’s super-limited micro-edition CDR ‘Sketching the Tesseract’ saw drum machine, motorik and rock rhythms bleed in to punctuate the hypnotic interlocking lo-fi melodic approach laid out on home burnt ‘There were Horizons’ CDR. Now incorporating electric guitar, live drums, harpsichord, distorted electronics as well as traditional instrumentation, acoustic percussion, found sound, DSP and electronics //

  • Issued in a 7″ sleeve with foldout poster, the limited double CDR split by Champagne Diamond/The Brilliant Light was the first CD appearance of the group. CD/TBL (artists Nina Canell & Robin Watkins) released under variety of names on beautifully produced 12″s across the mid-late 2000s, each one formed part of an eventual trilogy of releases – two on Swedish label Oscillatone, and one on Belfast’s CF Records.

    A unique kind of alien shoegaze where tender boy-girl vocals and reversed guitar intertwine with soundscapes made with sleep-machine, electric organ, prepared record player, melodion, homemade theremin, neon, cardboard, upright piano, accordion, palm tree, dymax pump, electric guitar, synthesizer, drumkit, delay, bandradio, chair, sampler, electro-physiological instrument, custom-built percussion, distortion, dictaphones, blue box, reel-to-reel machine with 6.25 meter tapeloop, compact cooker, plywood, feedback happenings //

  • Issued in a 7″ sleeve with foldout poster, the super-limited CDR by patten was the first edition released by the imprint. A stylistic shift from the earliest programming-centred heavy drum-led DSP excursions heard in live patten performances and circulated on cassette and MiniDisc in 2006, ‘There were Horizons’ was a curveball suite of hypnotic and delicate interlocking lo-fi melodic soundscapes created from acoustic instruments, found sound, electronics and simple percussion //