Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Tapes available direct from BIGCARTEL + Lulu's, Polyester and Repressed Records / digital available from BANDCAMP.
Because I am a tight-arse, the Magnetizer tape is not on the bigcartel, so just send me an email and say hi if you want one.
Following two releases on high-quality US label New Body tapes, Kendall Cahan has his first international release for AST. Loss is four tracks of raw, pummelling techno from the North Carolina native. Obviously, in this field, Container is going to be a reference point, but that is a high compliment right?
Another one that slipped into my inbox and found its way to tape. MOSA are a Russian duo dealing in industrial techno and , oftentimes, heavier themes. Some of the tracks bang with rhythmic aplomb, others just menacingly crackle. This is their first release and the first by a Russian project on AST, please tell ASIO not to tap my emails…
Bead is a relatively new duo comprised of brothers Jacob and Tom and hailing from Canberra. Although only existing for a short period, during this time they have released an excellent tape on Berlin’s Instruments Of Discipline, have supported Croatian Amor / Helm and are readying a release for LA label, Chondritic Sound. At times purely harsh and at others more floor-ready, Bead perfectly execute the industrial sound.
Chino is Krakow, Poland’s Artur Oles. Following a series of impeccable records, this is Chino’s debut on cassette. Eight tracks of perfectly studied techno with edges of the abstract. Between Chino, Lutto Lento and Kosel, I would perhaps suggest that there is a distinctly “Polish” electronic sound being created at the moment and it sounds sweet to my ears.
A new release from one of my favourite Aussie projects currently operating. Following up his Untitled cassette last year on AST, Mat Spisbah’s Oil returns with a dare I say more considered release of club-ready techno delivered with an immutable talent. Ambient passages precede and litter the tracks, but this is all about the drum programming. If you weren’t aware of Oil previously, now is the time to get slick.
An enigmatic presence crash-landed in Oakland and has since spat out two otherworldly releases on AST faves Goaty Tapes and Not Not Fun. Expect the (completely cooked) unexpected to occur with Magnetizer.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Come down for an afternoon of live electronics at one of Melbourne's best kept secrets, The Brunswick Bowling Club. $5 tinnies, $1 pool, what else do you need.
SLEEP D (DJ Set)
Fresh from a stint in Europe, Frankston's favourite sons grace the Bowls Club with a set of choice cuts. As well as operating the consistently excellent Butter Sessions imprint, Sleep D are themselves masters of crafting floor-ready bangers and are imminently releasing a new 12" on BSR.
James Vinciguerra is Trevor. "The Trevor Chest", a collection of four wonky, cooked cuts was released recently on Sydney label Paradise Daily. Live, Trevor disassembles and reassembles beats on the fly, not allowing room for complacency. Divisive, surely, but one of the greatest electronic spectacles to witness live.
ROMAN NAILS (12" launch)
CV techno luddite Roman Nails plays a rare set to launch his first 12" on UK label, Beat Concern, "All Hardware No Tools".
As Oil, Mat Spisbah blends the ambient with undoubtedly club-ready tracks. Soon to be dropping his second tape on Altered States Tapes, Clench, Oil is for my money one of the most underrated electronic musicians operating at the moment.
Carolyn Schofield's ambient works as Fia Fiell are mesmering. Having released the "A Hair, A Heap" cassette on Nice Music last year, Schofield continues to evolve her craft through live sets, having played at Freedom Time in June amongst others.
DJ Noem Obliv in-between sets.
Brunswick Bowling Club 104-106 Victoria St, East Brunswick 4pm / $10
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Pre-orders available directly from new UK label, Beat Concern. Available in Australia soon, released officially on September 4th. Distribution through Rubadub.
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Leftover stock from my exhibition at Bus Projects. Zines are stacked with photocopied crap and have a foreword by Dan Stewart (Total Control / SJN). The tapes are (as the name implies) six loop-based pieces that served as the installation. Both are $5 each + post or you can get both for $8 (+ post). Limited copies. A few of each will be available from Lulu's shortly. Email for further information.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
A mixed bag featuring tracks from myself and numerous other AST affiliated artists including Lisa Lerkenfeldt, Tim Coster, Psychward, Noem Obliv + others.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Sunday, May 28, 2017
The Collector LP on Drawing Heat Records is now discounted to $15 + post and is available via bigcartel. Can combine orders with available Altered States releases. International orders get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org. New tapes coming soon.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Available for pre-order from Resistance/Restraint, shipping and available from stores late June.
Friday, May 5, 2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Releases from WRX, 2200, Suburban Cracked Collective + Jerome, all for the reasonable price of 4 bucks a piece.
These and other out of print releases available from Lulu's, Repressed + the newly established Private Projects in Tassie. Limited copies of Jerome, SCC + Circular Ruins still available direct from bigcartel.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Monday, February 27, 2017
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Monday, January 9, 2017
Circular Ruins is the guise under which Berlin resident Marijn Degenaar operates his electronics. On his two excellent releases for his own Portals Editions label, CR has crafted an excellent niche of kraut-influenced ambience and drone. This is a split release with Portals with a different variation on the artwork for local punters.
Dizzy is best known as a string-wrangler for important Sydney groups Low Life, Oily Boys and Orion (among others). WRX is a drastic departure from his previous rock n’ roll roots, seeing Diz take on 90’s Chicago acid-drenched and deep house sounds. I played his first show with him at weird dive pub, The Bald-Faced Stag, a few months back in Sydney and it blew me away, as did his three-track demo earlier in the year. These five tracks show a keen ear and time spent with the classics, albeit with a refreshingly personal twist. Ultimately, “Crackdown” is an effectively mixed bag of goods.
Shaun “Stan” Leacy was a member of highly influential Newcastle sextet, Castings. Castings made a major impression on me as a teenager, their seminal “Punk Rock Is Bunk Squawk” release pretty much opened my ears to what was possible with sound and led me on the path to where I am today, for better or worse. Similarly, every project undertaken by its’ members since has been of note. Bringing me to Stan, perhaps the most elusive member of the group. Cracked Suburban Collective sees him return to making loop-based music with guitar and electronics. At times ambient, at others more melodic and beat-driven. SCC recently contributed a piece for excellent UK label Where To Now? ahead of this, his first release proper.
I was introduced to Jeremy Harris’ Jerome project through his “Up 4 Daze” tape on influential US tape label, Night People when it came out in 2015. Since then, it has remained on steady rotation, forcing me to get in touch with the man behind the project seeking more material. On “The Ship Has Sailed...”, Harris presents a rock solid mix of lo-fried techno with a fittingly dire sample concluding preceedings.
Under his excellent 2200 project, Rory McPike returns to Altered States. This release was recorded as preparation for his set at Maggot Fest in October, the one-jam take sees McPike exploring the subterranean depths of electro to excellent effect.
Available direct from bigcartel / from the usual outlets soon. All orders will be posted Monday, 16th January.