Thursday, 30 December 2021

new releases on new year's eve eve

 New releases available today:

(sic 144) Dead Boomers 'Aspen Liberals' CD

The Dead Boomers team of Leith Thomas and Mark Groves spent much of the early '10s honing their incisive power electronics live set, while recording a series of penetrating and perceptive releases for a number of Australian labels (including yours truly) and some further ashore.

The duo may have called it a day, but couldn't stand by without setting their sights on the political and social short-sightedness which the 2021 pandemic produced. Cue 'Aspen Liberals', an April 2020 radio broadcast piece of cruel noise, found sound memories, petri dish electronics creations and narrowed vocal delivery which places Dead Boomers' long-targeted upper class elite at the centre of the pandemic's spread.

This CD adds a number of tracks written and recorded between 2015 and 2020, some previously released in now lost editions, and others breaking to the surface for first time. While we still sweat at home under our masks, Dead Boomers remind us through 'Aspen Liberals' that the underground will always find a way - and hopefully bring down the elite in doing so.

Edition of 200 copies, digipack with an 8 page booklet, all designed by Mark Groves.

(sic 129) Savage Gospel 'Horrors Of Nature' CD

Sometimes nothing less than pure harsh bliss will satiate those needs, and Savage Gospel's unapologetic radiance of electronics fury is intended for just that. Incapacitants and Testicle Hazard fans can rejoice that another duo, Haare's Ilkka Vekka and Avarus' Janne Laurila has joined those elite pairs who are fighting their way to the sun and shedding ultraviolet furiousness on their way. 'Horrors Of Nature' is microcosm blown to macrocosm, energy focused as sound - and mastered for ultimate ear penetration by the unmatched Grant Richardson.

Jewel case edition of 200 copies.

(sic 121) NoDolby 'Exhaustion/Consumption' C-23

Earthen drone and slow electronics machinations from this careful Italian soundcraftsman. 'Exhaustion/Consumption' rises into tempest from humble beginnings, crafted from both tangible and ethereal but all coursing through its creator.

Edition of 50 copies, collage artwork by the fantastic Paul van Trigt adorning a metal tin, the tape wrapped in tissue paper.

(sic 139) Circuit Wound 'Involuntary Ruination' C-60

Oh this is fun. Two Circuit Wound live sets captured in all their room-shaking glory, pure punishing electronics with full room ambience. Jay Howard has been terrorising the surrounds of Los Angeles for over 20 years, and 'Involuntary Ruination' is the outcome should you meet up one late night.

Stickered silver tapes with an oversized cover and show flyers, all sealed up in a vellum envelope. Edition of 50 copies.

(sic 134) L.A.C.H. 'II' C-30

Lorenzo Abattoir and Clive Henry unravel remnants found in late night factory foraging, natural and unnatural sounds emerging from a cautious clamour which finds some resonance comparable to The New Blockaders' calmative moments, Lethe, or Giancarlo Toniutti.

Edition of 50 copies, cassette and collage artwork bagged up and tied to wood which has then been branded with discarded industry and coated in coloured latex.

(sic 137) Encephalic Death 'Relentless' C-21

The first release from this assured project hailing from Bangalore, India. Sickly death industrial atmospheres, prickling noise suffocation, unsettling samples, and the occasional funereal pulse, acknowledging the Slaughter Productions originators while forging its own way.

Edition of 75 copies, stickered resealable foil bag with insert. My own small tribute to Marco Corbelli's simple but unsettlingly effective presentation.

The webstore has been updated, including with a slew of titles discovered during a cleanout of the shelves.  More new titles are coming sooner than my usual pace: tapes from Scar Crowe, Kadaver and Living Room are already dubbed, there's a Cryptophasia lathe-cut 7" just back from the cutter, and the 'Transgressive Collective IV' CD is almost - finally - done, amongst others.

Monday, 23 August 2021

 Well shit I completely forgot to update this news page with June's new releases:

(sic 117) Knurl 'Lacerization' 12"

(sic 126) Soleil Satan Les Couronnes De L'Aube CD

(sic 132) God Is War Cosmic Camouflage C-30

(sic 135) Gruntsplatter & Wilt 'The Trough Of Armageddon' 2xCD and 'Poisoned Sleep/Broken' special edition C-20

Copies of all releases, including the final few of both Knurl and the special edition of the Gruntsplatter/Wilt collaboration, are still at the webstore.

Monday, 28 December 2020

My final releases for 2020 are unveiled:

(sic 119) Body Stress 'The Silence Hurts The Most' 12"

LP issue of Body Stress' final work, previously found on an absurdly limited 4 x C-10 set released by Moral Defeat. The intentionally short tracks further fragment Body Stress' already disruptive harsh noise style, a fierce high-end focus forged through cruelly treated electronics, indecipherable sound source abuse, and libidinous fury.

Edition of 100 copies with collage artwork tweaked from the cassette edition.

(sic 123) V/A 'Night Science VI' 'zine + CD

The sixth issue of my 'Night Science' 'zine/compilation CD. Thorough interviews and stellar CD tracks from Purgist, Iron Fist Of The Sun, Toshiji Mikawa, Spiteful Womb, Taeter, Hostage Pageant/Still Life and Torba; an interview with Lee of Annihilvs; live reviews of Puce Mary, Hair Stylistics, Hijokaidan and Merzbow; and a slew of reviews of releases from the past few years including some choice reissues and the Come Org, 'On Corrosion' and Masonna boxsets.

124 pages, perfect-bound, pro-pressed CD.

(sic 124) Human Larvae 'Methods Of Submission II' C-60

Finally, the sequel to 2017's 'Methods Of Submission'. While the first cassette evoked a suffocating submissiveness, its follow-up is a plunge into putrescence and domination across a series of ravaged power electronics missives. Intentionally raw and grimy in execution, 'Methods Of Submission II' is a far more uncomfortable offering than the first - there's no safety word this time.

Edition of 100 copies mirroring the packaging to the first cassette: painted cloth wrapped around a small booklet and secured with a bandage clip.

(sic 127) Gnawed 'Cessation' C-30

If you haven't heard this year's Gnawed full-length 'Subterranean Rites', you're missing one of the year's finest power electronics/death industrial releases.

'Cessation' is something of a stylistic precursor, 30 minutes of carefully realised horror, fear and putrescence with Grant Richardson's evocation skills at their peak through this brew of slow creep, dismal melodic fragments, puncturing vocals, execution foley and throbbing synth dread.

Edition of 75 copies in screenprinted envelopes with an insert and loss of life curio.

(sic 130) Licht-Ung 'Aube' C-40

In the final few years of his Aube project, Akifumi Nakajima (RIP) released several obscure works through and with the unpredictable and entertaining label/project Licht-Ung.

This cassette is Milan Sandbleistift's tribute to a pillar of the Japanese noise/sound design community, two side-long pieces recorded using Aube LPs (originally released on Praxis Dr Bearmann) as source material, with final finessing by Daniel Menche. The result is a sobbing swamp of noise electronics with strong undercurrents of Aube's rigid strictures, set with honest clarity.

Cassette edition of 75 copies (the artist has released a limited LP edition of 21 copies) packaged in 6" square sleeves with layered art tributing both the artist's own photography and Akifumi Nakajima's distinctive G.R.O.S.S. design aesthetics.

(sic 133) Utøya 'Lay Down And Rot' C-40

After successful cassette releases on Nil By Mouth, Contradiction Tapes and Slaughterhouse Records, Utøya sharpen their tools for a new full-length cassette entitled 'Lay Down And Rot'.

Lambasting incel culture, for this release Utøya strip away past ambient drift to focus on a primal and suffocating power electronics sound, prominent vocals and choking noise textures assuming primacy within the project's still considered and atmospheric attributes.

Available in a regular edition as well as a limited specially packaged edition wrapped in wire and bitumen.

Thursday, 25 June 2020

New releases finally available, with updates across the site:

(sic 120) Mo*Te & Worth C-30

New split cassette from two harsh noise artists who should need no introduction. Mo*Te has been spawning unsettled harsh noise from Saitama, Japan, since the mid-1990s, a unique voice even among the abundance of artists of the time. Since resurrecting Mo*Te in 2012 Fumiyuki Nagura has continued in that same turgid style with intermittent cassette releases and also had his early work compiled by Industrial Recollections and Audio Dissection for a 2019 boxset. His two tracks here are especially mean, a malignancy coursing through the material for a focus and frustration unlike any previous work.

Worth adds another collection of splayed and restless noise to Will VanGorder’s impressive discography, after recent releases on Total Black and Nefarious Activities. There’s an immediate connection to Fumiyuki’s own motivations and tendencies, the tracks never shaking their debt to the mid-1990s noise underground, lingering melancholia, and the tension between creator and equipment.

Edition of 75 copies, packaged in mesh, wire and printed parts as my tribute to the Mo*Te/Cracksteel ‘Brain Storm’ cassette released by Fumiyuki Nagura’s Uncut label in 1996, one of many amazing packaging works the label crafted.
Edition of 75 copies in a semi-transparent sleeve of cut-and-paste artwork, ziplock-bagged.

(sic 118) Uboa The Origin Of My Depression & The Sky May Be C-42 + C-30

‘The Sky May Be’ and ‘The Origin Of My Depression’ are the most recent full-length recordings by Melbourne’s Uboa, finally available on this double cassette set released by Cipher Productions.

‘The Sky May Be’ is “a work about poverty, sex, anxiety and love", an overpowering record that slips between dreamy ambience and nightmarish caverns of harsh noise. The record rattles with a sense of instability from start to finish – song structures are freeform and unbound by chorus or verse, harsh elements attack at random yet land perfectly, and it’s rare that any single track can be summed up as solely ambient or noise. The sum of the music is a feeling that pushes sound and mind to its limits, reaping new forms of terror and weakness as the seconds pass by.

‘The Origin Of My Depression’ moves beyond Uboa’s expert ambient and harsh noise craftings to explore elements of shoegaze and found sound, but without ever losing its identity as a craft and highly evocative harsh noise record. theneedledrop describes the release as “a ‘cerebral dive’ into Xandra's most negative and intense feelings of being a transgender woman... via ‘intense feelings of abandonment... expressed through intense soundscapes... and walls of distortion’, culminating in a wide expanse of styles and soundscapes.

Both releases feature extended artwork.  The first 25 copies are packaged in a surgical dish with a an individually numbered printed cloth cover, while the remaining 50 copies are packaged in a double-sided cloth and photograph cover, in a ziplock bag.

(sic 116) Un Regard Froid Accélération CD

Inhumanist Singularity Electronics.

Accélération is the second full-length by Quebec-based project Un Regard Froid. Pure accelerated devotion to cyberschizophrenic deterritorialization. Celebrating machinic impulses and void lust. Injecting propergol and the ashes of economists.

Edition of 100 copies in a printed box, with a 16 page booklet of expositive artwork.

(sic 106) Culver The Razor And Deceit 12" + 3xC-40 boxset

Eight sides of ashen drone from British mainstay Lee Stokoe, covering a lathe-cut LP and three cassettes. Singular tones, melodic memories, extended techniques and raw electronics are all subsumed into the drone vortex, smothered by Culver’s billowing drones and electronics dustcloud. After a heft of releases on his own Matching Head label, At War With False Noise and Turgid Animal, and an extended reach into the experimental underground, I’m very pleased to present this release as an extended study of Culver’s central capabilities.

Limited edition of only 20 copies, special packaging.  Currently only 8 copies are for sale, the remainder will be listed at a future date.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

I'm home after almost a month away; the webstore is operational again.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Now available:

(sic 109) Actuary 'Last Thing' C-12

Active in the noise underground since the turn of the decade, Actuary is a multi-driver vehicle for mining both the far reaches of space and the raw dirt of this earth, the project sharing stages and recordings with some of the cream of the noise-making talent currently operating in our humble world.

‘Last Thing’’s first mission reaches for the edge of the universe until the fuel runs out, the burn of expanding particles leaving a solar scorch to the window and a glare to the astral landscape; the second brings that crash landing into an earthly mix of horror house motif and crooked door creak, staccato electronics, samples, and subterranean noise.

‘Last Thing’ is packaged in hand-assembled and painted boxes with a wire cutout and collage artwork, and is limited to 50 copies. 

(sic 114) Blackfire 'Blackfire' C-30

Blackfire is the collaborative project of Wyatt Howland (best known for his work as Skin Graft, but also the black heart of about 30 other Cleveland projects) and Andrew Kirschner (long-time experimental raconteur, and also a tentacled contributor to the Cleveland scene), a blurred vision of urban decay which finds a middle ground between Wyatt’s noise misanthropy and Andrew’s dissociative experimental manipulations. Found sound, filthy noise, late night unease, and backlot malaise all coalesce in the duo’s firs release in four years, ‘Blackfire’.

Edition of 75 copies in a semi-transparent sleeve of cut-and-paste artwork.

(sic 115) Hostage Pageant & The Cherry Point & Kazuma Kubota CD

Sometimes you have to think big, and when I was finally able to release an unearthed The Cherry Point recording I saw no option but to pair Phil Blankenship’s long-form maelstromic exhumation with two of the finest contemporary noise-makers: Hostage Pageant’s body tackling harsh noise, and the dynamic finesse and laser cut-up precision of Kazuma Kubota. It’s been a long time in the making, but I am so very proud of the chance to work with these artists, and release this material.

Three artists across 53 minutes, CD in an edition of 200 copies with artwork by Jonathan Canady.

The webstore continues to be expanded with titles, and more on the way. Current Cipher projects-in-the-works include the long-awaited Culver LP/3 cassette boxset, Human Larvae 'Methods Of Submission II' cassette, a Mo*Te/Worth split tape, and more!

Monday, 3 June 2019

Now available:

(sic 112) Hum Of The Druid 'The Conservative Road Beyond The Bizarre' C-56

(sic 113) Anakrid  'Ugly/Pretty' 7"

Umpio & 'Permutable Schema' 2xCD

More releases very soon from Kazuma Kubota, The Cherry Point, Hostage Pageant, Blackfire and Actuary.