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On February 5th 2017 Erased Tapes opened the doors to their new East London home, marking the 10th anniversary by introducing their fans and the public to the new Erased Tapes Sound Gallery. The label will be celebrating with many festival showcases including End Of The Road and Sea Change Festival in the UK, Germany’s Haldern Pop, as well as curating 10th anniversary takeovers of Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Colston Hall in Bristol, plus more to be announced.
Commencing these celebrations with a new compilation entitled Erased Tapes Collection VIII, they also welcome the iconic Penguin Cafe to the roster amongst tracks from new signing Daniel Brandt (of Brandt Brauer Frick) and Peter Broderick’s duo project Allred & Broderick. It also includes recent compositions by Rival Consoles, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Ben Lukas Boysen, Douglas Dare and Immix Ensemble & Vessel, as well as a previously unreleased Ryan Davis remix of Erased Tapes stalwarts Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm which was recently favoured by Aphex Twin and an exclusive edit of Woodkid & Nils Frahm’s score for JR’s Ellis, with spoken words by Robert De Niro. “I simply want to tell a story, whether that’s by compiling this annual collection of songs that connects the dots between all these works of music we had the honour of releasing over the years, or curating a label in general. It helps me reminisce and revisit the moments that brought us all closer together, that make us human.
With each year the picture becomes clearer and the message less reliant on words. I hope that this music helps the listener as much as it helps me to keep imagining, keep focusing, keep awake in a time when silence and peace is so hard to come by. May our new space provide a haven, reflecting these values we share and allowing people to find a moment to slow down in this fast-paced world we live in.” – Robert Raths As the first of many label-curated 10th anniversary celebrations, September sees a weekend takeover of Southbank’s Royal Festival Hall by artists including Kiasmos, Penguin Cafe, Lubomyr Melnyk, Dawn of Midi, Rival Consoles, Peter Broderick & friends. Raths continues, “I can’t think of a better place to stage our 10th anniversary celebrations than Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. It has unique acoustics and architecture and is one of London’s most prestigious live venues.
We’re extremely excited that for the very first time we’re able to bring together almost every artist on the label to share this special experience with the people that have been a part of this 10-year journey.” Initially founded by German-born Robert Raths in 2007, the London-based label has grown and extended across the world with satellite offices in Los Angeles and Berlin. Spanning over ten years, Erased Tapes has nurtured avant-garde artists from all around the world whilst remaining genre-defying and truly independent.
Barry says: Erased tapes have had a great year. Constantly pushing the boundaries of 'Modern Classical' or 'Ambient' music. What we have here is a wide-ranging and immersive look into their varied and fascinating output. Mounrful modern-classical, skittering electronica, jangly neo-folk, spoken word. A fascinating and varied overview of one of the greatest labels around today.
1. Allred & Broderick - The Ways
2. Penguin Cafe - Cantorum
3. Daniel Brandt - Kale Me
4. Rival Consoles - Slow Song
5. A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Galerie
6. Ben Lukas Boysen - Golden Times 1
7. Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm - 00:26 (Ryan Davis Rethink)
8. Douglas Dare - Rex
9. Immix Ensemble & Vessel - Scope
10. Woodkid & Nils Frahm - Winter Morning II (with Robert De Niro) [Excerpt]
11. Peter Broderick - Eyes Closed And Traveling