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    The second of May’s pair of ace new Deep Distance LPs, sees a second studio full length from Brighton based kraut / kosmische juggernauts ZOFFF.

    Described recently as "the finest purveyors of kosmische heaviness on the planet right now" by Shindig! Magazine, the band release their eagerly awaited follow up to the quickfire sell out of “ZOFFF I” in 2017 (separated by an equally hastily sold out live album on Drone Rock recs); “FFF” is released first week of May and again is expected to move out quick style.

    Over to Ben Graham for a few words: “ZOFFF are all about light and shade, and the dynamic movement from the subtlest curlicues of gentle sound to the full raging storm of sonic attack, and back again. On their second studio album ‘FFF’, the south coast psychedelic five piece serve up six tracks of improvised instrumental experimentation that blend seamlessly into a consistent whole: a trip, if you will, from First Faltering Feelings to Final Full-blown Freak-out.

    'Ye' assembles around a lonesome trumpet overture, before the drums and dirty fuzz guitar kick in and we're off, with no messing around and no ambient noodling: direct to the cranium and the groove with high-energy space rock reversing the polarity and shaking out the ghosts. 'Vav' takes it up another notch: tense and urgent, it climaxes in Coltrane-like sheets of sound over double-time drumming, before 'Har' arrives at a relatively gentle pace, dub-like sonic action swooping and fluttering over a rock-solid beat until the bass takes over and the direction becomes clear: FFForward!!!

    Side two starts with the appropriately titled 'Dig'. All the elements are in balance and the band are firing at Full Force. 'Ca' kicks off with horn, static and splash, a classic slow burn taking us up to the final eleven-minute climax of 'Zeta'. This surprisingly exploratory piece doesn't just aim to go out with a bang but takes time to set up new possibilities and juxtapositions, opening new doors right to the end where other lesser bands would already be packing up the scenery.

    Recent years have seen ZOFFF reaping acclaim and blown minds wherever they've appeared.

    Their live album, (2017’s KOZFEST MMXVI baring striking testimony to this), with psychedelia an increasingly devalued term, ZOFFF remain the connoisseur's choice. That's ZOFFF with three Fs by the way. We wouldn't want you to forget now…”

    The LP is released as a (clear) vinyl only pressing of 300 on Deep Distance, the go-to London label for kraut flavoured kosmische with a sold out back catalogue of 60/60 releases including Cavern of Anti-Matter, JD Emmanuel, Colin Potter and many others… 


    A Great Big Smile From Venus

      From the SLOWS camp:

      “The past two years has seen Matthew Simms (multi-instrumentalist & producer; WIRE, IT HUGS BACK, BILL FAY, UUUU, CHASTITY BELT) release two LP’s of looping transcendental, instrumental music on London’s great Deep Distance label, and perform shows in the UK and USA, including opening dates with Tortoise, Juliana Barwick & Michael Rother of NEU!

      While the first LP focused on solely on the sound of his beloved old Farfisa Organ; evoking the minimalism of Terry Riley and JD Emmanuel and the 2nd his growing obsession with modular synth put through a chain of old tape delays and reverb, resulting in a more hazy Krautrock feel, akin to that of Cluster or NEU!

      On this third LP it’s all changed again, with the tracks growing out of the drum recordings of Matt Schultz (HOLY FUCK, ENON, LAKE RUTH).

      Matthew explains; “I asked him to send me anything, not to worry how it was recorded as I was going to process and destroy it, the only advice I gave him was that the weirder the better. I was instantly inspired when I listened to the clips he sent, as can be heard on the lp, he took my advice on both the patterns played and the recording technique, some with his kids chatting in the background, some recorded during sound checks where the rest of band are heard enjoying his playing! I met Matt ages ago when I was lucky to open for Holy Fuck for a month around Europe and we’ve stayed in touch since, not only an amazing musician and lovely person, he is also a big record collector and jazz head, which is something we both have in common.

      I worked very quickly, kind of imagining Matt was in the room with me, playing the drum recordings back really loud. I think I used only my farfisa organ and korg ms-10 synth, as well as a load of effects pedals, running it all through small valve amp and using my wem copy cat tape delay a lot to glue &/or skew everything together.”

      Having Matt’s drums to kick things off, this record turned into something much noisier and varied than the previous release; still repetitive and minimal but with more sense of wild abandon and embracing a free-jazz influence, like that heard within the sound of the Sun Ra Arkestra”.

      SLOWS is a project started by accident that has grown into a fantastic place for Matthew Simms to experiment, collaborate and follow his ideas, regardless of boundaries and not tied by anything or anyone. Where next...?

      The LP is released as a limited edition pressing on vinyl only of 300 copies and will sell out sharpish…


      Ltd LP Info: Pressing of 300 on vinyl only.

      Cosmic Ground

      Legacy / The Plague

      More from Dirk Jan Muller's incredible Cosmic Ground project. Two cuts taken off the most revered, self titled LP from 2014. “Legacy” (Dirk’s first ever piece using the Cosmic Ground moniker) and a rawer, earlier mix (previously unreleased) of “The Plague”. Both remastered by Dirk for this release in 2018.

      Two wonderfully enveloping, side long pieces, epic in ambition and breadth, which again showcase Dirk’s mastery of the revered Berlin School groove, heavy on leanings to Schulze, Froese and Co. yet instantly and incessantly of it’s time now. Fiery, evocative soundscapes which is some of the strongest in its class. Magical, sequencer heavy, electronic psych: hike up the volume to the max and off you go into the stratosphere.


      Matt says: Brooding and fiery synthscapes from supreme sound harnesser Cosmic Ground on the always delectable Deep Distance.


      Mini LP Info: Edition of 300 on vinyl only for Deep Distance.

      Another first of year release, this time for Polytechnic Youth’s older sibling, the more kosmische / kraut enthused Deep Distance. Following hugely acclaimed releases for labels such as Kranky, Constellation Tatsu, Not Not Fun and Great Pop Supplement, Jesse Reiner’s esteemed JONAS REINHARDT return to the fray with the mighty “Conclave Surge” LP.

      Having been a fan of Reinhardt for some time, I was pretty excited to hear of this one coming out on the great Deep Distance (moody sibling of the equally brilliant Polytechnic Youth). Reinhardt trades in a variety of synth moods, ranging from the Italo-tinged dystopian futurelands of 'Mask Of The Maker' to the more meandering airy excursions of 'Music For The Tactile Dome', his LP's have always been a fascinating and rewarding journey.  

      The autonomous beginnings of 'Balk Moreau' set the scene, cleansing the palate with swathes of shimmering oscillators, soaring over the horizon as paddling drums blur into view before fading away into the industrial hum of 'Automatic Fanfare'. 

      On the flipside, we get more of the static charged arpeggios fighting for space within a sea of electrical flotsam, threatening to burst out into ________ (insert euphoric overload / semi-conscious breakdown as required). 

      It's interesting that Reinhardt has just released a split LP with Jurgen Muller (Panabrite / Norm Chambers), because trying frantically to find something that filled me with the same wide-eyed wonder as 'Pavilion' was what led me to Reinhardt in the first place, and is still the most perfect fit to my dream aesthetic. This is a wonder, full of spellbinding, hypnotic synthetic clouds. 


      Barry says: Properly gorgeous this, brittle stacks of oscillators swarm around a warm saturated core of buzzing heat, spinning swirls of static are broken by beams of neon light. Heavy in parts but lifted with touches of pure euphoric melody. Top tip.

      Hologram Teen

      Post-Apocalypteacakes / Tracksuit Minotaur

        Morgane Lhote (ex-Stereolab) releases first Hologram Teen single via London's Deep Distance

        FOR LOVERS OF: French house, Etienne de Crecy, ESG, Umberto, Add N to X, Death in Vegas, Stereolab, Ghostbox Records, Goblin…

        Hologram Teen has announced that she will be releasing a 2-track single on 7" vinyl in early November via cult London label Deep Distance. This is the solo electronic music project of Morgane Lhote, whose music can be described as 'motorik disco'. This project was born in 2012 after a lengthy and colourful career in numerous other bands, including the mighty Stereolab.

        Originally from Paris, Morgane Lhote moved to London when she was 20 and spent 12 years there, moving onto NYC and, nine years later, Los Angeles. She played keyboards in Stereolab from 1995 to 2001, then in The Projects from 2002 to 2004. From 2005, she played in Garden and with members of Simian Mobile Disco / Simian, until finally starting this current project Hologram Teen. She played on the seminal Stereolab albums "Emperor Tomato Ketchup“ and “Dots and Loops“, amongst a slew of their other releases.

        'Post-Apocalypteacakes' mixes horror-film synths, bouncy dancehall effects, and disco beats into a killer electronic instrumental. Featuring Buddy Cop, this sounds like something out of a prog rock / disco / horror movie soundtrack. "It's like Fabio Frizzi meets Grandmaster Flash," says Morgane.

        Her new material does not directly resemble her former band Stereolab, but does have the stop/start choppiness / jazziness of mid to late Stereolab, which is what makes this music distinct from ‘straighter’ Electronica. There is clearly a large 70’s influence, as well as a passing nod to 90’s house, yet somehow seems to have completely bypassed the 80’s.

        "My music is pretty eclectic (though always electronic). I wanna make electronic dance music that's playful and groovy (mostly influenced by disco and Italian horror soundtracks) with loads of diverse and imaginative samples," explains Morgane. "This is a soundtrack to a movie where John Carpenter and Boris Karloff hang out at Studio 54 with German zombies dancing to Thriller in the background".

        Her influences and tastes are super eclectic, citing MF DOOM, Francois De Roubaix, GZA, Judee Sill, ABBA, John Carpenter, Goblin, Gene Clark, ELO, Harpers Bizarre, King Tubby, Michel Legrand, Hot Chip, Supertramp, Luke Vibert, Martha and the Muffins, Soft Machine, Suzanne Ciani, Greg Kurstin and Chic.

        The 2-track single is coming out in November on small London label Deep Distance, the sister imprint of Great Pop Supplement. The former’s output is more focused on releases in the kosmische / kraut / synth genres. Both labels are lovingly run from the corner of a Crouch End (N.London) kitchen and can proudly boast sold out back catalogues of stubbornly vinyl only releases. Great Pop Supplement is perhaps more widely known for its roster which over the course of 10 years or so has featured the likes of Spacemen 3, Spectrum, Still Corners, Dean & Britta, Wooden Shjips, Damon & Naomi, The Soundcarriers, and more recently MGMT and Eat Lights Become Lights and The See See.

        To date, Deep Distance has released works by Expo 70, Colin Potter (Nurse With Wound), Cavern of Anti-Matter (the new project of Stereolab's Tim Gane), XAM (new side project of Hookworms' Matthew Benn), Umberto, and Cosmic Ground. All of which are always eye catchingly packaged, more often than not on all colours of wax and all have the “quick sell out” tag in common.

        Both tracks here were written by Morgane Lhote and produced by Richard Bennett. 'Post-Apocalypteacakes' was mixed by Robert Fullum and mastered by Adam Gonsalves at Telegraph. 'Tracksuit Minataur' was also mixed by Rich Bennett, and mastered by Justin Colletti, artwork by Alex Smith.


        Ltd 7" Info: Pressing of 300 on clear vinyl 7“ only.

        Pharoah Chromum


          Named after a track off Chrome’s epic “Alien Soundtracks” LP, PHAROAH CHROMIUM is the brainchild of Berlin based, German / Palestinian Ghazi Barakat. The project draws upon influences as diverse as “free jazz, rituals from ancient past and near future, the dream syndicate, science fiction, novels and neo-brutalistic architecture”.

          Recommended to the label by Tim Gane, this record draws especially upon -and focuses on- the Berlin School; (a key influence on the formation of the label in the first place). “Chromosphere” features 2 side long pieces heavy on Schnitzler influence with nods to the work of Kluster, “Electronic Meditation” era Tangerine Dream and some of the more extreme elements to Chris Carter's work with and outside Throbbing Gristle. Hugely recommended to fans of Schnitzler’s four legendary single colour sleeved and titled series of gallery edition / private press LPs from ‘73 to ‘84.
          Of a previous release (“Electric Cremation”) Julian Cope was sufficiently moved to say “Epic in scope and always radically novel in sound FX and their execution, ignore this lavish package at your peril, mes dames et mes motherfuckers…” !?!

          “Chromosphere” is packaged as equally lavishly, presented as a hand numbered pressing of 300 beautiful, suitably whacked out Picture Disc LPs. Be warned, this will go quick…..


          Ltd LP Info: Pressing of 300 hand numbered picture disc LPs.

          Cosmic Ground

          Cosmic Ground II

            Following May’s instant two day sell out of the mighty “Deadlock”/”Decay” extended 12” on Deep Distance; Dirk Jan Muller releases his incredible second full length under the COSMIC GROUND solo moniker away from “main band” Electric Orange.

            An utterly magnificent double LP comprising four side long, beguilingly stellar pieces, straight outta’ the Berlin School, and the subsequent decade whereby the use of sequencers came richly to the fore. To these ears -and without exaggeration- this is absolutely unequalled in terms of truly having and getting “IT” within the current crop of kosmische synth movers and shakers. Schnitzler / Kluster, Schulze, early Tangerine Dream are heroes to artist and label here so the pair up is pretty much perfect.….

            Recorded at the Fleisch studio, Aachen in Spring 2015, Dirk has once again gone MIDI free in creating four incredible pieces of music, utilising an almighty arsenal of analog equipment. The album acts as a perfect companion to last year’s “Cosmic Ground” (CD only) debut- yet is perhaps more powerfully infused with propulsive, sequenced passages that are both crisp and dynamic and almost absorb you into their often exhilarating, grasp. An incredible, beautiful record released as a double vinyl only LP expected to sell out rapid style.


            Ltd LP Info: 500 pressing double LP. Just found 1 copy of this!

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