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Sounds From The Flightpath Estate (GLS017)


    The Flightpath Estate in association with the Golden Lion have compiled a double vinyl album.

    'Sounds From the Flightpath Estate'

    9 exclusive tracks plus a previously unavailable Two Lone Swordsmen track. An exclusive cover of 'Smokebelch' by Andy Bell plus one-off recordings by Hardway Bros, Timothy J. Fairplay, Justin Robertson, Richard Sen, Sons Of Slough, Rude Audio, 10:40 and a world renowned Belfast based DJ and producer.

    The Flightpath Estate is a Facebook group dedicated to the music, art and work of Andrew Weatherall. It began life in 2013 and has become a virtual home to his fans, friends and family. It is also the host of the Weatherdrive - thousands of hours of recordings of Andrew Weatherall’s DJ sets, mixes and radio shows.

    'Sounds From The Flightpath Estate' is a compilation celebrating people and places, the outlook, aesthetic and music Andrew Weatherall was known for, and the sense of community and love of music centered around The Golden Lion.

    The sounds are forward thinking, created with a deep understanding of the music of the past but future facing, dance floor oriented and made with love.


    Limited edition double black vinyl, 500 copies only. Gatefold jacket with notes.


    Mastered by Andrew Liles

    Sleeve art by Personality Crisis

    Labels by Walter Russ


    Matt says: The first full length compilation to arrive from the creative hub / musical ashram that is The Golden Lion in Todmorden. Working with Andrew Weatherall’s friends, family and collaborators (plus two large online communities), the compilation even includes an unreleased Two Lone Swordman track and will likely be one of the most sought after releases on this incredibly strong and prolific label.


    A1 - Two Lone Swordsmen - The Crescents
    A2 - Sons Of Slough - Red Machine (GL Soundcheck)
    A3 - Timothy J. Fairplay - Centurion Version

    B1 - Justin Robertson's Deadstock 33's - Curtains Twitch On Peaks
    B2 - Richard Sen - Tough On Chug, Tough On The Causes Of Chug

    C1 - Rude Audio - Running Wild
    C2 - 10:40 - Three Rings

    D1 - Hardway Bros - Theme For Flightpath Estate
    D2 - The Light Brigade - Human : Remains
    D3 - Andy Bell - Smokebelch II

    Beans On Toast X Commoners Choir

    The Golden Lion / True North

    Another sonic missive from the wonder that is The Golden Lion - the Calder Valley's premium hub for gigs, Thai food, local beers, alternative club nights and, of course, BRILLIANT RECORDS.

    We find the label sixteen releases deep, traversing the sonic cosmos with all the intrepid dexterity of Alfred Wainwright. We've had new disco, dub, folk, noise, indie - pretty much every known crevice of the modern music landscape has been humbly explored by artists not afraid to cross the streams.

    This latest 7" is quite different to what's come before it - 'A double A-side 7" featuring Beans on Toast and Commoners Choir. This one is a little different to the others. It is a celebration of our valley & the North of England - the landscape, the people, the language & the history.'

    On side A, Beans On Toast delivers a hugely reverential ode to Todmorden, and particularly The Golden Lion - mentioning UFOs, fairies and the local folklore along the way; before settling on the friendly welcome received inside the now world famous boozer. It's a sincere and heartfelt tribute which, if the author wasn't from further afield, might seem slightly inflated and self-indulgent, but for Essex-based Jay McAllister these are genuine words of admiration and respect.

    Commoners Choir meet in Leeds and sing songs 'about the world immediately around us, about inequality, hope, and tory politicians'. "True North" sees them muse about historic northern grit and its influence on factories, mills, cities and fearless exploration. It's a rousing piece that should warm the heart of any True Northerner!

    Whilst squarely aimed at the local clientele of the Calder Valley and its surroundings, the 7" is also a brilliant example of modern folk and choral music and as usual, proudly flies the flag of independence from this influential cultural beacon.


    Matt says: A Leeds choir and an Essex troubadour both sing the praises of the north west and the 'Lion on the latest GLS 7".


    A. Beans On Toast - The Golden Lion
    B. Commoners Choir - True North

    Richard Norris X Rude Audio

    This Song's For You / Grinning

    Golden Lion Sounds enlist the talents of no other than Richard Norris for their latest 7". The Grid and Psychic TV star gifts us a driving, Balearic-rock classic - with an almost War On Drugs-like sensibility. Moving, evocative vocals (by Findlay Brown), swirling keyboards, gentle guitar strums and a motoric beat coalescing to form an understated but highly engrossing four minutes of song writing prowess.

    Rude Audio is the alias of Mark Ratcliff and collaborators (sometimes including Dan Wainwright with whom he constructed the "Psychedelic Science" release with), and they take care of B-side duties with a galloping analogue synth workout. Slightly wonky and jarring, the concentric arpeggio rotates off-center, making for a slightly discombobulating listen eschewing the smooth and silky for something a bit more raggedy and gritty. It's brilliantly constructed; with just a few simple elements working in tandem to create a dazzling, wide-screen synth scape.

    As usual - top draw music from the Yorkshire underground. Limited copies in purple and black vinyl. Check!


    Matt says: Richard Norris and Rude Audio are the latest converts to the church of the The Golden Lion, with the Todmorden based hub casting its net far and wide to deliver the best from the independent underground.


    Side A
    1. Richard Norris - This Song's For You (feat Findlay Brown) 

    Side B
    1. Rude Audio - The Grinning

    DBH / The Utopia Strong

    Jumbled Whole / The Gatekeeper

    New one on cult Yorkshire label Golden Lion Sounds featuring renowned Manchester finger picker DBH (previously of Crowfoot and Thread Recordings). One of the most skillful acoustic guitarists I've ever had the pleasure of witnessing, his tracks of late have taken on a dreamy, enchanted elegance, which is the case here on "Jumbled Whole". A collage of serene strings, echoed artifacts and gentle strums guiding the mind through a blue sky vista filled with fluffy clouds and dancing daisies. Taking it straight to the meadows!

    On the flip, The Utopia Strong, previously releasing on Rocket, swap the guitars for synthesizers and enter a psychedelicized alternative realm - with gated arpeggios, winding melodies and galloping drums creating the sense of a magic carpet ride through entity-rich dimensions and realities much more vast and grandiose than our own. 


    Matt says: I've been a long term fan of DBH - imbibing the spirit of John Fahay, Jack Rose, Bert Jansch etc - into modern finger picked soundscapes. The Utopia Strong are a new one on me - totally different in sound; but similarly, they conjure up imaginary dream worlds from their equipment of vintage synthesizers and rickety drum boxes. One of my favourite 7" sleeves the label have produced too!


    A. DBH - Jumbled Whole
    B. The Utopia Strong - Gatekeeper

    For a project that has taken thirty years it would be totally inadequate to call the formation of Hypocritical Beatdown a lockdown-project. There’s a deep history and psychology in these records by Violators Of The English Language and their spin-off groups Magnets (Rap Group) and ProVerbs, that combines stage-fright, loss, pride, creative-schizophrenia, racial inequality, surrealism, personal politics, brotherhood, artistic-constipation, better judgment, love, anti-love, soul searching and much more.

    The one remaining untapped energy source here is perhaps FEAR, refreshing when used correctly, but never imposter syndrome. As maligned and mutated as this British Hip-Hop might appear to be, it could not be more pure. Each member of all of the Hypocritical Beatdown crew were committed to this cause as soon as the doors opened. They rapped on stages before they had even tasted beer or lost their virginity and the curse had already taken hold in the years when these youngsters still had to be back home before dark and it has never left their bloodstreams.

    That’s why this record NEEDED to be made. Completed, recorded, exorcised, committed to vinyl, rotated and liberated. Not unlike the VHS tape in a well known Japanese horror film, every listened copy, complete with its broken beats, old-school sensibilities and Marmite Mancunian accents, adds to the mystic circle… breaks the dream… some people might even like it. If you were given a chance to go back and meet your teenage self, wouldn’t you?

    For you early adopters, both these albums are the first full length vinyl excursions from The Hypocritical Beatdown stable who have previously just released Rap Tapes (on cassette, obviously). They both look pretty similar, but one is on yellow ten inch vinyl released in collaboration with the amazing people at Britain's coolest pub, Golden Lion in Todmorden. And the other one is a longer 12” album with a duel-layer, interactive screen printed sleeve (in various collectible colours) that literally violates the English language when you open it. There’s a lot of attention to detail here, in all fairness it didn’t happen over night, and despite all the watermarks of a communal mid-life crisis, they don’t intend to slow down at any point soon… - Andy Votel


    Matt says: Fascinating archival dig by Andy Votel, revisiting early incarnations of The Violators Of The English Language and later Hypocritical Beatdown crews. Really interesting to see how that first wave of American hip-hop would influence kids in northern satellite towns. We'd all be watching Transworld Sport and trying to skateboard too... happy, pre-internet times when finding subculture and identity was an all-encompassing but thoroughly rewarding pass time. There's a integrity and innocence in these recording which really add to their charm.


    A Side - Magnets:
    1. Get Ready Go
    2. Panic 
    3. Double Dragon, Adverb Remix
    4. Paps At The Lido 

    B Side - Pro-Verbs:
    1. One Two
    2. Pure Hip Hop
    3. Science And Diction 
    4. Smear 

    Lux Lyall & Andy Votel / Andrew Liles

    Six / Care In The Community

    It's our favourite mushroom quaffing quasi-spiritualist musical leaders Golden Lion Sounds, fresh with new aural delights for the changing of the seasons! Nothing quite excites me as much spotting Waka at the door clutching a new set of records from the now infamous Todmorden stable.

    Lux Lyall & Andy Votel kick off number eight in the series in superbly witchcrafty style; a paganish guitar riff supplementing Lux Lyall's cryptic deadpan, spoken word monologue. A truly spellbinding piece, the mysteries of which you'll be trying to unravel throughout the night.

    Over on side B, it's another Piccadilly favourite: Andrew Liles. This long-serving experimental stalwart contributes as suitable an out-there piece of electro-exotic, semi-soundtrack, semi-acoustic tomfoolery. Featuring a whole range of found sounds and sonic sorcery it sounds like a wizard got into your child's toybox and starting painting pictures.

    As usual - limited copies and stupendously high demand. Orders in QUICK.


    Matt says: Mushroom season is upon us, and who better to soundtrack our midnight moon rituals and post-forage freakouts than the crazy cats from Todmorden. Enlisting known sonic occultist Andy Votel and pagan synth wizard Andrew Liles for a spellbound missive.


    A: Lux Lyall & Andy Votel - Six (4:07)
    A: Andrew Liles - Care In The Community (3:03)

    Nick Manasseh / Earl Gateshead

    Lion's Paw / Dirty City

    One of three new 7"s out on Golden Lion Records and it's a UK reggae bonanza featuring two absolute legends from our home soils.

    Nick Manasseh owns The Yard, Ladbrook Grove; and has been pivotal in the London scene since the 1980s. Earl Gateshead originally gained momentum in Bradford's West Indian Centre before gaining a residency in Soho which he pilotted for 20 years before working at Plastic People and going on tour with Dr. Alimantado and Big Youth.

    Manesseh wields a the 'reggae flute' (or melodica as it's more commonly known) on "Lion's Paw"; a creeping slice of jungle dub somewhere between Pablo, Perry and Tubby with ancient percussion and plenty dub delay.

    On the flip, Earl Gateshead showcases some impressive lyrical direction on the track, "Dirty City"; which, as well as containing a supremely infectious chorus, includes some delightfully introspective and insightful lines as it moves through a steady roots groove populated with shimmering psychedelic elements. 

    Maximum vibes up inna Todmorden areee-ah! 



    Matt says: Proper reggae royalty on this GLS 7". Manesseh with his storied London soundsystem history and Gateshead with his celebrity tour DJ credentials. Both collide inna soundclash stylee on the highly collectable Golden Lion series.


    Nick Manasseh - Lion's Paw
    Earl Gateshead - Dirty City

    Number six in the highly collectable Golden Lion Sounds series - featuring artists and friends of the iconic Todmorden based hub and released on limited edition vinyl. A true treasure and curio of Yorkshire musical and cultural history!

    Manchester's Henge take over side A with a jaunty, indie-psyche number. Guided by a waspy synth motif and marching drums, it's as reassuringly eccentric and grooving as we've come to expect from this bunch of noisy weirdos.

    Speaking of weird and wonderful, anyone who's witnessed Tirikilatops crazed live show will enjoy "Tomato", which captures all the quirky Korean-influenced madness over a kinda Eurodans / K-Pop hybrid which reflects the luminous colour palette of the 7"'s center label and somehow manages to align itself with International Teachers Of Pop and recent outings by Confidence Man all at once!

    The Lion roars strong once more!! Stupendously limited copies, will sell out pronto! 


    Matt says: Inspired, Korean influenced synth-pop madness here from Tirikilatops and the crazies at The Golden Lion. Meanwhile, local pranksters Henge embrace middle age, swapping the Quaaludes for valerian tea but remaining deliciously outrageous as ever.


    Henge - Valerian Tea
    Tirikilatops - Tomato 

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