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Music For Aircooled Motoring

    “Music designed to cope with the noise of motoring in the VW Type 2 and Type 25 Transporter.

    Recordings of highway driving were made inside the cab of a 1981 VW T25 Kombi travelling at 80kmh and used to test, compose and mix music that could be heard above or in harmony with the noise of the road and the air-cooled engine.

    The frequencies used have been carefully selected and rigorously road tested and when played in a moving van, will blend with the ambient sound of the vehicle and create a unique and harmonious driving experience. As each van will differ slightly, so then each user’s experience will differ accordingly, making this a truly unique pleasure for each driver or passenger”.

    There is a ridiculously strong consistency, and motorik continuity to the set here. A truly wonderful album where the beloved Neu! blueprint groove, sits perfectly amicably between 30 second 70’s kids TV quiz soundalike soundbites, then passes on through the delicious tunefully, Dinger-esque thump of “Moto Moto”, through the industrial drive of “Zundapp Joyride” and sheer electro danceability of “Interflug 82” concluding with the epic super scaled “Autostrada Olympica“. just killer stuff…


    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Coloured LP Info: Ultra limited orange vinyl.

    Ltd LP Info: One off repressing on black vinyl with postcard inserts, hand numbered to 300 copies.

    The Heartwood Institute

    Secret Rites

      First release on Polytechnic Youth for 2018, (after a jaw dropping 21 releases last year!) sees a first larger scale, vinyl release for the mighty Heartwood Institute. Preceded by a pair of wonderful, yet small run cassette and CDR releases, Jonathan Sharp’s esteemed HI project deservedly receives a wider scale outing here….

      Entitled “Secret Rites”, imagine if you can, an unholy collision of TG style proto industrial, Kosmische / kraut grooves and 70’s folk horror soundtracks. “Secret Rites” delves deep into a series of forgotten occult documentaries from the late sixties and early seventies; “The Power Of The Witch”, “Witchcraft ’70” and “The Legend Of The Witches. Focusing on the superstars of the period: Alex & Maxine Sanders, self appointed King and Queen of the Witches. A hauntological dive into a time when the occult was making inroads into mainstream media, truly the Age of Aquarius…….

      A wonderfully free-flowing, evolving record that grows with each listen and a fine start to the New Year for both artist and label. A one off pressing of 300 vinyl LPs.

      Alexandre Bazin

      Sun Dog Trail

        The first of two wonderful LPs for the tail end of November on Polytechnic Youth; this one sees a debut for the label from Alexandre Bazin.

        Alexandre is a composer and a current member of GRM, based in Paris, France. He holds a master’s degree in electronic music and composition from Conservatory in Bordeaux, France. His work considers ‘the sonic experience’ drawing on a rich mix of acoustic instrumentation and analogue synthesis along the way. As an experimentalist music researcher, Bazin’s compositional projects are primarily concerned with a very personal seal on a music with emotional power. With “Sun Dog Trail”, Alex merged several inspirations; Firstly, the influence of experimental electronic music, and more specifically a tribute to Bernard Parmegiani. Secondly, the influence of the blues with musicians like John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters, (English drummer Tim Wellers (The Divine Comedy) guests on drums here).

        The end result is the “Sun Dog Trail”, an experience that combines Bazin's usual musical fusions with experimental and blues forms, taking the listener on multiple adventurous journeys. For this album Alex used rarer instruments such as an EMS VCS3 synth, Buchla musical easel, Minimoog, and Cristal Baschet.

        The LP’s sleeve saw an ambitious attempt to use Franco Grignani’s beautiful 1966 graphic masterpiece "Fenomeno Plastico-Chiaroscurale" as its centrepiece, and to all parties’ delight, Franco’s daughter Manuella willingly agreed to its use and is incorporated into a design by longterm PY ally Nick Taylor.

        Polypores

        The Impossibility

          Next up and equally fabulous is the great, and hotly anticipated, new album from Polypores. The artist’s third full length for the label following a private press style, mailorder release earlier the year and first album proper “The Fialka Transmissions” in 2016.

          Polypores aka Stephen James Buckley makes haunted space music using an ever-expanding mound of synthesizers, samplers, and old tape recorders. Bleak, icy drones give way to 1970's Sci-Fi synth lines, throbbing bass rumbles ominously beneath a psychedelic haze of wistful melody and disembodied voices.

          “The Impossibility” was inspired by the destruction of the planet Earth by the human race, the early works of JG Ballard, Tarkovsky's “Stalker”, conspiracy theories, and places where the rules of time and space are brought into question. It was written and recorded in January 2017.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: Every single time a Polytechnic Youth LP (or single) crops up, i'm instantly frought. I try not to listen to it because I KNOW i'll want it. Spoiler : It never works. I have now bought this one, as well as EVERY OTHER PY RELEASE EVER. This time we have a slightly claustrophobic, but absolutely spellbinding cosmic synth journey. It's impeccable, and as a serial PY purchaser, one of the very best.

          Hologram Teen

          Between The Funk And The Fear

            The second of September’s wonderful brace of new Polytechnic Youth LPs, sees the debut for Morgane Lhote’s first solo outing (since her Stereolab days), with her ace new project HOLOGRAM TEEN.

            11 killer -often whacked out- tracks inspired by a multitude of key figures from varying genres; the soundtracks of Goblin and John Carpenter, 1970s French Disco and psychedelic Brazilian rock, Congolese Soukous, and the string arrangements of François de Roubaix and Jean-Claude Vannier.

            As Morgane herself says “with this first LP, I wanted to create the soundtrack to the trippiest horror movie ever, and combine the scary and the absurd, through a very tongue in cheek aesthetic both musically and visually. For this project, I decided to experiment with adding live instruments, such as bass, drums, and strings, instead of or in conjunction with electronic instruments on some tracks. It was especially interesting to merge both musical feels and textures into one cohesive narrative.

            I also had a strong sense of what the music should “look like” as shown on the LP’s cover design: Disco Démon was always going to be the main protagonist in a mish-mash of Jean-Claude Forest’s comics meets neon loudness meets the movie poster to ‘The Warriors’ and ‘Le frisson des vampires’”.

            A very filmic, hugely adventurous full length- perhaps a slight departure from previous output on PY, but all the better for it we feel at PY HQ, and with titles like “Roller Lover Doppelganger”, “Tracksuit Minotaur” and “Lesbian Death Drums” what’s not to like?!
            A very limited vinyl pressing expected to sell out super quick, get on it!

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: It's a bit of a nutty one this, but I couldn't be any more on board. Throbbing basslines, modulated square wave pulses, vocal snippets and old-school soundtrackery interspersed with cosmic CR-78 drums and blipping sample&hold mayhem. Brilliantly varied,

            Pye Corner Audio W/ Faten Kanaan

            The Darkest Wave

              Arguably the label’s highest profile release thus far; the mighty Pye Corner Audio joining forces with PY label mate Faten Kanaan for an ace split 45.

              In PCA's Martin Jenkins' own words: “Faten Kanaan first came to my attention with her wonderful cassette release 'EP'. We started corresponding shortly after that and I always had it in mind that we should collaborate on something. So when PY asked if I would contribute to the label, and then released Faten's 'The Botanist & The Archaeologist' LP things seemed perfectly aligned”.

              A side “The Darkest Wave” features pulsing icy synth drones over which Faten’s cool NY narrative owes nods to some 70’s Carpenter-eque VHS chillwave soundtrack, (not unlike some of Umberto’s work of the last decade or so.) A beautifully evolving, slow burner piece which over continuous plays reveals one of the year’s great A sides so far.
              The B side is a stripped down piece more in keeping with the seminal minimal synth singles of the late 70s beloved by both artist and label here. Indeed, Martin Jenkins’ sleeve art also doffs it’s cap to the artwork feel of some of those legendary post punk 45s.


              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Ltd 7" Info: Very limited black vinyl repress.


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