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Following 1 or 2 small run / mailorder lathe cuts, Polytechnic Youth follow their hugely successful “Popcorn Lung” label compilation LP, with their first full length of the new year, and man… this one is just wonderful! A mighty record to kick off what promises to be another hugely productive, constantly busy year for the Crouch End based synth label.

PY often likes to quote the artist directly in its press releases, and this one is no exception. Gabe’s own words, more than adequately explaining the path leading to this killer set for 2019; 'It feels a little ridiculous to pretend that the person introducing you to Gabe Knox is some kind of bigwig press agent and not just Gabe Knox himself, so let me, Gabe Knox, tell you a little about myself in that hopes that you’ll give my music a listen: In 2014, after years of moderate success as a local musician and club DJ in Toronto, Canada, I looked at my collection of barely functioning analogue synths and drum machines and said to myself - Instead of trying to unsuccessfully make music you think other people will like, why don’t you make something that you’d actually want to listen to for once? - I wanted to make music that had the drive shaft of Neu!, the punishing low end of King Tubby, the interleaved melodic lines of Vince Clarke, the melancholic, otherworldly whimsy of Raymond Scott and Delia Derbyshire, the hypnotic drone of Spacemen 3, and the analogue intimacy of Le Car. I wanted to bring the euphoria and hypnosis of dance music to the rock kids, and the energy and excitement of rock music to the dance kids.

This was going to be a tough sell in the clique-y Toronto music scene, so I figured the best way to get the music out there would be by recording when I can and self-releasing a steady stream of EPs online. They would all be a series, a snapshot of the evolution of that initial idea. "ABC" represents a compilation of the best songs of the first three EPs, subtly remixed and remastered to best suit vinyl. I hope you love listening to it as much as I loved making it.'

This really is a remarkable record. Displaying all the PY traits of icy cool blasts of minimal synth, motorik grooves, melodic pop via passing nods to early mute and sky records. Never before did label head Dom think he’d get the chance to namecheck 2 musical heroes from wildly differing poles -Vince Clarke and Spacemen 3- into one LP PR sheet, so he’s understandably excited for this one’s release!


STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: Having provided what I think was the absolute standout track from the 'Popcorn Lung' LP at the end of last year, Gabe Knox hits us with this superb LP of kosmische pulses, whirring synths and paddling arpeggios. Clearly influenced by the flow and pacing of classic Krautrock, this is yet another standout LP from the already veritable Polytechnic Youth canon.

FORMAT INFORMATION

Ltd LP Info: Repress on black vinyl.

The fabulous “Where Comes The Dark?” debut full length from shadowy, underground producer The Slow Engineer. 'An album of sculpted synthsonics and Eldritch electronics originally released on a limited run, blink and you’ll miss it cassette which sold out in 24 hrs. Heavy on basslines, with driving rhythms and tweaked synthesisers, it’s a record which openly acknowledges it’s nod to horror scores and the work of the Radiophonic Workshop whilst pulling off something uniquely and freshly new, with an assembled array of wayward equipment stored at his Analogue Hades base.'

British horror actor Laurence R. Harvey adds suitably menacing narration in places, and across 10 fabulous tracks this is a richly, deliciously diverse electronic record which comes hugely recommended to fans of John Carpenter, not to mention label mates The Heartwood Institute and Dream Division.

A onetime pressing of 300, destined to sell out pretty swiftly…..


STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: It's about as heavy as you could imagine from the PY camp this one, but absolutely swimming in the sort of dystopian bunker saturation and machinated throb you'd expect to hear while off your face on mystery RC's at 3am in the White Hotel. Snappy snares and syncopated kicks run slowly below rolling basses and fractured dusty drum machines.

FORMAT INFORMATION

Ltd LP Info: Pressing of 300 only.

The killer new full length on Polytechnic Youth from ace experimental electronic musician Bernard Grancher. Coming to the attention of the label via his last record on ERR.REC; PY is mining much of this current wave of incredible French electronic music (as previous releases by Dialectric, Alexandre Bazin, (Arc en) Ogive and the mighty Cite Lumiere attest to) and is in hindsight, somewhat an extension of label head Dom’s own record buying and digging habits just now (70s French synth LPs featuring heavily in his Utrecht fair baggage twice yearly!)

Grancher himself began his “career” as a somewhat under the radar, host / director of “mostly forbidden” radio programmes, where in Bernard’s own words, he created “incongruous sound collages, that gradually slip towards noisy or disturbing sounds intended to replace the music of others’, within its broadcasts”. Then, armed with a large accumulation of “machines I found at low prices, with an unknowing of quite how they function” he sought the help of friends Yan Hart-Lemonnier and Eric Lumbleau (from the hugely respected “Mutant Sounds” blog, and his project Vas Deferens Organazation).

Then, having released what he describes as two “rather talkative” LPs by taking again “the concept of it’s emissions: Hallucinatory slogans and Electro punk”, Grancher, then released with ERR.REC, leading in turn to the PY full length here.

A fabulous LP hugely recommended to all kraut heads, experimental electronic sound collages, motorik grooves and minimal synth all figure strongly. To use one final quote from Grancher; “Abandon any idea of listening comfort; this record leads you into a dangerous race that will be impossible to jump on”.

300 copies on vinyl only.


STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: Cracked synths and fuzzy drum machines work together into a cacophony of noise, mixing elements of krautrock, ambient electronics and even hints of freeform jazz structures. It's a beguiling and enthralling listen, and one that's rewarded tenfold.

Cearley & Dwinell

Fake Time

    The second of November’s Polytechnic Youth releases was a chance outing that came about from a discussion with Long Distance Poison’s Nathan Cearley (LDP having released two LPs on PY sister label, the more kraut / kosmische themed Deep Distance). Realising a love for early Cabaret Voltaire and TG, and more darkly themed industrial grooves than you’d associate LDP with, these collaborative recordings were instantly given the PY thumbs up- a nice change of style from it’s usual synth pop / minimal leanings we thought! Where some might consider this perhaps a PY curveball, we personally think it sits in nicely with previous output…

    3 ace tracks containing in Nathan’s own words: “Stereo live recordings in front of an audience and in private. Featuring Mark Dwinell (Forma) and Nathan Cearley (Long Distance Poison) on modular synthesizers. Utilizing repetition to unnerve and destabilize rather than coddle and sooth. Rejecting the notion that an urban beat driven music is necessarily escapist and an expression of consumption and lifestyle. Creating a music of no escape.

    Mark Dwinell is a multi-instrumentalist and founding member of the Brooklyn electronic band Forma. He has releases on Spectrum Spools and Kranky and solo releases on Ba Da Bing! and Amish Records.
    Nathan Cearley is a founding member of the Brooklyn experimental electronics duo Long Distance Poison and has releases on Digitalis Ltd, Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace!, Hausu Mountain and Deep Distance. He was the organizer of the long running outsider electronics performance series Modular Equinox/Modular Solstice”

    In sleeve art designed by Dom PY, and in an edition of 300 copies on vinyl only- speed off the blocks is advised as this could go quick….

    Adderall Canyonly

    Museum Of Fire

      The killer first release for the Polytechnic Youth label by the wonderfully named ADDERALL CANYONLY. “Museum of Fire” contains 8 tracks of uptempo kraut themed, occasionally whacked out electronica, with sporadic nods to a darker more industrial TG groove in places, aligned with classic late 70s / early 80s minimal synth flourishes. In a nutshell, it ticks all the boxes for yr modern day synth nut!

      Little is known about Mr. Canyonly himself, preferring to step out of the shadows intermittently with a number of aliases for different musical projects. Let’s leave it to the man himself to shed a little light on this new one and his background:

      “Adderall Canyonly is a synthesist and string wrangler named Wayne Longer, formerly of Portland, Oregon. In ‘Oxykitten’ he is named Justin Case and is an entirely different person. Sometimes these people overlap, such as the (previous) album "The Cutting Room". A lifelong fan of analog synths and brooding soundtracks but equally raised on a steady diet of post-rock and krautrock, it's generally a confusing time when the “record” button is hit. Much goes in, little comes out, and then much is added later, sometimes without good reason. But that's exactly why someone invented the “fast forward” button”

      Happy to keep his enigmatic persona intact, PY strongly recommends this wonderful length; it’s a pressing of 300 on vinyl and only and is dressed in fabulous cover art. Sure to sell out in super quick style…

      From Polytechnic Youth, “Phase” sees a debut outing on vinyl from Err Rec label head Gilles Mate’s Dialectric project. Impressed by the wealth of wonderfully varied analogue electronic music being released by this small, fiercely independent French label, it was surely a matter of time before PY & Errs’ likeminded paths crossed- and following a “cold wave” styled small run cassette release, Gilles releases a full length on PY for August. “Phase” is a timeless, minimal electronic record, heavy on hypnotic, emotional tonal arpeggios and sequences. Dreamily crafted introspective pieces, and short “Broadcastian” interludes, using a semi-modular system. Comprising of various analogue oscillators, effects and sequencers (Pittsburgh Modular, Moog, Arturia, Yamaha, Korg to name a few…). Mark Barton explains it as a cosmic carousel of sorts dreamily purred in hypno-grooving pulsar pirouettes, its analogue accents awash in intertwining corteges of softly dissipating kosmische spirals which aside appealing to our Tangerine Dream neuron receptors also arcs on the lighter realms of both the Pye Corner Audio and Listening Center spectrums to provide something that ultimately, ought to pique the interests of those tuned into both Ghost Box and Burning Witches frequencies.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Naive, childlike, optimistic atmospheres & Melodies presented with a clarity and dreaminess that should appeal to fans of Solar Powered Buddha and Brian Eno.

      Mitra Mitra

      Marionettes

        The second of Polytechnic Youth’s ace new LPs for July, sees a mighty set from Austria based synth pop duo Mitra Mitra. Following previous releases on Peripheral Minimal and their own Micromort label, not to mention a lathe cut right here on PY that sold out in 20 minutes in Dec. 2015.

        The band was formed in Vienna in late 2014 by Violet Candide and Mahk Rumbae. Originally from New Zealand, Violet Candide is a founding member of the Crazy Hospital DJ collective, and one of the organisers of the legendary “Future Echo” club night in Vienna, and is one half of ‘Anesthetic Hairpins’; whilst British musician Mahk Rumbae is known for his work as a member of the industrial/experimental project ‘Konstruktivists’, ‘Oppenheimer MkII’ (with Andy Oppenheimer of Oppenheimer Analysis) and his solo techno project ‘Codex Empire’.

        After working together on one of Violet's solo songs, “Heat”, the pair decided to continue working together and formed Mitra Mitra as a more full time project, with the aim of writing electronic songs not tied to any particular influence or style. However, if there was such a thing as a signature PY sound- arguably this LP (alongside last year’s Vorderhaus full length), encapsulates it most. Beautifully icy cold synth pop straight outta’ early prime era Mute / Blackwing studios output. Serene yet melodic, edgy, dry icy hooks and delicious grooves aplenty all over this record. Eight wonderful tracks where quality and sheer melodic guile of the song writing never dips and attention truly is held across the whole set, ….no mean feat indeed.


        Alpar

        Wakayama / Mejiro

          Polytechnic Youth enter the fray once again, continuing an already productive year (these new 45s are 4/5/6th releases in 2018 already!) with a trio of quite brilliant yet totally different 45s.

          Alpár aka Hungarian Bálint Zalkai, is the co-founder of ‘Farbwechsel’, the Budapest based record label, and his own recordings of electronic compositions (often built upon random looping sequencers in a minimalist style) are key to the label’s release output thus far. His goal as he sees it is to “catch a random pattern, loop it and build up a piece with that randomly pulsing theme. Just let to flow the voltages and sound waves and try not to disturb them or change their basic behaviours”.

          The two tracks here were recorded with this approach very much in mind. The atmosphere of 'Mejiro' is “not unlike a bird observation. Attempting to find the right spot, getting closer and closer to the bird, which almost controls you and your movements as you attempt to near it”. Whereas 'Wakayama' is a more direct piece, and maybe the most melodic song Alpár ever recorded. While 'Mejiro' is a woozy, cautious piece, ‘Wakayama’ is like a tropical fruit or the ume, (the japanese apricot); colourful and full of flavour yet -with thanks to- the slowly humming theme in the background, an element of sourness grips you at the back of your tongue as it ends!

          A beautiful pair of tracks released as a double A side 45 early March 2018. Pressing of 250 numbered copies….

          Adam Leonard

          Entkommen - Pt. I & II

            The second of March’s trio of killer Polytechnic Youth 45s is a mighty extended piece of slow building Berlin school-esque electronica extended over 2 sides of a 33rpm disk, recorded by Adam Leonard; initially from a batch of 18 tracks recorded at varying times over the last six years.

            ‘Entkommen’ is his first release for the label here, and both artist and label rather liked the idea of one extended track across two sides of a 45, whereby the listener must flip the disc at a half way point to continue the piece. It struck us as increasingly unusual and works a treat here…

            Adam has amassed a number of acclaimed releases in varying styles, and across a number of esteemed labels over the years. Last year’s full band release (Invaderband) being shortlisted for a Northern Ireland music prize 2017 and was 6Music recommended. Not to mention previous releases in collaboration with The Owl Service and P.G Six.

            His electronic home recordings are all well worth investigating and Polytechnic Youth proudly releases the first fruits of those sessions right here. A numbered, limited edition vinyl only 7” hand numbered to 250 copies.

            Detox Twins

            In The Hospital Garden / Transformation

              The third of March’s trio of PY 45s, is a revisit to the always enjoyable dark electro world of Berlin’s mighty DETOX TWINS.

              The new record offers up a pair of killer synthpop gems which, in the words of the bands’ Mark Vorderhaus “drift into the arena of the unwell with their latest outing 'In the Hospital Garden', and pose the curious questions: Is it so unfortunate to surrender your mind to a permanent altered state? Can losing oneself irreversibly to a manipulated insanity, actually prove to become a rare and wonderful freedom? Attraction battles control as the transformation completes itself. The b-side, 'Transformation' depicts the liberated insanity without challenge, now thriving and pulsating beyond the point of any return.”



              Two more ace tunes which precede a full length later in the year for Polytechnic Youth. Killer hooks from synth maestro Mark, aligned with glorious effect to Devi’s icy Nico-esque vocals. Another winner for both artist and label!

              A pressing of 250 copies. Hand numbered with sticker insert and destined to fly out super quick.

              Australian Test Labs

              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

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


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