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Town Centre - Repress

    Limited repress with a few slight artwork changes:
    Red Sticker (previous was white)
    Blue back cover (previous was green)

    The hotly tipped post-punk, disco-funk phenomenon Squid are back with a new EP called ‘Town Centre’ on vinyl via Dan Carey’s Speedy Wunderground label, the first EP from the legendary singles label. ‘Town Centre’ is a perfect distillation of everything they have done so far, making good on the angular funk of ‘The Dial,’ the disco-punk of ‘Houseplants’ the ambitious songwriting of ‘Terrestrial Changeover Blues’ and through to their more ambient-leaning early work.

    Kicking off with the ambient sprawl of ‘Savage,’ Squid are instantly revelling in the uncertainty and ambiguity found in the searching out of ideas and have created something that feels meditative yet active, capturing their alluring chaos but presenting it in a totally different manner. Next up, the propulsive, guitar-led ‘Match Bet’ was written at guitarist Anton Pearson’s parents house in Norfolk and spawned from an open tuning fingerpicking pattern that sparring partner Louis Borlase had been developing after being inspired by the Don Edwards track ‘Coyotes’ in Grizzly Man.

    On ‘The Cleaner,’ Squid are at their angular best, the lyrics are inspired by moving to London and trying to adjust to the pace and lifestyle of the city. The track is bursting with ideas, and there’s a clear energy and determination within the band to embrace different musical styles, deftly. ‘Town Centre’ closes with ‘Rodeo,’ a cinematic track that features an observational monologue from Ollie Judge. Percussion and keys wunderkid Arthur Leadbetter says of the track: “The song is a story for us. One that feels like your on a movie set while the camera is rolling, but the lead actor has lost the plot and split his mind between those closest to him.”

    For ‘Town Centre’ the band once again team up with producer du jour Dan Carey and emerge with a powerful, intensely angular collection of songs that recall the finest corners of late 70s post-punk alongside a propulsive motorik drive and glimmers of early noughties disco whilst expertly making it all their own.

    Dan Carey on Squid. “I love Squid so much. To record with them is such a joy - the room is a sea of ideas and enthusiasm without any clashes of ego; every suggestion is given full attention. This , combined with their musicianship results in beautifully inventive music, underpinned by a hard steady groove and topped with lyrics that are important and surreal.”

    Various Artists

    Speedy Wunderground: Year 4

      For Speedy Wunderground, 2019 has been a vital and pivotal year. As well as label boss Dan Carey having produced an array of critically-acclaimed albums including regular collaborator Kate Tempest’s ‘The Book Of Traps And Lessons’ (alongside Rick Rubin), as well as the two Mercury Prize-nominated offerings from Black Midi (‘Schlagenheim’) and Fontaines D.C. (‘Dogrel’) - the 7” imprint he runs alongside Alexis Smith and Pierre Hall has been developing and growing and is fast-becoming recognised as one of the most exciting new labels in the country, culminating in an AIM Award nomination for Best Small Label, hitting their landmark 30th single release and putting out their very first non 7” / compilation releases.

      Among those artists / tracks involved in this collection are: the Krautrock assault-on-the-senses of Scottibrains (Speedy house band featuring Dan Carey and Boxed In’s Oli Bayston and Liam Hutton), mixed by Orla Carey, the 13 year old daughter of the producer; ‘bmbmbm’ (7” single version), the first ever official release from London’s enigmatic genre-defying black midi (who Carey recently performed this track with at The Mercury Prize show, in which guitarist Matt Kelvin unleashed an awe-aspiring forward flip straight after running into a piano).

      There’s also Squid’s LCD-meets-Television punk-disco workout ‘The Dial’; the twisting and turning art-rock of Black Country, New Road’s ‘Athen’s, France’ and in the label’s strong tradition of new / unlikely collaborations the skittering post-punk jam of All We Are & Alex Karpranos’ ‘Heart Attack’ - Carey having worked with the former on their self-titled debut and the latter on their third long-player ‘Tonight:Franz Ferdinand’.

      Also present is the blistering jangle-drenched pop of newcomers Tiña; the acerbic existential lyricism of Leeds’ Treeboy & Arc and the powerful post-punk poetry of Ireland’s Sinead O’Brien.

      “This definitely feels like a definitive collection for us” say label corunner / A&R Pierre Hall, “we love all the compilations, but this just feels like a real snapshot in time, all the bands and artists involved - despite being separate releases - all feel really connected.”

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      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      Mr Dan Feat. Guilty Simpson

      Firewater

      While on tour with Kate Tempest in the US mid 2015, Dan Carey (Speedy Wunderground head-honcho) and Kate caught Run The Jewels on a couple of occasions as well as playing a show with them. Of those experiences Dan recounts, "I loved it. And it started to rub off on me. I became obsessed with wanting to make these more aggressive beats". During that time when visiting a music shop in Austin, Carey purchased a 'swynx', a new type of MIDI sequencer. On returning back from tour he holed himself up in his studio, constantly making beats in this new type of rhythm and experimenting with new sounds. These dabblings soon formed the basis of "Firewater". The beat had arrived - but there was no vocal. Dan immediately thought of Guilty Simpson, the legendary Detroit-based rapper and J Dilla collaborator, who he had a been a huge fan of for a while. "There was no way I thought I'd get a reply" explains Dan, "but I got someone from my management to pass it on to the label". That label, being the critically acclaimed and seminal cult imprint Stones Throw Records, based in LA. To his huge surprise, Guilty sent a message back few hours later - saying he loved the beat but had recently completed sessions for his own album, to which Dan responded with the suggestion of putting it out on his own label. Guilty agreed - and recorded his part over the beat while he was on tour.


      Boss

      I'm Down With That

        BOSS are Guro Gikling of All We Are, Theresa Wayman of Warpaint, Sarah Jones, who has previously drummed for Hot Chip and Yeasayer, and Speedy Wunderground head-honcho Dan Carey, who has recently been involved in the Sexwitch project with Natasha Khan and TOY.

        In the time honoured spirit of the label, the single was produced in a day at Dan’s south London studio and is their first release, yet the inception of the band goes back to 2012 when Dan met Theresa at a festival in Slovakia (he would also later produce All We Are’s debut album).

        “Being a Warpaint fan I found her backstage and told her I was the best psychedelic rock producer in the world,” remembers Dan.

        “The exact words of her response were ’that’s the last fucking thing we need. See you later.’ “

        Despite the inauspicious meeting, Dan would later be recruited to work on Theresa’s forthcoming solo album and having met Guro on tour, Theresa invited her to also work on the long-player.

        Born out of these album sessions, the BOSS track came out of post recording jams and after recruiting drummer Sarah Jones, a 20 second snatch of an almost 15 hour jam was eventually worked into ‘I’m Down With That’.



        Peluché

        The Guy With The Gammy Eye

          Renowned for its studio-to-pressing-plant fleetness, three-piece Peluché have achieved something of a feat by becoming arguably the ‘quickest’ ever Speedy Wunderground release.

          In less than a week the label had received the track, caught the band’s eccentric live show, recorded the single at Dan Carey’s south-London HQ (all recording done in a day according to the time-honoured Speedy Wunderground ‘regulations’) and despatched the results to the pressing plant.

          Coming after their well-received recent single ‘Sin’, Peluché showcase reverb-laden, Felt inspired guitars to open ‘The Guy With The Gammy Eye’ – before a frenetic twisting and uprooting of their natural melody up heaves the track in all manner of mesmeric directions.

          Speaking on the Speedy Wunderground collaboration, Peluché offer:

          “Dan is a producer we've wanted to work with for ages - we all love his style of production. We were really excited when he came down to see us play and invited us to record at his studio. 
The song was recorded live, and on tape, which meant we didn't have many chances to get it right! Dan really captured the energy of the song and played an unusual instrument called the Swarmatron, which is featured on all the Speedy Wunderground sessions and sounds like a swarm of musical bees flying over the track.”


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