Monthly Archives: July 2018

Cassette(s) of the Week: 6 fantastic Colin Potter tapes

Apparently, according to various newspaper articles and hipster blogs, the cassette is on the way back – just like in all those boring blogs about vinyl that have been buzzing around for the last few years. 

Now, just like vinyl, we all know that cassettes never really went away – they have been consigned to a dusty attic but people didn’t get rid of them in the way that they did with vinyl – mainly because most of them were worth bugger all.

 

 

Colin Potter released all these splendid lumps of Krauty electronica back in the early ’80s but they were reissued for Cassette Store Day(!) in 2014 in a limited edition of 60. When these flew out the doors in a matter of seconds another 60 of each were produced with different coloured inlays/tape labels, and this is the full collection here. The individual titles are ‘The Scythe’, ‘A Gain’, ‘Two Nights‘, ‘The Where House‘, ‘Here‘ & ‘The Ghost Office‘ and all come massively highly recommended by me.

 

There was a thriving DIY tape culture for this type of thing in the early ’80s and the importance of the humble cassette in the post punk era cannot be overstated – the simple process of recording and copying the tape meant a huge amount of bedroom musicians found their music getting exposure all over the World.

This is, of course, much easier to do nowadays with the internet, file sharing and the ease of the  CDr but this is where it all started – so jump on board and get yerself a bit of musical history……or just grab yerself some fucking great music.

Record of the week: Richard Youngs – Arrow Ltd Preserved Sound LP/CD

 

This only arrived this morning but I have lived with it on constant rotation all day whilst sorting out the large delivery of noodles* that were also delivered at the same time, as well as a few hundred dreary 7″s that I have been putting off sorting for weeks. When you read the description of the album:

Recorded especially for Preserved Sound in Hebden​ Bridge, ​Arrow is sound of Richard Youngs alone at the piano, embellished with sparse drums and an old organ. This collection of solo improvisations is all about capturing the moment – that piano and that afternoon in Hebden Bridge.
“I sat down at the piano and just played,” says Richard. “No preconceptions, nothing worked out. I wasn’t trying to achieve anything other than to enjoy playing the piano.” “There was also an organ in the room, so there are touches of that. I then took these back to Glasgow and knocked it into shape – a few overdubs, nothing drastic.”

you could be forgiven for feeling that the album is as much a noodle-fest as my kitchen but, in reality, it is far away from that (thankfully!).  There are  layer upon layer of sounds, instruments and harmonies on top of the piano improvisations and it is these other elements that keep the level of interest high – and the level of enjoyment even higher. It occasionally sounds thrown together haphazardly, but this is no bad thing – as it keeps you guessing as to what exactly is gonna happen next and rarely follows a linear pattern that one would normally expect from similarly ‘improvised’ piano based albums.

 

It also sounds like he was having a lot of fun making it.

This is yet another fantastic release from Preserved Sound and follows their normal high degree of artistic quality control of both the music and the hand assembled packaging. Limited to 300 numbered copies on both Vinyl & CD, this one promises to disappear pretty rapidly as it’s such a magnificent piece of work.

At times (especially during side 2) it sounds like 2 Steve Reich albums are playing at the same time whilst somebody sits in the corner gently wrestling with a piano – and you can’t get a much higher recommendation than that can you?

 

 

 

*Re: Noodles:    i’m not running a chinese takeaway or anything – I just eat a lot of noodles and stumbled upon a fantastic website catering to all my noodle-based needs and ended up buying 70+ packets from them. Go here if you’re interested:

https://www.orientalmart.co.uk

Record of the week: Massive Attack ‎– Heligoland NEAR MINT deluxe 3XLP 2010


20+ years ago I worked in a Bristol Housing Association and Massive Attack’s Grant ‘Daddy G’ Marshall was one of our tenants, which I always thought was taking the piss rather – being as he was a big top pop star and all that.

 

My housing-related gripes aside, I was a massive (!) fan of the band (still am actually) and this is my favourite album of theirs – featuring vocals from Tunde Adebimpe, Martina Topley-Bird, Horace Andy, Guy Garvey, Damon Albarn and the absolutely gorgeous Hope Sandoval (who called me a cunt once, in a case of mistaken identity!).

This is the very rare 1st pressing 3 disc edition with the following special selling points:

Housed in a unique black-glitter coated triple gatefold sleeve, this deluxe edition includes:
• Two 180-gram heavyweight vinyl records, containing the 10 tracks comprising ‘Heligoland’, crafted on the legendary EMI 1400 in Hayes, Middlesex.
• Exclusive bonus 180-gram heavyweight 12″ vinyl, containing four additional new Massive Attack tracks and remixes
• Exclusive 28-page booklet, featuring new Robert Del Naja artwork and Massive Attack tour photography.
• CD, containing the full album, housed in a black pochette, with a black-glitter coated cover.