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Brinstaar – Infotswetock

Author: Colin | Published: 31/3/12

Brinstaar - Infotswetock

Brinstaar - Infotswetock

Brinstaar - Infotswetock

Brinstaar - Infotswetock

Brinstaar - Infotswetock

Artist Brinstaar
Title Infotswetock
Label Kotä
Year 2011
Design Mikhail Myasoedov
Music Ambient
Notes The patterns etched into the glass resemble space invaders or digital snowflakes emanating outwards from the centre. It feels heavy and impressive to hold. Here’s what Brinstaar has to say about this work:

I’ve started working on Brinstaar project about 2006. I had a lot of experience on producing commercial music to that moment and actually was tired with satisfying someone’s needs and objectives. This project was a starting point to a whole different approach. I’ve forgot all workflows I’ve used before, because didn’t want to play rational mind-sourced music anymore. I’ve took my guitar and old soviet synth and improvised many days, playing my heart out until I noticed that something started to change. I felt like someone guides me when I’m playing, music flows from something that I call now ethereal black-silver hole in my chest. At the same time something happened with my perception, I’ve started to see patterns and structures everywhere, especially on people faces.

Yes, I know it sounds weird :) But I can nothing to do with that.

I’ve thought about the nature of this patterns, and realized that it can be just another layer of the reality interpretation in my mind. Nothing magic, but pretty beautiful. So I’ve sketched this patterns and used to create this snowflake-alike pattern you can see under the glass. Glass was taken to resemble laboratory sample, because this pattern was taken from man’s face like a sample of skin for scientific testing or analysis. Coincidentally, subsurface engraving was made at General Physics Institute supporting my scientific feel of release. I plan to make a vinyl release later this year, there will be some more patterns with it.

Listen You can hear this album on the Kotä website.

Tompkins Square announces limited run of 78s…

Author: Colin | Published: 26/3/12
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I wonder whether there’ll be downloadable mp3s available? No mention of them in the announcement. My belt-drive deck won’t play 78s…

San Francisco-based record label Tompkins Square announces the first in a series of releases in the 78 rpm 10″ vinyl format.

The first two will feature previously unreleased recordings from Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), and Ralph Stanley. Both 78’s will be released as a limited edition of 500 copies on Record Store Day, April 21, 2012. Please note : These 78’s will not be sold on this site – they will only be available via independent record stores.

Luther Dickinson plays medleys of Southern melodies on his 78, including “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah/Beautiful Dreamer” on the A side and “Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen/Peace in the Valley” on the B side. Ralph Stanley’s 78 features “Single Girl”, with “Little Birdie” on the B side.

More at: www.tompkinssquare.com/

Keith Jarrett – Staircase

Author: Colin | Published: 24/3/12
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Keith Jarrett - Staircase

Keith Jarrett - Staircase

Keith Jarrett - Staircase

Keith Jarrett - Staircase

Keith Jarrett - Staircase

Artist Keith Jarrett
Title Staircase
Label ECM
Year 1977
Design Photos: Franco Fontana, Design: B. Wojirsch
Music Solo, improvised piano
Notes Oh those gatefold 1970s sleeves. The ECM designs like this one are so wonderfully simple yet monumental. Another favourite is Jarrett’s quartet three-sider, Eyes of the Heart, with its imagery so resonant that you can almost feel the cool of the shadow and the heat of the sun at the same time. Barbara Wojirsch here is less expressive than elsewhere, but just the placement of the sparse wording and particularly that of the title ‘SAND’ on the back cover hovering above the azure blue sky (well, it is in the original minus the moire of my poor photograph). Can this really be the first actual post dedicated to an ECM design? For shame. Do you have a favourite ECM sleeve? Please let me know, I’d be interested to hear.
Also Barbara Wojirsch, Dieter Rehm, ECM
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DJ Food – The Search Engine

Author: Colin | Published: 18/3/12
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DJ Food - The Search Engine

DJ Food - The Search Engine

DJ Food - The Search Engine

DJ Food - The Search Engine

DJ Food - The Search Engine

DJ Food - The Search Engine

DJ Food - The Search Engine

DJ Food - The Search Engine

DJ Food - The Search Engine

DJ Food - The Search Engine

DJ Food - The Search Engine

DJ Food - The Search Engine

DJ Food - The Search Engine

Artist DJ Food
Title The Search Engine
Label Ninja Tune
Year 2012
Design Colours, after effects and design by Openmind, illustrations by Henry Flint, photography by Will Cooper-Mitchell
Music Beats, vocal tracks, ambience, you name it
Notes Replete with flexi disc, generously illustrated by 2000AD artist Henry Flint, visually unified by DJ Food as lost astronaut with thematic references to a data index gone loco, The Search Engine more than earns its status as a special release. The design is clearly a labour of love, peppered with information, references and asides, it’s the sort of thing that rewards repeated reference while listening to Food’s first album release since Kaleidoscope in 2000. Buy, beg or borrow a copy forthwith.
Also - Ninja Tune, XX 20 Years of Beats and Pieces
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DJ Food – ‘GIANT’ (Album Edit) feat. Matt Johnson

DJ Food – ‘Prey’ feat. J.G. Thirlwell

Machinefabriek – Apollo

Author: Colin | Published: 11/3/12
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Machinefabriek - Apollo

Machinefabriek - Apollo

Machinefabriek - Apollo

Machinefabriek - Apollo

Artist Machinefabriek
Title Apollo
Label Self-released
Year 2011
Design Machinefabriek
Music Ambient
Notes All hail the subdued, the oblique. This self-released design by the prolific Rutger Zuydervelt bears all the marks of the offhand, it’s the sort of ephemera thrown away every day without a second thought, a piece of card marked by a biro scribble to get the ink running. Yet the card also bears postal franks commemorating one of civilization’s greatest achievements, the Apollo expedition that landed the first human beings on the moon. The prosaic and the extraordinary combined.
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Bunker Hill – dizzy:eko:series 1

Author: Colin | Published: 3/3/12
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Bunker Hill

Bunker Hill

Bunker Hill

Bunker Hill

Bunker Hill

Bunker Hill

Bunker Hill

Bunker Hill

Bunker Hill

Artist Bunker Hill
Title dizzy:eko:series 1
Label deafstar.org
Year 2011
Design text
Music Dub Techno
Notes I really like this release, but will hand over to the more eloquent, and only slightly hyperbolic, words of deafstar themselves:

Our releases are so elaborate, that every record company on earth would refuse to produce such an expensive editions. But we´re not driven by your economy, we live in our own orbit with our own very different rules. So we simply want to produce the best records with the smartest artwork. And we just wanted to make you a little present. However, shops and distribution on earth refused to spread our releases for free, so we must apologize, that you have to pay for the records. You should not hesitate to buy your own personal record because stocks are very limited – we only produce 500 pieces for the world.

And this about this the image on the debut featured here:

The first record in the “dizzy:eko:series” features the central building of the Commerzbank in Frankfurt am Main in Germany. It was designed by Norman Foster and has gained many merits. Usually it is shown surrounded by its colleague skyscrapers outnumbering them in height, being the splendid number one in the center (actually Commerzbank is number two in germany after swallowing Dresdner Bank in 2009, only Deutsche Bank is bigger). On its top there is a spectacular yellowish light installation taking place every night.

However, the cover is drawing a different image here. It doesn´t look like a friendly example from the corporate culture department. The building is twisted, it is wrapped in fog and a dark grey, ofter referred to as battleship-grey. It looks like a fortress, with its massive towers and triangular footprint. It seems to be very massive and tank-like and also shows a similarity to the spectacular concrete bunkers of the third reich. The project name “Bunker Hill” is being well reflected in the image.

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Also Portishead – The Rip