Spaced Out Family EP
A sample of the six psychedelic instrumental hip hop tracks which combine 70’s free experimental sounds as the first stop, passing through the golden era of rap breaks and ending in the vanguard of the contemporary abstract electronic beats scene. The Spaced Out Family consists of Peter Pank, Losen & Lost Twin; a collective which is split between Seville and Brighton.
Debut album from Spaced Out Family via Squaring The Circle 12” limited edition vinyl [300 copies] with download code.
Appleblim & Al Tourettes In Store
Bristol heads make your way to Idle Hands tomorrow at 6pm for a sneak preview of their new live show.
Tape-Echo Studio presents: Idiosyncratic Aesthetics
Tape-Echo started in mid 2009, a small blog set up to document the underground music scene in Bristol. All the posts were typed by hand on a typewriter found in the back of a charity shop, the mistakes and cross outs were left in as a reaction against the super-clean, digital format of the internet and, as a nod towards to zine culture and the recent closure of some of the most respected Drum n Bass magazines around.
Then in late 2011, Studio Tape-Echo launched ‘Tape-Echo Publication 001’ a 32-page, fully typewritten, quarter-fold, colour newspaper, showing that print still has a place alongside its ever-present digital counterpart. The first issue was stocked worldwide and featured exclusive interviews with some of the leading lights of the UK underground. It sold out in no time, leaving many desperate for issue number 2 ‚ which is set to appear very soon.
The ‘grubby simplicity’ aesthetic of the studio, rooted in a love of analog working methods and sound-system culture, has been slowly developing since then. Hours spent unearthing wooden type samples, poring over rare books, experimenting with old cameras and film, self-publishing zines, releasing records, drinking endless cups of coffee…
More recently the studio has been working with some of the finest and most respected names in the UK underground, from established brands including Punch Drunk, Resident Advisor and Clear Skyz through to newer acts and imprints like Gutterfunk, Peng Sound, BRSTL and, perhaps the most well known, Livity Sound.
Be it via the now iconic B&W photographs of the early Dubplate Monthly dances or the hearts and minds graphic approach to the recent Gorgon Sound/Dubkasm release on Peng Sound that saw the first pressing sell out before it had even hit shops, the slightly off kilter, analog aesthetic that the studio has been refining is synonymous with the new generation of underground music producers and artists.
'Idiosyncratic Aesthetics' is the first exhibition of the small studio's collective output, an opportunity to view on a large scale the mixed media output that defines Studio Tape-Echo. Expect decaying sheet metal, vintage typewriters, screen-prints, cassette tapes, projections, products of photocopier abuse as well as a plethora of ephemera that makes the studio as idiosyncratic as it is.
Please join us at Donuts on Perry Road (Bristol) on Friday the 31st of August from 6pm onwards.
The afterparty for the exhibition starts at 10pm in The Bank (Stokes Croft) and we have some of our favourite artists on the decks playing the finest in Dub, House and Techno music.
Entry is free and the joint will be jumpin’ till the early hours.
For more info please email us at ‘info (at) tape-echo.com’
Peverelist launches new label, ‘Dnuos Ytivil’ an offshoot of Livity Sound. Read the full story via Tape-Echo.
Bandulu Records 001
AA. Kahn - Fierce
Very limited stock has just landed at Idle Hands instore and will be going online again later today. Just got mine. Very excited!
Artwork designed and handprinted by J.Hughes
Peng Sound Presents: An Astro:Dynamics Label Night
A night filled with riddims and basslines.
Welcoming back, Peng Sound - Favourite, celebrating his new 7” Release on Astro:Dynamics:
TAPES - Live, playing riddims straight from the Cassette Deck.
JABU - Amos Childs operating the MPC with Alex Rendall on the MIC.
OSSIA - Representing Peng Sound in a vinyl style & fashion.
Last week was the opening night of the 'Analog Love' exhibition at the Idle Hands record shop in Bristol: a selection of photographs and artwork documenting and celebrating the last 4 years of Bristol bass music. We had a great turnout on the night with some xxx rated antics towards the end and stellar sets from all DJs. Special thanks go to Kowton, who played a weighty selection of classic dubstep records, Lightning, Goat Stare and Anti War Dub all made an appearance - the perfect soundtrack to the night seeing as those seminal tunes were what was shaking the walls of the Croft in the early days of this photographic journey.
We published a 28-page zine as a catalogue for the exhibition, our first steps away from the online world and into the infinitely more satisfying physical domain. Packed full of Alex Digard’s photos, some that were in the exhibition and others that had we had no room for on the walls, this hand-made, hand ink-stamped booklet is our first step towards a physical realisation of the Tape-Echo project, giving the viewer an insight to the close-knit Bristol underground bass music scene, starting at the early ‘Dubplate Monthly’ dances through to the sorely missed Rooted Records store with a brief stop off at the seminal ‘Panhead’ transmissions and ending up at the ‘Western Union’ nights where the next chapter of the story is under way.
In between the photographs are a selection of graphics and articles, some of which have been featured on the site and others that haven’t ever seen the light of day. It’s published in an edition of 50, 30 of which are available in-store at Idle Hands for a fiver.
Of course, not everyone is able to make it to our fair town, so we have started the Tape-Echo shop, an online home for our wares. The 'Analog Love' zine is available there for the same price as at Idle Hands, and in the near future we will be stocking select range of products with a strong leaning towards the handmade and limited edition.
The exhibition runs until the 18th of August. We made a short video that gives you an idea of the work on display as well as showing what went down on the opening night.
It’s a pleasure to be able to present the next phase of the Tape-Echo project with you all. As much as we like our blog, and will still be updating it with material from a small crew of new contributors, the time is right for us to start producing semi-regular publications, objects that serve as a permanent record of the Bristol scene and our documentation of it.
We hope you enjoy the first zine as much as we enjoyed putting it together. A link to the new Tape-Echo shop is located at the top of the website and also at the bottom of this article.
Tape-Echo shop is here
Thanks - Tape-Echo fam.
Funkrischi - Soulooption LP (2010)
Funkrischi is a 22 year old beatmaker from Saarbrücken…
"I listened to a lot of mixtapes and rap tracks during the 90’s- that’s the reason i started djing and making beats. I always wanted to scratch like all the dj’s did on those mixtapes. I loved the sound. So after getting my turntables and a mixer, I used to hang around at flea markets a lot- that’s why i bought an mpc 2000 xl. Shortly after that, I added an s950, an s1100 and an effect board. I love the sound of the 90’s…the crackling of the vinyl. That’s why I still buy vinyl and why I haven’t changed to be a digital dj.
I have to mention- the Soulooption LP has a bad quality, because back then, when I recorded it at home in my room, I had no real possibilities to master it. I wanted it to be born in my room, without any help from outside. I keep it real ;)”
Crates of AG have tried to improve the sound quality a bit and added 6 bonus tracks to the LP from Funkrischi soundcloud page.