Out Now! Masaya Kato – Contact

Next up, we’re pleased to welcome Yokohama, Japan based artist Masaya Kato who has previously released with Time Released Sound and Somehow RecordingsContact is an album which focuses on just two elements: subtle drones using Rhodes keys and magnetic noise using tape reel noise, 8mm film, vinyl and VHS noise. The album unfolds subconsciously over 8 movements, with a minimalist approach to production serving as a sleepy listen from start to finish. This might be one for those who enjoy work by Jan Jelinek, Sustainer’s ‘Taps’ or Masayoshi Fujita.

This album was announced to our mailing list last weekend and there are a few copies left at the time of writing. You can listen to the album in full by hitting play above or clicking the link below, where you can purchase a physical or digital version. To avoid missing out on our future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/contact

Whitelabrecs low-run releases will be made available suddenly without official release dates, meaning they’re likely to sell out fast. The best way to keep informed is to join our mailing list which can be located through our website menu.

press release
Masaya Kato is an artist from Japan who has been active since 2011, with previous releases on Time Released Sound and Somehow Recordings. Masaya’s influences tend to be from poetry as well as video and performing arts.

Typically, his compositions will are born out of Fender Rhodes or Piano sketches along with additional sounds of magnetic noises. ‘Contact’ is an album which focuses on two elements: Fender Rhodes keys and layers of magnetic noise derived from tape reels, vinyl, 8mm film and VHS. Masaya has created a body of work that serves to relax, unrest and restore through passages of crackling, unassuming Rhodes drones.

The tone of Rhodes keys is typically an immediate rush of melody, instantly recognisable and usually used in soul, house and jazz genres for its deep tones. When used to create Ambient drones, the feint swells of decaying chords serve as the subtlest blend. Against the hiss, crackle and pop of the magnetic noise sounds, the minimalist melodic textures were created as Masaya has strived to extinguish his body into the empty air around him.
Contact is something that simply exists and seems to transcend time as if dozens of blank audio/visual recording mediums are combined, to reveal lulling caverns of light. If you’ve ever seen dust rise into a room when sunlight appears through partially open curtains, or puddles of water rippling in the rain, you’ll already know how this feels.

credits
Written, produced and mastered by Masaya Kato
Artwork by Peter Nejedly

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[whitelabtapes] – wlr-t02 – [mixed by Andrew Sherwell]

Last year we made a small batch of 20 mixtapes available after a disagreement between my wife and I, as she didn’t think people still had tape players. I decided to prove her wrong and put together a special anonymous mix solely using Whitelabrecs material and the tapes sold out in hours.

I’m not sure why, but we haven’t made any more and I’d love this to become a series that anyone can get involved in – over the last few weeks I’ve been in touch with Andrew Sherwell who released ‘Orthodox Tales’ with us earlier this year and he’s kindly assembled the wlt-02!
Many record labels create compilation samplers of material but for our version of this, we decided that mixtapes would be a fun format to introduce people to the label, similar to how vinyl DJ mixes might have been home-taped back in the 1990s.

Andrew’s mix traverses two different paths over sides A and B,
with a dark opening to A unfolding to lighter, dreamy moments with the accompanying micro sounds of overlapping field recordings. Side B is more of the same, yet with added warmth. As always, the tracklist is anonymous as these tapes are intended to be works of art in their own right, rather than a compilation tape.

There are so many amazing releases on Whitelabrecs. 
I should imagine that it would be quite a daunting exercise, a label specific mix. Where to start? What tracks to choose? Or harder still, what tracks to leave out? Impossible.
Luckily for me, when Harry suggested the idea, I already had a head start. I was already working on a mix which contained quite a few Whitelabrecs tracks. It was a mix to accompany my habitual dusk-time walk along a wild and deserted estuary foreshore, next to which my elderly parents live. A few blustery moments in which to forget the pressing effects of the passing of time, to stop worrying about what is surely hurrying towards us, and to just be……present.
With quite a tricky limit of just under 23 minutes a side, I edited the mix down, keeping the Whitelabrecs tracks already there in place, adding others that suited the mood. Soon the two sides developed their own personalities. Side One: the walk from the house to the rock from which to watch the sun sink slowly into the mouth of the estuary. Side Two: the walk back to the house in the gathering gloom.
Recorded digitally within Ableton (my laptop is all I had with me.) Some tracks are edited, some have additional processing, some suffered both. Thanks to Harry for the invite and to all Whitelabrecs’ amazing artists. Apologies to those artists whose work I have mangled.
For my parents.-ANDREW SHERWELL

The cover artwork printed on the packaging was taken during a huge thunderstorm at the end of an extended period without rain.

Released August 17, 2018
Mixed by Andrew Sherwell
Artwork by Harry Towell

You can visit the dedicated page on the Whitelabrecs Bandcamp site where an order can be placed by clicking below or HERE

Coming soon…Masaya Kato – Contact

Next up, we’re pleased to welcome Yokohama, Japan based artist Masaya Kato who has previously released with Time Released Sound and Somehow RecordingsContact is an album which focuses on just two elements: subtle drones using Rhodes keys and magnetic noise using tape reel noise, 8mm film, vinyl and VHS noise. The album unfolds subconsciously over 8 movements, with a minimalist approach to production serving as a sleepy listen from start to finish. This might be one for those who enjoy work by Jan Jelinek, Sustainer’s ‘Taps’ or Masayoshi Fujita.

Whitelabrecs low-run releases will be made available suddenly without official release dates, meaning they’re likely to sell out fast. The best way to keep informed is to join our mailing list which can be located through our website menu.

press release
Masaya Kato is an artist from Japan who has been active since 2011, with previous releases on Time Released Sound and Somehow Recordings. Masaya’s influences tend to be from poetry as well as video and performing arts.

Typically, his compositions will are born out of Fender Rhodes or Piano sketches along with additional sounds of magnetic noises. ‘Contact’ is an album which focuses on two elements: Fender Rhodes keys and layers of magnetic noise derived from tape reels, vinyl, 8mm film and VHS. Masaya has created a body of work that serves to relax, unrest and restore through passages of crackling, unassuming Rhodes drones.

The tone of Rhodes keys is typically an immediate rush of melody, instantly recognisable and usually used in soul, house and jazz genres for its deep tones. When used to create Ambient drones, the feint swells of decaying chords serve as the subtlest blend. Against the hiss, crackle and pop of the magnetic noise sounds, the minimalist melodic textures were created as Masaya has strived to extinguish his body into the empty air around him.
Contact is something that simply exists and seems to transcend time as if dozens of blank audio/visual recording mediums are combined, to reveal lulling caverns of light. If you’ve ever seen dust rise into a room when sunlight appears through partially open curtains, or puddles of water rippling in the rain, you’ll already know how this feels.

credits
Written, produced and mastered by Masaya Kato
Artwork by Peter Nejedly

Out Now! Ashlar – Distant Scenes

Our next release sees the collaboration between Wil Bolton and Phil Edwards (owner of Assembly Field Recordings) continue, under their Ashlar alias. This follows previous material which had appeared on  Time Released Sound (2012) and Hibernate Recordings (2014). Distant Scenes shows a progression in their sound: whilst the previous material was recorded via jam sessions in Liverpool, their latest work was recorded in distant locations after Wil had moved to London. The sound is a beautiful collection of piano and guitar drones, with field recordings also taking centre stage. This might be one for those who enjoy work by Ian Hawgood, David Newlyn or Caught In The Wake Forever.

The vinyl-effect CDr version of this release is unfortunately sold out, however you can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or grab a digital version by clicking the bandcamp player above or the link below.

This album was announced to our mailing list last weekend and it had completely sold out at source 2 days before release day! To avoid missing out on our future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/distant-scenes

press release
Ashlar are British duo Wil Bolton from London and Phil Edwards from The Wirral, Liverpool. They began collaborating around 2011 ahead of their debut release ‘Saturday Drones’ on Time Released Sound and followed this up with ‘St. James’ Gardens’ on Hibernate Recordings in 2014.

These albums were the result of lazy Saturday afternoons spent in various public houses in Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter which were followed by evenings spent jamming in Wil’s studio. In the early days, both artists were residents of the city, meaning impromptu recording sessions could be arranged with relative ease. However, after the first two albums Wil relocated back to London, which meant that when they began to work together again, a very different approach was necessary. Instead of jamming and producing together, they worked remotely, usually initiated by the sharing of recordings, which were then added to, processed and bounced back and forth until the final tracks emerged.

With ‘Distant Scenes’ most of the sounds began as piano loops (played by Wil) and acoustic guitar parts (played by Phil), which were heavily processed and re-processed several times using both software effects and guitar pedals. Where the first two albums featured environmental sounds from the local area, the field recordings here were made by both artists separately, in wildly varied locations including Japan, Korea and the UK.
Unlike their initial work, this new method of working has taken a great deal longer to fully realise, given that the process was less immediate and more meticulous.

Distant Scenes is an album built around distance, time and space as their different recording locations inspired new but separate ideas. A warm but blurry canvas has been woven over a four year period, as time has rusted the memories of the good old days spent jamming on their earlier albums and newer ideas have been corroded into a melancholic fuzz.

credits
Written and produced by Wil Bolton and Phil Edwards
Mastered by Wil Bolton
Artwork by Wil Bolton

Coming soon…Ashlar – Distant Scenes

Our next release sees the collaboration between Wil Bolton and Phil Edwards (owner of Assembly Field Recordings) continue, under their Ashlar alias. This follows previous material which had appeared on  Time Released Sound (2012) and Hibernate Recordings (2014). Distant Scenes shows a progression in their sound: whilst the previous material was recorded via jam sessions in Liverpool, their latest work was recorded in distant locations after Wil had moved to London. The sound is a beautiful collection of piano and guitar drones, with field recordings also taking centre stage. This might be one for those who enjoy work by Ian Hawgood, David Newlyn or Caught In The Wake Forever.

Whitelabrecs low-run releases will be made available suddenly without official release dates, meaning they’re likely to sell out fast. The best way to keep informed is to join our mailing list which can be located through our website menu.

press release
Ashlar are British duo Wil Bolton from London and Phil Edwards from The Wirral, Liverpool. They began collaborating around 2011 ahead of their debut release ‘Saturday Drones’ on Time Released Sound and followed this up with ‘St. James’ Gardens’ on Hibernate Recordings in 2014.

These albums were the result of lazy Saturday afternoons spent in various public houses in Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter which were followed by evenings spent jamming in Wil’s studio. In the early days, both artists were residents of the city, meaning impromptu recording sessions could be arranged with relative ease. However, after the first two albums Wil relocated back to London, which meant that when they began to work together again, a very different approach was necessary. Instead of jamming and producing together, they worked remotely, usually initiated by the sharing of recordings, which were then added to, processed and bounced back and forth until the final tracks emerged.

With ‘Distant Scenes’ most of the sounds began as piano loops (played by Wil) and acoustic guitar parts (played by Phil), which were heavily processed and re-processed several times using both software effects and guitar pedals. Where the first two albums featured environmental sounds from the local area, the field recordings here were made by both artists separately, in wildly varied locations including Japan, Korea and the UK.
Unlike their initial work, this new method of working has taken a great deal longer to fully realise, given that the process was less immediate and more meticulous.

Distant Scenes is an album built around distance, time and space as their different recording locations inspired new but separate ideas. A warm but blurry canvas has been woven over a four year period, as time has rusted the memories of the good old days spent jamming on their earlier albums and newer ideas have been corroded into a melancholic fuzz.

credits
Written and produced by Wil Bolton and Phil Edwards
Mastered by Wil Bolton
Artwork by Wil Bolton