Out Now! Ed Cooke – Little Fire

For our 45th limited edition release, which of course is a CDr presented to mimic a ’45’ vinyl record, we welcome aboard Ed Cooke. Ed has released previously with the likes of  Rural Colours, Audio Gourmet and Vent. ‘Little Fire‘ is a warm and exotic blend of guitar and percussion songs, a perfect reflection back over the summer months for those of us with seasons! For Ed, the record is a personal account of his family and work life between Thailand and Malaysia. For the rest of us, this not only serves as a window into this but also, as a sun-bleached transmission of far eastern climes. This one might appeal to those who enjoy Danny Paul Grody, Pullman or Padang Food Tigers.

This album was announced to our mailing list last weekend and there are but 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/little-fire

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press release
Ed Cooke is a Londoner currently living in Malaysia and Thailand, who has previous releases on Rural Colours, Vent Sounds and Audio Gourmet. Ed began home recording in the late 1990s, not long after days of performing in a few bands. Ed’s approach begins with experiments with different guitar tunings and a search for a hook or melody which usually contains more sonic elements in the mix. He doesn’t leave things there, once the backbone of a song is created as a lot happens in the production stage, with careful editing of fades and subtly woven Asian textures inspired by his current lifestyle.

We’re informed that Ed has a widespread selection of influences but he cites Bert Jansch, Scott Tuma, Padang Food Tigers and Six Organs of Admittance as primary drivers to his own experiments with guitar and electro acoustic music. ‘Little Fire’ was designed to be meditative and distant and the varying tunings and harmonics help the sound wash over you as you listen. The album is centered around melodic arpeggio hooks on both acoustic and electric guitar, alongside layers of slide guitar and feedback, not to mention Asian Folk rhythms and texture. Wind and percussion sounds were made using local bamboo instruments. The sound structures blend cultures, as the album draws from colourful Eastern and Western Folk sounds and places these against a warmth reminiscent of 70s Dub production.
Little Fire contains autobiographical moments recorded during the first 7 years of Ed’s eldest son’s life. These songs are Ed’s tribute to him and the inspiration he and the rest of the family give him. The track ‘Waiting For Water’ was named because it was recorded when his family’s home was nearly flooded during the Bangkok floods of 2011. His wife also sings vocals on the track ‘Worth’. Some pieces were recorded during a time when Ed had to live away from his family for career reasons. ‘Closer To The Equator’ was made in Southern Malaysia where he felt a long way from his home in Thailand. It is also a tribute to his much missed Thai father-in-law, who sadly passed away during post-production.

Whilst to us the listener the sounds could not possibly map out all of Ed’s journeys and experiences, the tone and presentation of the recordings give an exotic, well-travelled account, which is full of warmth to fuel our own imagination.

credits
Written and produced by Ed Cooke
Mastered by James Armstrong
Photography by Ed Cooke
Artwork by Harry Towell

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Out Now! dziadosz/mreńca – mirage (reworks)

Next we welcome Polish artists Bartosz Dziadosz and Tomasz Mreńca with Mirage, which is a reissue and adaptation from a release on Taalem last year. The album includes artwork by Peter Nejedly and the album opens with interpretations of the original Modern Classical composition by SpheruleusSven Laux and Giulio Aldinucci. The remastered version of Mirage then closes out this record, with the dark and mysterious listening experience recalling the work of The Frozen Vaults, Erik Skodvin or Max Richter.

This album was announced to our mailing list last weekend and there are but 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/mirage-reworks

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press release
Bartosz Dziadosz and Tomasz Mreńca are friends and artists from Poland. They started collaborating on musical projects a few years ago, most notably as part of modern classical group The Frozen Vaults which also include Harry Towell, Yuki Murata and Dave Dhonau. This group saw a far flung collaboration with locations including the United Kingdom, Japan as well as Poland and recordings shared over great distance as the project developed.

In ‘Mirage’ and also the recent ‘Black Lake’, the project sees Bartosz and Tomasz collaborate closer to home. Bartosz records solo material as Pleq and works with sound as part of the theatre whereas Tomasz generates sounds on analog synthesisers and violin. Mirage was originally released as a 3 inch CDr via Belgian label Taâlem last year and we’re pleased to present this piece in its remastered state, alongside reworks and interpretations from Spheruleus, Sven Laux and Giulio Aldinucci. Each of these renowned composers were invited to portray the dark, mysterious passages of Mirage in a different light, making for an album experience rather than a simple reissue with ‘remixes’.

Spheruleus selected a looping section of the original strings in a brooding, dramatic piece steeped in tape decay, Sven Laux has focused more on the timbral quality of the strings whereas Giulio Aldinucci sculpts the piece into a dynamic drone which reaches a subtly noise shrouded crescendo. The reworks are followed by the original, in all its glory.

We’re informed that Mirage was inspired by Witold Lutosławski as Bartosz and Tomasz had listened to his work together.
When they set about composing Mirage, they wanted to create this in their image and since they are so used to each other’s company, they did not need to labour into plans and concepts. Instead, the music flowed freely. The concept became the action of creating itself, in a way which etches a description of the artists themselves, for the listener to decode.

credits
Written and produced Bartosz Dziadosz and Tomasz Mreńca
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Artwork by Peter Nejedly

[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

Whitelabrecs Box Set Volume 2

We’ve managed another 20 releases since our last box set, so we thought we’d prepare ‘volume 2’ following our last set which covered releases 1-20.
This new box set starts at re-issuing a ‘whitelabel vinyl’ effect version of our Whitelabsounds compilation and includes all catalog numbers until WLR040, which is Daliah’s Holy Mountain.

Also included are some out of print items, from artists such as Sven Laux, Steve Pacheco, The Prairie Lines and Slow Heart Music.

We’re committed not to re-press any albums as we want to keep things small and collectable but for those looking to either preserve the collection or play ‘catch-up’ if you’ve only recently discovered us, we think it’d be nice to make things available as a box set.

The package itself is simple and ‘DIY‘, very much like each of the CDr releases we put out with a card board box being the perfect size to comfortably house the 20 discs. The boxes are hand-stamped in an ink colour of your choosing and the vinyl-style CDrs will be contained with a polaroid of the cover artwork and inside card sleeves. Again, you can choose the colour of the sleeves.
You’ll be contacted following your purchase and we’ll consult on your options and then we’ll order the materials, burn the discs and deliver to you securely!

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

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/merch/whitelabrecs-cdr-box-set-21-40

Out Now! Francis M. Gri – Apart

We’ve some big news to announce and that’s that Harry (the label owner) and his wife will be having a baby in October, so things may slow down just a little towards the end of the year as he adjusts to a few changes…
There’s a lot of the schedule to work to so the plan is step things up a bit so don’t be surprised to see a couple of albums emerge per month from here on in. Stay tuned too for something special to celebrate our 50th release!

Next we head over to Italy to welcome Francis M. Gri, who records under his own name and is based in Milan. Francis runs the KrysaliSound label and is also scheduled to release an album with US label Time Released Sound. His work for us was produced using reworked material assembled from his hard-drive and these are longer pieces than we tend to release. Each piece is completely enveloping, with guitar and synth drones joined by loops, reversing textures and light shards of noise/static. This should grab those who follow Christopher WillitsFennesz or Leandro Fresco.

You can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or grab one of the remaining copies or a digital version by clicking the bandcamp player or link below.

This went to out to our mailing list last weekend and at time of writing, we’ve still got some copies left. To find out more, you can click the link below or on the image above to listen. To avoid missing out on our future releases, you ca join our mailing list HERE

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

press release
Francis M. Gri is a multi-instrumental composer currently residing in Milan, Italy, who also curates the KrysaliSound record label. His previous releases have appeared on his own label as well as Final Muzik and he’s also due an album on US imprint Time Released Sound.
Francis began playing guitar when he was 13 before he also progressed to piano and in time he began to perform as part of his first dark ethereal band ‘All My Faith Lost’. His musical experiences have culminated in his work under his own name since 2010, which straddles the Ambient, Electro Acoustic and Electronic genres. His studio material draws influence from many contemporary artists, such as Taylor Deupree, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Sigur Ros and Ludovico Einaudi.

Apart shares a name with a former production moniker, as Francis compiles recordings made from unpublished works under this name. The material was gathered from a hard-drive backup created between 2003 and 2005 where he found the previously completed tracks would not load due to a technical glitch. Fortunately he had saved the individual sound components so he decided to rework these into new compositions. He decided not to add any additional tracks and set about stretching, detuning, reversing and treating the sounds with effects before he arrived at a set of 2 mid-length pieces. He created a new piece entitled ‘Last’ which was created around the time he was working with ‘In This Room’ and ‘Hidden Reflections’ and originally shared the work as a free download.

Not long after, Francis had sent us his album and we were thoroughly impressed, feeling that these three tracks serve as a cohesive album experience and deserved a physical release.
The longer-form nature of the tracks which loop with folds of subtle emotional detail make for an immersive listening experience that you’ll surely get lost in, as shimmering drones, synth and guitar lines collide effortlessly.

credits
Written, produced and mastered by Francis M.Gri
Artwork by Francis M.Gri

Out Now! Daliah – Holy Mountain

This morning we’re proud to have released our 40th record, which means the second of our 20 disc box set series will be due out imminently.
For those who are collecting the originals, please read on…

Next up, our roster of artists hops back to USA as we welcome Nashville, Tennessee artist John Clubb, who records as Daliah. John’s output to date consists of a tape release on Chilean label No Problema and he also has self-released material available on his Bandcamp page. ‘Holy Mountain‘ is a curious blend of Ambient drones and electronic sampling techniques, as piano and synth are blended with glitching, light noise and hiss. It also sees the return of our regular collaborator Federica Jeanne de Luca, who has now contributed artwork to three of our releases. This one might be enjoyed by fans of Clark, Tsone or Aphex Twin’s Ambient Works.

You can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or grab one of the remaining copies or a digital version by clicking the bandcamp player or link below.

This went to out to our mailing list last weekend and at time of writing, we’ve still got some copies left. To find out more, you can click the link below or on the image above to listen. To avoid missing out on our future releases, you ca join our mailing list HERE

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/holy-mountain

press release
Daliah is a Nashville, TN based Californian named John Clubb whose output to date has consisted of a tape on Chilean label NO PROBLEMA as well as self releases work. He has been mixing and recording for around a decade and his current approach is based around simple melodies, recorded on the fly with a portable midi controller and laptop. He then goes through a layering process which enables him to escape from reality as he gets lost within the loops.

John has a wide-ranging set of influences to his sound, however he cites Japanese musician Hitoshi Yoshimura’s Music For 9 Postcards as a particular inspiration behind his album for Whitelabrecs.

This formed a starting point for ‘Holy Mountain’ as John was transfixed by how Yoshimura conveyed his memory of several moments of time into sound.

Holy Mountain is a set of recordings which serve as sombre drones and/or sleepy lullabies. The curious approach to production blends live instrument recordings with an electronic sampling approach and includes tiny fragments of detail such as field recordings and the subtle sound of breathing.

Breathing leads onto how John sees his creation process and for him, writing, playing and recording Ambient music is his form of meditation.
Holy Mountain is a sonic journal which documents John’s journey through good and bad, over a two year period. He keeps the exact content of this journal close to his chest and we the listeners are left with a suite of beautiful sound in which we can only dream of how his accompanying postcard memories might appear. As you too get lost inside the loops of John’s journey, you can gaze at the accompanying artwork by Federica Jeanne de Luca, which helps set an abstract scene.

credits
Written and produced by John Clubb
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Artwork by Federica Jeanne de Luca

Out Now! Valotihkuu – Fragile Melodies

This morning we released our 39th release in our usual run of 50 vinyl-effect CDrs…

We’ve got something perfect for the spring/summer as we welcome Russian artist Valotihkuu with Fragile Melodies. This one’s full of warmth as bells, lap harp and guitar are resampled and treated with plenty of tape effects. This should appeal to those who follow Federico Durand, Darren Harper or Cass

Since releasing to our label subscribers last week, this release has absolutely flown out with nearly all copies going before it’s even officially released! Fortunately Sven will soon have some copies available via his Bandcamp page and you’ll be able to purchase a digital version from there or with us.

You can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or grab one of the remaining copies or a digital version by clicking the bandcamp player or link below.

This went to out to our mailing list last weekend and at time of writing, we’ve still got some copies left. To find out more, you can click the link below or on the image above to listen. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/fragile-melodies

press release
Valotihkuu is Denis Davydov who is from the industrial Russian city of Cherepovets, with previous releases appearing on Russian independent labels such as Ветер в Ивах and Unline. Denis has been active since 2010 and has amassed a discography which also includes several self-released projects available by his Bandcamp page.
We fell in love with 2017’s ‘Spring and All’ and urged Denis to produce something for Whitelabrecs; he kindly obliged by sending us ‘Fragile Melodies’.

Denis tends to start his recording process by searching for interesting or unusual sounds whether this be background noise or the sounds of outdoors. He then marries these with musical instrument, tape and digital sampler experiments with plenty of resampling and layering as part of the process influenced by dreams, the natural world, stargazing and childhood memories.
In Fragile Melodies, we’re pleased to present a record that could be described as both frail and serene, with Denis having spent a great deal of time editing previously recorded samples of musical instruments. These include bells, lap harp, music box and guitar and he strived to manipulate the sounds so that they could tell a story separately without adding new elements, harmonies and melodic lines. The sounds transform in a unique way, as a sort of scent which floats into the air before you and each time you try to capture this, it dissolves. During the period that this album was created, Denis would walk a lot, listening and thinking about the fragments of sound he had been concocting, trying to reflect on how these could be presented as a light but elusive set of textures. With each walk, he’d be aware of the intangible nature of his own childhood memories as they flickered into focus for a fleeting second. He decided to use Fragile Melodies as a means to transfer such delicacy through sounds, textures and melodies.

credits
Written, produced and mastered by Denis Davydov
Photography by Denis Davydov
Artwork by Harry Towell
Catalog Number: WLR039