eRecord005 Magnofon – Terrarium

Today we announced the next editions in our digital-only series, eRecords!
‘Terrarium’ is an album by Whitelabrecs’ owner Harry Towell, as Magnofon. This is a side-project from his ambient work as Spheruleus, so that he can experiment with Deep House music production. He has adapted the Magnofon style for Whitelabrecs, to create a blend of Ambient Techno, Dub Electronica and Micro House.

eRecords is a digital record series created by Whitelabrecs, to run alongside our physical releases. These editions aim to transform the digital format into something that can be experienced in a similar way to a listener’s interaction with a real, white label vinyl record. Each edition includes a special PDF scrapbook including polaroids and liner notes.

We do not publish details about the concepts or production methods of a release so that the liner notes and content in each scrapbook will reveal the background of each edition in the series.

catalog: eR005
artist: magnofon
release title: terrarium
release type: album
location: lincolnshire, united kingdom

released April 23, 2022

Written and produced by Harry Towell
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Cover artwork by Harry Towell
Art and design by Harry Towell

You can find out more information about eRecords in our landing page link, below:

eRecord004 Ben Zucker – Having Becames

Today we announced the next editions in our digital-only series, eRecords!
‘Having Becames’ is a mini album from Chicago based artist Ben Zucker, a composer and vibraphone player.

eRecords is a digital record series created by Whitelabrecs, to run alongside our physical releases. These editions aim to transform the digital format into something that can be experienced in a similar way to a listener’s interaction with a real, white label vinyl record. Each edition includes a special PDF scrapbook including polaroids and liner notes.

We do not publish details about the concepts or production methods of a release so that the liner notes and content in each scrapbook will reveal the background of each edition in the series.

catalog: eR004
artist: ben zucker
release title: having becames
release type: mini album
location: chicago, united states

released April 23, 2022

Written and produced by Ben Zucker
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Cover artwork by Ben Zucker
Art and design by Harry Towell

You can find out more information about eRecords in our landing page link, below:

eRecord003 Headland – Bullfinch

Today we announced the next editions in our brand new digital-only series, eRecords!
‘Bullfinch’ is a two track EP from Australia based artists Headland.

eRecords is a digital record series created by Whitelabrecs, to run alongside our physical releases. These editions aim to transform the digital format into something that can be experienced in a similar way to a listener’s interaction with a real, white label vinyl record. Each edition includes a special PDF scrapbook including polaroids and liner notes.

We do not publish details about the concepts or production methods of a release, and we will only make one track available for streaming. This is so that the liner notes and content in each scrapbook, and the audio files will give you the background of each edition in the series.

catalog: eR003
artist: headland
release title: bullfinch
release type: ep
location: little lennox, australia

released March 26, 2022

arranged by murray paterson
mixed by christian pyle at prawn & spanner
mastered by michael worthington at soundworthy
artwork: map of water by betty paterson
art and design by Harry Towell

You can find out more information about eRecords in our landing page link, below:

eRecord002 Jens Pauly – 1989

Today we announced the next editions in our brand new digital-only series, eRecords!
‘1989’ is a short EP from Cologne, Germany based musician Jens Pauly, who had released two CDs with us in the past, including Vihne and Below.

eRecords is a digital record series created by Whitelabrecs, to run alongside our physical releases. These editions aim to transform the digital format into something that can be experienced in a similar way to a listener’s interaction with a real, white label vinyl record. Each edition includes a special PDF scrapbook including polaroids and liner notes.

We do not publish details about the concepts or production methods of a release, and we will only make one track available for streaming. This is so that the liner notes and content in each scrapbook, and the audio files will give you the background of each edition in the series.

catalog: eR002
artist: jens pauly
release title: 1989
release type: ep
location: cologne, germany

released March 26, 2022

written and produced by Jens Pauly
mastered by Alexandr Vatagin
cover photo taken in 1989 by Jens Pauly
art and design by Harry Towell

You can find out more information about eRecords in our landing page link, below:

New series: eRecords

Whitelabrecs was set-up in 2016, originally releasing hand made CDrs that looked just like mini white label vinyl, complete with accompanying Polaroid art and title stamped in coloured ink. In 2018 we switched to printed gatefold vinyl effect CDrs and since the beginning, we’ve occasionally released digital work too.

We’re aware that the listening habits of future generations will change, with their needs increasingly likely to search for something immediate, streamable to Bluetooth speakers, space saving, and not impacting the environment. We still love our CDs, we still love vinyl, but we do love digital too and this format will always have a place in our catalog. The problem however has been that we love designing concepts, coming up with creative packaging ideas and sourcing high quality artwork. We’ve felt that digital has its drawbacks in terms of design and conveying that special feeling you get when you hold a physical edition.

Slowly, we have been working on a new series of digital editions to supplement our CDs. This will be a new space for artists to experiment, collaborate, record anonymously, promote themselves, not to mention an increased chance of featuring in our catalog. We receive so many quality demos that would be a good fit for the label, but making CDs is expensive and we have to agonise over every penny spent on making them, such is the landscape of selling physical music nowadays. This is an opportunity for us to work with more talented people, share more music, and for us to experiment more too.

Our new series takes an image of a vinyl sleeve and blank labelled disc, with a rubber-stamped logo and frame, and typewritten artist and title. For each release, colours and artists will change, but the dusty old sleeve design ideas remain the same. You’ll only hear one track on the release’s Bandcamp page and the rest are hidden. Everything is contained within the download which includes a range of high quality audio file format options and a PDF scrapbook which features liner notes, a Polaroid image of the cover art (reminiscent of our early releases), tracklist, credits, additional images and links from the artist. The duration of the music will not exceed the maximum length of a normal vinyl album and we hope that our digital releases are the closest they can be to capturing that magical feeling of holding a physical album, in a digital form.

Our first edition of the new eRecords series is from Whitelabrecs’ very own Harry Towell, under his Spheruleus project which has been active since 2008. The EP will be out on the 26th of February and fittingly, is entitled ‘Inaugurate’ as the series commences.

For eRecords, we will not create the 5 minute Soundcloud previews of all the tracks. Instead, we will share one full track or an excerpt from the record to give you a hint of what the full release sounds like.
Click on the player above, where you can take a listen to ‘a blank horizon’ from the very first eRecord in this new series.