Out now! WLR004 José Soberanes – The Rising Tide

Our fourth highly limited edition album is available today, in a run of just 50 copies! ‘The Rising Tide‘ is from Mexican sound artist José Soberanes and sees us return to some of the immersive Ambient/sound design work you may have heard in our first two releases. It is accompanied by artwork by Slovakian photographer Peter Nejedly. The album went up for sale to our mailing list last weekend with most copies having shifted already. There are just a few available still and these remaining copies can be grabbed by clicking HERE or the player above. Once it’s all sold out, you’ll still be able to purchase a digital version – to avoid missing out in the future, why not join our mailing list?

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“José Soberanes is a sound artist from the small town of Tula de Allende, Hidalgo, Mexico. Through his various projects, his work has appeared on labels such as Twice Removed, Impulsive Habitat, Éter Lab, Found Toys Creative and Mexican labels We Only Share (WOS) and Abolipop/Suplex.
José began working with sound around 4 years ago but has been rooted in music since his childhood with diverse influences including IDM, minimalism, micro sound, modern classical, experimental ambient, sound art, death metal and jazz.

His approach to producing Ambient/Drone music begins with small trips around his neighbourhood, taking in the sounds and moments that occur before taking this inspiration back to his studio.
In The Rising Tide, José strived to create something that would reflect his feelings of loss, anxiety and hope during what was a difficult time. These three elements form the basis of a thoroughly immersive sound environment spanning around 45 minutes with glimmers of hope flickering in and out of a wall of despair. Various sound sources were used within the 6 tracks, including acoustic and electric guitar, analogue synthesizer, static, analogue effects pedals, tape loops, field recordings and found sound.

The Rising Tide is an album that is designed to challenge the listener to rise above life’s turmoil, to take a chance and to make the best of every situation.”

credits
Catalog number: WLR004
Written, produced and mastered by José Soberanes
Photography by Peter Nejedly

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Out now! WLR003 Guy Gelem – Entirety

Our third highly limited edition album is available today, in a run of just 50 copies! ‘Entirety‘ by Israeli artist Guy Gelem is an album of brooding cello, guitar and atmospherics. The album went up for sale to our mailing list last weekend with most copies gone already. There are just a few available still and these remaining copies can be grabbed by clicking HERE or the player above. Once it’s all sold out, you’ll still be able to purchase a digital version – to avoid missing out in the future, why not join our mailing list?

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“Guy Gelem is a well travelled cellist and experimental artist from Israel with previous work made available through labels such as Quiet Design, Time Released Sound, Rural Colours and Mini50.
Guy’s sound is underpinned by the unique sound of his cello which is accompanied by recordings of other instruments such as guitars and an old Casio keyboard and typically his approach to composition is to layer the recordings, adding subtle passages of drone and textured field recordings.
His distinctive sound is striking so it’s no wonder that his musical influences are wide; these range from Radiohead, John Cage and Thelonius Monk, onto North African and traditional Jewish composers as well as taking in influences from nature, film and philosophy.

In ‘Entirety’ we are proud to present Guy Gelem’s first body of work since 2014, mastered by Tim Diagram (Maps & Diagrams, Hessien). The record is a brooding listen from start to finish as the cello takes centre stage, weaving through hints of the oriental and Arabic music that Guy has been reunited with over the last couple of years. Followers of his work will find enough familiarity within the record to recognise his extraordinary style, although the added eastern charm gives a whole new dimension. It is this sound that provides the main theme within ‘Entirety’ as Guy strives to reflect his roots having returned to his homeland after living overseas.
Another key element to this record are the track titles, which subtly reference themes from Jewish philosophy and belief.

‘Entirety’ will be the third release on Whitelabrecs and will be made available in a highly limited run of 50 handmade white label vinyl effect CDrs. Each copy is burnt, hand-stamped and shipped directly from the label along with a polaroid print of the cover artwork inside a circular vinyl style sleeve.

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Catalog number: WLR003
Written and produced by Guy Gelem
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Photography by Milan Očenáš

Out now! WLR002 Dave Kirby – Contrails

Already we have our second release out after just a couple of weeks. ‘Contrails’ by British artist Dave Kirby is out today! The album first went up for sale last weekend to our mailing list with most copies having been sold. There however a few available still and these last few can be grabbed by clicking HERE or the player above. Once it’s all sold out, you’ll still be able to purchase a digital version – to avoid missing out in the future, why not join our mailing list?

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Dave Kirby is a Somerset UK based sound artist who has been active since 1982. Over the years Dave has put work out on labels such as Tesco Org (Germany), Reverse Records, Broken Flag, Cold Spring, 3rd Stone, Occupied Silence and Place Editions to name but a few. He only started releasing music under his own name recently and you may perhaps be more familiar with his power electronic/industrial work as Satori or his occasional collaborative work with film maker Barry Hale as Duende.

Contrails as an album is part of Dave’s long-standing project ‘Extreme Environments’ which started in 1985. The original idea of the series was to create longer Ambient pieces recorded to cassette with the intention that the listener could play them back on headphones at a specified location. There were five previous tapes made available and in 2014 Dave decided to revive the project using digital music technology to provide further scope in the exploration of this idea. The first release was the soundtrack CD to ‘Helm’, a book by visual artist Baz Nichols. With ‘Contrails’, Dave prefers to refer to the six drone pieces that comprise the album as movements. It hones in on the act of movement and the forces that are disturbed as it occurs.

A first listen to Contrails might make you consider it as a ‘sleep album’ given its contemplative and calming presence but it is perhaps best enjoyed when taken to the outside world. As the components of this body of work unfold, you will become fascinated with how it interacts with the sounds and visuals of the outdoors.
It is fitting that the cover artwork (taken in Rome in 2006) is of a plane appeared to slowly traverse the sky as, like the music itself, despite the graceful nature in which the jet glided through the atmosphere there were powerful (and disruptive) forces at work.

‘Contrails’ is the second release on The White Lab and is available in a highly limited run of 50 handmade white label vinyl effect CDrs. Each copy is burnt, hand-stamped and shipped directly from the label along with a polaroid print of the cover artwork inside a circular vinyl style sleeve.”

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Catalog number: WLR002
Written and produced by Dave Kirby
Artwork by Dave Kirby

Coming soon…Dave Kirby | Contrails

We mean business this year so we’re pleased to announce our second release, hot on the heels of the recent debut album from The Restless Fields. Dave Kirbys Contrails will be available to order within the next couple of weeks and if you’re a fan of more Ambient based soundscapes, you’re in for a treat. Check out a preview of the album using the Soundcloud player below or keep an eye on our Facebook page to see a preview of the packaging.

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
“Dave Kirby is a Somerset UK based sound artist who has been active since 1982. Over the years Dave has put work out on labels such as Tesco Org (Germany), Reverse Records, Broken Flag, Cold Spring, 3rd Stone, Occupied Silence and Place Editions to name but a few. He only started releasing music under his own name recently and you may perhaps be more familiar with his power electronic/industrial work as Satori or his occasional collaborative work with film maker Barry Hale as Duende.

Contrails as an album is part of Dave’s long-standing project ‘Extreme Environments’ which started in 1985. The original idea of the series was to create longer Ambient pieces recorded to cassette with the intention that the listener could play them back on headphones at a specified location. There were five previous tapes made available and in 2014 Dave decided to revive the project using digital music technology to provide further scope in the exploration of this idea. The first release was the soundtrack CD to ‘Helm’, a book by visual artist Baz Nichols. With ‘Contrails’, Dave prefers to refer to the six drone pieces that comprise the album as movements. It hones in on the act of movement and the forces that are disturbed as it occurs.

A first listen to Contrails might make you consider it as a ‘sleep album’ given its contemplative and calming presence but it is perhaps best enjoyed when taken to the outside world. As the components of this body of work unfold, you will become fascinated with how it interacts with the sounds and visuals of the outdoors.
It is fitting that the cover artwork (taken in Rome in 2006) is of a plane appeared to slowly traverse the sky as, like the music itself, despite the graceful nature in which the jet glided through the atmosphere there were powerful (and disruptive) forces at work.

‘Contrails’ is the second release on The White Lab and is available in a highly limited run of 50 handmade white label vinyl effect CDrs. Each copy is burnt, hand-stamped and shipped directly from the label along with a polaroid print of the cover artwork inside a circular vinyl style sleeve.

 

Out now! WLR001 The Restless Fields

After a couple of months getting everything together, we’re finally able to announce our very first release! The self-titled The Restless Fields album went out to our mailing list last weekend and most copies have been snapped up – there are still a few available however and these last few can be grabbed by clicking HERE or the player above. Once it’s all sold out, you can purchase a digital version – to avoid missing out in the future, why not join our mailing list?

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The Restless Fields is a collaborative project between Philipp Bückleand David Folkmann Drost. Although their eponymous debut album is centered mostly around live performance, the pair are spread out geographically; Philipp is from Dortmund, Germany whilst Dane David is currently residing in Malmö, Sweden. The Restless Fields project may be new to many, but some of you may be familiar with their solo work as these artists have built separate discographies listing labels such asEglantine Records, Morr Music, Tarkovsky Green and Dendron Records via their respective pseudonyms Teamforest and Moongazing Hare. Not to mention collaborative works with the likes of Monolyth & Cobalt andNils Quak.

The project began when there was a schedule problem for a ‘Beth Kleist‘ booking (Philipp’s  work alongside Nils Quak) at a festival in a church in Dortmund. Cue a speculative invite to a more than willing David Folkmann Drost, The Restless Fields were born as the pair took stage. They have also since performed at the Fanø Free Folk Festival, where they were lucky to appear alongside other headline acts includingSvarte Greiner.

In the self-titled album The Restless Fields, we have a four piece record which is near enough a completely live set. Both artists approached the recording in a different way as Philipp’s deliberate attention to detail combines with David’s more impressionistic approach. Philipp’s sonic arsenal included a Jazzmaster guitar, some Strymon pedals, a Moogerfooger and an OP-1 as well as field recordings he’d captured in Paris. David’s consisted of a bowed dulcimer, bells, some melodica, voice and various pedals. There was no pre-conceived idea of a concept or particular direction, other than sinking into a shared space.

The Restless Fields is the inaugral release on The White Lab and is available in a highly limited run of 50 handmade white label vinyl effect CDrs. Each copy is burnt, hand-stamped and shipped directly from the label along with a polaroid print of the cover artwork inside a circular vinyl style sleeve.”

credits
Catalog number: WLR001
Written and produced by Philipp Bückle and David Folkmann Drost
Artwork by David Folkmann Drost

Coming soon… The Restless Fields

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Since launching the label site we’ve had a great response and have started to get some interest from artists, musicians and fans. We’re now pleased to be able to share with you a preview of our first ever release, which is a self-titled debut album from The Restless Fields.

Whitelabrecs releases will be made available suddenly without official release dates and the best way to keep informed is to join our mailing list – more news on this will be available soon once we have set it up. Just ahead of the release day we’ll post up pictures of the packaging so stay tuned to avoid missing out.

press release
The Restless Fields is a collaborative project between Philipp Bückle and David Folkmann Drost. Although their eponymous debut album is centered mostly around live performance, the pair are spread out geographically; Philipp is from Dortmund, Germany whilst Dane David is currently residing in Malmö, Sweden. The Restless Fields project may be new to many, but some of you may be familiar with their solo work as these artists have built separate discographies listing labels such as Eglantine Records, Morr Music, Tarkovsky Green and Dendron Records via their respective pseudonyms Teamforest and Moongazing Hare. Not to mention collaborative works with the likes of Monolyth & Cobalt and Nils Quak.

The project began when there was a schedule problem for a ‘Beth Kleist‘ booking (Philipp’s  work alongside Nils Quak) at a festival in a church in Dortmund. Cue a speculative invite to a more than willing David Folkmann Drost, The Restless Fields were born as the pair took stage. They have also since performed at the Fanø Free Folk Festival, where they were lucky to appear alongside other headline acts including Svarte Greiner.

In the self-titled album The Restless Fields, we have a four piece record which is near enough a completely live set. Both artists approached the recording in a different way as Philipp’s deliberate attention to detail combines with David’s more impressionistic approach. Philipp’s sonic arsenal included a Jazzmaster guitar, some Strymon pedals, a Moogerfooger and an OP-1 as well as field recordings he’d captured in Paris. David’s consisted of a bowed dulcimer, bells, some melodica, voice and various pedals. There was no pre-conceived idea of a concept or particular direction, other than sinking into a shared space.

The Restless Fields is the inaugral release on The White Lab and is available in a highly limited run of 50 handmade white label vinyl effect CDrs. Each copy is burnt, hand-stamped and shipped directly from the label along with a polaroid print of the cover artwork inside a circular vinyl style sleeve.”