Coming soon… Various Artists – A Speechless Body

We have another compilation album of sorts lined-up to begin this new year. This one is a concept album called A Speechless Body an idea originally conceived by Argentinian artist Mi Cosa de Resistance who then invited Andrew Heath, Ciro Berenguer, Hymns57 and Pepo Galan to create 2 tracks each, relating back to the previous track. The idea is that the album plays as a series of ‘chapters’, as if it were a book and this compilation album will be available for pre-order on Friday the 7th of January.

A Speechless Body‘ will be available in one of our typically low runs of 100 gatefold vinyl-effect CDrs, complete with art and design by Andrew Heath.

It will be released officially on Saturday the 15th of January. If you join our mailing list using the link below, we’ll make sure you’re the first to hear.

press release
“Take five ambient composers from around the world. Ask them to create two pieces or chapters each which in turn relate, just as in a book, to the previous chapter but all constructed in two halves as a palindrome and you have an amazing and intriguing ambient work – A Speechless Body.

Originally conceived by the Argentinian experimental musician, Mi Cosa de Resistance, it quickly grew to include Ciro Berenguer, Pepo Galán, Hymns 57 and Andrew Heath and became an incredible journey from one place to another and then back again, taking in some beautiful ambient scenes along the way.

Diverse? Yes but delightfully so and it’s testament to these artist’s wonderful craft that everything works seamlessly. It guides you along this stunning ambient journey and is finally set into its own cohesive world by the mastering skills of James Edward Armstrong who frames the work perfectly. The stories and narrative within these ‘chapters’ is told through track titles, sound and the album artwork only. The rest, is to your own imagination.

credits
Written and produced by Mi Cosa de Resistance, Andrew Heath, Ciro Berenguer, Hymns 57, Pepo Galán
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Art and design by Andrew Heath

Coming soon… various artists – sleeplaboratory3.0

 

We kick off what is sure to be another exciting year of releases, with the long-awaited return of our Sleeplaboratory compilation series. We’ve had a two year break since the last edition, and we welcome 3.0 to the series, and a line-up including label artists such as Andrew Heath, Tapes and Topographies, Lauge and Simon McCorry as well as artists that are new to the label, such as Ian Hawgood, The Lifted Index, Federico Mosconi and Stijn Hüwels. This compilation album will be available for pre-order on Friday the 7th of January and if the previous two releases are anything to go by, this will be quick to sell-out.

sleeplaboratory3.0‘ will be available in one of our typically low runs of 100 gatefold vinyl-effect CDrs, complete with art and design by Tom Tebby.

It will be released officially on Saturday the 15th of January. If you join our mailing list using the link below, we’ll make sure you’re the first to hear.

press release
“Sleeplaboratory3.0 is the third edition of Whitelabrecs’ long-standing concept compilation, a series that aims to induce the listener into a peaceful sleep. The series began in 2019 to mark the 50th release in the label’s catalog and was followed up with a second edition in 2020. It has seen contributions from the likes of Offthesky, Janek Schaefer, M.grig, The Green Kingdom, Warmth and Halftribe as well as artists from the label, including Mikael Lind, Gray Acres, Sven Laux, Glåsbird and Valotihkuu.

Sleeplaboratory compilations are typically released in January and after a two year break, 3.0 continues the themes established in the previous two records. Each artist in the line-up takes the brief of creating ‘sleep music’ and paints the sonic field with their own ideas. Some artists develop restful electro-acoustic compositions, whilst others sketch out soothing drones or vacant ambient textures. With a varied spectrum of warmth and cold, light and floaty, weighted and deep, this new collection features label-regulars such as Andrew Heath, blochemy and Pruski alongside the likes of Ian Hawgood, The Lifted Index, Federico Mosconi and Stijn Huwels. The track titles tend to tie back to the central album theme with words synonymous with rest, phases of sleep or calm places. This album can be experienced in many ways, such as at low volume with headphones, or streamed through hi-fi in a dimly lit room, consciously, or subconsciously.

credits
All rights reserved with the artists
Mastered by Ian Hawgood
Curated by Harry Towell
Art and design by Tom Tebby

Coming soon… Darkroom – The Last Sense To Fade

 

Our final release of a busy 2021 will be available for pre-order on Friday the 3rd of December, a special double album from UK artists Darkroom. We have been planning this one for quite a while now and during the height of the pandemic, Andrew Ostler and Michael Bearpark, the duo behind this project, created the 29th edition of our Home Diaries series.

The Last Sense To Fade‘ will be available in one of our typically low runs of 100 gatefold vinyl-effect CDrs, complete with art and design by Andrew Heath.

It will be released officially on Saturday the 11th of December. If you join our mailing list using the link below, we’ll make sure you’re the first to hear.

press release
“Darkroom is a duo, each hailing from a UK capital city, with Andrew Ostler based in Edinburgh and Michael Bearpark from London. They have been active since the late nineties with music released through labels such as 3rd Stone, Champion Version and Burning Shed as well as their own Bandcamp. Their evolving live performances have been a particular feature for Darkroom, and much of their studio work begins with live performances. Those live performances had to cease in 2020 as a result of the pandemic and this prompted them to join our Home Diaries, in which they provided the penultimate edition of the series.

We had been in discussion with Darkroom prior to this point for some time, with the intention to release an album of their work and this also had to be paused as a result of the pandemic. This period of time provided an opportunity for all of us to reflect and prepare for something special, against a backdrop of uncertainty and disappointment. It is therefore fitting that this double album includes guitar extracts from the last live Darkroom duo performance to date, re-set into a new context in which remote performance and distant communication became not just workarounds but offer new ways of working for the future. Further live takes have been repurposed or adapted, alongside guest musicians and new material. The old and the new burn together alongside one another, like memories.

The seed for this album was Billy Connolly’s ‘Made In Scotland’ documentary, and these are the thoughts he shared about his neurodegenerative illness:

My life is slipping away. But it doesn’t frighten me. It’s as if I’m being prepared for something, some other adventure, which is over the hill. I’ve got all this stuff to lose first, and then I’ll be at the shadowy side of the hill doing the next step or summat in the spirit world.

After watching this deeply affecting meditation, Mike created the extended guitar improvisation that initiated this album. As part of a performance by Andrew, this became ‘The Shadowy Side Of The Hill’ as the first album piece completed. Additional guitars were recorded by Jon Durant when he visited the UK and by Bill Walker remotely from Santa Cruz in California. By chance, the album’s title was identified; it’s left deliberately ambiguous as to whether ‘The Last Sense To Fade’ is about dying, or sleeping. By late 2019, the first of what became two discs had been completed and the mood felt dark, both in the recordings themselves and the world around.

A balancing light slowly emerged as Darkroom began to explore their ideas for the second disc. A key part of concluding this double album was coming to terms with the loss of deep connections, and of damage catching up after a long time – when, for a time, it became difficult to think at all, compounded by pandemic lockdown restrictions. The decisive creative moment came in realising that the album was somehow about all of this, such that completing it took on a new and urgent significance. The closing thoughts of Connolly’s documentary seemed an apt spearhead with which to move on:

You can volunteer to take life seriously, but it’s going to get you. You know they’re going to win over you. It’s harsh. You can either break down and complain about how miserable your life is, or have a go at it and survive. I think that’s the basis of it all.

‘The Last Sense To Fade’ in its completed form is more positive than almost anything Darkroom has ever recorded. It is very much of its time, and a reaction to it, while also managing to stand outside of being defined by any particular time. The cover photography was taken less than two years before the album’s release and the world looked so different. Now, in retrospect, this image captures something of that difference; of foundations about to give way. The warm and beautiful evening light anticipates the next day’s sunrise, but also suggests destruction, both personal and global; a familiar landscape being transformed before our eyes. This album came from a new determination that it’s nevertheless worth creating in response to this, that loss is an open door but also an invitation, and that there will be new ways of seeing the world even if they won’t last forever.”

credits
Recorded by Andrew Ostler
Additional guitars recorded by Michael Bearpark
and Bill Walker
Edited, mixed, and produced by Darkroom
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong

Music:
Andrew Ostler – bass clarinet, tenor saxophone,
modular synths, laptop
Michael Bearpark – guitar, field recordings
Jon Durant – fretless guitar
Bill Walker – slide guitar

Cover photograph – Michael Bearpark
51°36’56.8″N 0°17’11.7″E
Photo restoration – Arber
Darkroom portrait – Rob Blackham
Art and Design – Andrew Heath

Special thanks: Elif, Jon, Bill, Kamil Kowalczyk
(Soundscapism), Ian Faragher (Sonic Imperfections,
Telegraph Hill), Anil Prasad, Arber / Curated Doom, Rob,
Mike Whitfield, Billy Connolly, Neil the Professor, Looper’s Delight, H&K Red Box, SG8’s Jubilee
Wood and Long Barrow, EB / JB / ZB. And dearest LB:
after ten thousand days, we lost our way… this is dedicated
to what we could share, before our damage caught up.

Out Now! Soft Generator – A Carefully Controlled Space

In this second collaborative album for July, we welcome David Newman (Autistici, Volume Objects) and Erik Schoster (He Can Jog) under their new project Soft Generator. Between them, their individual discographies have seen records come out on the likes of 12k, KESH and Hibernate, as well as David’s own Audiobulb Records.

Their album ‘A Carefully Controlled Space‘ will be available in our usual low run of 50 gatefold vinyl-effect CDrs and its concept looks at the idea of hypnotic rest, reflecting back on Asclepeion sleep temples from the ancient Greek civilisation. The sound is a contemporary view, using the Pippi Computer System as part of the sound design. The packaging ties this all together, with art and design by collage artist Tom Tebby

Whitelabrecs low-run releases are 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 or you can click HERE

press release
“In this new release, we welcome a collaboration between David Newman (Autistici) and Erik Schoster (He Can Jog). These artists have released music individually across a range of labels including 12k, KESH, Hibernate, Home Recordings, Audiobulb Records and Distance Recordings. This duo have worked together to form Soft Generator, with their inaugural release featuring artwork by collage artist Tom Tebby.

‘A Carefully Controlled Space’ was crafted with orchestral sounds, analogue and modular synthesisers, computer generated routines, the Pippi Computer System pippi.world and field recordings.
The work centres on the idea of hypnotic rest as a portal to recovery. Referencing the process of Asclepeion ‘sleep temples’, visited by the citizens of ancient Greece, the album wonders what it would be like to go through the ritual and process in modern times. A Carefully Controlled Space imagines a remedy as it reaches out and offers each listener a chance to reset, heal and escape.

credits
Soft Generator are:
David Newman (Autistici/Volume Objects) – volume-objects.com
Erik Schoster (He Can Jog) – hecanjog.com

Mastered by Volume Objects

Art and design by Tom Tebby

Out now! Lauge, Perry Frank – Selvascapes

 

We’re at the height of our summer schedule and have two lots of collaborative albums up next. First, we welcome Danish composer and Ambient artist Henrik Laugesen (Lauge) who has worked alongside Sardinia based artist and performer Francesco Nicola Perra (Perry Frank).

Their album ‘Selvascapes‘ will be available in our usual low run of 50 gatefold vinyl-effect CDrs and it’s themed around the forest, with each track being a reference or reflection on this concept. The sound is a collection of wondrous drone soundscapes that take us back to our roots in pure Ambient music

Whitelabrecs low-run releases are 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 or you can click HERE

press release
“Lauge is self-taught composer Henrik Laugesen, who is better known for his pseudonym ‘Lauge’. So far, he has been involved in the creation of 11 albums, participated on multiple compilations, sync placements and one patch bank for the Danish sound design outlet ‘Luftrum’. He also curates mixes and playlists for outlets like Spotify, under the brand ‘Ambient Soundscapes’.

Perry Frank is project started in 2005 by Francesco Perra from Sardinia, Italy. He is perhaps best renowned for his Ambient guitar sessions, in which live performances are filmed against backdrops of scenic landscapes, museums, gardens and verandas. He has also had releases out on labels such as Idealmusik, Tranquillo Records and n5MD.

We have seen great productivity through remote collaboration between musicians since the pandemic and in 2020, Henrik and Francesco began exchanging their sounds, files and ideas. They had the vision to combine their individual sound components into a cohesive whole. The result is ‘Selvascapes’, in which each composition is connected to forestry, reflected by the track titles and sonic content. The artists navigated their sound landscapes through this chosen theme; vastness, enormity, enclosure, open space and nature can all be gleaned by those who listen.

credits
Written and produced by Henrik Laugesen and Perry Frank
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Photography by Harry Towell
Art and design by Andrew Heath

Coming soon… Soft Generator – A Carefully Controlled Space

In this second collaborative album for July, we welcome David Newman (Autistici, Volume Objects) and Erik Schoster (He Can Jog) under their new project Soft Generator. Between them, their individual discographies have seen records come out on the likes of 12k, KESH and Hibernate, as well as David’s own Audiobulb Records.

Their album ‘
A Carefully Controlled Space‘ will be available in our usual low run of 50 gatefold vinyl-effect CDrs and its concept looks at the idea of hypnotic rest, reflecting back on Asclepeion sleep temples from the ancient Greek civilisation. The sound is a contemporary view, using the Pippi Computer System as part of the sound design. The packaging ties this all together, with art and design by collage artist Tom Tebby

A Carefully Controlled Space will be released on Saturday the 24th of July with no pre-order. If you join our mailing list using the link below, we’ll make sure you’re the first to hear.

press release
“In this new release, we welcome a collaboration between David Newman (Autistici) and Erik Schoster (He Can Jog). These artists have released music individually across a range of labels including 12k, KESH, Hibernate, Home Recordings, Audiobulb Records and Distance Recordings. This duo have worked together to form Soft Generator, with their inaugural release featuring artwork by collage artist Tom Tebby.

‘A Carefully Controlled Space’ was crafted with orchestral sounds, analogue and modular synthesisers, computer generated routines, the Pippi Computer System pippi.world and field recordings.
The work centres on the idea of hypnotic rest as a portal to recovery. Referencing the process of Asclepeion ‘sleep temples’, visited by the citizens of ancient Greece, the album wonders what it would be like to go through the ritual and process in modern times. A Carefully Controlled Space imagines a remedy as it reaches out and offers each listener a chance to reset, heal and escape.

credits
Soft Generator are:
David Newman (Autistici/Volume Objects) – volume-objects.com
Erik Schoster (He Can Jog) – hecanjog.com

Mastered by Volume Objects

Art and design by Tom Tebby

Coming soon… Lauge, Perry Frank – Selvascapes

 

We’re at the height of our summer schedule and have two lots of collaborative albums up next. First, we welcome Danish composer and Ambient artist Henrik Laugesen (Lauge) who has worked alongside Sardinia based artist and performer Francesco Nicola Perra (Perry Frank).

Their album ‘Selvascapes‘ will be available in our usual low run of 50 gatefold vinyl-effect CDrs and it’s themed around the forest, with each track being a reference or reflection on this concept. The sound is a collection of wondrous drone soundscapes that take us back to our roots in pure Ambient music

Selvascapes will be released on Saturday the 24th of July with no pre-order. If you join our mailing list using the link below, we’ll make sure you’re the first to hear.

press release
“Lauge is self-taught composer Henrik Laugesen, who is better known for his pseudonym ‘Lauge’. So far, he has been involved in the creation of 11 albums, participated on multiple compilations, sync placements and one patch bank for the Danish sound design outlet ‘Luftrum’. He also curates mixes and playlists for outlets like Spotify, under the brand ‘Ambient Soundscapes’.

Perry Frank is project started in 2005 by Francesco Perra from Sardinia, Italy. He is perhaps best renowned for his Ambient guitar sessions, in which live performances are filmed against backdrops of scenic landscapes, museums, gardens and verandas. He has also had releases out on labels such as Idealmusik, Tranquillo Records and n5MD.

We have seen great productivity through remote collaboration between musicians since the pandemic and in 2020, Henrik and Francesco began exchanging their sounds, files and ideas. They had the vision to combine their individual sound components into a cohesive whole. The result is ‘Selvascapes’, in which each composition is connected to forestry, reflected by the track titles and sonic content. The artists navigated their sound landscapes through this chosen theme; vastness, enormity, enclosure, open space and nature can all be gleaned by those who listen.

credits
Written and produced by Henrik Laugesen and Perry Frank
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Photography by Harry Towell
Art and design by Andrew Heath

Out Now! Edu Comelles – Línia Pedra Paisatge Solc

We’re ready to begin an exciting catalog of artist albums for 2020, starting with Línia  Pedra Paisatge Solc by Barcelona based artist Edu Comelles. This two track album of mid-length drones was mastered by Pedro Pina and was composed based on the skyline which can be seen from the castle of Culla. The pieces are drone soundscapes, full of evolving textural detail from acoustic instruments. Those who like Greg Haines, The Humble Bee and Ben McElroy. The album will be released officially on Saturday the 8th of February but if you join our mailing list using the link below, we’ll make sure you’re the first to hear.

Línia  Pedra Paisatge Solc was released to subscribers of our mailing list last weekend, who had the first opportunity to grab a copy and the CDs. Many have sold already but we still have some copies available. You can also stream the album in full on Bandcamp and of course, grab a digital version if you like, by clicking the link below or image above. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/l-nia-pedra-paisatge-solc

press release
“Línia / Pedra / Paisatge / Solc (Line, stone, landscape and groove in Catalan) is a sound composition in two parts, based on the skyline that can be seen from the top of the ruins of the castle of Culla, a small village inland of the Castelló province (Eastern Spain). The first piece (Línia / Pedra) is composed based on the skyline between northeast and southwest. The second piece (Paisatge / Solc) has been composed using the skyline between southwest and northeast.

The line is the voice that describes the landscape. The stone is the central element, a source of history, legacy and shelter for those who live in this hard land. The landscape is all around us, it extends in-clemently into the stratified and muffled horizon. The groove is the drawing of man in this land, a cut on the ground, and the groove where the sound travels in this album.

Both sonic pieces were recorded and composed at the old school at Pla del Sabater nearby Culla, during October 2018. All sound sources used in the production of this work were captured during a period of a week living in residence on that isolated place. Sound sources include field recordings and voice, nothing else.

Weeks after the residency period at Culla, double bass was overdubbed in Valencia by Rafa Ramos. Mastering for the vinyl version was done by Pedro Pina in Barcelona. Four unique vinyl discs enclosed each on handcrafted wooden boxes, which have been left in Culla as artistic objects to be preserved and listened to there in its definitive format. The project is a commission of the Culla City Hall as part of a contemporary art program held on this small village. ■ Edu Comelles”

credits
Written and produced by Edu Comelles
Mastered by Pedro Pina
Photography by Edu Comelles
Packaging design by Harry Towell

Coming soon…Edu Comelles – Línia Pedra Paisatge Solc

We’re ready to begin an exciting catalog of artist albums for 2020, starting with Línia  Pedra Paisatge Solc by Barcelona based artist Edu Comelles. This two track album of mid-length drones was mastered by Pedro Pina and was composed based on the skyline which can be seen from the castle of Culla. The pieces are drone soundscapes, full of evolving textural detail from acoustic instruments. Those who like Greg Haines, The Humble Bee and Ben McElroy. The album will be released officially on Saturday the 8th of February but if you join our mailing list using the link below, we’ll make sure you’re the first to hear.

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 or you can click HERE

press release
“Línia / Pedra / Paisatge / Solc (Line, stone, landscape and groove in Catalan) is a sound composition in two parts, based on the skyline that can be seen from the top of the ruins of the castle of Culla, a small village inland of the Castelló province (Eastern Spain). The first piece (Línia / Pedra) is composed based on the skyline between northeast and southwest. The second piece (Paisatge / Solc) has been composed using the skyline between southwest and northeast.

The line is the voice that describes the landscape. The stone is the central element, a source of history, legacy and shelter for those who live in this hard land. The landscape is all around us, it extends in-clemently into the stratified and muffled horizon. The groove is the drawing of man in this land, a cut on the ground, and the groove where the sound travels in this album.

Both sonic pieces were recorded and composed at the old school at Pla del Sabater nearby Culla, during October 2018. All sound sources used in the production of this work were captured during a period of a week living in residence on that isolated place. Sound sources include field recordings and voice, nothing else.

Weeks after the residency period at Culla, double bass was overdubbed in Valencia by Rafa Ramos. Mastering for the vinyl version was done by Pedro Pina in Barcelona. Four unique vinyl discs enclosed each on handcrafted wooden boxes, which have been left in Culla as artistic objects to be preserved and listened to there in its definitive format. The project is a commission of the Culla City Hall as part of a contemporary art program held on this small village. ■ Edu Comelles”

credits
Written and produced by Edu Comelles
Mastered by Pedro Pina
Photography by Edu Comelles
Packaging design by Harry Towell

Out Now! Various Artists – Sleeplaboratory2.0

2019 was a truly landmark year for us, with our new gatefold-LP packaging style being so well received, not to mention all of the support and great feedback we received from fans and the press alike. We started the year with a special compilation album themed on sleep; Sleeplaboratory1.0. We’re delighted to launch a new decade and exciting times ahead with the follow-up to this series, Sleeplaboratory2.0. We’ve been working behind the scenes on this one since last summer and we’re proud of the results in an album which features established artists within the scene, alongside label familiar favourites.

Sleeplaboratory2.0 was released to subscribers of our mailing list last weekend and unfortunately these have now sold out already! You can still stream the album on Bandcamp and of course, grab a digital version by clicking the link below or image above. To avoid missing out on future releases, you can join our mailing list HERE

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/sleeplaboratory20

press release
“Sleeplaboratory is a compilation series that we launched in 2019 and the success of this effectively launched our printed gatefold-LP style CDrs which featured all of last year. The Sleeplaboratory1/.0 compilation was created as a special celebration for our fiftieth release and we enjoyed the concept so much, that we decided to run another one. Sleeplaboratory2.0 continues the themes of sleep, rest and personal reflection, not necessarily aiming to meet the current trend of mindfulness and well-being but instead, it intends to rest the listener in a way that is appropriate to them.

The idea was originally came about after our label owner Harry and his wife had a baby daughter, Isla. Harry curated a full-length compilation to help soothe his daughter to sleep and whilst Isla hasn’t needed much of a helping hand where sleep is concerned, he was keen to continue this project as a series. Throughout much of last year, we have been working on a follow-up, inviting artists to meet this sleepy brief of minimalist Ambient tones. We’ve invited familiar label artists back as well as established names and perhaps you’ll see that the odd one or two go on to have releases with us later this year.

Over the 16 tracks, a serene and enveloping environment is established. The physical product is as usual presented across four printed panels and this time, artwork is provided by Harry’s wife Beth in an image taken on a family day out. As usual, we will not make any recommendation on how our listeners might best enjoy this record and so it’s down to you to choose the best environment to listen, whether this be late at night with headphones, on a loud system or perhaps played through Bluetooth speakers in and around your home.”

credits
Curated by Harry Towell
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Cover Photography by Bethany Towell
Packaging design by Harry Towell