On the 25th of September we’re proud to announce the birth of our beautiful baby daughter Isla!
In the run up to the birth, Harry created a relaxing Ambient mix as he and his wife had looked into ‘hypnobirthing‘ during antenatal classes. The mix includes plenty of warm, relaxing material from Whitelabrecs as well as works from the likes of Taylor Deupree, Ghost and Tape and Sven Laux. It was blended using harmonic mixing techniques in Traktor 2 to create a continuous, flowing listening experience.
You can check out the mix by hitting the play button on the Mixcloud player above and float away for half an hour or so.
01 Valotihkuu – Deep Phase [Unreleased]
02 Steve Pacheco – Aspen Grove [Whitelabrecs]
03 The Prairie Lines – Stop Haunting My Door [Whitelabrecs]
04 Jose Silva – Two Feel Studies [Whitelabrecs]
05 Valotihkuu – Sitting On The Grass Under The Stars [Whitelabrecs]
06 Tone Color – Voigt-Kampff [Assembly Field]
07 Anthéne – Surfacing [Unreleased]
08 Taylor Deupree – Unearth [Spekk]
09 Helios – Dreams [Ghostly International]
10 Ghost and Tape – Anemone [Home Normal]
11 Sven Laux – She Was Here [Archives]
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
Bill of The Prairie Lines spent some time putting together a mix of his favourite ever tracks for Irregular Crates‘ ‘Grounding Sounds‘ series to coincide with his Whitelabrecs release ‘Eyes Down Slowdown‘.
Bill’s show includes selections from the likes of Grouper, Nils Frahm, Tim Hecker, Labradford and William Basinski to name but a few. You can check out the mix by hitting play above, or you can click HERE to visit the dedicated page on Irregular Crates.
|William Basinski – Disintegration Loops 3 (Excerpt) 
|Grouper – Dragging The Streets 
|Delia Derbyshire & Barry Bermange – Invention for Radio No.1: The Dreams (Exerpt) 
|Perfume Genius – Floating Spit 
|Nils Frahm – Them 
|Beat Happening – Run Down the Stairs 
|The Microphones – Tonight There’ll be Clouds 
|Julianna Barwick – Keep up the Good Work 
|Tim Hecker – Black Refraction 
|Colleen – The Happy Sea 
|Baths – Rain Smell 
|Labradford – Streamlining 
|Rachel’s – Water From the Same Source 
|How To Dress Well – Suicide Dream 
|Low – Breaker 
ARTIST: The Prairie Lines
LOCATION: South London, UK
FILE UNDER: Ambient, Drone, Electronic
Getting set to drop soon on Whitelabrecs, we’re pleased to welcome The Prairie Lines which is the new outlet for Bill Bawden, formerly known as Herzog. We’ve long been a follower of Bill’s work through his self-released/netlabel work as Herzog so we’re pleased to present this beautiful set of wintry Ambient/piano pieces. Eyes Down Slowdown features the familiarly beautiful artwork of Slovakian photographer Peter Nejedly and might be a record for those who enjoy work by Scissors and Sellotape, Herzog (of course!) or Andrew Hargreaves – you can listen to a preview of the album by using the Soundcloud player below or keep a check on our Facebook or Instagram pages to preview the packaging when we share it.
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.
“South Londoner Bill Bawden has been releasing delicate ambient music since 2005 under various guises, most notably albums and EPs on Serein, 12Rec, Resting Bell, Audio Gourmet and Rural Colours under the name Herzog. On his first full-length release under his Prairie Lines moniker, Bill has continued to refine his sound, processing piano samples to bring out warm lo-fi textures and layers of static.
The prairie lines are wide open spaces and homely values. Pylons and cables stretching for miles. Lines of migration. Interrupted communications.
eyes down slowdown is a call to become more introspective, to temporarily reject the speed of life around you.
An invitation to a place of worship, stepping into a resonant holy chamber.. this is where we kneel. A secret home away from the buzzing city streets, but also a secret home inside yourself. The performance of a repetitive ritual in order to achieve some result. A bright melodic loop which gradually corrodes. A familiar sequence that gradually falls apart, an examination of what is necessary. A repetition to bring about
a trance-like state.. to see without seeing and hear without hearing. To touch hands from the sky.
A calm landing.., to descend to somewhere new… an open field and a gentle breeze.
To accept the familiar and unfamiliar as one, to be comfortable with life whatever it holds.
Stop haunting my door.. not a physical door but a way in. The ghost is not trying to gain access but preventing you or anyone close to you from gaining access. Smile but prepare. When you look inside yourself, what if you don’t like what you see, or it scares you?”
Catalog number WLR031
Written and produced by Bill Bawden
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Photography by Peter Nejedly