If bands like Animal Collective or Throbbing Gristle made techno they’d probably fit comfortably on The Trilogy Tapes, a label that consistently pushes experimental electronic music in an interesting direction. The first vinyl release on TTT back in 2010, Dro Carey’s Venus Knock, set the tone for sparse rhythms and distorted rumbles driven by percussion so real you could reach out and touch it. Since then Will Bankhead’s label has continued to explore the outer fringes of techno and beyond, cultivating a sound personified by weighty sub-bass, erratic drums and imposing percussive licks saturated in distortion.
Blawan’s 2012 EP for Joy Orbison and Will Bankhead’s Hinge Finger imprint, His He She & She, stands out as one of the most mind-melting club records in recent memory. “Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?” asked a menacing vocal sample on the opening track that pushed abrasive percussion, jagged rhythms and disturbing wails tightly together to form a raucous techno roller. The club-primed cacophony was a hit, pumping dancers with the frenzied energy of a Norse berserker when belting out of systems, and eventually riding high on multiple End of Year lists as the calendar drew to a close.
The haze is as strong as ever on “Doyce” – stream it in full here.
The UK techno producer unveils a new project for The Trilogy Tapes.
Bleeps from the Born Free man will arrive on Will Bankhead’s label later this month.
Vida from the experimental Portuguese pairing will arrive in June.
Underground house and techno labels often rise to the top with an expiry date. After a handful of exciting releases, media buzz and inflated Discogs prices, many simply disappear. Those that don’t vanish tend to settle into a groove, picking the most successful attributes of their previous releases and continuing to plough the same furrow. Labels like L.I.E.S, Unknown To The Unknown and Lobster Theremin are solid examples – they continue to put out great music, but now seem somewhat unadventurous by their own standards.
Idle Hands, LIES, Blip Discs, Sexes and The Trilogy Tapes all feature on this month’s edition.
Joseph Richmond-Seaton has been releasing densely emotional house and techno since the turn of the decade. His productions have ranged from ambient-leaning, meditative soothers with beautiful clarinet solos to crunchingly intense 4/4 led techno but they’re all connected together with an approach that is inherently his. One of the distinct markers of a Call Super production is the vibrantly live drum work that ricochets off the walls of the musical spaces he creates. It’s an element that can be traced back to his favourite record, a 2000 tech-house classic called “My Answer” by Charley’s Vault – which plays with percussion and negative space in a similar way.
Call Super’s production alias has a new record for The Trilogy Tapes on the way – stream a track here.
More cuts from The Trilogy Tapes graduates will arrive through their newly launched RZ label later this month.
Stream a typically meditative track from the French duo’s upcoming album on Will Bankhead’s label.
Stream a track from the new project by Swedish pair Samo Forsberg and Elias Landberg due on The Trilogy Tapes.
Check out the slow-creeping sonic dread of “Nayroz” due out this month.
Stream “Hey Hugo” from the duo’s forthcoming record for Will Bankhead’s label.
On a hot summer’s afternoon, Lorenz Lindner opens up to Rose Mardit about his music, art, upbringing, work with Kassem Mosse and more.
Stream the mystery production unit’s rework of the Syrian singer due imminently on The Trilogy Tapes and Palace’s joint venture.
The Leipzig-London connection strengthens as Kassem Mosse and Mix Mup deliver a record for Will Bankhead’s new label hookup with skate brand Palace.
Stream a track from the Parisian artist’s upcoming Imaginarium Essai EP.