Highpoint Lowlife newsletter / April 3rd 2006
Ouch, i hurt so much! Word of advice if you start or run a label...
don't move house very often! Carrying all them boxes of CDs and vinyl is back-breaking! Nicely settled into a new Hackney mansion though, and all unpacked in a rather more spacious environment.
Looking ahead through April, we have another great month for you, with a load of live gigs, releases and free downloads for you..
Our two latest releases, Fisk Industries
10" EP '77 And Rising
' and Izu
's 'Going Salamander' should be hitting stores this week or next. '77 And Rising' is also now available via all good download stores, with Izu following in the next few weeks.
Couple of new reviews have come in:
Fisk Industries / 77 And Rising
"Crunchy breaks power the opener 'Reflection' with writhing groans imbuing the song's glimmering core with brooding ambiance while the shuffling chug in the closer 'Polska' takes the funk vibe to an even sweeter level. Other tracks exude a similar beat punch: the dark electro of throbbing beats and piercing stabs of string samples in 'Close' aligns Fisk Industries to its Spezial Materials brethren, and jittery breaks and thudding bass lines enhance the wide-screen character of 'Liquid Silver Moments
.' At the EP's core, the fleeting 'Moieties (Part One)' introduces a somber symphonic dimension that the second part's sparkling keys sheds some sunlight upon. 77 And Rising: tripped-out, cybernetic excellence from Mr. Ranson that's over far too quickly." Textura.org
You can download an exclusive track from the 77 And Rising EP over at Textura - http://textura.org/mainpages/downloads.htm
It was also Mat/Fisk Industries birthday this past saturday, April 1st! You can pass him well-wishes, birthday bumps, friend requests or all of the above over at his site http://fisk-industries.co.uk/
or his myspace at http://www.myspace.com/fiskindustries
Izu / Going Salamander
"Scythian blades stab mercilessly over a slamming base in the brutal opener 'Litterball,' and it's hard not to jaw-drop when the squelchy squalor of 'Polish Trouble' detonates (run for cover, too, when its chipmunk MC starts raging); got to love, too, the filthy beat crunch and light-speed voice cut-ups in 'I Gotcha.' Rude doesn't necessarily mean crude, however, as here's more than enough finesse beneath the skuzzy surface (the sweet melody cruising over the barbed-wire breaks in 'Jumpers' for instance). Going Salamander's more Kid 606
than Alva Noto
but no one said electronic music need only be tasteful and austere. Izu brings a laudable manic intensity to a genre that's often too polite for its own good." Textura.org
"I heard a CD the other week by Izu. 'Going Salamander' blew my mind, that doesn't happen very often. This week its released for you all to drool over and its a huge recommendation from me (and the rest of us here!! Phil x). 11 tracks in total and every one a winner. Distorted clanking industrial metallic techno at its finest. Pure machine music, dark at times, melodic and quirky at others. Crunchy breaks combine with off kilter futuristic sounds to create an electroid beast of mammoth proportions. This is one of those great albums that manages to be both experimental and accessible. If your into stuff like early Art of Noise
(Beatbox), early Aphex Twin
(Ventolin), Hymen Records etc then get on it. I can't tell you how good this is. On Highpoint Lowlife. Wicked." Norman Records, Leeds.
Up on the website we have two new free web releases for download:
One is a digital single from Izu to accompany the album's release. The track listing is:
1. Polish Trouble (album version)
2. O Ye Of Little Faith (exclusive)
3. North Star (Konx-om-Pax
4. Jumpers (Village Orchestra
's anti-rave pop party mix)
The second of the web releases is a recording from Marshall Watson
's recent excellent London debut at our last Not Clickable event.
Get them both from the front page at http://highpointlowlife.com
or from the download section.
On the live front this month, you can catch Fuck-Off Machete
down in London at the ever-excellent Silver Rocket club this coming friday; randomNumber
plays in Leeds with Quack Quack
on the 19th; Bovaflux
in Birmingham with kosmic kommando
on the 21st; I'll be be DJing at Nvelope in London on the 22nd; Very special Triptych show in Glasgow with Rose and Sandy
(Marcia Blaine School for Girls
project) supporting Andrea Parker
and many more on the 28th April; 'nother Glasgow show the following evening (well, Paisley actually) for Izu who will be playing out alongside Automat
at Club69 on the 29th; That same evening in London, the 29th, [no-signal] are putting on a show that sees our most lovely post-rockers, The Mandelbrot Set
playing with Picasstro and Sanso-Xtro
You'll find complete listings for these shows and links to more info over on our website..Like A Stuntman
also have a record release show in Hamburg on the 29th to celebrate their re-release of "Fresh Air Is Not The Worst Thing In Town" for Germany/Austria/Switzerland on the wonderful Records&Me imprint ( http://www.recordsandme.de/
) We're working with Records&Me on a joint Like A Stuntman 10"/CDEP for release in late May, and Like A Stuntman will be back gracing the UK shores with a June tour which is coming together rather well, with shows with Glasgow's St. Deluxe, Fuck-off Machete and The Beatnik Filmstars
. Full details for the tour next month...
A quick recap of the upcoming releases...
Like A Stuntman - "Stan Places" 10" mini-album/CDEP
Mandelbrot Set - "All Our Actions Are Constantly Repeated" CD
Marshall Watson - "Math And Other Word Problems" CD
The Marcia Blaine School For Girls" - title-tbc CD Tigrics
- "Synk" CD
v/a - The Beautiful Tactile Objects Series Volume 1 ( 7 x 7" boxset w/ Tarentel
, Leafcutter John
, Mandelbrot Set, Die munch machine
, Bugs Eat Books
, Colophon )
Theres a couple of new artists who we've been speaking with and who we will be announcing projects from shortly. One of the first we can announce will be London based Matthew Rozeik
, whose wonderful split EP with Ylid
, Van111, is out now on Static Caravan.
We'll be working with Matthew on a full length scheduled for early next year. ( You can catch Matthew playing in London on the 28th of April with October All Over
, The Strange Death Of Liberal England
, and Akira
. ) To coincide with the announcement, we'll be hosting a remix album for Matthew that he has commisioned from friends and collaborators.
"Oh Lord, Please Give Me Another Brain - Reinterpretations"
will feature reinterpretations by Ylid, Bauri
, Richie Phoe
, Maps and Diagrams
, Yellow 6
, die Baader-Meinhof Gruppe, The Boatswain and AJ Cookson. We'll be hosting that up on the site within the next week, so keep checking over to the main highpointlowlife.com site..
ok, thanks and 'ave a lovely month!