Faten Kanaan – Pleiade Hex 6

Following on from 2016’s cult-establishing debut solo LP The Botanist And The Archaeologist and a 7” single collaboration with Pye Corner Audio from a few months back, expectations that this second full-length album from Faten Kanaan would mark a big outward leap forward are higher than they would be for any other Polytechnic Youth signing.  … [Read more...]

Polypores / Free/Slope / Cosmic Ground

There can’t be many more uniquely productive kitchen-run label operations in London than Polytechnic Youth and Deep Distance right now, as highlighted on these pages with an almost embarrassing frequency.  With a snowballing of adroitly-attuned A&R activity of late, vinyl pressing plants are just about coping with the prolific pace dictated by … [Read more...]

Listening Center – Example One (reissue)

Originally released on cassette via the This Is Care Of label way back in 2012 and subsequently only available as a download via Bandcamp, London's intrepid Polytechnic Youth imprint now belatedly issues Listening Center’s debut long-player on vinyl for the very first time.  More than just a discography-tidying-up exercise, this carefully curated … [Read more...]

Sula Bassana – Organ Accumulator / Zone Six – Forever Hugo

As the owner of Sulatron Records, as a multi-instrumentalist member of Electric Moon, Krautzone and Zone Six and as the brains behind his own semi-solo Sula Bassana project, Germany’s David Schmidt is an unashamed champion of all things krautrock, kosmische, motorik, psych-rock and all that fits in-between.  Luckily for him, a cult-like Europe-wide … [Read more...]

Eat Lights Become Lights – Nature Reserve

It’s been a wallet-and-turntable straining time for the Deep Distance label so far this year.  With tightly-scheduled back-to-back LP releases of choice psych-infused expansiveness from Zofff and Yerba Mansa, kosmische heterogeneity courtesy of Sula Bassana and an enlightening expanded reissue of Colin Potter’s 1980 DIY milestone The Ghost Office, … [Read more...]

Australian Testing Labs Inc. – Music For Aircooled Motoring

Although Dom Martin’s Polytechnic Youth and Deep Distance imprints were set-up - in parallel to The Great Pop Supplement label’s kaleidoscopic but now-defunct operations - to respectively capture the sounds of minimal-wave electronica and all shades of krautrock, the borders between both enterprises have become increasingly porous.  Which is … [Read more...]

Polytechnic Youth presents… The Home Current & Tomorrow Syndicate

Throughout 2016 Dom Martin’s Polytechnic Youth imprint has gone from strength to strength, as documented repeatedly across these very pages. Now, just ahead of the Christmas close-down, arrives two more must-collect limited 7”-sized offerings, which stretch-out the label’s self-set minimalistic boundaries even further. The first of these two … [Read more...]

The Assistant / Ina Bauer Trio / XAM Duo / The Hardy Tree

It’s funny and intriguing how synth-led musical constructions have come almost full circle in terms of credibility and creativity.  Having been both a vehicle for exploratory ambition as well as DIY minimalism from the late-‘60s to early-‘80s, only to be abused and maligned from the over-polished mid-‘80s to the Pro-Tooled ‘00s, things have come … [Read more...]

Slows – self-titled

Given all of his many tentacled endeavours, it’s a wonder that Matthew Simms has had the time, patience and head-space to devote to his solo alias Slows of late.  With his ongoing co-directorship of surprisingly durable art-pop janglers It Hug Backs and his increasingly prominent role in the latter-day incarnation of post-punk explorers Wire, … [Read more...]

Various Artists – They Make No Say: A Polytechnic Youth Records Compilation

Although Polytechnic Youth has become a more expansive enterprise of late - catching-up with label founder Dominic Martin’s already adored sibling-imprints The Great Pop Supplement and Deep Distance - there’s still something indefinably special about the first few ultra-limited lathe-cut vinyl singles that initiated the venture in 2014 and 2015.  … [Read more...]