The Heartwood Institute / Dollboy / Listening Center

With 2017 feeling for many like a long hangover from a turbulent and once seemingly never-ending 2016 in geopolitical terms, it’s not clear where 2018 will take us all next.  Certainly, the still-dark January mornings, for those of us following Greenwich Mean Time in the UK at least, make it seem harder to envisage a lighter year breaking through … [Read more...]

Virginia Wing / Xam Duo – Tomorrow’s Gift

With December’s record label schedules bloated by boxsets, reissues and novelty artefacts, it’s a relief to still find late-in-the-year releases appearing with something fresh.  Enter then, this charmed collaborative affair from London’s Virginia Wing and Yorkshire’s Xam Duo.  With already burgeoning kudos building around the two outfits in recent … [Read more...]

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...]