An Abbreviated Albums A-Z of 2016: From Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy to XAM Duo.

Wherever you’ve been on the geopolitical planet of 2016, there is no doubting that it’s been a turbulent and testing year, which some people would rather forget.  Hence, looking back upon the best albums of the past twelve months feels almost too trivial.  Yet, great culture is nearly always there to remind us what can still make life so enriching … [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 – Ways Of Seeing EP

Necessity has indeed become the mother of invention for the boutique-label-empire of Dom Martin. Increasingly embattled by backlogged pressing plants - due to the double-whammy of Record Store Day and the unstoppable vinyl revival - Martin is putting The Great Pop Supplement label on "an open-ended hiatus" towards the end of 2016 (whilst sister … [Read more...]

The Home Current – “Wix” b/w “When Silence Fell Quiet”

Over the past five or so years the Danish-born but now UK-based Martin Jensen has performed a keen supporting and curatorial role during his time as a DJ and through co-running the Second Language label (most notable for his spearheading of the sublime three-part multi-artist Music And Migration series and his remix work for Colleen and Dollboy).  … [Read more...]

Polytechnic Youth presents… Mass Defect – “Magnetic Melodie” b/w Prism On – “Flicker Flicker… Pow!”

Not content with already running two of the most loved vinyl-only bedroom labels with The Great Pop Supplement and Deep Distance (whose releases are regulars to DOA), Dom Martin has covertly been nurturing yet another imprint, in the shape of Polytechnic Youth.  Born in March 2014, the enterprise responds to the frustrations of Record Store Day … [Read more...]

Deep Distance 10″ x 3 (Rhododendron, Bosques & Slows)

Birthed in 2011 as a lower-key sibling of The Great Pop Supplement, for owner/curator Dom Martin to more fully indulge his self-confessed penchant for the “motorik kraut groove,” the Deep Distance label has fast become an enlightening and expansive outlet in own right.  Putting out top-notch wares from the likes of Colin Potter, Melodien, Karen … [Read more...]

Friends of DOA – Best of 2011

Damon Krukowski (Damon & Naomi): The Beach Boys – The SMiLE Sessions My favorite release of 2011 was meant to have been released in 1967.  The Beach Boys' SMiLE is completely mad, and a delight to listen to in this new semi-coherent form. I didn't spring for the monster box set, with the 3D artwork and all the additional outtakes (which I'm … [Read more...]