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...]

An Amalgamated Albums A-Z of 2017 (From Binker And Moses to Roger Waters)

As we approach another year’s end reflecting on what wares touched us the most on the aural plane, it's clear once more that there have just been too many things released to boil it all down here into a fully comprehensive, easily portable or competitive clickbait compendium. Instead, below is an independently-selected clutch of albums and one … [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...]

Vic Mars – The Consumer Programme

Having happily come to our attention previously via The Land And The Garden LP in 2015, courtesy of the cherishable hands at Clay Pipe Music, Vic Mars now finds himself on the equally endearing Polytechnic Youth imprint for another marriage made in micro-label heaven.  Although such a switch shouldn’t matter much, it’s a move that’s entirely … [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...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#52 (The Home Current’s Martin Jensen on To Each)

Martin Jensen (The Home Current) on… A Certain Ratio’s To Each (Factory Records, 1981) I don't think I will ever fully comprehend why A Certain Ratio's first official album, To Each, has always been written off as somewhat mediocre. At the time of its release in 1981, it enjoyed a lukewarm reception at best and it was generally brushed … [Read more...]

Vorderhaus – Minor Activity

As one-half of The Detox Twins, Berlin’s Mark Vorderhaus has already woven his sonic DNA into Polytechnic Youth's extended family gene-pool across two choice seven-inch singles and an exclusive track on last year’s acclaimed They Make No Say compilation.  Whilst The Detox Twins appear to have sadly separated or gone into hibernation before … [Read more...]

The Home Current b/w The Assistant and Pye Corner Audio & Faten Kanaan 7″ singles

Like its elder sibling enterprise, Deep Distance, London’s Polytechnic Youth label is seemingly on an unbreakable roll of high-quality productivity right now, to the point where you can’t afford to look away from the imprint for more than a few days, in case of a snooze and lose collecting calamity. And here are another two you might have missed … [Read more...]