Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Gavin Russom

I've always been a fan of Gavin Russom's work since he appeared on the scene with Delia as DELIA & GAVIN back in 2003 on DFA with the El Monte / Rise 12". In fact that, The Days of Mars LP and the Black Leotard Front - Casual Friday 12" have never left my record box since I got them. Deep twisting electronic music of the highest order. In fact the Days Of Mars LP is probably the reason we've released the Brain Machine LP as its the closed in musical terms to the Delia & Gavin sound recently. I remember seeing Delia & Gavin play to a tent of only a hundred or so people at around 5am at Benicassim a few years ago - the crowd were just waiting for a kick drum to emerge from the whirlwinds of synths that steadily built in momentum and intensity. But it never came. I heard that once they gave in and dropped a kick drum and the venue they were playing practically exploded. That may well have been their last gig together. Who knows. Like Donnie Darko a worm hole could have opened at precisely the point the kick drums first hit the speakers.
Anyways I am unsure of Delia's whereabouts but Gavin Russom has emerged again recently after some hard drive disasters (mental note - I need to back up my hard drive) with a new project for DFA called Black Meteoric Star. Two works have emerged mainly via the DFA filter that is Tim Sweeneys Beats In Space show (mental note - why does Tim never play Thisisnotanexit Records? Bah) called DEATH TUNNEL and WORLD EATER. Both 15 minute epic dancefloor destroyers that has seen Gavins relocation to Berlin (the other side of the wormhole?) discover the kick drums that have now emerged in the Black Meteoric Star sound. Maybe Delia is a drum machine. Head to the Beatsinspace archive if you want to discover their sound - a little searching and a little work and you will be rewarded.
Gavin though has recently emerged as a remixer of the highest order as he has remixed Berlin band PALMS (which I heard him play at a small club in East London and sounds like that really wild Killing Joke Floating Like A Leaf Remix that I can't remember the name of...). I'm not sure when this is coming out but mark it on your list of records to hunt out as it is rather special.
The other work is the Gavin Russom Remix of Peter Dundov which emerged last week on Music Man. On white 12" vinyl in a clear plastic sleeve with printed artwork it sure looks nice - and dam if it isn't one of the best things I've heard in ages. In fact I've stopped buying records recently (well the odd one here and there - the ones that stop you in your tracks - the classics - the goose bump ones - not the mountains and mountains and mountains of edits that appear to make up the new release section now) and this is worth every penny I spent on it. In fact it will probably be in my record box for the next few years. Absolutely IMMENSE it is. 14 minutes of twists turns and pure twisted electronic genius. I told my mate MOSCOW to buy a copy and he literally got on his bike and cycled into town to buy a copy as he was that blown away by it.
Anyways search it out. Its the record you should definitely buy this week if nothing else. Think of it as a little Christmas present for yourself.
As an aside I remember that there was supposed to be a follow up to Black Leotard Fronts 'Casual Friday' called Hey Coach. In fact I'm sure I saw James Murphy DJ and he played it. This might be a lie. Or a dream though.

Monday, December 22, 2008

I can't find my Claro Intelecto 12"

Sunday, December 21, 2008

2008 in review...

I was going to write some thoughts about 2008 and whats happened musically but then my mate Kiran Sande from FACT Magazine went and wrote something a whole lot better than I could ever manage. So here it is cut and pasted from the FACT Magazine website. I'm not claiming this in any way but thought it was an interesting read. Enjoy.

2008: Put a donk on it....

What was 2008 all about? What does it boil down to? The global financial crash? America electing their first ever black President? Burial being unmasked? By its very nature, history, however recent, is a formless mess; we humans impose order and teleology on it to stop ourselves going mental. The past is, at best, a sub-Burroughsian cut-up, a jumble of phrases and sentence fragments with the occasional unifying flourish. There’s no grand narrative, no through-line that we can draw from Mark E. Smith killing a couple of red squirrels to Sam Taylor-Wood releasing a single on Kompakt and ‘Put A Donk On It’ clocking up a million YouTube views. Or is there?

Status update: since the turn of the century, the fate of music has been inextricably linked with the evolution and convolutions of the internet. Recording, production, distribution, publishing, marketing, listening, copying, pirating: these are all activities that have been revolutionized, rotted or reinvigorated in the era of Web 2.5. Our day-to-day relationship with music is no longer passive. These days we’re all getting involved, all giving our tuppence-worth: not only listening to music, but blogging about it, remixing it on our cracked copy of Reason, rubbishing or recommending it to our mates on Facebook.
Perhaps the most significant ‘net trend of ‘08 has been the ubiquity of the album-sharing blog. Such sites are often harmless, even helpful, to an artist: as on “sharity” blogs, which bring hard-to-find or out-of-print records to an audience they might never have otherwise found. But then there are the other kind: those sites which leak albums far ahead of their release date, sometimes even before they’ve been completed. “Making music is no longer a way to make a living,” declared Morgan Geist’s when his Double Night Time turned up on a blog a whole three months before it was due out. Deerhunter’s Weird Era Cont and embryonic Atlas Sound tracks were pilfered directly from Bradford Cox’s Mediafire folder. “Who do they think they are exactly,” Cox railed, “to decide when my album comes out?”

We music fans are deeply complicit in all this: while we might not officially ‘approve’ of the Rapidshare era, who among us hasn’t at least once enjoyed its fruits? Still, you have to laugh at some of the most shameless, self-aggrandising bloggers behaving as if there’s moral purpose to their antics: they see themselves as Robin Hood figures, liberating music from the tyranny of marketing and release schedules, and getting it to the people who need it. “Well, to say that I’m living up to my reputation today is an understatement,” proffered Antiquiet’s Skwerl shortly before he was arrested for posting tracks from Guns ‘N Roses’ Chinese Democracy. That arrest is unlikely to set a precedent – the epidemic is too virulent and diffuse to be easily contained. Most people under the age of 25 view music as a free entity, on a par with air or water – albums are no longer released, they are simply leaked. Wait three months to pay £10 for a Telepathe album when you can get it for free now? Are you fucking joking? Legal action might be costly, but the record industry’s best option could be to attack: don’t be surprised if dummy albums and virus-ridden zip folders flood the web in 2009.

War isn’t the only option. Creative and commercial minds alike have realized that – indignity of indignities - music alone isn’t going to be enough to sell music (though it’ll happily help you sell jeans or mobile phones). No, if you want people to buy an album, you have to give them some incentive. While the In Rainbows pay-as-much-as-you-want model proved untenable for less robust artists (just ask Cliff Richard – his loyal but not entirely stupid fanbase didn’t want to pay much more than £0), it sparked a vogue for deluxe vinyl editions of old, and more crucially new, albums: Portishead, Primal Scream and Madvillain all got the deluxe treatment. The Flaming Lips went as far as to offer popcorn and a gig ticket with their Christmas in Mars CD, while bands like Foals, Earth and Sunn O)) continued the time-honoured tradition of tour-only 12”s and 7”s. Kate Moross’s Isomorph label presents short-run 7”s and 10”s by artists like Midnight Juggernauts and Heartsrevolution in bespoke, visually ravishing artwork, and sells them directly to fans at a premium price. Underground acts as diverse as Blank Dogs and The Caretaker placed a little more trust in their fans, giving them the option to download music for free and/or purchase it on limited vinyl, cassettes and CDs.

Ah, the poor old CD… Much of the early part of ’08 was spent intoning its funeral rites, but reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated. The CD not only continues to shift units in all genres, it’s also the most versatile, space-saving way of owning musical physically, and surely the best vessel for enjoying much ambient and long-form music. Yes, the CD is the lumbering Neanderthal man to the mp3’s homosapiens, but trust me – it will live on for some time, if only as a nostalgia item (and nostalgia is, let's face it, big business these days). Labels like Touch, Ghost Box and Raster-Noton have always striven to make CDs beautiful – and the latter’s GAS book, a lavish photo-journal with a disc of previously unreleased music enclosed, suggested a way forward. At the other end of the scale, home-made CD-Rs from artists like Hush Arbors, Glass Candy and Voice of The Seven Woods proved very desirable, and even the humble cassette enjoyed a resurgence thanks to hipsterish bands like Titus Andronicus and Times New Viking. The OED’s secondary definition of ‘fetish’ applies could conceivably be that of ‘record’, ‘cassette’ or ‘CD’: “an inanimate object worshipped by primitive peoples for its supposed inherent magical powers”, “a thing evoking irrational devotion or respect”. In 2008, we came to terms with our fetish, and went out of our way to indulge it.

If the 12” and cassette are these days the realm of fantasy, then the internet is our undeniable reality, and this year saw major and independent labels accept the reality, to work positively with bloggers and websites to generate hype around their artists. Hence a deluge of free mixes, mp3s, internet exclusives, webcasts – an unprecedented level of choice for the average consumer.

Right up ‘til the end of last year, major and medium-sized labels were signing up British indie bands and nu-ravers faster than Topman could manufacture natty belts, hoping for the next Klaxons, Hot Chip, Horrors or Libertines. Hardly any of these derivative, idea-starved groups sold any records; most were dropped, and the world’s eyes turned away from London and over to Brooklyn – where scene godfathers like Gang Gang Dance, Yeasayer and Animal Collective found themselves presiding over a vibrant petri-dish culture of neo-hippie pop. As well as launching a thousand cult concerns like Telepathe and High Places, this new psychedelia has crossed over into the mainstream thanks to the watered-down iPod fodder of Chairlift and the rather more affable anthems of MGMT. The band’s most famous song seems to nail not just the spirit of youth, but of our general cultural condition: we are indeed fated to pretend.

The noisier likes of Ponytail and their west coast counterparts No Age pushed through: they made some of the year’s best records and have reached many, many more listeners than their sales figures might suggest (that’ll be the blogs…). Of course, with so many blog-inches to fill, many more bands are getting hyped then rapidly discarded: here-today-forgotten-tomorrow neo-hardcore bands like Health and Lovvers are a case in point. In Britain the media continues to puts it faith in quirky solo artists like Little Boots and Lykke Li. I mean, who is actually “into” Lykke Li?

As our current decade enters its twilight phase, the one that preceded it falls into focus, and we begin to look back on it in earnest. The ‘90s have resurfaced everywhere I look – in the nu-gaze of School of Seven Bells, in Zomby’s ‘ardkore tribute Where Were U in ’92, in the box-office-busting My Bloody Valentine shows at The Roundhouse. A raft of that era’s foremost electronica artists were formally canonized in 2008 – with reissues of key works by GAS, Basic Channel and Pole on that most ‘90s of formats, the CD. Perhaps this renewed interest in idea-heavy techno of the past had something to do with contemporary minimal techno running aground. Villalobos and Hawtin shows were more like circuses than raves; Berlin became overrun with wasters and wannabes; the underground had, inevitably, become the establishment, attracting idiot punters in their legions and off-putting sponsorship from companies like TDK and T-Mobile. More crucially, the music itself seemed to lose any semblance of punk attitude – even the better stuff was drowned out by the boring, merely functional records crowding the market. Minimal felt like one long, draining after-party that none of its self-conscious revellers could afford to leave. The comedown is going to be savage.

Dubstep, once a united front, splintered into (for the most part friendly) rival factions – the wobble-heavy thugstep expounded by Caspa, Coki et al, and the sleek, skippier, techno-influenced sound pioneered by producers likes Peverelist, Appleblim, Ramadanman and Martyn. Bass music – for want of a better word – was resoundingly where the action was to be found. The wonky sounds of Starkey, Ikonika and Rustie were big news, but it was Joker – the young Bristolian behind ‘Gullybrook Lane’ and ‘Snake Eater’ – who emerged as the most exciting, inventive beat-maker of the past 12 months. The Numbers and Lucky Me axis, earmarked for greatness throughout last year, also came good: Hudson Mohawke’s ‘Oops!’ being a highlight. The B-more breaks favoured by Jackmaster and his Dre$$ to $weat roster found favour with a post-MIA, post-Diplo public attuned to global ghetto music’s occasionally sublime frequencies. It’s telling that Mujava’s ‘Township Funk’ – a lo-fi South African kwaito tune roughly inspired by ‘90s bleep techno – was one of the year’s biggest dancefloor burners.

Of course, the “dancefloor” is by its very nature a global construct these days. The proudly localized phenomenon of pirate radio is, to all intents and purposes, a thing of the past; but online mixes and podcasts have taken up the slack – and proved to be even an even more invaluable tool for breaking new dance music, whatever the genre. You didn’t have to be living in the Greater London area and listening live to hear Marcus Nasty and Mak10’s landmark September mix for Rinse FM, widely considered to be the moment funky “happened”. From the soca-pop of Crazi Cousinz ‘Do You Mind’ to the heavy bruk of Roska and Lil’ Silva, this grime-infused derivative of funky and tribal house, bassline and garage sidestepped the considerations of fashion or propriety to capture London’s imagination and, after years of male-heavy, police-targeted grime raves and gangster-centric MC culture, everyone, not least the girls, got dancing again.

We’re all music fans now – and whether your taste is for Nigerian funk or Norwegian black metal, an online community, with an attendant shitload of free music, awaits you. Not only that: whether we know it or not, we’re each of us becoming cultural archivists, musicologists searching for and occasionally providing a context and a reference and a precedent for everything. The internet is a living museum, and it’s open all hours. But remember: there’s a world outside it too.

2008 was the year that the past became ever present – which makes the future a strange and thrilling prospect indeed. It was also the year that Timmy Mallett did the Rolex Sweep. Oh, to be sure: it’s been a good one.

KIRAN SANDE (Fact Magazine)


Friday, December 19, 2008


Tuesday, December 16, 2008


December 15th Purchase

This week I highly recommend getting a hold of Glass Candy's new compilation cd called DEEP GEMS which you can get from the Italians Do It Better store for $12.00 (plus postage). Glass Candy alongside Chromatics have emerged from Troubleman onto Italians Do It Better and have become almost the pinnacle of the 80s italo-disco analog sound recontemporised for a 00s audience. Anyway the cd features a bunch of stuff that was previously unreleased and is as good as anything off BEATBOX.


Go buy! Or befriend them on myspace - they now have a staggering 38,919 friends!


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Thursday, December 04, 2008

I'm still ill.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

On Wednesday 10th December Detachments will be playing live at The Purple Turtle in Camden previewing material from their forthcoming debut album.
You can get your tickets here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/39565
City Angels who are promoting it can be found here: http://www.myspace.com/cityangelspresent

In other news I've just had a terrible phone call. Hopefully it isn't as bad as it could be. Fingers crossed.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Friday, November 28, 2008

Chateau Flight have just put together a new chart for Beatport of their favourite new tracks and they've included Detachments Fear No Fear. Nice.


We also received the Chateau Flight Remix of Spectral Empire this week which is truly great. A slow burning 104bpm cosmic jam which will be out in 2009. Watch out.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Yura Yura Teikoku

Monday, November 17, 2008

'Brain Machine's Prismatic Mix'
1. Agitation Free - Khan El Khalili
2. Growing - Wrong Ride
3. Deuter - Aum
4. Brain Machine - Massive Dying Stars Vibrating Like Giant Speakers
5. Brain Machine - Pulsations
6. Tangerine Dream - Birth Of Liquid Plejades
7. Brain Machine - Heaven 8 (Unit 4 Mix)
8. Brain Machine - Capricorn Rising
9. Scott Walker - The Electrician
10. Brain Machine - Heaven 8
11. The Cosmic Jokers - Galactic Joke
12. Brain Machine - Eternal Night
13. Popol Vuh - Dream Part 4
14. Brain Machine - Nexus Vox
The Brain Machine album can be purchased on cd from the thisisnotanexit shop:
We also have a very limited number of Brain Machine LP's in stock. 25 to be precise. You can get one ahead of the shops by emailing simon.thisisnotanexit@gmail.com to clarify costs. There are only 500 pressed so they won't be around for long.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

If you're on facebook you can become a FAN of Detachments by following the link below.


They are currently in the studio working on their debut album with a variety of producers and contributors. It's shaping up to be spectacular judging from what I've heard so far.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Monday, November 10, 2008

This Is Not An Exit Records is proud to present the debut album by Brain Machine. A six-track broadcast from the electronic vanguard, Brain Machine is one of the most haunting, sensuous and distinctive releases you'll hear all year.
Brain Machine is Guido Zen and Juan T Trippe. They recorded this album in their spiritual home, the islands of The Federate States of Micronesia. According to Guido:'My father, a fine musician, worked as a pilot for Alitalia. Once, there was an accident, and his plane crash-landed in the South Pacific Ocean. He was rescued by islanders, and during the many months it took him to recuperate, he taught many of them how to write music. The Micronesians were suddenly able to write down the music they had been making for hundreds of years…Many of the rhythms and melodies that we use in Brain Machine come directly from the Micronesian tradition…"
Brain Machine's music is a picturesque, at times frightening journey into the unknown. It displays not just a restless forward momentum, but also perhaps a nostalgia for a future that never came to pass. There are definite echoes of dub, techno and the krautrock and synth experiments of 70s-80s Germany, but they're really only candles lighting the way through The Brain Machine's vast, disorienting universe.
Available on cd and download now.
A limited edition 500 copies only 2 x 12" gatefold edition will be out soon.
Available from the usual shops and outlets - a few friends are listed below....or email us straight back if you want to order directly from us here at Thisisnotanexit HQ.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Simon A. Carr DJ Chart (October 2008)

Weird Tapes - The Heavens (cd-r)
Spectral Empire - Innerfearence (Thisisnotanexit 12")
They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - Moon Song (Holy Ghost Remix) (Thisisnotanexit 12")
Rub N Tug - Mabakes (Combi 12")
Mungolian Jetset - Madreh Epics Part Two (cd-r)
Black Meteoric Star - World Eater (DFA)
The Dark Esquire - Lexicons (Bangkok Impact Disco Version) (Thisisnotanexit mp3)
Runaway - Just Got Paid (Wurst mp3)
Sleepwalk - A Selection By Optimo (Domino CD)
Clinic - Tomorrow (DFA Remix) (cd-r)
Orbital - Belfast (mp3)
Ghengis Tron - Board Up The House (Steve Moore Remix) (Temporary Residence LP)
Soft Cell - Insecure Me (Playgroup Remix) (cd-r)
Cluster & Eno feat. Holgar Czukay - Ho Renomo (Sky LP)
Cobra Cut - Night Prism (cd-r)
Parallels - Ultralight '08 (cd-r)
They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - Moon Song (The Gospel According To Mung 2012 Live At The Hacienda Version) (Thisisnotanexit mp3)Diamond Vampires - Models (cd-r)
Plastique Du Reve - Alone In Kyoto (Mental Groove 12")
Erik Wikstrom - Autonight (Feed 12")
Gang Gang Dance - Saint Dymphna (Warp LP)Arthur Russell - Love Is Overtaking Me (Rough Trade CD)
Radiohead - The Reckoner (James Holden Remix) (cd-r)
BV Dub - A Moments Peace (Meanwhile 12")
Kate Bush - The Dreaming (EMI LP)Nite Jewel - My CD (Self Released)
Professor Genius - Down There (Jorge Velez Digital ep)

They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - Moon Song Remixes are now available online to download exclusively from Beatport. This is the only place you'll be able to get all the remixes over the next 4 weeks so get to it if you don't own a turntable!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Here's the latest Smugglers Inn podcast featuring new music from The Revenge Taps Aff Ep, Wax Stag, new Arturo Capone on Bear Funk, amazing soul from Jazzanova feat Phonte from Little Brother, wonky French hip hop from Yann Kesz, cool new disco from Marius, wacked out slo house from Jopling, New Spectral Empire on thisisnotanexit, new Lusty Zanzibar on Bear Funk, hot as hell deep techno from See The Road, the amazing new Pepe Bradock, Disco Deviance 006, Hot Coins....

You can stream/download the show from http://www.redrackem.com or search Itunes for 'Smugglers Inn'

November 1st Smugglers Inn

1 – Mr Hone – Open Your Eyes
2 – Jazzanova – feat Phonte – Look What You're Doing To Me
3 – San Eyes - Nos Nuits
4 – Jopling – Must Come Down
5 – Dialect – Parano Star - Atom Remix
6 – Chanan Hanspal - It's Only Just A Garden
7 – Pepe Bradock – Hints Of Delusion
8 – Isley Brothers - Between The Sheets – The Revenge Rework
9 – Spectral Empire - Innerfearence
10 – Umod – Omega Supreme
11 – Arturo Capone – Spacewalk
12 – Yann Kesz – In The Beginning Was The Beat
13 – Rui Maia – Cantonese Man – Hot Coins Refix
14 – Russ McDonald – Looking From The Cooking Pot
15 – Manus and Koigil – Carpet Voila
16 – Murr – Addiction
17 - Pepe Bradock – Mandragore
18 – The Clash– Magnificent Disco – BC Edit
19 – Marius - Disco Drummer – Dicky Trisco Remix
20 - Kool and The Gang – Kinda Funky - The Revenge Re-edit
21 – Luther Davis Group - To Be Free
22 – Candy Staton- Do Your Duty – Pepe Bradock Remix
23 – Lusty Zanzibar – In Your Heart
24 - See The Road – Pondora

Enjoy. Danny's a good man and his radio show is worth checking out on a regular basis.

Friday, October 31, 2008

The darkness

Today on All Hallows' Even it is time as the festival begins to soundtrack the boundary between the alive and deceased with the first offering from Spectral Empire.
The offering they have provided comes in two parts. The first of which you will have to proffer gold coins and livestock to own. Coming on black plastic engraved with grooves from the high order of Samhain the Spectral Empire 12" (Catalogue Number TINAE 008) comes with two incantations to deep dark techno first offered by the legends of Detroit - the first of which is INNERFEARENCE and the second of which is THE MINOTAUR.
Offer your gifts in exhange for a copy via the digital link below. Buying directly from the shop grants you two things.
ONE: You will own the 12" a full ten days before the shops will have it
TWO: Us (the record label people and the Spectral Empire people) might actually brerakeven and thus enable us to put out more such magic.

The second Spectral Empire gift is one which is free and will involve only such modern technology as an internet connection.
It is 67 minutes and 57 minutes of dark mysterious soundtracks to the future - taking in the sleek cyber skylines of a Blade Runner future all the way back to a pagan ritual from the 16th century past.
Download from here and enjoy the music:
Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Genius Professor

Friend of Thisisnotanexit (we released the first part of his A Jean Giraud series earlier this year - with the second part coming in 2009) as well as Italians Do It Better and Discques Sinthomme Mr. PROFESSOR GENIUS has a new ep out this week that he has released himself called DOWN THERE.

It contains 4x stunning new additions to his growing arsenal of spaced out tropical disco (with a little hint of melancholy with those pads on Down There) and is available only via the world of mp3 (its such a shame the world is turning towards mp3s and artists and labels are slowly releasing music via the digital space and not via vinyl...). Anyways you could do alot worse than spend £3.79 on this little collection of beauties this week.

Go on.


Monday, October 27, 2008


I've posted a chart of 10 records that are worth spending your hard earned on (specicially worth purchasing are the Moon Song Remixes 12" (obviously!) and the new BV Dub 12" on Meanwhile which is absolutely staggeringly beautiful.

my link to juno records

In these credit crunch times I was in my local charity shop (donating some cds and clothes) when I had a flick through the racks and found this for a pound.


Remixes from Underground Resistance, Mk and Derrick May! I also found a book by Greil Marcus book for £2.50. Bargains!

Monday, October 20, 2008

This week heralds the new release from They Came From The Stars I Saw Them on a limited edition promo 12". Moon Song is a live favourite from the latest album and the first 12" features remixes from King Of Town (hot from his remix of Desmond & The Tutu's Kiss You out now on Tigersushi) and DFA's hot new act Holy Ghost in both a vocal and instrumental form.
The second 12" will follow soon featuring remixes from Serge Santiago and Mungolian Jetset.
Only 500 have been pressed so don't sleep - available from the usual record shops. Here's some links to make the path to purchase slightly easier.
It will also be released digitally shortly.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Trevor Jackson knows a thing about music. He not only ran one of the best record labels that ever existed Output Recordings - in fact I'm not sure Thisisnotanexit would exist were it not for Output (and Factory of course). Trevor Jackson has also produced some incredible music of his own in his Playgroup guise and also remixes under this name. He's currently mixing some of the tracks for the forthcoming album from Detachments but he found time last week to contribute some mp3's to the Bumrocks blog.

1. Toto Blanke - Arabab (from the Toto Blanke & Electric Circus LP).
2. Czeslaw Niemen - Laur Dorjazaly (no idea where this is from - Czeslaw was a Polish composer though and this is really wild and freaky).
3. Shriekback - Mkistah Linn He Dead (from a 1984 12" - really really nice electronic post punk track).
4. Mark Wyman - Space In Faders (No idea where this is from but its a freaky little psych numbers with almost reggae funkiness).
5. Richard H. Kirk - The Greedy Eye (A typically abrasive sounding Richard H. Kirk track from the Time High Fiction album released in 1983).
Do yourself a favour and check them out. TJ is a man with exceptional taste.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008



Limited edition 12" 300 copies only.

Not available on mp3.

Released 31st October HALLOWEEN.

Join the Spectral Empire facebook group here:

Watch out for a special Spectral Empire mix available from the thisisnotanexit site on the day of release.
The Moon Song rollercoaster continues.....the King Of Town Remix features on a new mix on the rather marvellous Urlaubshits blog.


Urlaubshits Vol. 3 (63.7 mb, 67:52 mins)

1) Naum Gabo - Spessivtseva (Dissident)
2) Simon Baker - Plastik (Todd Terje Türkatech Mix) (Playhouse)
3) They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - Moon Song (King Of Town With Moonbeams In His Crown Mix) (TINAE)
4) Blackbelt Andersen - November (Full Pupp)
5) Babytalk - Keep On Move (Six-Leg Friend and Original mixes) (Stickydisc Recordings)
6) Runaway - Brooklyn Club Jam (Brennan Green's Version) (DFA Records)
7) Allez Allez - Allez Allez (Aeroplane Remix) (Eskimo Recordings)
8) 40 Thieves - Don't Turn It Off (Permanent Vacation)
9) Woolfy - 1095/06/09 (Rong Music)
10) Low Motion Disco - Things Are Gonna Get Easier (Woolfy's Forgiveness Mix) (Eskimo Recordings)

Go download it yeah.

The Holy Ghost Remix was also played on Rob Da Banks Radio 1 show last Sunday - and this week Pete Tong might be giving the Serge Santiago Remix a spin. Wowsers.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I'm back from my holiday! 2 weeks in Mauritius which was as you would expect incredibly amazing. Beautiful weather, romantic little hotel, great people, nice food, amazing lobster. And lots of Mauritian rum!
It has been slightly weird listening to the Detachments album demos, new East London italo disco and various other unsigned bits and pieces whilst lying on the beach surrounded by the clear blue sea but there you go.
News in short.....
A new digital service has launched called TENTRACKS with our friends Optimo picking 10 tracks for October. And all for just £1. There are two Thisisnotanexit tracks in there so is worth it nón?!
Out next Monday is the promo 12" for the new They Came From The Stars I Saw Them single MOON song featuring remixes from King Of Town and Holy Ghost! (DFA). Only 500 copies so best be quick!
Also, the Brain Machine album is out on 27th October so make sure you check that out when it lands. Limited edition 2 x 12"gatefold LP (500 copies only) and a digipack CD don't sleep on this one either!
Finally there will be the debut 12" from Spectral Empire landing soon. Watch out for this too as there is only 300 copies and it won't be available digitally.
Over and out for now.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Not the film but the online record store.
I've just posted a little chart of ten records you should own.
You can look at it here:

I'm also hugely disappointed as found out that last night there was a discussion about whether the record sleeve would survive in the future with Peter Saville plus a few other interesting music luminaries here in London. Typically I found out about it this morning.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A very nice little review of the new They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - Moon Song single is in this months I-DJ Magazine.

"...On form..."

Thats what Thisisnotanexit is apparently. You heard it here first.

Monday, September 22, 2008

In case you missed it you can catch the tracks here.


Friday, September 12, 2008

Lack of blogging recently as I've been so dam busy. But we have been working very hard on promoing the new They Came From The Stars I Saw Them release MOON SONG and its various remixes. You can check a couple out here:
And here:

There's a nice review of Detachments Fear No Fear on Resident Advisor this week. Check it. And if you've got a Resident Advisor log on then add the DETACHMENTS as a favourite yeah.



I also found out this week that The End closes its doors at the end of the year! Probably my favourite club in London having been to Trash as a young scamp when I first moved to London to more recently Carl Craig blazing his way through the main room. This is sad.

You run one of the coolest record labels in the world - the disco heads over at DJH go crazy whenever a new 12" comes out - and so what do you do after there was a few disappointed people with the last Godsy set of 12"s? You press 50 and charge £19.99 a record!!

Godsy - Nectar Of Rubies


Godsy - Trickling Core

This is madness!!!!!
If you live near Chelmsford then Detachments are playing at The Bar House tonight. If you're in the area go check it out. More details at Detachments myspace page.
This weekends soundtrack comes from:
Stereo Image - Stereo Image LP
Ape Into Jam - Recession (Demo)
Crystal Castles LP
Baris K - Show You Love
Naum Gabo - Black Labs
Diamond Vampires - Everything on their myspace page
The Dompteur Mooner edits of Conrad Schnitzler
Parallels - Everything on his myspace page
Swag - Musicbox (Pavel Plastikk Hypnofox)
High Places - From Stardust To Sentience
The new Gang Gang Dance album
The Isolators - Concentrate On Us
And no doubt some Kate Bush
I might go to ESP in Bethnal Green tomorrow as Nathan Gregory Wilkins is DJing. Or I may well stay in bed and watch Twin Peaks. Who knows.
Big up Mofoinbalaclava.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Detachments are playing at the Proud Galleries in Camden this Wednesday which should be a rather good evening out after 93 Feet East last week. Detachments also played an impromptu guerilla gig on Saturday night but I can't tell you anything about that as I couldn't make it along.
Instead here's a live clip of Detachments performing potential forthcoming single Flowers That Fell at 93 Feet East...
You can also sign up to become a Detachments recruit on Facebook:
All the Detachments news first!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Lindstroms latest album entitled WHERE YOU GO I GO TOO is out this week on cd (my copy arrived this morning and is sounding suitably beautiful....). Head over to Fact Online for an interview with the man himself...
Todays soundtrack is also brought to you by Joy Division - Closer, Glass Candy - BEATBOX, Spectral Empire - Metalhawk, Daniel Wangs latest Beats In Space Mix and PIL - Metal Box.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

"We're not a band we're a company"
Spend 12 minutes of your time watching these. The best use of 12 minutes you'll make today.

Friday, August 22, 2008

"The world is dead"

Paul Mawhinney owns the worlds greatest music collection. He loves music. Its in his heart.
In a day of shitty compressed mp3s, itunes, disposability and music just being a commodity have a look at this beautiful short film about Paul Mawhinney and his collection. Its a genuinely moving piece of film.

It makes me want to torch the itunes store....I pine for a day when people buy records again.
Unfortunately I can't see that day ever coming.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The mighty Detachments are destroying 93 Feet East on Monday evening. Free entry. Doors at 7.30pm. More info here:


The band are currently working hard on their debut album with Trevor Jackson from Playgroup along with some other uber - producers whose names shall remain secret for now. The fruits of their labour will be revealed shortly. Stay tuned to the bands myspace page for further news...


They have also just started a facebook group so sign up there too:


Onwards true believers!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

If you have purchased Detachments Fear No Fear from any digital store this week and you have a 2 minute version rather than the full 5:43 version then please email us at:


If you can attach your proof of purchase we will organise a refund.

This is unfortunately a delivery error on the part of the digital server and both Thisisnotanexit Records and Detachments apologise for this error - unfortunately it is out of our hands but we will do our best to make sure this doesn't leave a bad taste in your mouth.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Tomorrow evening - that'll be Thursday then - Simon A. Carr - that'll be me then - will be Djing at Vibe Bar on Brick Lane in East London with the legends that are Spectral Empire (their debut single Innerfearence / The Minotaur is coming out on Thisisnotanexit in September and blimey its heads down smacked out 80s horror soundtrack prog disco of the highest order) from 1930 - 2330. We'll be digging deep and playing weird whacked out sounds and enjoying a beverage or few at the same time. If you're in town come on down and say hi. What the hell else would you rather do on a Thursday.
Oh and its free entry too. Now you're interested.
As Gordon Ramsay would say - "Vibe Bar, DJ Sets, Spectral Empire, Simon A. Carr, free entry - DONE"

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

(Belated) Single of the week
This came out a few weeks ago and I forgot to highlight its necessity for purchase! Fontan are a new band signed to Studio's Information label and although all this balearica is becoming how shall we say it a bit samey in places this deserves your attention as it delves much more into the motorik drumming of Neu! and Harmonia and a krautrock 70s obsession with aching swooping guitar solos and a Beach Boys-esque vocal than simply retracing the nu-disco template. Beautiful stuff on a beautiful 12" (plus it comes with Studio and A Mountain Of One Remixes). Deserved praise for a rather splendid debut. Hopefully the album will be similarly grandiose in vision.
Be their friend:
Buy the 12" from Phonica as they're a real bricks n mortar record shop:
This week there are two DJ mixes available from Aeroplane and each feature They Came From The Stars I Saw Them in different remixed form...check them out....!


Tracklist01. Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal - Bella Union
02. Quixote Feat. Lisa Li-Lund - Before I Started to Dance (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) - Versatile
03. They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - Moon Song (Holy Ghost! Remix) - This Is Not An Exit
04. The Shortwave Set - Now Til 69 (Aeroplane Remix) - Wall Of Sound
05. Dolle Jolle - Balearic Incarnation (Todd Terje Mix) - Permanent Vacation
06. Eine Klein Nacht Muzik - La Serenissima - Modular Recordings
07. David Rubato - Circuit (Aeroplane Remix) - Institubes
08. Eddy Meets Yannah - Solid Ground (Crazy P Remix) - Solid Ground
09. Toby Tobias - The Feeling (John Daly Remix) - Rekids
10. Mugwump - Yajna - Disco 45/Kompakt
11. Bostro Pesopeo - Communquis - Permanent Vacation
12. Maelstrom - Enter The Cosmo (Sankt Goran & Erik Sidung Remix) - Solar Disco


Aeroplane // Warm Summer Mix Tracklisting:
01. They Came From The Stars : "The Gospel" - Mungolian Jet Set Mix (TINAE Promo)
02. "Pirmas Finns" (Cdr)
03. The Shortwave Set : "Now Til 69" - Aeroplane Remix (Wall Of Sound)
04. Ein Klein Nacht Muzik : "La Serenissima" (Modular Promo)
05. Bostro Pesopeo : "Communquis" (Permanent Vacation Promo)
06. Grand Popo : "My Territory" - Joakim Dub (Cdr)
07. Quixote Feat Lisa LI-Lund : "I Started To Dance"-Prins Thomas Diskomiks (Versatile Promo)
08. Simon Baker : "Plastik" - Todd Terje Remix (Playhouse)
09. Henrik Schwarz/Ame/Dixon - D.P.O.M.B (Innervisions)

Friday, August 01, 2008

Another day - another record shop bites the dust. Hopefully Sister Ray will find a buyer but in this day and age who would invest in a record shop?! 5 years ago an independent house record would sell 5,000 copies as DJs with 1210s all over the land bought vinyl with their hard earned cash. These days with the proliferation of blogs and limewire and the population rebelling against major labels it appears that the average numbers of vinyl sales is falling. DFA now only press 900 per 12" of alot of their releases for example. The days of going record shopping are now simply a click of the mouse and opening up Beatport and Juno. There are some records which still sell (european minimal techno, fidgit house etc) but for those trying to do something different and independently these are tough times.
Support your local record shop and the independent labels you believe in. A few years time and they might not be around...

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Detachments are playing at the Time Out On The Up gig at The Vortex in Dalston this Sunday. Tickets have sold out but there will be 20 for sale at £5 on the door from 7pm. Should be a good one.
Photos here from the Detachements Pure Groove @ The Macbeth gig:

Friday, July 25, 2008

I saw The Dark Knight last night - a sucker for the hype I'd had my expectations raised through the roof (imdb users for example have given the film a staggering 9.4 average rating making it AHEM the greatest film of all time http://www.imdb.com/chart/top Warner Brothers have certainly made sure that the hype machine has kicked into overdrive). Anyways it was VERY GOOD - Heath Ledger certainly delivered a stunning performance as The Joker - and there are some incredible sections of the film (the car chase / joker incarceration is an amazing centrepiece) BUT it has elements of it that slightly let it down for me (the bullet fingerprint section, the quite literally stupid mobile phone as eyes....erm, what??!) but overall it's worth checking out on the big screen. And the way it ends leaves it open for a futher film....

My main man Sculpture would make a good character in a comic book film. Here he is performing live at The Elevator Gallery last week which I was going to attend but events conspired against me...


Don't forget that Detachments are playing live at Meat Raffle on Saturday night at Catch on Kingsland Road in Shoreditch. There will also be a DJ set from Simon A. Carr.

Detachments LIVE at 11pm

Simon A. Carr DJ Set at 12 midnight

Plus it's free!!! What more do you want? Sit in the sunshine all day and then come see (hear?) some amazing music!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

And here for your glorious consumption are the records you should have bought over the past year according to the Mercury Music Prize Panel....

Adele - 19
British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
Burial - Untrue
Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
Estelle - Shine
Laura Marling - Alas I Cannot Swim
Neon Neon - Stainless Style
Portico Quartet - Knee-Deep in the North Sea
Rachel Unthank & The Winterset - The Bairns
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of the Understatement

As usual its a bunch of middle ground non-risk taking SHIT. Apart from Radiohead (do Thom and the boys really need the money or the recognition though...?) as In Rainbows is really really good. And Burial Untrue is a staggering work of genius. I wonder who will collect the award and the cheque if Burial won? Will he wear a mask? I have a sneaking feeling Burial might win it - after all Portishead, Tricky and Massive Attack are all back gigging again it's almost like 1995 again when Dummy won. Burial for the prize if only to see dinner parties up and down the land discussing the world of dubstep and garage!

The rest is a pile of crap. Bitter They Came From The Stars didn't get nominated?? Never.....

Monday, July 21, 2008

Single Of The Week - Detachments Fear No Fear
Can I declare a release on my own label to be my single of the week? Of course I can. Why? Because it's head and shoulders above everything else you'll hear this week - it's big f8ck off dance music laced with Post Punk experimentalism with a dark heart and soul and a nod to Warp and Transmat early techno. It's absolutely killer - when I played this at Optimo earlier in 2008 and with strobes and white lights going off I had GOOSEBUMPS it sounded so good and people were so into it.
Plus it comes with an absolutely MASSIVE remix from Moscow which turns it into a 90's acid house piano anthem perfect for the 5am dancefloors. And then there's the 80's tinged Naum Gabo Remix - what more can you say than those guys have remixed everyone from Franz Ferdinand to Hot Chip to Snow Patrol...plus with Jonnie DJing every week at Optimo you know the mix is going to deliver.
Go and buy - that's all there is to say.
Unless you only buy things from itunes / digital stores in which case you'll have to wait until next week. Buy a 12" though - the artwork has been done by Detachments vocalist and producer Sebastien and will look beautiful framed on your wall.

Friday, July 18, 2008


1. To behave or move nervously or restlessly.
2. To play or fuss; fiddle: He fidgeted with his notes while lecturing.

To cause to behave or move nervously or restlessly.

1. A condition of restlessness as manifested by nervous movements. Often used in the plural with the.
2. One that fidgets.

Bored bored bored by all this fidget house talk recently. It appears that all the kids who were into NURAVE last year have now taken this bouncy bassline fidget house stuff as their new plaything. And it sells SHEDLOADS literally bloody truckloads of the stuff. Shows how much I know!

Rest assured there'll be no fidgeting around these parts. In honour of non-fidgeting I'll be playing Meat Raffle in Shoreditch the weekend after next with the mighty Detachments. Detachments debut single is out on Monday so get yourself to your local record store or itunes and purchase!
This weekend I will be finishing the long awaited Thisisnotanexit Volume 10 - after the last one received nearly 20,000 downloads I'd figured that the new installment would have to live up to expectations and the plan in my head for it is rather special. It will be like nothing you've ever heard before (basically because about 50% of it hasn't been released yet..) Hopefully next week you will see what I mean....
Over and out.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

It's not often I flick through the NME and see something that sounds genuinely interesting but I was intrigued by the page devoted to Salem. Something in the NME that I would find interesting I thought - prtty prtty prtty unlikely. Off I went to myspace though and here you go:

Blimey. The tracks have been on repeat all morning and I've fallen completely for them - comparisons have been made to Burial due to their dubstep leaning and anti-media stance but for me the comparisons are more with Throbbing Gristle and The Knife - those blissed out vocals and synths are just killing me. There are some more crunk and dusbtepesque tracks but it's those such as Brewstreet and Deepburn that are the most exciting.
Apparently there is a limited edition record that has already sold out called YES I SMOKE CRACK so you'd best watch out for one on ebay if you want one....
Don't forget Simon A. Carr & Detachments are playing at The Washing Line in Camden this evening.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

They Came From The Stars I Saw Them played an exclusive live set for XFM's exposure last week - you can download it from here if you missed it!
"Absolutely amazing live" says John Kennedy!
1. The Motherlode
2. The Hot Inc.
3. Down On The Dancefloor
4. Moon Song
5. Rabbit Seal Monkey

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

When I said the Brand Manager of Magners I DEFINITELY meant MAGNERS. Not MANGOES. Just to be clear. Nothing against Mangoes of course.

A regular reader of the Thisisnotanexit blog emailed me today and asked if Thisisnotanexit was sponsored by Magners. I can assure you we are not, but if the marketing manager of Magners is reading this feel free to send me a crate and I'll write about sunshine and cider all summer.
It's pissing down with rain today though - definitely not a Magners day.
Here's some music:
Riz Ortolani - Il Corpo Di Linda
This was made in the 70's by the guy who also did the title track to Cannibal Holocaust but sounds like some sort of futurist techno template with Hot On The Heels Of Love but a distant spec on the horizon. This evening I'll mainly be mixing this with the new Ricardo Villalobos release on Perlon.
This week you should all have the following events in your disco diaries:
Pure Groove party @ The Macbeth featuring Andrew Weatherall, James Pants, Adam Kersher, We Have Band, Simon A. Carr DJ Set and Detachments LIVE!
Washing Line @ The Constitution featuring Simon A. Carr DJ Set and Detachments LIVE!
Come party. Don't forget Detachments Fear No Fear is released on MP3 and 12" on Monday 14th July - as played by Radio 1 this week!!
Over and out. Oh yeah and Mr. Magners hit me up.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

It's a beautiful sunny day here in London town. The kids are out getting burnt as I sit here typing this. Traditionally during summer my record collection and musical choices get a little happier and brighter - must be all that serotonin the sunlight and warmth is generating. Or something. My ipod has been quite dark recently though - a reignited interest in post punk and early 80s sounds that suggest there was never a summer then - just grey.
But today I got sent a link to these guys - Pepe California - from Japan. Dam! There name even says sunshine and summer. The music is as you would therefore expect the sound of the sea, balmy days on the beach, positivity, uplifting, the feeling that today is a good day.
Go turn it up real loud, put your sunglasses and some suntan lotion on and go sit in your back garden with a magners and enjoy this little selection!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

My Bloody Valentine destroyed my ears last week. Volume terrorism of the highest order. It's the first time I've actually FELT music in this way. And I'm not talking about from an emotional perspective. My ribs were vibrating. My teeth HURT. I walked out after 20 minutes of You Made Me Realise VISCERAL WHITE NOISE had ended and couldn't hear anything for half an hour. People left after a few minutes of the noise but I stupidly stayed as had never experienced anything like it before. The people next to me had ear plugs. This is the future. Kevin Shields made Mogwai sound like they play Fisher Price instruments.
It was a good job my mate Apollo didn't come. He's got tiny ears and they'd have been properly damaged.
Now stop reading and go and buy the stars album!!

Friday, June 20, 2008

The first ever album on Thisisnotanexit is released on Monday 23rd June. It will be available from HMV, Zavvi, your local record shop - but you can also order it online using these useful links below. Go on. It means we'll be able to bring you even more wonderful music in future!



The summer slowdown has begun but there are a few interesting records hitting the racks - worth checking out is the new Der Rauber Und Der Prinz 12" on Amontillado, the new Mark E edit of Chic's Good Times on Internasjonal with a deep and twisted Quiet Village Remix...and the new one from Gavin Russoms new project Black Meteoric Star (but it isn't released yet) but still its one to get excited about!

For those who like their music deep, dark and twisted then this week the boys from Spectral Empire provided the soundtrack on Jonny Nash's 'Possible music show' on Thursday night. They played a few of their new productions forthcoming on Thisisnotanexit so worth a listen...


Next gig in your diary should be Friday 4th July - We Have Band, Detachments and They Came From The Stars I Saw Them (plus me) at the Notting Hill Arts Club. Tasty. Plus its free before 9pm.

Lacking inspiration today as its been a helluva fortnight - off to see My Bloody Valentine tonight - I expect to be spending the rest of the weekend DEAF but it'll be worth it....

Monday, June 02, 2008

Here's my chart of musical goodness for June....in no particular order

1. Namlook - Subharmonic Atoms (Pepe Braddocks Bug Remix) (Macro)
2. Ghost Note - Holy Jungle (Golf Channel)
3. Mark E - Slave One (Running Back)
4. They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - Moon Song (Holy Ghost Remix) (TINAE)
5. Der Rauber Und Der Prinz - Der Elektrische Reiter (Amontillado)
6. The Dark Esquire - Lexicons (Detachments Remix) (TINAE)
7. Detachments - Fear No Fear (TINAE)
8. Peter Phonix - Drowning In Neverneverland (Verity)
9. Led Zepplin - Trampled Underfoot (John Daly Edit) (n/a)
10. The Style Council - Unknown (Club Silencio Edit) (n/a)
11. Brain Machine - Eternal Night (Musiccargo Remix) (TINAE)
12. Oblio - Escape (n/a)
13. Neu! - E Music (Brain)
14. Portishead - Machine Gun (Simon A. Carr Instrumental Edit) (n/a)
15. Invisible Conga People - Cable Dazed (IDIB)
16. Savage Republic - Next To Nothing (Fundamental)
17. Fjordfunk - Unknown (Lunaflicks 003)
18. Sabres Of Paradise - The Ballad Of Nicky Maguire (Warp)
19. Naum Gabo - Pictures (The Loving Hand Remix) (TINAE)
20. Four Tet - Ringer vs. Ricardo Villalobos - Enfants (Simon A. Carr Live Mix Edit) (n/a)

Friday, May 30, 2008

Right, a quick one as the weekend is nearly upon us....a week today sees three of Thisisnotanexits finest (Detachments, They Came From The Stars I Saw Them and AHEM me Mr. Simon A. Carr) come out to play at The Barfly in Camden thanks to the wonderous night that is Adventures Close To Home. Should be an absolutely fantastic night! And for those who just can't have enough Thisisnotanexit or Adventures Close To Home in your lives me and Ill Will are DJing from 1800 - 2000 at the brand spanking new Pure Groove Record Shop in Farringdon next Friday too. Make a night of it eh!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The latest release from Thisisnotanexit Records hits the shops on Monday May 19th. They Came From The Stars I Saw Thems biggest POP hit to date coming on like Roxy Music meets Devo called The HOT Inc. on both 7" and 12" and digital download (you know from itunes and other places like that!). Anyways both formats contain new tracks and remixes so buy them both! Make sure you all rush out and buy it next week and it might even get in the charts! Or you can pre-order from HMV here:

I fly out to Ibiza tomorrow for a week of relaxation. I'm even turning my email off for a week for the first time in A VERY LONG TIME. Memories of sorting out the Hatchback release last Autumn from a village in Vietnam still haunt me. See you in a week or so....

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

We Are All In The Gutter But Some Of Us Are Looking At They Came From The Stars I Saw Them is OUT ON JUNE 9th in all good record shops.
You can pre-order it here from Amazon if you like.
A busy week at the Thisisnotanexit offices. They Came From The Stars I Saw Them played a blinder last night at the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen with The Chap. The first time I've heard Rabbit Seal Monkey live as well and it sounded great!!

Detachments are also busy at the moment - and today on the times online there's a nice piece about them - check it out!


Monday, May 12, 2008

"Words are like viruses"

- William Burroughs -

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Tomorrow night its the Thisisnotanexit launch party @ Public Life here in London town. Only 100 capacity venue so make sure if you're coming along you come down early! Jonnie Wilkes plus Simon A. Carr and Matt Waites - should be WILD!

Record of the week this week is the repress of the Nu Groove classic: "The Prince Of Dance Music, LB Bad presents: The New Age Of Faith Act 1 The Sea: Birth, Act 2 The Land: Life, Act 3 The Stars: Faith In Heaven.
If only for the longest most out there title ever! Anyways its an end of night classic stolen by Sabres Of Paradise for Smokebelch. Beautiful, positive, life affirming music for when the sun comes up.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

We've just given our friends at Phonica 15 EXCLUSIVE white label 12" copies of the forthcoming single by Detachments called FEAR NO FEAR and featuring remixes from NAUM GABO and MOSCOW alongside the fearsome original. Go get! Once they're gone they're gone!


Not out officially until July 7th.

Catch the band live this Friday at Notting Hill Arts Club - free entry before 9pm and I'll be DJing later on too. Message me for cheap guestlist if you want to come along after 9pm.

Friday, April 25, 2008

This week sees the release of the latest Thisisnotanexit 12" (and digital download / mp3 if you're that way inclined). By Professor Genius after his inital releases on Italians Do It Better and Disques Sinthomme comes A Jean Giraud (Part One) featuring A Jean Giraud 1, 2 and 3 as well as a version by Brennan Green. Pitchfork picked it up to stream so that says something about the quality! Part Two will be released later this year - and if there's enough demand we might press some cds featuring all of the tracks compiled together.

Out on Monday is the new Portishead album after 10 years away. Seriously seriously amazing - and sees Portishead tear up their original sound and embrace various points of industrial and kraut rock. Check Machine Gun for what can only be described as a 105 bpm smacked out version of New Orders Blue Monday pushed through a distortion pedal and topped with Beths smoky vocals. We Carry On is the other highlight with what can only be described as a pounding Silver Apples drum and organ sound and a fast paced techno 127bpm. Then Adrian Utleys guitar kicks in and WOW oh WOW. This sounded absolutely massive at the sub club on Sunday night when I played at Optimo. Both are going to be in my record box all summer.

Finally Mark E's new 12" hit the stores on Gerd Jansons great label Prosumer. Check out Slave 1 on the A Side for a beautiful chopped up piece of slo-mo disco action. I loved this since I heard it on Beatsinspace a while ago and am loving it now I've got it on 12" - go buy and support Prosumer!! They're a small label you should support rather than the behemoths of capitalism that the majors are.

In regards to Thisisnotanexit events there is alot going on at the moment - They Came From The Stars I Saw Them play the Proud Galleries tomorrow night (Saturday 26th April). After that Detachments & Simon A. Carr play Notting Hill Arts Club on Friday 2nd May (Free entry before 9pm!!).

On May 9th we are launching the monthly THISISNOTANEXIT night after searching for a venue for a while. We've got Jonnie Wilkes from Optimo headlining the first one - and then after that some marvellous special guests lined up. The second Friday of every month at Public Life with residents Simon A. Carr and Matt Waites.


On Tuesday May 13th we are having a JOINT launch party to celebrate the launch of They Came From The Stars I Saw Thems new single The HOT Inc. and Album plus The Chaps Mega Breakfast album. Anyway the event will take place at the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen and will also feature DJ sets from Lo Recordings and Simon A. Carr. £6 entry. Should be a blinder.

Enjoy the sunshine.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Deatchments have got lots of gigs lined up so make sure you catch them live soon....

2 May 2008
Don’t Make Plans For Saturday@ Notting Hill Arts Club

24 May 2008
Dot to Dot Festival @ Bristol, Southwest

25 May 2008
Dot To Dot Festival @ Nottingham, Midlands

6 June 2008
Adventures Close To Home @ The Barfly, Camden

12 July 2008
Washing Line @The Constitution, Camden

17 July 2008
Plopp @ The Macbeth, Hoxton

26 July 2008
Meat Raffle @ Catch, Shoreditch

They have also been picked as a Top 10 NEW BAND on the site SUPERSWEET. Nice.


Fear No Fear - the debut release from them will be in stores on July 7th with remixes from Naum Gabo and Moscow alongside the HUGE original mix.