Thursday, April 29, 2010
Today we can finally announce that some, not all, of the Thisisnotanexit catalogue is available to listen to and purchase on Spotify.
So far you can go and listen to the following:
Thisisnotanexit Manifesto 1 (TINAE 020)
They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - Rabbit Seal Monkey (TINAE 024)
The Dark Esquire - Situation (TINAE 025)
Spectral Empire - Black Shark (TINAE 014)
Detachments - Circles (TINAE 019 / 023 / 027)
Detachments - The Flowers That Fell (TINAE 016 / 018)
Night Plane - Chinese Shadows (TINAE 021)
Club Silencio - Club Silencio (TINAE 022)
Once more is up we'll let you know. Enjoy! And of course if you like the music don't be shy if you want to spend a few pence on an mp3.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
“I think records were just a little bubble through time and those who made a living from them for a while were lucky. There is no reason why anyone should have made so much money from selling records except that everything was right for this period of time. I always knew it would run out sooner or later. It couldn’t last, and now it’s running out. I don’t particularly care that it is and like the way things are going. The record age was just a blip. It was a bit like if you had a source of whale blubber in the 1840s and it could be used as fuel. Before gas came along, if you traded in whale blubber, you were the richest man on Earth. Then gas came along and you’d be stuck with your whale blubber. Sorry mate – history’s moving along. Recorded music equals whale blubber. Eventually, something else will replace it.”
1. James Chance & The Contortions - Contort Yourself (Twitch Optimo Mix)
2. They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - Its Time (An Optimo Espacio Mix)
3. M - Pop Muzik (Todd Terje Remix)
4. Command V - Lost On Me
5. Night Plane - Str8 To Ur Heart
6. New Order - Blue Monday
7. Iggy Pop sample
8. Moby - Go (Woodtick Mix)
9. Portishead - We Carry On
10. Detachments - Circles (King Of Town Remix)
11. Manicured Noise - Metronome (Cousin Cole Remix)
Monday, April 26, 2010
I'm surprised it made it this long to be honest - I thought they'd stop it at 10 years but they made it to 12. What can I say. I'm glad they did as in the past couple of years I made it up to Optimo twice.
The first time was bizarrely to cover for the guys when they were in Japan. I'd first met Keith properly after he came down to London to play at the launch party for the first single we put out on the label (the much overlooked They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - It's Time 12" which featured An Optimo Espacio Remix). Anyways I DJed, They Came From The Stars I Saw Them played live and then Keith DJed afterwards until closing. We then headed back to Horton Jupiters house for a bit of an afterparty and Keith came along - drunkenly in the kitchen Keith said that if one day him and Jonnie were away for a gig on the other side of the world they'd get me to cover for them. Pure drunken chat I thought but lo and behold Keith called me 12 months later asking if I was free in a few weeks time and if I'd cover for them at Optimo! Madness. I of course jumped at the chance and a few weeks later was stood in the booth of the sub club DJing to the Optimo regulars...the most fun I've had DJing in my life. I'll never forget the words from a particularly inebriated guy who at the end came over and said "Aye, you're good..........but you're not as good as Keith and Jonnie" - it felt like high praise from the Optimo faithful!
The other time I made it to Optimo was for my stag do last summer. It was a day, night and after party of epic proportions and we were all properly looked after by Keith and Jonnie. An amazing night and it properly blew all of our minds. The highlights were hearing Keith play the King Of Town Remix of Detachments Circles and it properly going off with full on strobes. And a typical Keith Ableton jam of Crash Course In Science cut up with a Billie Jean acapella (it was the week after Michael Jackson died).
Optimo have been one of the biggest inspirations for Thisisnotanexit - inspiring me to get Ableton, to expand my Djing repertoire, to even start a label. From the first time I downloaded one of their mixes I was hooked - and to be lucky enough to have had Keith remix the first release on the label, DJ myself at Optimo, put out Jonnies Naum Gabo - Pictur record as well as his Like Crystalline track on Thisisnotanexit Manifesto 1 is pretty dam amazing. Jonnie even emailed me the other day saying how much he loved Thisisnotanexit Manifesto 1! Optimo are quite simply lovely guys who love music and who put on the best dam party I've ever been to. Who knows what they'll do next. I know for a starter Keith is remixing the Command V single LOST ON ME that we're putting out this summer but after that I'm sure they'll be DJing anywhere and everywhere as much as they used to - but there won't be that regular Sunday night.
Weirdly in a few weeks time on May 28th Thisisnotanexit launches at The Drop in Stoke Newington. Inspired by Optimo on a small scale - we'll be featuring live bands early in the night and then only having resident DJs all night (myself and Spectral Empire) plus a friend doing visuals and projections. A focus on wild out there music and not sticking to the 4/4 conventions that appear to have become more and more prevalent again.
If the night is 10% as successful as Optimo then we'll be over the moon. This time if myself and Spectral Empire are away it'll be Optimo who will be coming to cover for us (maybe.....)
Here as a final treat is the last 15 minutes from Optimo last night featuring......Liquid Liquid, Nina Simone and a few other treats...it brought a tear to my eye. Enjoy.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Detachments H.A.L. is released this week on Thisisnotanexit Records. The track originally featured in an Andrew Weatherall produced guise late in 2009 but the band decided to reconfigure the track for their debut album (coming soon) and thus we decided we'd give you a taster of where the album might be headed.
The 12" features this new version of H.A.L. along with a new track called Sands Of Time. Sands Of Time features guest vocals from Heather from Salem. This took place in 2008 so we've been keeping this ready for the right moment to share with people. That time is now. Hope you like it - here at Thisisnotanexit HQ we absolutely love this track and is for us one of the best things we've ever released. Truly stunning.
On the b-side of the 12" is the Ikonika Remix of H.A.L.
Ikonika is one of Hyperdub's rising stars and give H.A.L. a bass destroying refix. Watch yer bassbins.
Also on the b-side is the Andrew Weatherall Disco Dub. This featured on the Circles Remix 12" Part One last year but is now sold out and still in demand so have included it here.
On the download release you can also get the instrumental version of H.A.L. and is available exclusively at Juno Download for 2 weeks - after that the tracks will be available from all download stores.
Juno Download Store
Get the 12" from these places. 200 have been pressed in a yellow sleeve and 200 in a blue sleeve. All lovingly screenprinted. Proper DIY punk rock. Choose your cover.
For those of you in London the band are playing at The Camden Barfly on Wednesday 14th April. Onstage at 9.45pm. Come down!
The Camden Barfly
And if you're not a Facebook fan of Detachments yet - what's your excuse?!
Detachments Facebook Fanpage