Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Coppice Halifax - Vapor Acre

A new cassette release on a fresh new label out of Portland, Vapor Acre  collects six tracks from a couple different sessions throughout the 2010  year and pairs them with two extended (read: 20 minutes each) remixes by Ndru (aka Bored Man Ganesh at Install) and Radere. Murky and overgrown  organic dub techno, not too far from my work on the Outward Residence split with Axs or much of the Analog Botany series. Spacious and deep  and really well suited to the cassette format. All orders come with a  digital download version of the release, so that means those of you who  don't want to play the tapes are still in luck. Limited to 50 copies in  an audiobook-style cassette case with full color Holga-photo art and an  orange tape with blue labels. A total steal for only $7!

You should also take advantage of the combined shipping if you're buying this tape, and pick up the Biathalon tape too. Biathalon released very briefly with EED years ago, and he and I soon have a split 7" coming out as well. His music is lovely.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Recycled Plastics / Phe_

A new (sub)label and a new moniker, at the same time! I'd like to introduce everyone reading this to Recycled Plastics, my new imprint for braindance and bedroom ambient music! And how is that so much different than what's here at Milieu Music, you ask? The aim of Recycled Plastics is, in effect, to pick up where we left off with Expanding Electronic Diversity in 2009. Short runs of limited editions, classy minimal design sense and a refined definition of quality electronic music. It will also be a different beast in the presentation of releases by other artists, and not just yours truly. Indeed, I do have a handful of projects slated for release at RP, but you can look forward to even more music by many of my talented friends: Wisp, Mrs Jynx, EOD, Casio Commander, Ndru, Fieldtriqp, David Tagg, Ourson and others!

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Kicking off the new imprint is the self-titled album by Phe_ - forty minutes of braindancey ambient techno atmospheres backed by forty minutes of stellar remixes by Wisp, Mrs Jynx, EOD, David Tagg, Night Sequels, Casio Commander and UK DJ Simon Meredith. Additionally, the Phe_ album is a fundraiser item: Recently one of the Milieu Music HQ cats Basil was diagnosed with a lymphoma the size of a football, and so anyone who donates $12 or more to his chemotherapy fund here will receive the Phe_ CD-R delivered straight to their door as a thank you. Of course, you can just pay for the CD-R or the digital version like any other release and still acquire all the Phe_ you can handle...but think of Basil! If there is something that goes better with braindance than cats, I know it not.

Workingman's Drone Box Set

After all twelve Workingman's Drone EPs were released last year, and the series drew to a close, I set out to find or build the perfect box to hold the whole set. After some searching and work, I've assembled a rustic lidded brown box with stickers that is priced for the working man. Now all 12 EPs from last year's series are available along with the box for only $50. Compare that to the original price of all 12 EPs ($72) and you know you're getting a bargain. The best you've ever had? You might say so when you find the bonus 13th EP inside your box. "Lavender Billows" is an exclusive WD EP only available with this box set. Additionally, those of you who have collected all 12 EPs throughout the year as they were released will be happy to hear you can get the empty box and the 13th EP for only $10. For a limited time, probably a month or so, all 12 EPs will still be available separately. Anyone looking to complete their WD set is advised to do so soon. After this, only the boxsets and digital versions will be available!

Coppice Halifax - Sno Dreem

A precursory album of alternate versions and non-album tracks from the sessions for the forthcoming Coppice Halifax album Milkwhite Plastic Galaxy Maker. Think bedroomy ambient techno with nods to things like Polygon Window, Bochum Welt, Global Goon, 808 State and Ovuca. Lots of oldschool hardware and organic production work! Limited to 50, and available digitally as well.