The Quietus on Compact Break

Tristan Bath included Compact Break in his top tapes of January.

“After a quiet slew of tape and digital releases via their own murky Jannet Power INC imprint, strange London-based producer j.b. glazer. emerges with their first fully realised album, Compact Break. Similar to fellow Londoner Klein, j.b. glazer inhabits fertile new ground between the outer reaches of ambient composition and experimental pop. Compact Break segues between sections like a muddy mixtape; it’s a post-digital suite of patchworked ideas. The instrumental miniatures – such as luscious highlights ‘Moon Face’ and ‘A iii’, both full of software keyboard notes bobbing up against each other like drunks in a wave pool – come from a very familiar urban midnight world. It’s the place where vaporwave jams ooze from car radios, street lamps flicker above shady characters, and couples stumble home through the dark arm-in-arm. Elsewhere, proceedings get all the more abstract and alien. Such as on ‘Meritocracy’, where radio snippets quietly overlap in the hintergrund as ultra-minimal beats slot into a rhythm somewhere between the gentle buzzing of power cables and a Moritz Von Oswald track. The menacing ‘Gardener’ weaves in leering processed vocals, formulating a vision of trip-hop as imagined by Wolf Eyes. To call it a grab bag of styles wouldn’t do this tape justice though. The mood coalesces far too cohesively.”

The Birley Studios x Them There Records

Huge thanks to all the brave bodies that faced the rain and made it out to our very special collaboration with the Birley Studios. Plenty more where that came from. Beautiful sounds and projections married in with friends in Preston’s finest exhibition space. See you next time – some photos from Saturday

Themselves : Chris Ruffoni

Chris drops an absolute wormhole of a mix detailing the influences behind ‘The Slope of our Directions’

Tracklist

Cosmic Neighbourhood – Snowflake
Delia Derbyshire – Pot Au Feu
Broadcast and the Focus Group – You Must Wake
Core of the Coalman – Bugs Below Underground
Hans Grusels Krankenkabinet – Another Miserable Day (Day 2)
Sugai Ken – Sasadaruma (feat. Sasada Tatsuro)
Giulia De Muittis – Hamadan
Monopoly Child Star Searchers – Bouganvillea’s Shallow Lobe (Premiere Desire)
Semya – Healing Potions
Shit Creek – Old Organic Fax Machine
Leigh Toro – Layers of Ash
Philip Jeck – Above
Ogoya Nengo and the Dodo Women’s Group – Arum

Them There x The Birley – Winter Gathering

Them There & The Birley align to conjure up a glorious afternoon of experimental art and music. Celebrating the end of another year for both parties with live performances from some of the North’s most enigmatic music makers. We welcome you to come get merry and join the festivities at The Birley Studios. The event will run from 3 – 9pm to make it as accessible as possible. Entry is free. This is a winter gathering not to be missed.

 

More details on the fb event!

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