King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Polygondwanaland

In what must probably be the most remarkable release methods of our time, the band decided to just put out the masters for this album on their website and declared it copyright-free for anyone to put out. What followed was a global spill of coloured vinyls from over a hundred labels. Yet initally, nobody seemed to be doing a tape version. Of course, by the time I finally got this one out (late March 2018, instead of the promised December/January release – sorry), there were a couple of others (and even an eight-track release!). Psychedelic rock melting into prog-pop with wild abandon.

This release marked a huge betrayal of our D.I.Y. roots by including a proper label. Its all downhill from here, we’ll be listed on the stock exchange and dead from decadence within 4 years.

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Limited edition of 30 on dark red tapes

Monday, April 16th, 2018 Tape No Comments

Noel Meek – Southern Bleach


A delight to bring you the experimental sounds of New Zealand’s Noel Meek, boss of End of Alphabet records. Recorded in Wellington, mastered in Oslo and released in Arizona. An alleged limited edition of 50, I ran off the first batch early so as to be ready for Noel’s West Coast dates in the USA and still haven’t gotten around to finishing the run because life.

WAS33 [WAS32 got delayed, my fault]

Sunday, March 11th, 2018 Tape No Comments

Günter Schlienz – Collage Tristes

Another essential release from the master of analogue synths, Günter Schlienz. Blissful Autumnal liquid drones to overwhelm your mind, body and soul. Nobody can work those analogue synths like he can. When he first sent me the finished tracks, I locked the door, turned off the lights and laid down on my bed to listen and I never wanted it to end. It’s an absolute pleasure and an honour to have him release on Was Ist Das? and just like the Lo Imp CDRs from last time, each disc will have its own unique print art as well as a professionally printed sleeve. Buy now and get an instant download.

WAS31
limited edition of 80
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Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 CDR No Comments

La Danza Del Agua

After the roaring success of our previous collaborations with Pakapi Records (La Psicotropia and Industria Tropica), comes out third compilation co-release of the finest left-field sounds in South America right now. Less of a theme this time, just a collection of outstanding, leftfield electronic music from the other Americas south of Trumpland.

While it is mostly of the dancefloor persuasion, being full of mind-boggling cumbia n bass workouts, spaced-out reggaeton and 22nd century space Tropicália, there is the odd fully-immersed dip into the otherness such as the track from Anla Courtis (who has collaborated with an astonishing array of people from Pauline Oliveros to Sir Richard Bishop to Damo Suzuki). When you buy the tape, you get 2 songs to download now and with the tape is a download code for an even longer version of the album, extended from 24 to 38 tracks.

If you want to buy a download-only version, it will be available from pakapirecords.bandcamp.com in two parts very soon.

WAS30
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Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 Tape No Comments

This Is WAS29

A very limited edition mix only for subscribers. Physical subscribers received a CDR with hand drawn label art, whilst digital subscribers received the mix as a two part download. Only 9 CDRs were made.

Friday, August 4th, 2017 CDR No Comments

Delphine Dora & Sophie Cooper – Think Away


Delphine and Sophie’s first collaboration, 2015’s “Distance Future”, was one of our most popular releases, gaining even more plays on Soundcloud than Daphne Oram. So, we are naturally delighted to be bringing you their second, “Think Away”. While the first album was recording in a big church, this one has a small cellar feel, all intimate atmospheres and subtle details. It’s the night to the first albums day, with hints of melancholy and darkness, crossing points ranging from Charalambides and United Bible Studies to John Cage and Jerry Goldsmith.

Limited edition of 80 gold cassettes with artwork by Lucy Atherton.

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Monday, May 8th, 2017 Tape No Comments

Lo Imp – Nosferatu


We’re trying out the CDR format for a change for this one, the debut release by Lo Imp. It is a trio consisting of Sam McLoughlin (Samandtheplants/N.Racker), Bridget Hayden (Vibracathedral Orchestra) and Jake Blanchard [Tor Press]. This captures their first public performance from Halloween 2014 where they created this unnerving soundtrack to accompany a screening of Murnau’s classic silent film “Nosferatu” in the atmospheric setting of Todmorden’s Unitarian Church. As you would expect, it’s synths, homemade instruments and the other worldly atmosphere of a gothic church in sub zero temperatures. Lights out for this one, please.

Limited edition of 52 with professionally printed insert. Each one has it owns unique custom label art.

WAS27

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Sunday, May 7th, 2017 CDR No Comments

Orange Car Crash – Simple Music

Orange Car Crash is an astounding debut release. It’s the solo project of Andrea Davi from Italian psyche wonders the Lay Llamas and the more dark, intense Mamuthones and the aptly named The Beautiful Bunker.

As with so much of the underground music coming out of Italy right now, categories become blunt tools for attempting to describe the sounds. What is it? Jazz? Ethnological Forgery? Psychedelic? Minimalist electronics? Percussion jams? Prog? All of the above? At once? And that’s just the first track. It’s a killer album and makes my day with every play.

WAS26
Taking orders now from our bandcamp page

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Monday, September 5th, 2016 Tape No Comments

Hush Arbors – Albion Way

five tracks of beautiful, blissful American primitive guitar stylings out in time for your Autumn sunshine adventures. Hush Arbors is the project of Keith Woods who as well as releasing albums for seminal labels like Digitalis, Ecstatic Peace & Blackest Rainbow, has also found time to play with Thurston Moore, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Current 93 and Six Organs of Admittance. He’s about to play a few NW USA shows with Cass McCombs.

Available to order now from our bandcamp page
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Monday, September 5th, 2016 Tape No Comments

Nihilist Spasm Band / Metabolismus – split album

nihilist spasm band metabolismus split 

Honoured to be releasing this very fine and very wild split tape, the brainchild of Klemen from It’s Psychedelic Baby magazine who has kindly contributed sleeve notes.

On side one, we have Nihilist Spasm Band. Formed in 1965, they made the infamous Nurse With Wound list in 1979 for their sterling work in breaking down musical rules and boundaries through their weekly jams and sporadic releases. So sporadic they even took 11 years between their first and second albums. It is a marvelous thing to have them out on Was Ist Das?

Over on side two are the musical collective Metabolismus from Stuttgart, Germany who have been putting out mind-altering blasts of other music since 1989. Their fluid line-up sometimes includes Samara Lubelski Taking their cues from the NSB, they’ve gone and built their own instruments too for this one and laid down some rambunctious improve of their own.

Artwork by Polish artist Dorota Jurczak

Limited edition cassette with a download code, available to order now from our bandcamp page

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Saturday, August 6th, 2016 Tape No Comments