David Colohan – Prosperpolder


Our second David Colohan album this month is a more cinematic affair, recalling classic synth soundtracks getting lost in the fog.

WAS39

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Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 CDR, Download No Comments

David Colohan – Arc of a Snowfall


A blissed-out electronic album from David Colohan (Raising Holy Sparks/United Bible Studies), one of two we release this month, side by side on CDR and digital. David says “Returning from a trip to Istanbul, the skies were clear & Europe was covered in snow. I spent hours gazing at the endless illuminated wilderness below, as if in a dream. Arc Of A Snowfall is an attempt to recapture that feeling.”

Made using Casio MT-400V, Korg MS-20 Mini & modular synthesizer through Binson Echorec EC3, Phonic Digital Echo Chamber PH6070, Shin-Ei ER-23 Echo Reverb Master, Boss Digital Delay DD-6, Boss Digital Reverb RV-5 & Boss RC-20XL Loop Station.

Recorded in Ballymahon, Ireland during February 2015.

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Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 CDR, Download No Comments

Stuart Chalmers – The Shadow

Stuart Chalmers - The Shadow CDR


After blowing minds worldwide with his last tape for the label two years ago, Stuart is back once again with his swarmandal, some effects and a whole lot of imagination. Five new tracks plus a remix from Moroccan artist Sukitoa o Namau makes for another dazzling sonic journey to far off plains.

Limited edition of 40 special box tapes and 40 CDRs


WAS35

Sunday, April 29th, 2018 CDR, Tape No Comments

Josh Doss – Don’t Let Your Time Pass You By

A tape, yesterdaySinger-songwriter Josh Doss is from Lexington, KY and has spent several years honing his craft and putting out his own CDRs and downloads. Recommended to me by the great James Jackson Toth (who is always right, be it about music shopping, artists or me needing to get glasses), Josh agreed to do a tape for me and put together a band for it. While his songwriting is in the great North American tradition, touching all the greats, his approach to music echoes through the more avant garde side of rock, recalling Velvet Undeground or those classic Spacemen 3 demos that Father Yod put out.

The three piece band sound amazing with a warm, fuzzy, tight sound. There’s some spectacular jammage on tracks like “Come With Me” and “Suspicious” that sounds like Malcolm Mooney-era Can covering California period Fleetwood Mac. It’s a pleasure and a privilege to put this out and I can guarantee you’re going to be hearing more from this guy in the future.

“hazed late-night gems tipping on a fulcrum of damped down boogie blues and sore-throated Americana” – Raven Sings The Blues


This is also WAS34. Its a good number.

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Saturday, April 28th, 2018 Download, Tape No Comments

Ciarán MacAoidh – A Palm To Rest My Cheek Upon


The long-delayed WAS32 is finally here and its our first ever professionally made CD. Sound artist and field recordist Ciarán MacAoidh has been the artist in residence at The Dock arts centre in Carrick-On-Shannon, Ireland for a year. This album is the result of one of the projects he worked on.

“Starting with thoughts of mental illness and Victorian insane asylums, forced hydrotherapy treatments for the inmates, then holding sounds of deep frustration, of loss of personhood, and of being trapped inside an ill mind you wish you didn’t recognise.

Field recordings made underground and underwater in the north-west of Ireland. I recorded at one place, above and below the lake over the seasons, not knowing how the sounds would fit into a work on mental illness. A mad piece of synchronicity in finding a man,likely drowned at his own hand, at that place on the lake, brought a different colour to the work.”

The sleeve was hand assembled by the artist, includes a wax and twig sealed booklet. Thought-provoking and atmospheric sounds works, taking field recording to another level.

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Saturday, April 28th, 2018 CD No Comments

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.

WAS34
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