Category Archives: Tape

The Lamp – Sentimental Journey

So, I wanted to make a DJ set where I mixed ambient drone music with vocals from some of my fave music that wouldn’t normally get associated with ambient drone. Then I began to think about what if I dubbed something ambient and spectral onto some old cassettes containing dubs of old country LPs that belonged to someone who had left this world? Would we get that phenomenon tapers dreaded the most, ghosts of the old recording coming through?

So what was initially planned as a DJ set evolved more into an entirely sample based album, the mix of drones songs instead replaced with time stretched samples plus some pertinent blends and the aforementioned acapellas. Then dubbed to ten aged tapes.

The sleeves have been customized in different ways: some have collages, some have been painted over, some have unique fake tracklists. Each has its own unique insert.So every copy looks and sounds different.

However, it seemed the tapes, despite their age, were of very high quality and no sound leaked through. So then different masters were made for each tape. Some tapes were allowed to keep their original content for a few seconds. Each one has different levels. Different lengths.

As it seemed like we were playing with sound and time, a further, final idea arrived. I would delete all the masters. No downloads, no repress, no listening again. My only experience of it will be my memories.

WAS48

United Bible Studies – Three Barrows Round

We’ve had the pleasure of working with David Colohan on three of his solo releases so it’s a real pleasure to have him back with us a 4th time and this time as part of ever fluid United Bible Studies collective for a new cassette release.

Taking inspiration (and field recordings) from a visit to an old roman cemetery, this captures them at their most atmospheric. The band cite MR James’ classic tale “A View From A Hill” but for some reason “Red Shift” by Alan Garner is what plays in my mind as I listen to this. I guess both tales are about a strange coming together of past and present.

That’s precisely what happens on Side A of the tape. All the tracks on Side B are assembled together into one piece like a DJ set directed by psychogeography rather than beats. Side B [tracks 2 to 11 of your free download that comes with you pre-order] are the actual individual tracks.

WAS41

Bird People – Molting

the much delayed (our fault) WAS40 is here and for a special number like that we needed someone special so here is Bird People again with a stellar 5/6 piece line-up incluidng Eric Arn [Primordial Undermind] and some absolute drop to the floor slowburn psyche rock.

Forget all your troubles and surf the sunset slipstream of this one!

released June 5, 2020

Eric Arn – electric guitar
Roy Culbertson III – drums, percussion, trombone, voice and electric violin
Johanna Forster – electric guitar
Lucas Henao Serna – drums and percussion
Michaela Konrad – accordion
Stefanie Neuhuber – alto sax
Johannes Oberhuber – bass, voice
Ulrich Rois – electric guitar

Recorded April and May 2018 on Olympus LS11 at Studio 7, Vienna, Austria
Mastering by Ulrich Rois
Cover Photography and Layout by Ned Netherwood

WAS40

Suzuki Junzo – The Magus / Live Phantasmagoria Vol.1

Our first ever box set! You get “The Magus” – a studio album of scorched psychedelia from the great cosmic bluesman, Suzuki Junzo. Features drums from the legendary Takahashi Ikuro who has beat the skins for everyone from Fushitsusha, High Rise, LSD March and countless others. The second cassette in the box set, “Live Phantasmagoria Vol.1” features a live set from Junzo and Ikuro! Limited edition of 60, get it from here

WAS36 & WAS37.

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

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.

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

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]

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
buy from here

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.

WAS28