Some of you may recognise this – coming soon to the Glasgow techno label ‘Full Dose’. Video, I think takes it to another level. I’ll keep everyone posted, but the test pressing has already been approved. In the mean time, please enjoy the video and audio clips.
From the ashes of “Untitled Render 05” rises a new EP called Burro / Kingston. Two dancehall, ragga inspired popping joints. It all started when I bought an LP called “Soundbwoy Super Status Reggae Breaks And Beats” at the same time as a Chinese distortion pedal.
I’m not going to write big descriptions, but both are Jamaican Patois, hard as fuck drums and synths and shit. I find it pretty interesting to release these little demos and then the final edit a few days later, it’s something I hope to keep up.
Years ago I read an interview with Vladislav Delay where he mentioned that he had recorded a track for a demo CD somewhere. My memory isn’t great at the best of times, but what I recall was that he said that the track was entirely acoustic, and that he was surprised by the outcome and how closely it resembled is electronic works. Being the fanboy I am, I immediately wanted to hear this track – little did I know that it would take me fourteen years to track it down (if in fact, I have the correct recording).
I asked Sasu where I could find a copy, and he had no idea. Couldn’t even remember a track name, nor did he have a copy himself. This left me scouring forums and sites like Discogs.com for
Through a combination of blind luck and worryingly focused perseverance, I finally stumbled up what I believe to be the recording. It is from a demo CD, and it is fully acoustic (minus a Space Echo). However, I was under the impression that it should be a CD that was once included with a magazine, and this track was found on a label sampler CD. Secondly, it’s not entirely Vladislav Delay, it’s a collaboration with someone called Zeitkratzer (you’ll need to excuse me, my noise game isn’t what it should be). Make of it what you will, but I think this is what I’ve been looking for. I’m sure it’s as close as I’ll get.
Not knowing much (anything) about the Asphodel label, nor Zeitkratzer I can’t say much else. But here is the track, called “Self-titled”, in all it’s scrappy, rough glory. I wasn’t much enamoured with it on first listen (what can live up to a fourteen year wait?), but I like it more and more with each listen. There’s something lovely and raw about the recording that is rarely captured. It has all the magic of an early demo, no bullshit just music in the making.
Recorded just before Flow Festival, Helsinki, Finland 2016. Speaking briefly about the intricacies and realities of making music in the current climate. Well worth watching if you’re interested in seeing just how the industry works – even for smaller artists.
Went to this gig in London and had a great time. World class performances, I’m glad someone had the foresight to record it – and not only that, there appears to be a country cool enough to have shown it on TV.
I was fortunate enough to find this little oddity in a Venetian market earlier this month. As far as I can tell it’s a live recording from a performance of composer G. Donizetti’s “The Elixir Of Love” by The Victorian Opera Company. I don’t know much about Opera, but I loved the handwritten cover and the fact that the master was cut live (a recording technique that seems quite insane by today’s standards).
It’s pressed to a “Mastersound Custom Processed Record” meaning there is no catalogue number, but the matrix in the runout reads “LWG-6833 A”. The label states that the conductor for this session was Leonard Spira and the produce was David Niven. Neither of whom I am familiar with.
As far as I can tell both Margaret Haggard and John Pringle were main stays at The Victorian Opera Company, St. Kilda, Australia . Sadly, I can find no information about the recording other than what’s written on the cover. If I had to guess I would say it was recorded in the mid-seventies.
It’s a lovely performance, sung entirely in English (thank god!), and a relaxing listen. If anyone has information about the recording (especially who the illusive ‘I’ was) please get in contact with me.
It’s a terrible shame that someone who once proudly wrote on the cover what part he sung, then presumably sent his recording halfway around the world had it end up in an old dusty box in a second-hand market. Hopefully freeing the recording makes up for it.
Listen below to hear a long-lost, likely forgotten recording.
I’m looking for any and all Vladislav Delay bootlegs. I have a few so far but I’m sure I’m missing a lot, I think. I even dragged out my old Backup HDD to see if there was anything I had lost recently.
No luck. Below is my current list of live bootlegs, if you have anything that’s not listed here, or is an improvement to the shitty quality please contact me. I’m trying to archive all this shit before it disappears forever.
Vladislav Delay – Live @ Cafe Campus, Mutek, Montréal, Canada 09.06.00
Vladislav Delay – Live @ Boombox ??.??.00
Vladislav Delay – Live @ Volksbhne, Berlin, Germany 26.05.01
Vladislav Delay – Live @ Nativelab CD Release Party, Club WMF, Berlin Germany 11.11.01
Vladislav Delay – Live @ With AGF, The Beta Lounge, San Francisco, USA 24.05.02
Vladislav Delay – Live @ PEMF, Panacea, Detroit, USA 25.05.02
Vladislav Delay – Live @ Tate Modern, London, UK 28.09.02
Vladislav Delay – Live @ Gallery Space, Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham, UK Broadcast on Radio Cuttlefish 29.03.03 [snippets]
Vladislav Delay – Live @ Ultrahang Festival, Budapest, Hungary 26.09.03
Vladislav Delay – Live @ SUR TERRE – RGB 1, La Ferme Du Buisson, Noisiel, France 17.09.04
Vladislav Delay – Live @ DEMF, Detroit, USA 28.05.07
Vladislav Delay – Live @ Dommune, Tokyo, Japan 02.09.11
Vladislav Delay – Live @ URSSS, Milano, Italy 04.05.13
Vladislav Delay – Live @ Tauron New Music Festival, Katowices, Poland 03.09.13
Vladislav Delay – Live @ Resonanzraum St. Pauli (Bunker an der Feldstraße), Hamburg, Germany 31.03.16 [Snippets]
Ripatti – Live @ Air, Tokyo, Japan 03.14
Luomo – Live @ The Beta Lounge, San Francisco, USA 24.05.02
Luomo – Live @ Sonar, Barcelona, Spain 13.06.12
Luomo – Live @ Koneisto, Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki, Finland 25.06.03
Luomo – Live @ Ultrahang Festival, Budapest, Hungary 27.09.03
Luomo – Live @ Panacea, Detroit, Michigan, USA 13.03.04
Luomo – Live @ Dama de Ferro, Rio De Janiro, Brazil 08.12.04
Luomo – Live @ Poznań, Poland 10.11.06
Luomo – Live @ Watergate, Berlin, Germany 09.09.11
List correct as of 12/06/2016. Those highlighted in bold are poor quality and need replaced.
I would like to share these recordings with everyone, but I am unsure of ownership etc. If V gives me the nod I’ll do it, no issues.
The blog has been feeling a bit neglected recently, I’m struggling to get the time to actually update with what I’d like to write about (quick review of the Vladislav Delay gig in Hamburg, I finally got a copy of DeepChord vs. Octal Industries, and there’s a new M. Sayyid mixtape dropping soon).
I’ve managed to be ill in three countries this week, as well as sleep 80 percent of my weekend away. The other 20 percent of this weekend was spent in my little (now, not as broken) studio.
I wrote three pieces, one of which was deleted for failing to reach even my lowly standards. I bought a couple of cheap Chinese guitar pedals a few months back and have only just found the time to install the in the studio. I’ll maybe put a review of them up later in the month(s), but needless to say I think they are pretty good, and are excellent value for money.
Anyway, everything is midi sequenced through my MPC4000 and it’s all hardware synthesis and effects – I don’t do that VST bull (keepin’ it real y’all!). If anyone is interested in the particulars of the production or gear, leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you.
I’ve used the K-12 scale for mastering (and even then, quite gently) so turn it up and enjoy some dynamics. If you listen really close, you’ll here one of my tubes begin to fail in “Drama” around the 3:20 mark.
I’ll think about doing this more frequently from now on, at the moment it feels disingenuous to critique so much music and not put my neck on the line (I prefer to say “cock on the block”, but let’s keep things decent). That may change though.
You can download the MP3 or Flac here: Anima Recordings
Just received an email from Bandcamp offering Vladislav Delay’s full discography for €118.30 EUR (a 35% discount). Admittedly this isn’t a ‘full’ discography, but it’s close enough. All the notable releases are included, even the latest ‘Visa’, as well as some great oddities (
This is absolutely worth every penny, and about 10x less expensive than buying the out of print physical releases.
Get it here.
I’ll preface this by admitting my ignorance as to who Lucretio And Francesco Devincenti are, or what they’ve done previously. I’ll also say that “Tempesta Di Valvole” means nothing to me – it translates into Storm Valves but again, even in English, it means nothing to me. I think the record label is new as I’ve not heard of it (PicNic34, anyone?)
However, Lucretio And Francesco Devincenti have exercised their good taste and asked for a Vladislav Delay remix on the newest release! Bravo!
The track is more beat driven than anything I’ve heard from Vladislav Delay, but it’s difficult to gather much from a 1:45 sample.
Things have been a little quiet from Vladislav since the release of the amazing “Visa”, so this is quite a good way to end the drought.
Really looking forward to this one, should be out January. And with fortune on our side, we may be seeing the emergence of another little interesting record label! Good times!