Release Date: 18th June 2021
In the beginning, there was just a box of tapes and “Fate’s Gentle Hand.”
It was the autumn of 2010, and an anonymous figure known only as the Head Technician, an employee of Pye Corner Audio Transcription Services (“Magnetically aligning ferrous particles since 1970”), found himself at an auction in the village of Coldred, pop. 110. He was on the hunt for tobacco pipes when he chanced across a trio of boxes listed in the auction catalog, which described their contents only as “archived magnetic recordings.” The sole bidder, he won the lot, and upon receipt of his purchase took possession of an unspecified number of mouldering cassettes and ¼" reel-to-reel tapes. The collection contained no identifying information save for a single phrase scrawled on each box: “Black Mill Sessions.” And so, armed with razors, eyedroppers, and a bevy of solid-state circuitry, the Head Technician sat down at his machines and got to work.
Whether anyone believed it or not, this was the framing device surrounding Pye Corner Audio’s Black Mill Tapes Volume I: Avant Shards, which took the mysterious tactics of artists like Boards of Canada and Burial and raised them exponentially. Much like the narrator of a 19th century novel, the anonymous Head Technician purported merely to be the messenger of secondhand sounds. These were not compositions, we were told; they were tape transfers—“transcriptions” of an unknown author, slathered.
A1. Became Self Aware
A3. Electronic Rhythm Number Thirteen
A4. Theme Number Five
B1. Return To Synth Mountain
B3. Theme Sixty Eight
Release Date: 19th March 2021
The next release in our 'Perennial' series is from veteran producer Lee Norris, also known as Metamatics, the pseudonym under which he has spent more than two decades creating melodic IDM and sophisticated electro.
Norris is an artist who warrants his cult following with an extensive catalogue and countless monikers, including his main work as Metamatics and alternative projects Norken, Nacht Plank, Ishqamatics and Autumn Of Communion. This unflagging artist with an enviable track record behind him has released material on labels such as Delsin, Hydrogen Dukebox, Dot, Numbers and Clear, as well as running his own record labels Neo Ouija, ...txt, XTT Recordings and Nagual.
His seminal EP series '01', '02', '03' and '04' was originally released between 1997 and 1998 on the now defunct but influential Clear label. Compiled as 'A Metamatics Production', the tracks breathed fresh air into the global IDM scene and were comprised of crystal clear futuristic sounds, flirting with complex and funky drum & bass that carried both UK and Detroit influences, a true masterpiece.
More than twenty years since its original release, Lapsus Records is proud to present the British producer's original debut album 'A Metamatics Production', released in full and on vinyl for the first time. All tracks on this special collectors double-pack colour vinyl release have been remastered and will include a limited edition insert.
a2. Two The Point
a3. Blue Water
b2. Skunk Me
c1. Dope For The Robot
c3. Piece It Together
d2. No Condimentz
d3. Dope Robot's Revenge
Release Date: tbc
Hailing from Georgia’s capital Tbilisi, Gacha Bakradze is one of the national scene’s leading electronic music exponents. He returns to Lapsus Records with his new album 'Obscure Languages', his second release for the Barcelona label.
Following the superb LP 'Word Color' [Lapsus Records, 2018], which appeared in several ‘album of the year’ lists for publications such as Pitchfork and XLR8R, the prolific producer now presents 'Obscure Languages'. This new piece of work could well be described as a sound continuation from his previous album and maintains a powerful narrative at its core.
‘Obscure Languages' delves into the world of cinematic soundscapes, replete with microscopic details and fragments that showcase a luscious IDM style audio palette, laced with ambient, avant-techno, bass and sound design.
a2. Thank You For This Upload
b4. Endless Tool
b5. Slow Heart