ALL PREVIOUS DEEP DISTANCE RELEASES ARE NOW SOLD OUT!!!
dd01 kosmonaut 'kosmonaut I' lp
this one's a real tasty way to kick off a new label. 'deep distance' was created as a side project to the Great Pop Supplement, a way of releasing some of the demos and planned releases within GPS head Dom's primary love of all things motorik and kosmische themed...
the first few releases are broadly based on the killer series of Konrad Schnitzler private press / gallery edition series of LPs from 1974. borrowing the deliberately minimal single colour themes for sleeves and labels with all release details contained over a series of inserts and stickers.
with some fabulous releases currently being discussed and negotiated, the series in the meantime kicks off with the incredible first volume of 2 planned Kosmonaut full lengths.
released in a blue edition of 250 LPs on vinyl only, Kosmonaut is the brainchild of Texan Patrick R. Park, whose stunning cassette and cdr releases on his own "Ethereal Mother" label point at some holy kosmische collision of Schulze, Froese, Ash ra / Gottsching, and latter day explorers Expo 70, Jonas Reinhardt and Mist, amongst others.
a fabulous LP in a numbered edition of 250, not expected to sit around long. a second volume follows as does the previously GPS destined 'Karen Novotny X' full length of killer previously discarded 1978 synth experiments partly inspired by Chris Carter, Cabaret Voltaire, The Normal et al.
dd02 black unicorn 'rediscovering infinity' lp
Black Unicorn is the solo synth project of Akron, Ohio based Curt Brown (Cane Swords, Rubber City Noise).
"Rediscovering Infinity" is a debut on wax and compiles 5 killer, evocative synth pieces, acting perfectly as an introduction to his work. 3 tunes here previously seeing the light of day on tiny run cassette and cdr releases, whilst the monumental title track (recorded especially for this project) is constructed as a 5 part movement that reinterprets an earlier theme as a story of cosmic awakening and redemption.
Black Unicorn's music is both contemplative and exploratory- ranging from subtle drone to melodic outburst and is created on both analogue and digital synthesizers, sequencers and effects. Basic electronic building blocks are treated as analogous to alphabet characters- another way of telling a story that is both in harmony and supplement to the written word. Each piece on the LP has it's own special insert that expands upon the music through textual fragments and icon- detailing both instrumentation and basic meaning. The larger insert features an illustration by Matt Horak, whose drawings are scattered throughout.
The second release on 'Deep Distance' -a synth / kraut themed side project to The Great Pop Supplement, and a wonderful album in beautiful black embossed sleeves released as a numbered edition of 250 copies on vinyl only.
dd03 kohn 'soulastalgia' lp
Kohn is the project of Belgian Jurgen De Blonde, and following several essential releases on K-RAA-K, Sloow Tapes and FMR, his new album for 'Deep Distance' is just incredible and further adds to his esteemed body of work created since 1998. A perfect companion for longterm fans and newcomers alike and a killer intro to his extraordinary live side featuring 6 improvised cosmic jams...
Containing a hand picked set of live pieces recorded in a number of venues in Belgium, France and Germany whilst touring his last LP "Random Patterns". As Jurgen himself says on the sleeve notes: "I took the concept of "Random Patterns" on the road and developed it during several shows looking for ways to expand it or approach it differently, recording every show and distilling my favourite pieces for this album".
Presented as a numbered 250 pressing LP in red, embossed single colour themed sleeves as a homage to the killer series of gallery / private press edition Conrad Schnitzler LPs from the early to mid 70s; If just one piece of music could encapsulate why label head Dom devised this kraut / kosmische side project to The Great Pop Supplement, then the opener here "Berlin-Colln" fits just perfect. An incredible, nigh on essential, cosmic synth trip. fabulous.
dd04 jd emmanuel 'trance formations ii: into separate realities' lp
It's fair to say that Deep Distance is incredibly honoured to be able to bring you this stunning new set from JD EMMANUEL. A legendary figure whose seminal works from 1981 / 1982, (especially the Riley / Glass / Reich inspired "Wizards") on his own private press imprint "North Star Productions", were given fresh relevance upon re-release in 2007 by Lieven Martens' (Dolphins Into the Future).
Picked up later by Important Records, "Wizards" never quite slipped out of focus, it's meditational, blissful pulse inspiring all manner of kosmische / minimal synth heads with it's uniquely personal warmth; and it's timely reissues couple with Aguirre's release of this LP's preceding set; "Trance Formations I" have firmly cemented Emmanuel's reputation aided by stunning yet infrequent live sets in recent years.
The set here, in the artist's own words "was composed during the 1990's on the road while travelling cross country for my job; using a Yamaha QY-10 synth module/sequencer or Korg X5DR synth module and a Novation MM10 keyboard into my Windows laptop using Cakewalk computer sequencing/recording software. Finishing them on my PC with Cakewalk with either/and 2 Ensoniq ESQ-M's synthesizer modules and a Korg X5DR synthesizer module."
Six beautifully personal, zoned pieces and an essential companion to Emmanuel's esteemed body of work. Released on The Great Pop Supplement's side label "Deep Distance" in an edition of 500, March 2013.
dd05 kosmonaut 'orange' lp
The second 'Deep Distance' full length for March here, sees a welcome return from Texan Patrick R. Park's 'Kosmonaut' project. Having kicked off this on-off Great Pop Supplement sister label in late 2011, we're treated to another epic full length of deep spaced out zones recalling the rich 'Cyborg-esque' tones and pulse of Schulze, Froese / Tangerine Dream and Conrad Schnitzler in tandem with latter day Kosmische heroes like Mist, Umberto and Expo 70 (whose own full length features next on the label here).
The first instalment disappeared within a week of release, and subsequent killer releases on his own 'Ethereal Mother' tapes not to mention other quick fire Deep Distance sell outs mark this one firmly down in a "snooze and lose" situation...
Once again housed in a minimal single colour themed packaging design as a homage to the incredible project of private press / gallery edition Schnitzler releases from '73 onwards. Embossed sleeves with inserts galore and hand numbered in an edition of 300 copies.
dd06 expo70 'filer a l'Anglaise' lp
500 only, splatter vinyl w/embossed DD insert
Next up on Deep Distance following a full sold out back catalogue thus far (Kosmonaut / JD Emmanuel / Kohn etc) is the long promised mighty new EXPO 70 full length. Released as a pressing of 500 only on mauve, red and black splatter wax with embossed DD insert...
The LP features 3 extended jams from the latter days of the working relationship between mainman Justin Wright and Matt Hill (prior to his wonderful recordings under the 'Umberto' moniker). Recently unearthed by Justin specifically for this vinyl release (although watch out for an extended version for cassette only later) the set starts with the wonderful zoned out pulse of "Acerbic Lament" interspersed by JW's piercing guitar tones and textures.
"Winter of Discontent" is more organic, otherworldly and in places reminiscent of some of the early Popol Vuh catalogue. The reverse features the epic sidelong "Ceremony of the Blind"; constituting 3 parts and to these ears represents one of the finest sides to the huge Expo 70 catalogue. A compelling cosmic soundscape punctuated by evolving waves of carefully constructed synth and guitar drone with flurries of percussive pulse, particularly on the closing section "Eternal The Night".
Another essential addition to the ever growing Expo 70 collection- a one off pressing on gorgeous coloured wax with 2 inserts in awesome JW designed sleeve, expected to sell out quickly...
dd07 v/a 'grasshopper mind' 10" ep
(Ubertrager, Bahn Odyssey, Melodien and Rhododendron)
Up next on GPS sister label, Deep Distance, is an awesome 10" of kosmische electronics- available for Record Store Day in an edition of 250 gold vinyl and housed in embossed panel sleeves.
4 killer tracks showcasing debut outings from 4 artists all with a keen ear for that revered kraut groove. First up are mysterious German newcomers Ubertrager, with the stunning "Resonanz". driving, 2 chord motoriks, vocoder laced vox just lovely....
Closely followed by a solo offshoot project from last year's wonderful (GPS released) Karen Novotny X. Late 70s analogue / vintage synth rediscovery, that had minimal synth heads all a tizz early last Summer. Using the moniker "Bahn Odyssey" for this project, and "Me and You and Popol Vuh" is just gorgeous...
The flip kicks off with Liverpool based "Melodien" debuting on wax here with "Leopolda Chestnova" a gorgeous synth piece which tips it's hat in equal measure to Klaus Schulze as it would Umberto. A beautiful piece and an incredible debut outing with a full length planned for Deep Distance later in the year.
Concluding with the also mysterious Rhododendron, whose track here "Monorail" reached DD/GPS HQ as an unmarked CD with no name from sender - spookily timed as this comp was being planned. Perfectly fit as EP closer, to these ears it brings to mind some of the essential range of early sky label lps; adelbert von deyen, deutsche wertarbeit etc etc...
An incredible record, far more deserving of widerspread release than for one Saturday in Spring but them's the rules from the outset, I guess...
dd08 desmadrados soldados de ventura 'striiide' lp
If previous volumes of the Deep Distance series of LPs thus far, zoned in on more electronic themed aspects of cosmic kraut goodness, then this next release takes the label way more out there into Amon Duul-esque freeform blow out territory.
"Striiide" is the 2nd full length from fire and brimstone Manchester free rock collective Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura, following the killer debut set on Golden Lab Records which Foxy Digitalis dubbed "The essential British psych release of 2012" amongst a clutch of equally salivating reviews. Welcoming new players including Electrelane's Ros Murray to the fold, "Striiide" sees the band exploring deeper into the realms of cacophonic ecstasy. The group wilfully eschews dynamics in favour of a relentless guitar army crescendo where the skies aren't just scraped, they are ripped apart, forging a fast track conduit to the cosmos.
Created in one bombed, sweaty evening with all the spontaneity of a forest fire, the 2 side long jams hit like some call to arms to those for whom the term "psychedelic" has been pillaged and maltreated by an enemy that has no idea what it really means to GET HIGH.
A pressing of 300 only, pretty much nailed on to follow the labels' previous output and sell out rapid style, and dressed in appropriately crazed revolutionary artwork courtesy of transrealist Science Fiction legend, author, mathematician, computer scientist and now painter; Rudy Rucker.
"...a more Japanese psych-worshipping Sunburned or even Acid Mothers Temple w/a heady 'garage' edge... collapsing universe rhythms barely supporting dazzling guitar ascensions that are somewhere between Matthew Bower's classic Skullflower form and your favourite Dead C run-out groove. Excellent." David Keenan, Volcanic Tongue
"Very gorgeous free rock improvs... in the style of Albany's Burnt Hills, but perhaps with a little less cheeb involved." Byron Coley & Thurston Moore, Bull Tongue, Arthur Magazine
"This is some of the most intense, not-giving-a-fuck, freestyle psychedelic rock put to tape this year. Just as Fungal Abyss was ruling the tape realm with their psylocybin behemoths in 2011, Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura are ready to take over the wheel with their freight train of overdriven sound" Weed Temple
dd09 eat lights become lights & twelve 12" split
dd11 samantha glass 'midnight arrival' lp
On Deep Distance comes the second full length from Wisconsin based Beau Devereaux and his Samantha Glass project. Previous releases on Digitalis, Golden Cloud and the initial cassette release to "Midnight Arrival" here (on Not Not Fun) caught our attention and the wax version to "MA" is extended by 2 bonus cuts- creating Samantha Glass' first UK release in the process....
10 primarily synth based pieces backed by looped drum machine, waves of distorted guitar / bass drone / atmospherics and hazy lo-fi vocal washes- create a wonderful brew which in equal measure tips it's cap towards Schulze / Tangerine Dream territory yet equally brings to mind that feeling of discovering some discarded, hidden stack of small run, private press, post punk / DIY minimal synth 45s- where one unmistakeable guiding hand experiments over a number of styles. Either way it works and the sensation of "could be Sheffield circa '78/'79 or Cologne '72/'73" makes for more than a satisfying listen over the course of a full length.
dd16 karen novotny x/samantha glass 7"
400 only, numbered white vinyl
When the previously thought long lost recordings of East London synth experimentalists, Karen Novotny X emerged two years ago on The Great Pop Supplement, it had minimal synth heads everywhere scratching around for absolutely any info on this murky, mysterious trio led by one Cy Levene circa 1978. Online forums buzzed with puzzled sounding appeals, as next to nothing had been written, let alone heard by this East London trio. The resulting full length "Nothing Here Now But These Recordings..." and preceding 7" EP from '78/'79 both sold out in the blink of an eye- catching the eyes and ears of the likes of Andrew Weatherall, Lawrence and 6 Music's Freakzone in the process, (amongst many others).
GPS/DD label head Dom still receives occasional missives from Mr. Levene and cohorts, from unknown locations - sometimes 2 sentence musings, sometimes epic diatribes about current sounds and recording techniques or a thumbs up to a synth album they may have discovered- and on odd occasions these mails contain attached soundbites, abandoned ideas, thoughts and general works in progress, unfinished gems and then very rarely, newly found, finished nuggets like the killer "Join Hands" here. So of course it goes without saying that it airs here for a first time....
One of these artists whose work attained admiring glances from the KN X gang and label heads here, was Samantha Glass- led by Wisconsin based Beau Devereaux. His mighty "Midnight Arrival" LP arrives at the same time as the 45, and Beau recorded "Near 86th" for the 7 exclusively. A wonderful synth piece which not only complements the reverse KN X tune but acts a perfect taster to the full length. Strongly recommended by all sides here, but be quick as this single won't hang around long. A numbered, white vinyl 45 in an edition of 400 in Deep Distance label bags, stickers and Ingrid Christie collage art insert.