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.
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...