Polytechnic Youth Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
Few record labels have an identity as strong as Polytechnic Youth. Whether they're releasing synth experiments or obscure library music, there's always a strong Polytechnic Youth thread running through. No wonder they have one of the most loyal and trusting fan bases around.
They kicked off in 2014 with releases from Volume Groop and CHXFX, quickly establishing themsleves as one of the go to places for electronic whimsy. That whimsy is usually generate by vintage synthesisers which give their releases something of a timeless quality. If someone asked you to place Perrache or the Detox Twins in time, you'd probably be off by a few decades. Meanwhile the Heartwood Institute's work uses samples and synths to evoke the optimism and pessimism of the 70s.
Some of their more interesting releases were in fact recorded in decades past. Smile Eyes and the Children Folk is a colletion of compositions written by Szczepan Buczkowski for a 1983 Polish children's TV show. It's as eerie as you'd think.
For a survey of the label's work, look no further than to the two compilations they've released; 2016's They Make No Say and 2018's Popcorn Lung. Both are an excellent introduction to the world of Polytechnic Youth. Though be quick, these records have a habit of selling out.
Bestselling artists on Polytechnic Youth this year: The Heartwood Institute, Tomorrow Syndicate, Detox Twins, Dream Division, Smile Eyes and the Children Folk, Sunray, Bernard Grancher, Listening Center, e+, Gabe Knox