Front & Follow, in collaboration with The Outer Church, present a stunning new EP from Pye Corner Audio – The Black Mist EP.
The EP features an extended mix of the title track Black Mist (the original featured on last year’s Outer Church compilation), new track Bulk Erase and a remix of Black Mist by fellow OC collaborators Old Apparatus.Pye Corner Audio is the audio recovery project of the Head Technician, a mysterious and studious figure who has developed the ability to travel sideways through time and space via a) the use of rewired analogue recording equipment and b) the judicious application of moss and fog. Alongside the self-released Black Mill Tapes research series (recently collected on vinyl and CD by Type Records), the Head Technician has released music through Dekorder, Type, The Tapeworm and Boomkat Editions, not to mention a full-length album, Sleep Games, on Ghost Box.
Old Apparatus were specially selected by the Head Technician to remix Black Mist, and have turned in a distressed deconstruction in keeping with their rusted iron aesthetic. A collective of shady individuals most often found muttering obscure invocations in the low-rent drinking dens of North East London, their stubbornly uncategorisable sound debuted in 2011 with a hissing, creaking self-titled 12” on Mala’s esteemed Deep MEDi label.
Vinyl 12" £7.49 FANDF031
12" EP on Front & Follow and The Outer Church inc. Old Apparatus remix.
- Includes download code
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I randomly met the guy who's responsible for this benchmark Outer Church project last weekend. Hi Joe, I remembered your name. One of the lucky ones I'd say. Or was it Jim? He told me pre-orders on this had gone "a bit nuts". I'm not surprised! One of the strongest tracks from an already highly muscular set spanning the current UK outsider electronics scene, 'Black Mist' is here presented in its full length guise and boy, if it isn't one of his finest moments, I'll eat that jar of coffee there on the side.
Essentially a motorik dark electro odyssey designed to get dingy backrooms and strobelit cellars shakin' and fruggin'; this is the one for the DJs bag, for the witching hour, for that special time. Kick the smoke machine, amp up the gain, light up and watch them fly. Simple ingredients too: a subtle breakbeat, a deep bubbling low-end rhythm and tons of glitchy aquatic ephemera build up the mood until this wonderful whirring glacial synthline comes in and slays yo' mind. You are now on what is officially known as "a trip". He's a master at these haunting, spine-tingling melodies is the Head Technician. Many of you realise this hence we always have supreme difficulty keeping any records by him in stock. I've just played it three times this morning alone and have made a note to include it in my end of year list. Yes, 'Black Mist' is an absolute masterpiece of astral elation and deliciously propulsive dystopia!
Proper nice new/unreleased track on the flip called 'Bulk Erase' that appears to be hewn from the same supreme aural cloth that was heavily draped across 'Sleep Games' and his colossal 'Black Mill Tapes' project. It could easily be an out-take from any of these sessions as it fits into that stalker-y mogadon-disco aesthetic but there's something incredibly affecting about the synth work on here which causes me think of the classic B movie, Carnival of Souls. This vibe is so, so eerie and alluring; the pace succinct. It could simply not be built by another man's hands. Old Apparatus provide a handy remix to conclude this excellent twelve. I'll leave the surprise fresh for you. Granted it's a beautifully sinister and disorientating reduction that sounds maybe like Deepchord mixing it with Deaf Center to give you an idea of the acoustic resonance and dark intensity. The end of the world is nigh. Give me this damn record now!
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