Polytechnic Youth is a new label concentrating on experimental / minimal synth / library sounds and primitive electronics. Billed as being a “micro label for vinyl heads”, it’s only means of contact is via it’s facebook page and it’s private press inspired releases might run from 5 copies of a 7” to 100 LPs via 23 lathe cut 5”’s. Whatever the plants allow PY to do they will explore it….
It is run by Dom (Great Pop Supplement / Deep Distance) and a shadowy consortium including Karen Novotny X amongst others. All it’s artwork, sleeves and accompanying films are equally spread between artist and label and is a real ‘hands on’ venture, and it’s label was designed by Bill Roe of ‘Trouble in Mind’ records.
This is the label’s second and third releases in one. A side of vinyl each and a sleeve each for 2 projects from the great CHXFX.
“After a stunning run of electronic music deviancy for esteemed underground labels such as Werk, RAMP, Further and Feral Tapes, CHXFX returns with GUIDED BUSWAYS / UNDERCROFT. Released on Polytechnic Youth.
Pressed on one vinyl LP" (ltd to 100 copies) with two front covers designed by Maxim Lucas, GUIDED BUSWAYS features 14 short pieces, sounding like a discarded Radiophonic Workshop reel.
The UNDERCROFT side treats skate field recordings taken directly from Southbank's Undercroft (the world oldest skate spot) and feeds them alongside coldwave synth stabs that pummel through dystopic brutalist concrete structures at speed, whilst renegade EBM soldiers jaded by arts council establishments tear shit up.
This record was made in full support of the Long Live Southbank campaign.
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