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Unprecedented demand for the highly limited edition releases from Douglas Hart - filmmaker and former bassist / founding member of The Jesus & Mary Chain - has led The Blank Tapes to commit the X Film Plus Ultra 7” single and Let’s Form a Cell 12” record to one, six-track cassette release. 

Tape £6.99 £6.29 The Blank Tapes 28

Cassette compilation collecting the 2 sold-out vinyl releases on The Blank Tapes / Blank Editions.

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X Film plus Ultra 7” + Let’s Form A Cell 12” by Douglas Hart
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8/10 Jamie 12 September 2019

Those lovely and very kind people at the Blank Tapes presents to us this very attractive, limited edition cassette tape; itself compiled from two previously issued, very limited records on their parent label Blank Editions. Those two records were namely the long sold-out ‘X Film plus Ultra’ 7” and the ‘Let’s Form A Cell’ 12” -- a pair of Douglas Hart singles now together at last, on a format which makes perfect sense for such minimal, lo-fi, low down and dirty sounds. This tape sounds like Hart made a filthy sound-collage for one of his films.

The former bassist with the Jesus & Mary Chain (who apparently now makes films) dug up an old drum machine, all the better for plodding along to those descending chords on his FX-laden guitar. Totally instrumental this, I might add and it’s quite heavy stuff (‘Pre-Paradise’, ‘Let’s Form a Cell’) and difficult to dance to, although not impossible, until the T-Rex-y ‘Sex, Psyche, Etcetera’. Yes, psych-rockers are witty / funny / cheeky these days… Cheeky? Yes, never knowingly under-cheeky. Full of cheek.

‘Anywhere Out Of This World’ is the most ‘Chain-like track here, and it’s a thing of beauty. Very listenable. Closing track ‘Death on Credit’ has nice drums, interesting guitar and very droney organ, and I like it. Hey, this tape is good and we only have a few copies left so I hope your Walkman is in good working order and you’ve plenty of AA batteries.




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