ISOLATION AND REJECTION – VOL 4

We are delighted that Volume 4 of our ISOLATION AND REJECTION project is out later this month.

You can pre-order it HERE.

Vol 4 features the likes of Howlround, Graham Reznick, Revbjelde, Rupert Lally, Daphnellc, Daniel Crompton, Stellarays, Giant Head, Xqui and more.

ISOLATION AND REJECTION was born out of thinking about what happened to all the tracks that didn’t make it onto those fancy compilations (you know the ones), and is now turning into a larger-than-planned project to collect, collate and promote rejected sounds. This is not an isolation project – it’s a rejection project.

The full tracklist is:

  1. Andrulian – Inara
  2. Pulselovers – Orphans
  3. Stellarays – Butterfly Control Tower
  4. Broadcast Death – Cytokine Storm
  5. Daphnellc – Sinker Flies The Plane
  6. Bone Music – Slava Xenoxxx
  7. Earthborn Visions – Effects of Isolation
  8. Giant Head – Static 14c
  9. Function Automat – Data Data
  10. Revbjelde – Chordata
  11. ColdSore – Ignorance Is Bliss
  12. Howlround – Sonic Hors Funk Job
  13. MJ Hibbett – Rocking Out But Quietly
  14. Graham Reznick – The Visit
  15. Runningonair – Cocktail Hour
  16. Tambay – Horse Creek
  17. Repeated Viewing – Real Sloppy
  18. Lammergeiers – Ephemeris
  19. Gormless – Week IV
  20. Toby Wiltshire – Tunnels
  21. Rupert Lally – It Learns From It’s Mistakes
  22. Daniel Crompton – Wallpaper Microscene
  23. Kepier Widow – Perfect Latency
  24. Xqui – Tweet

Mastered by Anthony Morrow at Herhalen – herhalen.bandcamp.com

Volumes 1, 2 and 3 are out now. Volume 5 of ISOLATION AND REJECTION will follow in October.

 

ISOLATION AND REJECTION – VOL 3 OUT NOW

Our adventures into the weird and wonderful world of rejected sounds continue with Volume 3 of our ISOLATION AND REJECTION project, featuring the likes of Farmer Glitch, Kieran Mahon, Sone Institute, The Declining Winter, Alison Cotton, Fragile X, Dolly Dolly and more.

GRAB IT HERE

ISOLATION AND REJECTION was born out of thinking about what happened to all the tracks that didn’t make it onto those fancy compilations, and is now turning into an ongoing project to collect, collate and promote rejected sounds. This is not an isolation project – it’s a rejection project.

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ISOLATION AND REJECTION – VOL 2 OUT NOW

Hey everyone,

Following hot off the heals of Volume 1, we are delighted that Volume 2 is available, featuring 24 wonderful artists inc. Time Attendant, Gagarin, Conflux Coldwell, The Revenant Sea and more.

ISOLATION AND REJECTION is a multi-volume compilation of rejected sounds, all for The Brick, a fantastic charity in Wigan.

GRAB VOLUME 2 HERE

From small ideas and a little hope come rejection, loss and disappointment.

But we won’t let you down – you are safe here.

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ISOLATION AND REJECTION was born out of thinking about what happened to all the tracks that didn’t make it onto those fancy compilations, and is now turning into an ongoing project to collect, collate and promote rejected sounds. This is not an isolation project – it’s a rejection project.

With over 100 artists signed up, we are going to release five volumes over the next few months. Each volume will showcase those lost gems, discarded and abandoned but now lovingly embraced and put front and centre for your enjoyment. We’ll also be sharing the stories behind the rejection – funny, weird and sometimes a little heart breaking.

Here’s the full track list for Vol 2:

  1. Lose a Leg – Thinking About It
  2. Gagarin – Studio 54 Revisited
  3. Time Attendant – Binocular Visions
  4. Caper One & Vandal Deca – Ghostmiles (Tin Cans & Strong Mix)
  5. Andrew Haines – Full Moon @ The Shaman’s Oak
  6. Audio Obscura – Castles On Earth
  7. Conflux Coldwell – Ran Aground Off Thanet
  8. Crisp Packet Jackets – Dreadful Own Brand
  9. Aged – heinrichwave dot wave
  10. Sairie – The House Of The Rising Sun
  11. James A. McDermid – Starved Lips in the Gloam
  12. Acid Wilhelm – My Aharonov–Bohm Effect
  13. The Revenant Sea – No Later
  14. Hwyl Nofio – Music For Broken Toy Pianos
  15. Sparkling Seagull – Cosmic Furniture
  16. Free Magic Show – odwołany lot do Krakowa
  17. St James Infirmary – Higging
  18. Baron Farg – Sin Mission
  19. Drunk Keith! – The Poltergeist Wife!
  20. Stu & Rav. – Blahk
  21. Pete Warren – Brief Respite
  22. Von Heuser – Bring Me The Head Of J.W.
  23. Jeffrey Sinibaldi + JS Adams – Axe Marks The Spot
  24. Kallie Marie – In The Arms of Overreach

Artists contributing to the series include Time Attendant, Howlround, Dolly Dolly, Cahn Ingold Prelog, Alison Cotton, Farmer Glitch, Rupert Lally, Sone Institute, The Declining Winter, TVO, Ekoplekz, Kemper Norton, Boobs of Doom, Grey Frequency, Elizabeth Joan Kelly, Thomas Ragsdale and many many more.

Some you will know and some maybe you won’t.

Volumes 3, 4 and 5 of ISOLATION AND REJECTION will follow shortly.

ISOLATION AND REJECTION – VOL 1 OUT NOW

Hey everyone,

I’m delighted that Volume 1 of our new project is now available.

ISOLATION AND REJECTION is a multi-volume compilation of rejected sounds. Vol 1 features the likes of Ekoplekz, Kemper Norton, Boobs of Doom, Elizabeth Joan Kelly, Grey Frequency and Thomas Ragsdale.

All the official blurb is below, but first…

GRAB VOLUME 1 HERE

Recent coverage…

“It has been most thoughtfully compiled and programmed so that its strange cargo of rejects contrast and complement one another as part of a remarkable whole.” – Echoes and Dust

“Isolation & Rejection Vol 1 is a magnificent collection at any time, but also serves as a contemplative soundtrack to strange and troubling times. It’s also classic F&F.” – Aural Aggravation

Check it this guest mix featuring tracks from across the five volumes, made for Kites and Pylons.

Thanks also to Phantom CircuitSoundsphereThe SéanceRebellious Jukebox and Dark Train for featuring the project.

We also got mentioned in Warren Ellis’ newsletter Orbital Operations (the writer not the musician).  I’ve sent him the Front & Follow releases since we started, and some he’s liked and mentioned.  The experiences that have been shared by women working with him/knowing him are just horrific, and we stand with them and believe them.  I also thought his apology and “I didn’t realise how powerful I was” excuses were complete bullshit. That is our official position.

The blurb

From small ideas and a little hope come rejection, loss and disappointment.

But we won’t let you down – you are safe here.

ISOLATION AND REJECTION was born out of thinking about what happened to all the tracks that didn’t make it onto those fancy compilations, and is now turning into an ongoing project to collect, collate and promote rejected sounds. This is not an isolation project – it’s a rejection project.

With over 100 artists signed up, we are going to release five volumes over the next few months. Each volume will showcase those lost gems, discarded and abandoned but now lovingly embraced and put front and centre for your enjoyment. We’ll also be sharing the stories behind the rejection – funny, weird and sometimes a little heart breaking.

All money raised is going to The Brick in Wigan – an amazing charity supporting some of our most vulnerable communities.

Here’s the full track list for Vol 1:

  1. Kemper Norton – Unrequited 47
  2. Grey Frequency – Dissolve
  3. K – Failure of Presence
  4. Solo1 – Azzuri Ilta Sorella
  5. Basic Design – Dream Archipelago
  6. Yumah – Escape
  7. Carya Amara – Dining With Phineus
  8. Secret Nuclear – Surrey Administration Facility
  9. ANZAK – Aluminic Bromide
  10. CukoO – Simian
  11. Boobs of Doom – Scumbellina (Me Gam Ega, Quisling)
  12. Yellow6 – Work1
  13. Ekoplekz – Rejected Replekz
  14. Selfish Limbs – Missing Voices
  15. Thomas Ragsdale – The Light Between
  16. Traw – Congratulations To The Young Men of Bucharest
  17. Elizabeth Joan Kelly – Waking Up With A Cat On My Face
  18. Hybernation – Fragile Times
  19. Darrg – Bats & Clocks
  20. TVO – A Wave As The Coast Disappears From View

Artists contributing to the series include Time Attendant, Howlround, Dolly Dolly, Cahn Ingold Prelog, Alison Cotton, Farmer Glitch, Rupert Lally, Sone Institute, The Declining Winter, TVO, Ekoplekz, Kemper Norton, Boobs of Doom, Grey Frequency, Elizabeth Joan Kelly, Thomas Ragsdale and many many more.

Some you will know and some maybe you won’t.

Volumes 2, 3, 4 and 5 of ISOLATION AND REJECTION will follow shortly.

If you haven’t yet – GRAB VOLUME 1 HERE

p.s. We are still officially in hibernation x

See you around…

Dear friends,

An unnecessarily self-indulgent update…

After the Ekoplekz album in November 2019, F&F headed into hibernation.

Running a record label is an absolute joy and a huge privilege, but it is also bloody hard. Not genuinely hard like actual real life problems, and not actually difficult like a real job, but it’s still tough.

We have successfully put out some of the best records of the past 10 years. Fact.

Along the way we’ve had some incredible coverage and love from some of the most wonderful people, many of whom we’ve admired for years from afar, whilst successfully avoiding any real audience or commercial success (despite the odd surprise).

Admittedly, we have ourselves to blame – we’ve purposely never really stuck to one thing for long enough, musically or aesthetically (though all our vinyl was black, sorry). That always seemed a bit boring, and other labels do it much better than we ever could.

We’ve got a lot going on outside of the label, and sometimes it is difficult to justify more time hiding away from the world, especially right now.

So F&F is taking a break.

Gated Canal Community will continue and may even do some more random fun stuff aside from the radio show.

F&F will be back in some shape or form at some point I hope.

Until then – you can still buy all our records directly from us and through most places in the real world and online.

See you around,

Justin & Helen x

OUT NOW: Ekoplekz – In Search of the Third Mantra

We are ending the year in the best possible way – by releasing an album by one of our favourite artists, and someone we’ve been trying to work with since he appeared on the Outer Church compilation over five years ago.

TAPE IS SOLD OUT BUY GRAB THE DIGITAL HERE

Drawing parallels between present day Britain and that of the turn of the 80s, Ekoplekz looks back to that era’s industrial and post-punk soundtrack for inspiration.

In a land increasingly brutalized by austerity and divided by nationalism, the tensions that informed some of the post-punk era’s most important works (Red Mecca, Unknown Pleasures, Metal Box) haunt this collection of bleak postcards from the present.

Recorded quickly on cassette tape recorders, combining live instrumentation (guitar, bass, keyboards) with programmed drum machine and sequencer, the album has a raw, spontaneous edge, drawing on elements of dub, funk and primitive electronics for musical direction.

The album is dedicated to the late Mark Fisher, who’s brilliantly insightful writing is sorely missed while trying to make sense of these insane times.

OUT NOW! Michael Donnelly – Why so Mute, Fond Lover?

We are delighted to present the new album from Michael Donnelly, as the second release in a new series celebrating the present and past of some of our favourite artists.

BUY THE TAPE OR CD HERE

Influenced by everything from Khan Jamal to Egisto Macchi via Basic House and Konrad Kraft, Why So Mute, Fond Lover? builds new worlds of beats and rhythm, sound collage, ambience and noise using random borrowed equipment, broken gear and household appliances. The album was recorded in Mile End, London and Hamburg (with collaborator Ben Page of Rocketnumbernine and Elite Barbarian), and mastered by fellow Rothko member Mark Beazley.
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OUT NOW: THE BLOW VOL 6 by Polypores & Field Lines Cartographer

The Blow is back – we’ve sold out but you can grab a tape from Norman Records, Boomkat and lots of other places.

Front & Follow present the sixth in our series of split releases bringing together two of our favourite artists.  Volume 6 features Polypores and Field Lines Cartographer.

The artists have reported that the inspiration for this album initially drew from long conversations about alternate realities and altered states of consciousness.

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OUT NOW: The Blow Volume 5 by Dunning & Underwood

We are delighted to present The Blow Volume 5 by Dunning & Underwood.

You can stream the whole album over at The Quietus.

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Or grab from Norman Records, Boomkat or loads of other digital and real life places.

‘The Blow’ project brings two artists together to formulate a collaborative release of their own making. Each artist has a side of audio to do whatever they want with. The two artists are encouraged to work together on the release, but the length and depth of this collaboration is completely up to them and agreed on a release-by-release basis – there are no set parameters, no fancy rules, no memorandum of understanding, no initiation ceremonies.

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Praise for Sone Institute

Thanks to everyone who has supported Sone Institute’s new album so far – here’s a taster of the coverage (and grab a copy here):

‘Accessible pop for those who don’t like pop music’ – Electronic Sound (issue out now)

‘The new work is brilliant, palpitating on snappy billiards and tinselled Chic shuffles’ – Freq

‘Whilst it may at times suggest a deliberately restless mind resisting a clearer focus, Where Moth And Rust Consume is an enticingly enigmatic entry-point into the world of Sone Institute.’ – Delusions of Adequacy

‘Where Moth And Rust Consume’ is unfolding very quickly as something of an ‘unsettling pop’ classic… It’s all a bit confusing, but that’s OK as I like it.’ – Norman Records

‘Sone Institute describes Where Moth and Rust Consume, his first new material in six years, as his ‘pop album’, but don’t expect to hear it on R1 any time soon, or ever. 6Music’s Gideon Coe has championed previous work, describing it as ‘delightfully strange,’ which seems a fair summation.’ – Aural Aggravation

‘this is likely one of those records that will break completely from static formats by bringing a curious surprise with each individual track… The work exudes the hypnotic feel one immerses themselves in when experiencing scientific exploration that expands awareness, or from observing one of those alien invasion cult flicks of the 50s.’ – Toneshift

Huge thanks to everyone who has played a track, including Gideon Coe (here and here), Late Junction (here and here) and Radio 3’s Unclassified, Spool’s Out, Seance, Music To Ease Your Disease, Culture as a Dare, Surgery Radio and Underground of Happiness.

Stream the whole album over at The Quietus.