OUT NOW: RENTAL YIELDS – VOLUME TWO

The adventure continues, we continue our exploration of stealing stuff via RENTAL YIELDS.

Following hot on the heels of VOLUME ONE, Front & Follow and the Gated Canal Community present your second helping of RENTAL YIELDS – a multi-release collaboration project raising money to tackle homelessness in Manchester.

Inspired (if that’s the right word – perhaps ‘motivated’…) by our current housing system, the project encourages artists to steal (or borrow, nicely) from another artist to create their own new track – in the process producing HIGH RENTAL YIELDS.

Over 100 artists are now involved (the spreadsheet is fun), each one tasked with creating a new track from the sounds created by someone else – we are then collating the tracks and releasing them over the course of the next year.

This is VOLUME TWO, featuring the likes of Graham Dunning, Grey Frequency, Kemper Norton, Hannya White, Pulselovers and 23 Hanging Trees.

All money raised will go to SPIN (Supporting People in Need), whose purpose is to feed, shelter, clothe and generally support the homeless and people in need of Greater Manchester.

“Darkness descends. Where there was a stillness, there is an electrical surge. The towers in space are alive with the expectations of the night. Hundreds of individuals performing hundreds of individual acts.

The silence will be coming soon. But for now the towers in space buzz with the need to engage. Not a personal interaction. But an engagement all the same. Digital messages criss-cross invisibly as connection is made. The individuals react and keep the communication alive. The towers in space are home to these messages. The towers in space are home to these messengers.”

Coming soon… Volumes 3, 4, 5 and 6.

GRAB VOLUME TWO HERE

Tracklist

1.  Twenty Three Hanging Trees vs Phexioenesystems – Démantèlement Hexanique

2.  Camp of Wolves vs Rupert Lally – Wait At The Corner

3.  Kieran Mahon vs CuSi Sound – Fanfare For The Uncommon Man

4.  Polyhymns x Dave Clarkson – Stoney Middleton Revisited

5.  Steve Hadfield x Jonathan Higgins – The Rent Hike Gambit

6.  Letters From Mouse vs Wodwo – Without Doors

7.  Hannya White vs Petta Luck – Lullaby Too Far

8.  HyMettus Woods vs Sun Curves – iß ͧ ·• ᵓC ➎ ɘ Beyond Words Minimal Mix

9.  Graham Reznick vs Kepier Widow – One Nine Nine Three

10. Graham Dunning vs THAT CLOUD – There’s another one, careful

11. Four Italian Pep Pills vs A Beautiful Idea – Famous in the Holiday Inn in Bolton

12. [we sell boxes] vs James Stiff – Skarne Shortcomings

13. Moray Newlands vs ireless – The Opportunity of a Lifetime

14. Grey Frequency vs Dan Pope – Austere Sights

15. preston.outatime vs Moid – HorseCollider

16. The Snaps Jar vs Exit Chamber – Pillars Crumble

17. Sarmism vs Hitodama Drone – The Book of Trespass

18. Pulselovers vs Wound – Flowmotion

19. Guerrilla Biscuits vs The Both And – Rentier Liquidiser

20. Kemper Norton vs Kuma – Under Instruction

Mastered by Anthony Morrow / Additional words by Dan Roberts

YOU CAN NEVER LEAVE

Front & Follow and the Gated Canal Community present YOU CAN NEVER LEAVE – alternative soundtracks to a luxury apartments advert, featuring 31 artists including Field Lines Cartographer, Elizabeth Joan Kelly, Her Majesty’s Coroner for Wirral, The Leaf Library, Polypores, Hattie Cooke and many more.

Why? We aren’t sure, but it all started with this video and went from there.

GRAB THE ALBUM HERE NOW

This project is not affiliated with Deansgate Square in any way – the video was our inspiration for this project, and for each artist’s soundtrack.

All sales from this release will go to Coffee4Craig, which provides vital support for Manchester’s homeless and people in crisis. Find out more here – coffee4craig.com.

“Sharply dressed sales assistants and eagle-headed PPI enthusiasts march over freshly risen piazzas. Oxbow lakes of cement dissolve into dreamy quadrants. A Yo Sushi was there.
Now it isn’t.

This is where the gold is. The real gold, tucked under the receding gum-lines of once cobbled streets, stuffed into the rain-tinted domes hidden in plain view. Ignore the fringe of green that laps forever onto the city’s shores. Forget the municipal spaces, their fleshy tales creeping from beneath roller shutters and seeping from the cracks in boarded windows.

And as you stride about with vertical chin, you feel a prickle inside of something sharp but unfamiliar. Like a snagged cricket jumper you begin to unravel, spooling out behind yourself as you walk ever onwards.

Find them in the Imitation Rothko Gymnasium.
Smashing it in the Imitation Rothko Gymnasium.”

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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Welcome to 2014

Happy New Year!

A huge thank you to everyone who supported us over the last year, including everyone who played, reviewed and of course bought our releases.

An especially big thank you to The Doomed Bird of Providence, and all the artists who contributed to our Collision/Detection series and The Outer Church compilation.

It was a fun year, hopefully we can do it all again in 2014 (more news very soon).

Best wishes,
Justin & Helen x

The Outer Church OUT NOW

The Outer Church Compilation is out now.  We’ve sold out directly from F&F HQ, but you can pick up a copy from all good record shops and online, including:

More info on the release HERE
And check out the coverage its been getting, including:
Mojo (latest issue)