AVAILABLE:

AST076: KENDALL CAHAN - LOSS C20
AST082: CUBE - FADE TO BEIGE / (803) 206-0028 REISSUE C36 + C48
AST083: COMPOUND - PSYCHIC WITHDRAWAL C25

AST085: SANSIBAR - QUADRA C22

AST086: CVN - KAISOU C44


AST088: HITOSHI KOJIMA - BLIND BELIEF C44
AST090: LUJIACHI - INVISIBLE HANDS 
C24
AST091: FORM A LOG - BIRD TIME C25
AST093: SLEEP D - ERASED C24
AST100: V/A - FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE EARTH TO THE TOP OF THE WAZIR 12" COMPILATION

OUT EVENTUALLY:

MIKEY YOUNG
YUTA MATSUMURA
DYKTANDO
DJ PANTHR
ANTONIO
GABRIEL SALOMAN
2200
NAPE
WRX
RINPOCHE
RITA REVELL
GROTESQUE CIRCULAR DANCE
COOPER BOWMAN
SOLOTAPE
RAQUEL
LOW FLUNG
XYR
YING-LI HOOI
SIMON J. KARIS
CORRECT LINE


BIGCARTEL | DISCOGS | SOUNDCLOUD | BANDCAMP

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Opal Beau (Taiwan) Australia Shows.




One of my favourite elec musicians (and people generally), Simon Scott aka Opal Beau will be playing his first shows in Australia.

Originally from Melbourne, but now based in Taipei, Simon Scott is one of the more unique producers currently operating. His productions, like himself, are free of any strict geographical pattern-imprinting. Rather, like any of the legitimate forbearers of pioneering electronic music, they are aimed at shifting consciousness to something outside the immediate gaze. There’s an off-kilter nature to some of his beat-placement and woozily psychedelic swirls simmering underneath. Despite the atypical template, Scott still provides a solid grounding on which to shuffle your feet.

Sydney March 30th at Petersham Bowls Club
(flyer above by Sarah Davis):
Opal Beau (Taiwan)
Lucy Cliché
Call Compatible
Enderie Lit(e)

FB Event

Also, he's playing this Melb show at the Post Office March 21st w/ Jannah Quill:

FB Event

Maybe a Newcastle show TBA, possible but unlikely...

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Thursday, January 17, 2019

AST100 12" Compilation Review in February's Issue of The Wire.




Here is the opening track from the always excellent Opal Beau:



Vinyl / digital copies still available from bandcamp.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Riding The Blinds Vol. 1: LA Suffocated (Sydney) + Impatiens / Newcastle Station / January 20th.




Riding The Blinds is a proposed series of monthly events curated by Newcastle musician, Cooper Bowman, at Renew Newcastle’s unique venue, The Station.

The gigs hope to provide an opportunity for young and emerging Novocastrian artists working with musical forms outside of the traditional guitar, bass and drums arrangement. Each event will feature a local electronic artist and pair them with a complimentary project from Sydney. This is done to both encourage a dialogue between young producers and sound-artists from Newcastle, allowing them to tour if they wish and, similarly, to encourage artists from Sydney (and elsewhere) to play in Newcastle.

Newcastle has a rich history of homegrown music and historically was a regular port of call for Australian touring acts, however this has not been the case for many years, despite the best intentions of initiatives like the 'Live Music Taskforce'. We hope to contribute to Newcastle continuing to produce (and retain) it's musical talent and to make it a viable place for more marginalised cultural activities generally.

The first event will take place on Sunday, January 20th.
Free (with licensed bar open)
Running 5-8pm


LA Suffocated

LA Suffocated are an electronic duo from Sydney comprising Millie Hall and Ellen Pearce. They take elements of 80’s synth-pop, combining them with influences derived from more contemporary rhythm-oriented music. Both Pearce and Hall share production and vocal duties live, creating music that simultaneously balances modern gloom and blissful innocence.

Despite touring New Zealand in 2018 and playing regularly in Sydney and Melbourne since forming in 2015, LA are yet to have a tangible release to share. That will change this year when seminal Sydney underground label, Paradise Daily Records, releases their first album.

Live in Canberra 2018 (Youtube)

Impatiens

Impatiens is a recently hatched synth-pop outlet for Amelia Bessany. Bessany’s electronic productions are largely hardware-based with her vocals foregrounded. Impatiens takes queues from folk, experimental and post-punk approaches, crafting vivid scenes that are immediately captivating and firmly stand on their own in the current Newcastle landscape.

Impatiens Soundcloud

FB Event

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

AST 'End Of Year' List For Modem Radio (Slovenia).


I was asked to do an 'end of year' list for Slovenian radio show, Modem. See below.

Altered States Tapes for Modem / 2018

2018 was the year that I listened to less electronic music than the 5 or so previous. Strange, considering how much of it there is clogging up the internet’s pores. I had to think hard to come up with some appropriate recommendations (outside of what I released on AST), but here they are. The future is in country.

Korea Undok Group

KUG, the mysterious label and artist(s) from Winnipeg are a continuing source of inspiration for me. This year saw great releases from Erik Tisu, Zika Boys, World Counsellor and the phenomenal Cancer Pool compilation.

Zika Boys - Ancient Water 12" / cassette (Youtube)
+
World Counsellor - Wild Rose Country cassette(Soundcloud)

Beat Detectives

After diving into their past releases and foisting one upon the world via AST earlier in the year, Beat D’s have fast become one of my favourite global acts. The perfect balance of being able to make legit jams and also take the mickey out of the form simultaneously.

Satoshi Nakomoto's dOPENet cassette / digital (Bandcamp)
+
Krazy Dedicated Insane Mix 2018 (Soundcloud)

Wilted Woman - Trapezoid Trappers cassette (Plastic Bags)

A well-fried set from WW on my pal Ren’s new label, Plastic Bags, whose whole MO is “fried”.

Bandcamp

Boris Barksdale - Eternal Remorse cassette (Eye For An Eye Recordings)

High-quality electronic body music from Greece.

Bandcamp

x.y.r. - QTT7 cassette (Quiet Time)

Russian artist x.y.r. consistently sculpts lush synthetic environments and this long-running piece for the New York based Quiet Time tapes is no exception.

Bandcamp

Turner Street Sound - Bunsen Burners (Butter Sessions)

Melbourne duo’s debut album offering sun-drenched dub for the smoked out set.

Bandcamp

J. Campbell - Birthstone cassette (Vienna Press)

Refined, crisp ambient music that keeps a heart beating underneath it all. Released on what is arguably East Maitland’s best experimental label.

Youtube

Parallax Records - Under The Radar Vol. 2 Compilation

Parallax is a fantastic label run in part by one of my current fave projects (TV.OUT). This follow-up to the previous Under The Radar again shows the hotbed of activity and community in the Tel Aviv electronic underground.

Bandcamp

Regis - Play Neutral mix cassette (Hospital Productions)

Any mix that starts with Brion Gysin spoken word and seats the Arkestra alongside Monte Cazazza is alright with me.

Youtube

Bloody Fist Records

One of the labels that has had one of the biggest historical impacts on my taste, Bloody Fist really stopped existing for all intents and purposes in 2004. The Old Rope 7” series, which excavates unreleased recordings from the Fisters, continues to pound their legacy into the collective cerebrum. Starting the year with a 7” from Syndicate (rep 2299) and finishing with another from Xylocaine, two of the most important novocastrian acts to be rendered in the Steel City.

In a year when gabber (specifically The Fist) became en vogue to listen to (or at least namedrop), Bloody Fist continue to offer reminders that it was done better more than two decades ago and everyone has some study to do.

Syndicate - Impact / Trapped 7” (Bandcamp)
+
Xyolcaine - Graceland / Fifty-Five / Hat Felt (Bandcamp)

Thank you, seasons greetings and a prosperous 2020.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Chino Interview + Mix on CXEMA.




Interview with Polish artist, Chino, (where he briefly discusses his 2017 release, Old Practices on AST) on the CXEMA website. Chino will appear on an upcoming Altered States Tapes digital / ltd. tape release, Pedestal Arts Estate, with a host of other Australian and overseas projects. More info on that and numerous forthcoming releases lined up for 2019 soon.



Interview + stream mix.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Loose-y Crunché + CB Live / Mahamudra 7 / Dec 19th.




Altered States Tapes recording artist Loose-y Crunché, myself and two other local artists are playing sets at a free show next week in Sydney. I have hardly played this year, so it might be of interest to you (if this sounds like something that interests you). I'll be using elements that will appear on some upcoming releases for Not Not Fun, The New US Government, AST and some other labels...

RA Event / FB Event

Saturday, November 24, 2018

AST100 Press on The Wire / 4ZZZ / Bandcamp Daily + Australian Stockists.




Bandcamp Daily (pictured above)
The Wire
4ZZZ

Available from:

Melbourne
Lulu's
Polyester
Sky Diver

Sydney
Repressed
Something Else
Halcyon Daze
The Record Store Surry Hills
Red Eye

Friday, September 14, 2018

Out Of Print Tape Sale.




Some out of print, some single / last copies, available now cheap as chips on the BIGCARTEL site. Releases from Sansibar, Beat Detectives, Loose-y Crunché, Opal Beau, Suburban Cracked Collective, Magnetizer, Oil, Bead + others.

More news on upcoming batch releases, a special treat for AST100, CB live sets and probably some other malarkey coming shortly.