Gabe Knox - ABC

Following 1 or 2 small run / mailorder lathe cuts, Polytechnic Youth follow it’s hugely successful Popcorn Lung label compilation LP, with it’s first full length of the new year, and man… this one is just wonderful! A mighty record to kick off what promises to be another hugely productive, constantly busy year for the Crouch End based synth label.

ABC represents a compilation of the best songs of the first three EPs, subtly remixed and remastered to best suit vinyl. This really is a remarkable record. Displaying all the PY traits of icy cool blasts of minimal synth, motorik grooves, melodic pop via passing nods to early Mute and Sky records. Think the drive shaft of Neu!, the punishing low end of King Tubby, the interleaved melodic lines of Vince Clarke, the melancholic, otherworldly whimsy of Raymond Scott and Delia Derbyshire, the hypnotic drone of Spacemen 3, and the analogue intimacy of Le Car.

LP

Posted on May 15th, 2019 under Releases, ,

Adderall Canyonly - Museum of Fire

Adderall Canyonly is a synthesist and string wrangler named Wayne Longer, formerly of Portland, Oregon. In ‘Oxykitten’ he is named Justin Case and is an entirely different person. Sometimes these people overlap, such as the (previous) album “The Cutting Room”. A lifelong fan of analog synths and brooding soundtracks but equally raised on a steady diet of post-rock and krautrock, it’s generally a confusing time when the “record” button is hit. Much goes in, little comes out, and then much is added later, sometimes without good reason. But that’s exactly why someone invented the “fast forward” button.

LP / Digital Album

Posted on March 26th, 2019 under Releases, ,

Cité Lumière - Le Songe De Kepler

“Le Songe De Kepler” from Paris-based duo Cité Lumière, initially released on cassette only via the fabulous French label “Err Rec”, in December 2017. With barely a second listen required, Polytechnic Youth picked up on it and are delighted to release it on wax for the first time; filled out and expanded slightly with remixed tunes and with fabulous new sleeve art to boot…

Eleven mighty pieces of minimal synth / electronique pop, which tip their cap to those trailblazing early synth pop releases via early Mute / Blackwing Studios, Some Bizarre, early Cherry Red and those great Celluloid label releases in France which paved their own minimal synth course from the late seventies.

As the band themselves say: “At first, you must know one thing; originally as rockabillies / surf / punk rockers, we would never imagine one day releasing fully electronic music as you are listening to here! For us, this release is the result of a long path, and is by far the most accomplished thing musically, we have done so far. You will find every influence we could ingest from childhood to the present: film soundtracks, video-game music, 50′s /60′s rock’n'roll, surf music, not to mention our dedicated love to Joe Meek’s work and much more…

In our minds, as 20th century kids, “Le Songe De Kepler” is definitely an ode to that period of technologic dreams (“L’envol du Tupolev”) and tragedies (“Terminus pour l’ Aerotrain”). So please take a seat and enter our world, taking in the sounds of this second version of Kepler’s dream, on vinyl for the first time with brand new artwork and crazy reworkings from talented friends with their own visions and interpretations of our music.

We hope you’ll enjoy this electronic -and fully analogue- trip we made with our hearts, and, of course, with our lovely vintage synthesizers”.

LP / Digital Album

Posted on January 25th, 2019 under Releases, ,

Mitra Mitra - Marionettes

Here’s the latest release from Mitra Mitra, a minimal electronic duo from Vienna, Austria.

Mini-LP / Digital Album

Posted on September 4th, 2018 under Releases, ,