La French – La French

Out now on Concrète Tapes, a collection of blissful ambient tunes – all washed out synth and treated guitar loops, La French’s debut album comes from the mind of Luke French, a Preston based musician better known as the bassist of post-punk provocateurs Fighting!

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Written mostly on a fucked up acoustic guitar in Australia and Cambodia (and Leyland), the album is an intensely personal affair, capturing the feelings of nostalgia, loss and yearning for contentment he was experiencing at the time, as well as the joy and wonder of becoming a father for the first time.

Back in the UK, he reworked the raw guitar tracks with electronics and treatments, with contributions from  Zeynep Oszabuncu, Stephen James Buckley and Olivia Blackledge, and the final pieces were mixed and mastered by Tim Crompton at Another Studio in Manchester in 2017.

The tape comes in a hand printed matchbox-style box, with a Concrète lino-print, two art prints and a fold out poster from Tao Lashley Burnley, and is limited to 50 copies.

Get yours right here, or direct from Luke at one of his upcoming shows:

20th October at The Ferret, Preston
27th October at Easter Bloc, Manchester

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New Tape: Turantula – Prole Arp Threat

 

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Out today, the latest box from Concrète Tapes is a collection of deep, hard and psychedelic techno from Turantula – housed in a hand-printed box with three full colour postcard prints, a monochrome lino cut and a fold out data sheet, Prole Arp Threat comes in a limited edition of 50 units in blue.

Turantula is the electronic music project of Andy Bunting. Influenced by techno, dub reggae, house, latin and electronica Turantula is one of a couple of music projects that will allow him to explore different styles.
Prole Arp Threat was completed in October 2016 made with analog and digital equipment. The music has been created for the 6am psychedelic dancefloor with dark melodies, deep bass, dub echos and polyrhythms. 
Originally from King’s Lynn, Norfolk, Andy is now based in Preston, Lancashire – home to Concrete Tapes.
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Apart from the music, photographer and birder Andy has travel to over 40 countries on 6 continent and has seen about half of the world’s bird species, and is recently back from a trip to Eastern/North Western China.
Currently listing to: Nazi Punks Fuck Off by the Dead Kennedy’s 
Five Bands 
The Velvet Underground
The Stooges
The Fall
Can
Kraftwerk
Five Birds
Red-headed Picathartes
Biddulph’s Ground Jay
Kagu
Bornean Ground Cuckoo
Least Auklet

NEW: Portland Vows & Field Lines Cartographer

Finally returning in 2018, Concrète Tapes is back with two new essential releases from two of our most in demand acts.

Portland Vows returns with his third album for the imprint, another set of blissful narcotic melodies and drones, beatless techno and slow motion ambience. Yet again Bob Plant pushes his unique musical vision into new territory, with vocals featuring for the very first time (a unique and glorious cover of The Modern Lovers’ – and then Galaxie 500’s – Don’t Let Your Youth Go To Waste), as well as two super-long remixed versions of highlight tracks from the album, Lizards and No More Learning To Bite.

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The album is released on a blood-red cassette, with the long extra mixes on a bonus clear tape, which are presented in a hand printed heavy duty presentation box, with a hand printed insert. Get it HERE.

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Mark Burford has been busy recently with Impulse Array shows and releases (including an EP for Concrète Tapes last year), but has found time to roll out new long player as Field Lines Cartographer, Groundwaves – a follow up to his much loved slow burning debut Magnetic Anomalies.

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Groundwaves is a whole new beast for FLC, with pushing in new fronts of sinister darkness, Cosmische noodle and warped melodies to the warm bucolic ambience we found on his firs tape for us. Uneasy listening par excellence.

The album is available on a hand-printed pea green cassette, with a hand printed wrap-around kraft card sleeve. Get it HERE.

December Concrète: 15th December with COTTAM. PLUS! Exclusive COTTAM MIXTAPE.

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We’re back at The Ferret on Friday 15th December for another late-night techno special, and this time we are delighted to be joined by long-time friend and associate (and bona fide Preston dance music star) COTTAM.

Paul Cottam has been a fixture in the city’s dance scene for decades, his high-energy techno sets usually the high point of any night he played – a few years ago he slowed the tempo down and released a now-legendary set of 12 inches, slow burning narcotic house remixes and edits of soul & afrobeat tracks which have since become highly prized collectors items.

His own productions – deep and percussive acid-tinged slow- burners for the most part – have become fixtures in hundreds of DJs record boxes, and Paul himself was in high demand as a DJ – being flown all over the world to drop tunes to switched on crowds – until he had to take a step back from live shows due to ill health a couple of years ago.

This will be the first time Paul has played in Preston in years, and one of only a tiny number of recent appearances. Anyone who’s heard one of his sets should know it’s a no-brainer, but he’s kindly done us a mix in case you haven’t – an hour and ten minutes of expertly spliced acidic robot-funk electro. We tried it out on the Concrète kids this afternoon, and by ten minutes into the set there was an impromptu dance-off in the living room – expect similar shapes to be thrown on the 15th.

Check the mix out on Soundcloud.

As well as Paul, we have a further mouth-watering DJ line up:

Wilx is one half of the legendary club night Trauma – who were responsible for bringing Luke Slater and Billy Nasty to Preston and a load of mad parties the best part of a decade ago. Since then Wilx has been a regular on the decks at underground techno parties all around Preston, as well as playing live (and blowing everyone’s brains) with This Machine.
Listen: https://www.mixcloud.com/awilx/

Veteran DJ Nick Almond been DJing since 1989 – he spent time in Germany playing underground parties at the turn of the decade, and played legendary Leeds club The Orbit’s chillout room during it’s glory days of the early 90s. He started producing techno in the mid 90s, quickly being signed to integral music, as well as releasing on his own imprint, Method Records. Since then he’s DJ’d for Locked, Gash, Mad Hatters, and now runs his own underground techno night… somewhere.

Beats of Rage resident Mike Warburton – AKA Bail – will be rinsing the decks in his dark, venomous alter ego Barium Network. Following an EP released on Highlands techno label Hypnotic Groove back in April, his new project inhabits the dark, eerie, hypnotic recesses of rhythmic club music – a mixture of apocalyptic industrial, unnerving techno and collages of densely layered ambient grit. Expect fierce, unhinged body music covering explorative bass and techno with occasional interludes of beauty.
Listen: https://soundcloud.com/bailbeatsofrage/variations-3

Friday 15th December from 8pm – 2am (Orbit style) – Free in. Facebook event is here.

September Concrète: 10th Sept @ The Ferret – Thomas Ragsdale / Polypores

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Thomas Ragsdale is one of the country’s finest purveyors of moody post-everything electronica – half of long-running Leeds based due Worriedaboutsatan, Ragsdale has recently seen his star on the ascendant with his music being used to soundtrack part of Adam Curtis’ hypnotic state of the nation/world BBC documentary  Hypernormalisation, along with a slew of well received shows across the country, both solo and with Worriedaboutsatan. Thomas also runs the record label This Is It Forever, releasing lush and glacial electronica and post-classical music.

Thomas’ set at Concrète last year was incredible, so we’re delighted to welcome him back – and even more delighted to announce that as well as a solo set, he will be performing an EXCLUSIVE collaboration with our own Polypores which will only be performed at this show.

AND Polypores will also be performing a solo set.

So… kick off the weekend / post holiday lethargy, cause this one is going to be awesome – maybe you should also listen to this mix someone did last year of tracks from This Is It Forever and Concrète releases…

Facebook event is here – starts at 8pm, at The Ferret, Fylde Road, Sunny ol’ Preston.

 

July Concrète #1 – 22nd July at The Ferret: Barium Network | Wilx | Sid Voltage | Nick Almond | Impulse Array

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Concrète return to The Ferret for July with a showcase of some of the area’s finest techno DJs, spinning tunes late into the night.

Barium Network / Wilx / Sid Voltage / Nick Almond / Impulse Array

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Beats of Rage resident Mike Warburton – AKA Bail – will be debuting his dark, venomous alter ego Barium Network. Following an EP released on Highlands techno label Hypnotic Groove back in April, his new project inhabits the dark, eerie, hypnotic recesses of rhythmic club music – a mixture of apocalyptic industrial, unnerving techno and collages of densely layered ambient grit. Expect fierce, unhinged body music covering explorative bass and techno with occasional interludes of beauty.

Listen: https://soundcloud.com/bailbeatsofrage/variations-3

Wilx is one half of the legendary club night Trauma – who were responsible for bringing Luke Slater and Billy Nasty to Preston and a load of mad parties the best part of a decade ago. Since then Wilx has been a regular on the decks at underground techno parties all around Preston, as well as playing live (and blowing everyone’s brains) with This Machine.

Listen: https://www.mixcloud.com/awilx/

Sid Voltage is an experimental mash up DJ fusing Electro, Techno Tech Breaks, and sausage rolls. DJ’ing since 96 and better known as DJ Scott’3 a scratch artist playing Jungle, Drum&Bass and Acid Techno.

Purveyor of accelerating monkey magic.

Listen: https://soundcloud.com/dj-scott3/2017-01-29-14h53m32

Veteran DJ Nick Almond been DJing since 1989  – he spent time in Germany playing underground parties at the turn of the decade, and played legendary Leeds club The Orbit’s chillout room during it’s glory days of the early 90s. He started producing techno in the mid 90s, quickly being signed to integral music, as well as releasing on his own imprint, Method Records. Since then he’s DJ’d for Locked, Gash, Mad Hatters, and now runs his own underground techno night… somewhere.

FINALLY: After his absolutely storming set at Concrète last week, we’ve asked Impulse Array back to play again. Check out his new EP on Concrète Tapes for a taste: https://impulsearray.bandcamp.com/album/extrasolar-ep

Facebook event is right here: sign up!

Impulse Array – Extrasolar

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Impulse Array’s Mark Burford has been rolling out subterranean bangers from his studio in Lancaster for years, and his latest for Concrète Tapes explores familiar territory: four tracks of tense & seething minimal outsider techno – lengthy percussive workouts for your head and your feet.

The EP is limited to 40 copies on pink tape shells, with hand printed card sleeves – available from Bandcamp, in person at one of our nights, or from Action Records in Preston.

After his intense performance at Concrète last week, Impulse Array will be appearing Live at The Ferret in Preston again on 22nd July – get in touch if you’re interested in booking him – it’s an hour of the finest eyeball rolling techno, perfect for 4am at your sweaty rave, wedding or christening.

Biog:

Starting with a 4-track cassette recorder & a basic synth borrowed from his school music teacher, Mark Burford has been producing electronic music for over 25 years in a range of styles & under various pseudonyms, both as a solo artist & with others. From playing support slots with some of the biggest names in the UK’s burgeoning rave scene of the early 1990s to composing for contemporary dance & other arts projects, it’s been a diverse output.

After a hiatus of a few years he returned to music as Impulse Array, with 3 albums & an EPsworth of ‘space-techno’ so far, along with live performances & remixes yielding a growing base of listeners.

Aside from techno, Burford’s other real love is for atmosphere-heavy, brooding electronic ambient & drone music, found sounds & field recordings – his releases as Field Lines Cartographer (also on Concrète Tapes) showcase these productions (a new tape is brooding and expected to drop in the next month or so)