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.

 

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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)

Lo Five / Impulse Array / Hyberus – 29th June at The Ferret

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Lo Five returns to Concrète in June promoting his amazing new album When It’s Time To Let Go, out now on Patterned Air – two sides of wistful, melodic electronica, it’s hardly been off our turntable since it dropped, and has had some truly stellar reviews – including a full page from Simon Reynolds in The Wire. Those guys at Electronic Sound loved it too (in fact, this probably describes what you’ll be enjoying on the 29th…) “you will never want to leave. Vintage synths and drum machines and a recurring meditation bell summon early Orbital. Remarkable.”

Also back for a repeat visit, Lancaster’s master of subterranean techno Impulse Array: His releases over the past few years under both the Impulse Array and Field Lines Cartographer monikers have been essential listening – and tonight we’ll be dropping his latest release, an EP of lengthy techno workouts on our own Concrète Tapes (full details in the next few days).

Kicking off proceedings will be Concrète regulars Hyberus, who’re promising a set of Kosmische bleeps and beats – they’ve also got a new release, some sweet dark ambient experiments, available here (or no doubt at the show)

At The Ferret, Door at 8, Free in – see you there…

Facebook Event is here.

21st April at The Ferret: Horse Lords, Cloud Becomes Her Hand, Polypores

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We’re teaming up again with Tuff Life Boogie, this time for a last minute booking with two castaways from the recently cancelled Safe As Milk festival, and our very own Polypores. This is going to be so good, do not miss it. Facebook event is here.


Last minute show with two ground-breaking American acts that were due to play the sadly- cancelled Safe As Milk festival, Horse Lords and Cloud Becomes Your Hand plus support from Preston synth auteur Polypores. Both strain at the edges of a thrillingly unquantifiable number of genres in a trance-inducing mash of prepared tuning and polyrhythms that absolutely has to be experienced live. Basically anyone who’s ever dug Philip Glass, Steve Reich or any sort of Velvets/Beefheart/techno drone wig-out should get down to this show, a not-to-be-missed opportunity to catch some mind-blowing avant garde noise in Preston!

Advance tickets: £6 here http://www.wegottickets.com/event/397015

Horse Lords

Baltimore quartet Horse Lords blew minds with their first two releases of repetitious polyrhythmic rock, but those now seem like they were priming ears for their powerful and hypnotic new album, Interventions. Using modified instruments and just intonation tuning, Andrew Bernstein (saxophone/percussion), Max Eilbacher (bass/electronics), Owen Gardner (guitar), and Sam Haberman (drums) have produced a bold instrumental rock suite. The band’s Northern Spy debut is also the first Horse Lords album to explore the classic studio-as-weaponry strategies of yore, mapping the quartet’s raw Baltimore lightning onto the experimental musique concrète territory surveyed by elder heads like Faust and This Heat.

The guitars are sharp but never shrill, the saxophone strong but not skronk. There’s a hint of West African rhythms and a few detours into electronic noise, but mostly Horse Lords come off like the house band at a Terry Riley loft party. They’ve won rave reviews for their albums and especially their live performances, the two drummer lineup holding down a groove longer than most audience members can keep dancing. Mark E. Smith said “Repetition in the music and we’re never gonna lose it,” but he could never have imagined how far Horse Lords would take that mantra.

https://horselords.bandcamp.com/
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Cloud Becomes Your Hand

The Brooklyn based sextet Cloud Becomes Your Hand, led by multi-instrumentalist and composer Stephe (pronounced ‘Steve’) Cooper, took their name from a stage direction from a “theatrical stage experiment” performance project devised by Cooper and MIDI-triggered MalletKat percussionist Sam Sowyrda. Theatrical is also a good description of their music, which spans Canterbury psych and the angular agitation of Oingo Boingo and early Devo. However, the group’s Bandcamp page prefers such labels as “avant prog bumping insect rock ’n’ roll”, “glowing dino” and “snail lick”, which is probably the lite version of licking hallucinogenic toads.
After a few home recordings in the early 2010s, they signed to Northern Spy, the label that is also home to Baltimore’s equally chaotic Horse Lords, and Rest In Fleas is their second full-length release for the label, following 2014’s Rocks Or Cakes. While they may look like deranged children’s television presenters-escapees from Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, perhaps – and their surreal animated videos could easily pass for interstitial segments on that show, the Cloud Becomes Your Hand project blends psychedelic whimsy with grown-up seriousness and melancholy, especially on the album’s closing ballad “Made Of Teak”.

https://cloudbecomesyourhand.bandcamp.com/
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Polypores

Polypores, aka Stephen James Buckley, is based in a tiny home studio in Preston, and makes haunted space music using an ever-expanding mound of synthesizers, samplers, and old tape recorders. Bleak, icy drones give way to 1970’s Sci-Fi synth lines, throbbing bass rumbles ominously beneath a psychedelic haze of wistful melody and disembodied voices
Polypores’ first physical release, “A Shunned Place” combined Carpenter-esque synths with slo-mo electronica and Radiophonic tape weirdness, and was released on Concréte Tapes in October 2015. 2016 saw his first vinyl release,”The Fialka Transmissions” on Polytechnic Youth Records, which sold out all 300 copies in a week. He has self released a number of EP’s and albums digitally, and regularly contributes to compilations on boutique label A Year In The Country. In late 2016 his “Timeholes” CD sold out within a couple of hours.
In early 2017 the “Wastes” EP was released on Concréte Tapes, and will be followed by 2 more albums on vinyl for Polytechnic Youth later in the year. He is also working on soundtracks for 3 films, and numerous other side projects.
https://www.facebook.com/polypores/

Concrète & Them There’s Christmas Show: 23rd December at The Continental

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This Christmas, Concrète are teaming up with our comrades Them There Records to bring you a bumper seasonal bash at The Continental. Four live acts, two from Concrète and two from Them There, plus DJ support from Carl Brown of Them There. We’ll also have merch from both of us – tapes, records and the like – for your last minute Christmas purchases.

Check out the lineup:

In the Concrète corner, we have Yehoshua and Lorentzian – Yehoshua’s recent release on our label offered a sideways glance at immersive drones, bleeps and broken techno – expect more besides from his live show. Lorentzian’s live performances at Concrète in the past have veered from beatless cosmische to wild percussive techno – we can’t wait to hear what he has in store this time round.

Limbering up in the Them There corner are label co-founder Crook, and star of our Christmas show a couple of years back, Otherchannels. Crook promises us ‘A deconstructed collage of samples and synths, field recordings and blown out beats, accompanied by fuzzy, transient visuals exploring visions of isolation, decay and days gone by.’ Otherchannels’ show in 2014 remains one of our favourites – lush, warm ambient fuzz of the highest order – while we’d happily have a re-run of that, we’re sure this is going to be a further step up.

Carl Brown (the other co-founder of Them There) will also be dropping tunes, and we’ve put together a Them There / Concrète soundclash mixtape featuring exclusive tracks from both labels and tunes we love for the first 20 people through the door, so get down early.

It’s a no-brainer isn’t it really? Come and hide from the black Friday part-time drinkers and help us see in the holidays. £3 on the door. The facebook event is here…

Terry Riley: In C @ The Harris Museum, 5th November

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Last year I was at an evening showing of Hitchcock’s Vertigo at Preston’s Harris Museum. There was a sculpture made of several glass parts hanging in the floor above – movements in the air made the parts knock gently together, and during quiet passages of the film the sound this made came cascading down to the audience below – it sounded glorious.

Which got me thinking:  how would that work as a performance space?  Musicians could be arrayed round the circular balcony, with the audience ‘in the round’ in the coffee shop beneath – the music would tumble down from above and from all directions, immersing the audience in a world of sound… and what better piece of music to do this with than Terry Riley’s masterpiece In C?

This is the result of the plan hatched that night, thanks to Josh and John and Uclan Music, who were excited to take the idea and turn it into reality.

Performances will be at 2pm and 6pm on Monday 5th January, and entry is FREE. More details on the facebook event here: please do come.