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.

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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.

Thurs 18th May – Qujaku / Locean / Lorentzian

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Qujaku are a heavy psychedelic four-piece from Shizouka in Japan: much admired in Japan for the intensity of their live shows, they’re now ready to conquer the UK. Think heavy, noisy psychedelic garage rock with fuzzed up post-rock/shoegaze edges and you’re touching on their live sound. They’ve got a packed itinerary while they’re in the UK, clocking up appearances at Raw Power & Fatout festivals as well as an extensive tour.

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We’ve been desperate to put on Manchester’s Locean for months – their overwhelming psych/noise/spoken word shows are always something to behold. Featuring Neil from Terminal Cheesecake & Gnod and a righteous rhythm section, ruled over by captivating frontwoman Lauren Bolger, we can guarantee you will love their support slot. It’s a mystery that Locean aren’t massive: they probably will be soon.
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Kicking off the night will be Preston based electronica producer Lorentzian – previous shows have featured pummelling, Autechre-like beats and synth, or soothing ambience – we aren’t sure which we’ll get tonight, but we can be sure it’ll be great. Get down early.
Doors at 8, £5 in.
Advance tickets from Skiddle, SEE Tickets, WeGotTickets
Also in person from Continental bar (01772 499 425) & Action Records (01772 884 772)  

Tonight on Resonance FM

Recovering tonight from another quality Sounds from the Other City (for our money the best one day festival in the country, an essential date in the Concrète calendar) we’ve just found out some tunes on the label will be featured on Tristan Bath’s Resonance FM show tonight. If you don’t already listen to Spools Out – a companion show to his excellent Quietus column of the same name – you should sort that out: a weekly journey through the international cassette underground, it’s totally essential listening and we’re really excited to be featuring.

The show goes out from 10pm, and you can listen online here (or on fm and DAB if you’re in London).

In other news, we’ve just taken delivery of the masters for two new releases – details to follow very soon (also: follow us on twitter)

28 February @ The Ferret: Polypores | Lorentzian |Carriers

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Three of our favourite acts return to Concrète for the second of the year, showcasing new material for your hungry ears.

Polypores has a vinyl release in the pipeline, and he promises a set culled from the studio sessions – further digressions on his uniquely Preston take on hauntology. We can’t wait to hear the new stuff (and we can’t wait for the LP too. There’s still a few cassettes left for sale of his recent album on Concrète Tapes if you haven’t picked one up yet – future collectors items…).

Rob Hill’s ever evolving Lorentzian project will deliver a new set of deep & melodic techno which he’s just road-tested in Liverpool. No links as yet to any music (and the limited split cassingle he did with Polypores has now sold out) – we’re hoping he’ll have something to release in the next month or so though.

We’re never sure what we’ll get with Carriers – harsh acid techno, minimal ambient excursions, drone ‘n’ noise soundscapes? Whichever way, he’s always ace. Recent work on Salford’s excellent Sacred Tapes here.

From 8pm, Free in! Come.

Christmas Roundup

We’re just about to break up for Christmas, and we’ve a whole load of stuff on – Hopefully you’ll be able to join us for some of them!

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First, this Thursday at the Ferret, Hello Bastards are putting on an amazing Christmas party: Liverpool based space-rock legends Mugstar headline, with the Fylde coast’s Earthling Society, Manchester’s Bodies on Everest and Mugstar’s singer Peter Smythe with a bonus solo slot. This is going to be totally solid, and only seven quid. Details are here.

This Friday, our own Polypores is playing at the Beats of Rage Christmas bash, supporting (or being supported by, we think) Manchester clubland legend Justin Robertson. We still fondly remember the JDJ mix Robertson did that was given away free with Select in the mid 90s, which we’re pleased to find can now be found on the internet… have a listen. If that wasn’t enough, Concréte DJs will be spinning disks, alongside Trauma Wilx, Bail & TF Wizard. Should be a totally smashing night.

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On Saturday, we’ll be in Salford at Islington Mill, playing tunes between bands for the Fatout Christmas Party – this is an immense lineup: top of the bill is heavy psych supergroup Melting Hand, who we’ve been itching to hear since we knew of their existence. Members of Terminal Cheesecake, Bong/Drunk In Hell/Blown Out!, Gum Takes Tooth… they’ve an album out which sounds eyeball meltingly heavy, so we can only imagine how it’s going to be live. Also featuring are the sinuous Naked on Drugs, Locean, Slow Knife and Bummer Squad.

Next weekend it’s Christmas, but the 27th brings you the Concréte Christmas Party, where your presence is demanded. Late license, live shit from This Machine, PRTYDSTRYR and Dilbotronic, Bail, TF Wizard & us DJing, and all for free. It’s going to be great…

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