CHXFX – Transcranial Targets

Vinyl LP and Digital Download. Released by Castles in Space: 12/05/2017

We are living through difficult times. We need a soundtrack to help assist/resist the fight. CHXFX was prescient enough to foresee the turmoil. The Hellish world events that are being brought to our overloaded brains. Our sleepless nights. Our worries, frets and panics. However, we can resist. We can find a way through the madness. We can make the changes that need to be made, but we need a soundtrack. You have found it.

This album was released digitally for a week in 2015, and then got pulled. The blackness was not yet deep enough upon us. And then things got darker. It is now the time to unleash Transcranial Targets to the sensible, the knowledgable the optimistic. The heroes among us must stand up and be counted.

Only the brave may apply.

David Henson has a fantastic back catalogue. NOCHEXXX: Planet Bangs (Alien Jams) / PLOT DEFENDER (Type) and THRUSTERS (RAMP), but this is a lost document rescued from the electromines. A blow to the head that you may never recover from, but will return to again and again.

Deep from the Shire of Cambridge, the genius Dave cooks up the magic in his laboratory to which nobody is allowed access.

CHXFX is in the best way possible uncategorisable. He produces noises that reflect our lives today. It is the most modern take on BBC radiophonica that you will ever hear. Resonant and unbelievably current, it’s an alchemy all of his own making, but he’s not not letting any light in on it’s creation to the likes of us. David has a truly independent vision which he takes to the end of the line, but then brings us home again. Get on board. Wear a white lab coat.

This beautiful music, dystopian and urban/suburban in the extreme is complimented by some fantastic artwork by Zeke Clough. Once witnessed, you will know what the record sounds like. Electric Creeps stalk the land. They might be coming for you. Zeke and CHXFX took inspiration from a vision of a high temperature tropical hothouse concept of a post-asshole world in which the modified flora and fauna are attempting to build something from the ashes of a badly mauled planet.

The LP is pressed up in limited edition of 300 copies on orange splatter vinyl with an insert also designed by Zeke. All copies come with a digital download card.

Fast forward the future.

Look and listen to a specially prepared trailer for for the LP, created by CHXFX and Zeke here:

https://youtu.be/I5-Knv3NVGw

Released 12/05/2017.

Concretism – Beneath The City Streets

Castles in Space are proud to announce that as a precursor to a full LP scheduled for later this year, we will issue a highly limited, lathe cut single by Concretism.

“Beneath The City Streets” will be released in a numbered edition of 45 and will be initially offered for sale at the Independant Label Market in Spitalfields on Saturday, April 2nd.

If there are any remaining copies, they will be listed here on Sunday, 3rd April.

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Leaning Forward: A Castles In Space Christmas Present.

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Available for two weeks only, CiS have pulled together a wonderful array of past, present and future artists for a free download album, “Leaning Forward”.  It sounds amazing and I’d like to give my heartfelt thanks to all of the lovely people who have helped to build the label in it’s first year.

People who have subscribed to the mailing list will get a handmade super limited edition CDr as a thank you for their support.

We have some amazing things coming in 2016, so please stay tuned.

Free download available from the bandcamp site here:

https://castlesinspace.bandcamp.com/music

Merry Christmas and a peaceful new year,

colin @ castlesinspace. com

The Fabulous World Of Gary Cook

The Fabulous World Of Gary Cook. Vinyl LP and Digital Download.

Released by Castles in Space: Midnight 27/11/2015.

Available from the Castles in Space bandcamp site: https://garycook.bandcamp.com/

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Barrow-in-Furness is a small insular working class Northern town situated at the end of the longest cul- de-sac in Britain. To go South, you need to head North. You don’t travel through Barrow, your journey ends there. That’s what makes the town and it’s people so unique.

During the mid 80’s, if you had been in a pub in Barrow and a guy with a mop of raven black hair was playing guitar with some backing tapes, that would have been Gary Cook. The thriving Barrow music scene during this period was a remote outstop of weird indie, electronic, psyche, alt-pop, post punk, indie and rock. Gary Cook was at the very heart of all of it. He was Jade Angel, Tripwire, Barbiehead. He was always hiding behind a new name to catch people out.

Gary was a catalyst and a key member of many Barrow bands in a highly inventive and competitive scene. All of these endlessly rotating bands and their swapping-in-and-out musicians had one thing in common, everyone loved and respected Gary. He was talented. He drew, painted, sang, played guitar, bass and keyboards. He worked primitive drumboxes, wrote fantastic, observational lyrics and created a lot of wonderful, bittersweet music. He was sampling and recycling on the most threadbare, begged and borrowed equipment at the dawn of the technology becoming available.

This record has been compiled from an archive of cassettes left behind by Gary. Unheard outside of one of the remotest places in England and even then, not by many people and not for 30 years. A year in the making, putting together the record has been a joy, a headache and a heartbreak. There were many versions of some songs in various states of completion and sometimes just one, single, fleeting version of others. A haphazard jumble of multitudinous sketches and riffs. A constant, continuous tumble of output. He was prolific. This is what he did. Trying to pick the best versions and highest quality recordings has been tough and there’s more than enough material for another, alternative LP.

What we are left with is a brilliant set of lo-fi analogue electronic, guitar indie-goth-pop. Gary writes and plays everything and it’s a joy to hear his brilliant, observational songs. Sometimes camp, sometimes funny, often devastatingly honest and confessional. Always fabulous.

Gary died in Barrow, May 2006 from complications relating to a burst ulcer. He was 41 years old.

The record has been wonderfully restored and remastered by Thomas P. Heckmann at Trope, who is responsible for a lot of the Vinyl On Demand remastering.

The LP is released in a never to be repressed edition of 300 on red wax with black and white splatter. It includes a hand numbered insert with extensive sleeve notes, a download code and a signed and numbered fine art print of Gary painted in oils by artist John Duffin.

Digital copies are also available.

Listen to tracks from The Fabulous World Of Gary Cook at:  https://soundcloud.com/castles-in- space-954241171/sets/the-fabulous-world-of-gary

Buy from the Castles in Space bandcamp site: https://garycook.bandcamp.com/

Antoni Maiovvi – Seasons In Hell EP

Antoni Maiovvi. Seasons In Hell EP.

Double Gatefold Vinyl 7” and Digital Download.

Released by Castles in Space: 20/11/2015.

Available from Castles In Space at https://antonimaiovvi-cis.bandcamp.com/

AM7-sleeveAntoni Maiovvi will need no introduction. An originator and innovative leading light in the phenomenal resurgence of interest in Italio, Giallo and dark, sinister disco. He has amassed a huge fanbase and has a fantastic discography stretching back to his first releases in 2008. Currently back in Berlin, Bristolian Anton Maiof makes music that is beautifully dark, yet wonderfully uplifting.

For his final release of 2015. Anton has delivered a beautiful sequence of frosty electronic tracks on the double 7” E.P. release, Seasons In Hell.

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The track listing is:

A1: British Summer

B1: Missing

C1:Russian Winter

D1:Thalassa

IMG_0165Seasons In Hell is pressed up on half green/ half white wax for British Summer and half red/ half white wax for Russian Winter. It comes housed in a beautiful gatefold sleeve designed by Graeme Swinton featuring artwork from Danish abstract fine artist Susanne Butcher.

The record has been mastered by Alek Stark at Fundamental Audio and sounds incredibly punchy and detailed.

The EP is released in an edition of 300 with a hand numbered insert. Digital copies are also available.

Listen to tracks and buy direct from Castles In Space at label bandcamp page:

https://antonimaiovvi-cis.bandcamp.com/

You can hear much more of Antoni Maiovvi’s fantastic work, including a wonderful preview from his next album “Will To Powder” at his own Soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/antonmaiof