For those who have followed this blog for a while you'll know of my indulgence, if you will, of Echospace/Deepchord and all variations these guys put out. I haven't really followed any one particular artists for a long, long time but with these guys I am enjoying music in a way I haven't for quite some time.
My first true purchase from their label was an original issue of Brock van Wey's White Clouds Drift On And On which, if you don't have a copy of it yet, is one of the more essential releases of the past few years.
Better known as bvdub, this is so far his only release under his real name. A second batch of these discs has made its way into the marketplace so if you're interested, snap up a copy at a reasonable price.
Since then I've picked up every CD release (as well as some vinyl) and will probably continue to do so.
There are no direct d/l links to the new releases here but, as is the way today, these aren't too hard to find if you want to hear them.
Currently on heavy rotation:
Seconds To Forever [Extended Live Excursion] (2011)
I've always been a fan of the long players, as Rod Modell called them, those tracks that you wish would go on and on forever, thus my early love of the remix, the DJ mix and, nowadays, releases such as this one.
This one kind of worked in reverse. Over at discogs there is a pretty solid group of fans who have been noticed by the artist and over the course of some time and the prompting of an intern who had been working for the label, this saw the light of day. There have been a series of releases driven primarily by this fan interaction.
Anyhow, for those who enjoy the regular issue releases, this is a dream of an album, a behind the scenes treat of sorts as it contains the live record from which the 12" of the same name was released and gives a hint at the process of an artist at work.
Highest recommendation. Though it's out of print on CD, if you are intereseted in the physical release it is not too inflated in price compared to what some other limited edition releases fetch.
Also on heavy rotation:
Variant - Falling Stars (2011)
Variant, for those who don't know, is the alter ego of Steven Hitchell (aka Echospace, aka Intrusion) with his "ambient" side.
There are multiple versions of this album. The original release was digital and contained a 52 minute epic of analogue ambience that soon disappeared once released on CD. I posted the original release a while back for those who are interested.
Again due to fan interest, the long deleted track was re-issued as a CD. Originally slated to contain remastered versions of two tracks from original digital release, the final version has only the original track remastered but with an additional 10 mintues added on.
For those who have the original digital version there is something magical about having it on CD (as has been the trend over the last several releases, I purchased a copy) and the fact that 52 mintues of analogue bliss is now 62 minutes makes this one to own.
So there are five variations of this release that exist:
1) Original digital version (no longer available online)
2) CD release ("Falling Stars" replaced with 4 new tracks)
3) Second digital version (same track listing as the original digital release except the "Falling Stars" track has been cut down to 44 minutes)
4) Falling Stars promo (limited pressing, contains remastered versions of 2 long players from the original digital release; changed for final release)
5) Falling Stars (released version)
How often is it that an artist listens at that level? As has been my mantra for some time now: support the artists and support the independent labels.