Happening right now: AMOR are recording their debut album. Stay tuned…
There comes a point in every label’s life, I think, when you’re involved in something that just cuts so deep it feels like the most important thing in the world. Of course, in time, life moves on and the release you’ve been working on recedes a little in your mind. Some things just never do, though.
When we first got the finished songs for Molly Nilsson’s Zenith, I was more floored than ever that this songwriter could consistently map out the affairs of the heart so perfectly and vividly. I was even more floored that Night School was lucky enough to collaborate with Molly and her label Dark Skies Association at spreading the word. As with everything this label does, it goes beyond business. The first time I heard “” I straight up cried my eyes out. OK, maybe I was in a fragile state of mind at the time, maybe there was other stuff going on, or maybe it’s ok to not have to make excuses and just admit that you have these kind of emotional responses to songs. It really is ok to admit it.
The business side of all this is that Zenith has just been repressed on Translucent pink vinyl. If you want you can order one and I’ll send you one. Maybe though, I just like posting these overwrought, emotional posts whenever we repress a Night School classic.
Announcing the new 12″ of Body Music by Cleveland, Ohio’s Prostitutes aka Jim Donadio. 4 tracks of outrageous fun, condensed into terse rhythms influenced by Drum and Bass, Gabber, Electro and Donadio’s own sense of the funk.
In past 3 years, Donadio has racked up critically praised releases on labels like Diagonal and CGI, refining his wares into a precise, bludgeoning toolkit that surprises and develops with each release. Aluminum Garage creeps into life with Born Wanderer, before a sub-heavy kick and bongo pattern blasts into a heavy break that feels like the earth moving from under your feet. With the utmost clarity, the track builds disparate layers – a white noise solo, warped sample piano chords straight from 1986 – into a Rave-o-matic climax, holding steady with the BPMs and immeasurably funky. Jah Elegant further blows apart any image we have of Prostitutes’ music as “austere” with a loping intro based on teased drum samples and a ghost MC. The Jungle break comes in by stealth before the heavy drop blasts the music into Drum + Bass momentum. It’s both blistering fun and undeniably cheeky, a driving track that cuts up Remarc on a dimly lit table in suburban Ohio.
On Side 2, Errant Seagull takes the genre mess into techno territory though put through a heavily distorted grinder. Built around a skeleton of sampled bass guitar and thumping kick, the track layers drums upon drums, building in saturation until a searing synth strafes the criss-crossing rhythms. The effect is dizzying, insuring both a propellant, heavy forward motion and a grimey, angst-ridden climax. Before we’re at the end of the track, the stereo field is so filthy with distortion and analogue muck the listener is desperate for a palette cleanser. Final track Shroud of Cellophane however, doesn’t let up. With a ramped up BPM we’re in a Cyberpunk Gabber club, nothing but 160 beats per minute, layers of frequency-tweaked noise and the light at the end of the tunnel racing towards us. It’s sweet oblivion and we’ve earned it.
Watch the epic video for 2 Sad 2 Funk by Young Guv here. It’s truly epic, in the correct sense of the word. Drone cameras, trains, motorbikes.
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Now Shipping from the Night School Shop.
The 100% *Official Version* of Young Guv, 2 Sad 2 Funk LP on black vinyl, comes with 2 Pantone Vibrant colour sleeve and for the first 50 customers only one of two Special Edition Scents created by the Young Guv Team. You will receive either Scarberian Bluff or 2 Piece Chicken with YOUR order of 2 Sad 2 Funk.
What are YOU waiting for? Order your Scarberian Bluff 2 Sad 2 Funk Piece of Chicken TODAY.
We are overjoyed that Molly Nilsson will be on tour with MGMT in the USA. Like all good things, sometimes it just takes time.
Here are the dates:
12 May @ SoDo – Seattle, WA *with MGMT
13 May @ SoDo – Seattle, WA *with MGMT
15 May @ The Warfield – San Francisco, CA *with MGMT
16 May @ The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA *with MGMT
18 May @ Hollywood Palladium – Hollywood, CA *with MGMT
19 May @ San Diego Civic Theatre – San Diego, CA *with MGMT
20 May @ Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ *with MGMT
Go and say hi.
Maria Rossi’s debut, originally released at the end of January, has taken Cucina Povera’s sound to every corner of the globe. Originally released in an edition of 300 with a screenprinted sleeve by Roos Dijkhuizen, we’ve now repressed Hilja with a standard 3mm spine printed sleeve. If anything, the Dijkhuizen’s art is richer, deeper, revelling in more detail than the more analog screened version.
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Cucina Povera performs around the UK in May and June:
April 21st – Wetware / The Pipe Factory, Glasgow
May 4th – The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow
May 6th – Sounds From The Other City Festival – Manchester
May 11th – Queens Hall, Edinburgh with Poppy Ackroyd
June 9th – Blackest Ever Black presents: David Fenech / Jac Berrocal / VIincent Epplay (TRIO) + Cucina Povera (solo)
To celebrate the release of Choose Life, we’re throwing an epic party with our favourite bands, friends and party-starters. Surely no one needs any introduction to these people but let’s do one anyway:
When Sacred Paws launched their first release back in 2015 (was it 2015? 2016?) on Rock Action, they invited Apostille to play the launch. In an attempt to embarrass / flatter them I covered their song San Diego. It was a beautiful evening and they’re one of the most exciting, fun, rollercoaster-speed pop groups in THE WORLD. Since that evening they’ve toured the world, recorded the best Scottish album of 2017 in Strike A Match and are now a full-band, full-of-life extravaganza. I love them.
Where would Glasgow and I be without Happy Meals? Happy Meals played the first Glasgow Night School All-Dayer in May 2015, back then they were irresistibly charming, playing backing tracks off cassettes and just beginning to realise their ability to reach out, connect psychically with the audience. Since then they’ve released 2 albums on Night School, toured the world, flattened festivals and brought profound Happiness everywhere. I love them.
I worked hard on my record. I’m trying to break out comfort zones, more connection, more interaction, less aggression, more session. My friend, superstar bass player Moe Meade aka Lady Neptune is now 1/2 of Apostille. I’ll be playing a set first at this. I love it.
DJ STEPHEN PASTEL
My Resident Advisor. One of the most intuitive and fun DJs I know. A highlight of the last 5 years for me is Stephen dropping Chaka Demus & Pliers Tease Me at the CCA prompting mass crowd surfing in the downstairs cafe. I love him.
DJ MOLLY X MARIA
Two EXPERT party selectors from Sweden. You’ve not lived if you’ve not heard Darude or Toploader at full volume in the Vic Bar with all your drunk friends. I love them both.
8:30 – 3am
Sorrow — Under The Yew Possessed.
Gold Vinyl 1st Edition with gatefold booklet printed to reverse board sleeve. Featuring re-designed artwork and lyric book.
Molly Nilsson — These Things Take Time.
Double Clear Vinyl reissue, gatefold sleeve with lyrics.
Both out April 21st, 2018. Please, if you can, buy these from a real record shop near you.
We’re overjoyed to be working with our favourite power pop weirdo Young Guv. 2 Sad 2 Funk is available to listen to NOW and we have a smattering of limited edition Test Presses shipping this week. These are limited to 100.
Nothing is ever as it seems with Young Guv, but it always feels good. At first glance cloaked in a bold, ready-made distance, 2 Sad 2 Funk reveals itself over time to be an emotional, perfectly crafted, detourned pop record. Young Guv is the creation of Toronto-based auteur Ben Cook, an artist with over a decade playing guitar and singing in hardcore punk groups and a long discography of Young Governing. On 2 Sad 2 Funk, Guv pushes the power pop motif to its natural, 21st post-structuralist conclusion: it’s an album ridden with the cultural noise that bleeds through human interaction, distorting relationships and eroding that great Luv you thought you had. Audibly referencing everything from classic guitar pop The Toms or Dwight Twilley through Prince-ian ecstasies to a buried, trancegressive House music, the attention deficit belies a modern age plagued by distraction and performance anxieties. These days, the heart can break in new ways.