Justin Velor - 2013 (Co-Written / Co-Produced / Co-Performed by Graham Massey)

Justin Velor - 2013

Order (Advanced Listening Album): from Piccadilly / Fat City
Order (Standard album): from Juno (LP) / Juno (CD) / Boomkat / Piccadilly / Fat City / Kudos

Justin Velor - 2013 - UK CD

Justin Velor - 2013
UK 2012 2xLP; Brutal Music: BRUTLP006 ("Advanced Preview Edition" - limited to 100 copies only)

UK 2013 CDR; Brutal Music: BRUTCD06PR
UK 2013 LP; Brutal Music: BRUTLP06
UK 2013 CD; Brutal Music: BRUTCD06

01. 05:46 2013
02. 04:37 Galliano Rocks (feat. Jez Williams)
03. 02:35 Relance
04. 04:33 Flameout

05. 06:37 Energiser
06. 03:47 Climbing The Mountain
07. 02:39 Listen (feat. Marie Chantecaille)
08. 03:42 Oscillations
09. 03:04 The Rain
10. 06:19 Missing You (feat. Gerry Love)
11. 05:02 Escape To Oblivion

12. 03:09 Manchester
13. 07:48 Back To The Source (feat. Lee E John)

[Titles highlighted in bold feature contributions from Graham Massey]

Released:

Advanced Preview Edition (2xLP): 10th December 2012.
CDR Promo: January 2013.
Regular Release (LP/CD): 18th February 2013.

Credits:

2013 (D. Thomas / C.Geddes)
Vocals - Marie Chantecaille
Strings - Chris Geddes / Dom Thomas
Synths, guitar, percussion - Dom Thomas
Guitars, violins, additional synths - Graham Massey
Drums - Stuart Kidd

Galliano Rocks (D. Thomas / J. Williams)
Vocals - Jez Williams
Drum programming, percussion - Dom Thomas / Jez Williams
Bass, twelve string guitar - Jez Williams.
Piano - Dom Thomas

Relance (D. Thomas)
Piano - Dom Thomas / Gareth Mallinson
Percussion, effects programming - Dom Thomas
Additional synths - Graham Massey

Flameout (D. Thomas / S. Mcglouhlin)
Synths - Gavin Sutherland
Drum production, percussion, effects - Linkwood / Dom Thomas
Additional production - Graham Massey

Energiser (D. Thomas / J. Williams)
Synths - Jez Williams
Drums, percussion, effect programming - Dom Thomas / Jez Williams
Additional percussion - Ali Moretti

Climbing The Mountain (D. Thomas)
Synths - Dom Thomas
Strings - Chris Geddes / Dom Thomas
Additonal synths, percussion - Graham Massey

Listen (D. Thomas)
Guitar, vocals - Marie Chantecaille
Synths - Chris Geddes
Percussion, synths, drum programming - Dom Thomas
Glockenspiel, fuzz guitar - Graham Massey

Oscillations (D. Thomas / G. Massey)
Programming, effects - Dom Thomas
Synths, trumpet, guitar - Graham Massey
Drums - Stuart Kidd
Bass - Dave McGowan
Additional production - Chris Geddes

The Rain (D. Thomas)
Programming, guitar, effects - Dom Thomas
Violins, synths - Graham Massey

Missing You (D. Thomas / G. Love / J. Margat)
Vocals - Gerry Love
Guitars - Julie Margat
Additional guitars - Gerry Love
Synths, drum programming, percussion - Dom Thomas / Graham Massey
Thai guitar, additional drums - Graham Massey


Escape To Oblivion (D. Thomas)
Synths - Dom Thomas
Drum programming, effects - Dom Thomas / Graham Massey
Additional synths, guitar - Graham Massey


Manchester (D. Thomas / J. Williams)
Guitar and flute - Jez Williams
Synths - Jez Williams / Dom Thomas

Back To The Source (D. Thomas / L. John / J. Williams)
Vocals - Lee E John
Synths - Dom Thomas
Drum programming, percussion - Dom Thomas / Jez Williams
Additional production, extra synths - Jez Williams

2013 / Relance / Flameout / Climbing The Mountain / Listen / Oscillations / The Rain / Missing You / Escape To Oblivion mixed by Graham Massey.

Galliano Rocks / Energiser / Manchester / Back To The Source mixed by Jez Williams.

All tracks mastered by Matt Colton @ Air Studios. Thanks to Manchester.

Remarks:

2013 is the debut album from Justin Velor, a vibrant Technicolor collision of styles ("you might call it a musical Dr. Frankenstein," he says) incorporating everything from Vangelis-inspired synth drones and nocturnal acid house rhythms to tender folk melodies and psychedelic flourishes, all delivered with a post-punk sneer. "I wanted to make a fantastical soundscape with colourful dynamics and a soul," he explains.

Helping him with his vision 'Velor' called upon some of the finest of Manchester's rich alternative music heritage. Working closely on the project were Doves frontman Jez Williams and 808 State founding member Graham Massey, who both figured heavily in the production and writing of the album, while another Manc icon, Teenage Fanclub's Gerry Love, adds a stunning cameo on the Eastern-tinted Missing You. Add to that Glaswegian Chris Geddes, one of the shining lights behind the insurmountable Belle and Sebastian, and Lee E John from' 80s soul sensations Imagination, who lends vocals to the record's poppy closer Back to the Source, and you have a truly stellar cast of musicians

Radio play comes from XFM & 6 Music plus featured tracks on XLR8R & Dummy.

Advanced Preview Edition:

Special limited edition release of Justin Velors forthcoming album, "2013' on Brutal Music.
100 copies. Double hand stamped vinyl. Screen printed marbled thai paper box sleeve. Black heavy paper inner with silver screen print.

Press Release:

Justin Velor

The debut album '2013' released 18 February 2013 on Brutal Music

Who is Justin Velor? The man himself will tell you it's not who but what that matters. To the anonymous Mancunian, Justin Velor is more of an idea than anything - a mythical producer figure riding out a dystopian future in a New York disco surrounded by psychedelic colour clouds, the world outside poised on the brink of apocalypse.

2013 is that man's debut album, a vibrant Technicolor collision of styles ("you might call it a musical Dr. Frankenstein," he says) incorporating everything from Vangelis-inspired synth drones and nocturnal acid house rhythms to tender folk melodies and psychedelic flourishes, all delivered with a searing post-punk sneer. "I wanted to make a fantastical soundscape with colourful dynamics and a soul," he explains, "not something that sounds like it was made by some nerdy introvert on a computer."

Helping him with his vision 'Velor' called upon some of the finest of Manchester's rich alternative music heritage. Working closely on the project were Doves frontman Jez Williams and 808 State founding member Graham Massey, who both figured heavily in the production and writing of the album, while another Manc icon, Teenage Fanclub's Gerry Love, adds a stunning cameo on the Eastern-tinted Missing You. Add to that Glaswegian Chris Geddes, one of the shining lights behind the insurmountable Belle and Sebastian, and Lee E John from' 80s soul sensations Imagination, who lends vocals to the record's poppy closer Back to the Source, and you have a truly stellar cast of musicians.

Luckily 2013 is every bit the sum of its parts. From the pulsating sonics of Flameout ("Something that could soundtrack an apocalyptic movie like Mad Max and a night at the Hacienda simultaneously") to the broken italo-house throb of Relance to the future-folk histrionics of Listen, it's an album that doesn't so much push at boundaries so much as it drives a ten-tonne lorry at them. But beyond its experimentation and sci-fi tilt is a more human story. "At the time of making the record I was leaving Manchester, moving away," he explains. "In its finished state the record feels like a goodbye letter to the city. Documenting the good and the bad times I've encountered, re-contextualising the music that has passed through my head during this time."

"I always felt like the city takes something away from you on a day to day level. Some days you feel like you're trudging the streets with no hope, with this permanent smoggy haze over you. That's why its musical output is so rich, people trying to make something to cling on to," Velor continues, with a nod to Factory Records. "I became obsessed with this puddle on the street, it would form in the same place every time it rained, then on a nice day the blue sky would be reflected in it, it seemed like a window to something more positive. I honestly think that's why I started making this record."

A dizzying fever dream of schizophrenic sounds, 2013 is - as its title suggests - an album ahead of its time, a gloweringly optimistic record designed as a "set of transmissions that work with and against each other like a broken radio" that offers one of the most invigorating and innovative sounds of recent times.

Justin Velor - 2013 - UK 2xLP - Credits
Justin Velor - 2013 - UK 2xLP - Credits

Justin Velor - 2013 - Advanced Listening Promo - UK 2xLP - Cover
Justin Velor - 2013 - Advanced Listening Promo - UK 2xLP - Cover

Justin Velor - 2013 - Advanced Listening Promo - UK 2xLP - Insert
Justin Velor - 2013 - Advanced Listening Promo - UK 2xLP - Insert

Justin Velor - 2013 - UK Promo CDR - Back
Justin Velor - 2013 - UK Promo CDR - Back

Justin Velor - 2013 - UK Promo CDR - CDR
Justin Velor - 2013 - UK Promo CDR - CDR

Justin Velor - 2013 - UK Promo CDR - Press Release
Justin Velor - 2013 - UK Promo CDR - Press Release