Massonix album! Subtracks

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Postby markus » 23 Nov 2006 13:53

They've now changed it to ** Ships in 14 days **. :(
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Postby nickking » 23 Nov 2006 20:30

markus wrote:They've now changed it to ** Ships in 14 days **. :(


Bugger - hopefully, the Japanese one will turn up before then! :)
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Postby graham » 01 Dec 2006 12:58

In shops on Dec 12th ,which means it ships on 9th dec.
exept usa which has been delayed till after xmas.
I just got a finished cd this morning ,it always feels like a birth .
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Postby markus » 01 Dec 2006 14:02

Great news! Japan on target too?
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Postby markus » 06 Dec 2006 14:45

The CD seems to have arrived at Boomkat today!
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Postby markus » 06 Dec 2006 18:36

I can confirm Boomkat are shipping the Subtracks CD today! :) :) :)
Vinyl delayed, as announced.
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Postby nickking » 06 Dec 2006 21:06

This is what Warpmart have to say about the album:

"True Manchester original Graham Massey, him from 808 state and before Up until now he's only released one 12" but performed live at various events in association with Skam, including the Warp Lighthouse Party and Autechre's All Tomorrow's Parties.

Much of this nautically themed album was recorded live and reworked for the album, you can see all the seams showing just like in the old 808 state tracks.

On the album you'll find the usual technoid analogue set up with some interesting additional instrumentation, Guitars, Trombone Balalikha, djembe and other exotic Martin Dennyesque instrumentation. which lends a strange feeling to the tracks. Excellent stuff."

They don't (yet) have it in stock, available for presell and shipped on the 11th January!
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Postby markus » 08 Dec 2006 13:46

Here's what Boomkathave to say:

I think it's safe to say that Graham Massey's legendary status is now assured - not only was he part of crucial techno pioneers 808 State, he managed to turn his hand to countless production efforts, most notably for Bjork on `Army of Me' which to these ears still stands as one of her finest moments. A long time coming (after years of occasional live shows), this is the debut Massonix release and has been much anticipated by all those who've witnessed Massey's killer live sessions. Apparently the melodies and rhythms were dragged from recordings of these sporadic live sets and then reworked into fully realised tracks, so we end up with the perfect retrospective of ten years of Massey's most intriguing work. From the cover you've probably already worked out that the theme is somewhat sub-aquatic, and that sentiment translates more than appropriately to the Drexciyan treats on offer here. Rolling step-sequenced percussion and buzzing analogue synthesizers make up the majority of the works and bring back memories of a day when techno was anything but minimal. This is music that simply revels in its sense of melody, with hooks aplenty and emotive bass-lines guaranteed to cause havoc on the dancefloor. Just flip over to `Sargasso' with its chunky electro rhythms and wobbly synths; the track builds up menacingly before hitting you with gigantic arpeggiated bliss and descending into total abstraction. Elsewhere we have the almost Radiophonic workshop bliss of `Deep Saline Green', or the staid rhythmic warehouse vibes of `March of the Triton Titans'. The best is saved until last though, and the album finishes on two absolute stormers - the jubilant emotive electro classic `El Rey De Rey' and the 10 minute ambient epic `Pulsars'. If you fancy delving into some truly classic electronic music, from a time when electronic music didn't just mean random laptop experimentation and pointless plug-in over-use then look no further, Graham Massey is back. Highly Recommended....
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Postby nickking » 08 Dec 2006 20:06

Japanese version has been sent - should have it in a couple of days! 8)
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Postby markus » 09 Dec 2006 11:52

Skam Records themselves are selling it too now. Every track can be pre-listened to.
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Postby markus » 09 Dec 2006 19:03

Oh and all tracks can be downloaded as mp3 too, but at £0.68 plus 17.5% VAT all 13 tracks would be £10.40...
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Postby nickking » 11 Dec 2006 23:56

The Japanese release arrived before Boomkat! :)

The packaging is exactly the same (same catalogue number) with the addition of an OBI and an insert biography (in Japanese).

Really loved it on the first listen - must now transfer to iPod and listen again - probably on the train journey to Shrewsbury on Thursday and the return train journey back on Friday! 8)
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Postby graham » 13 Dec 2006 10:29

wonder if the japanese have translated the undersea story that goes with each track ,id love to see a translation of that,it doesnt even make sense in english..
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Postby nickking » 13 Dec 2006 11:11

graham wrote:wonder if the japanese have translated the undersea story that goes with each track ,id love to see a translation of that,it doesnt even make sense in english..


The Japanese release includes the same inner and outer sleeves as the Skam release. I believe (although I can't understand Japanese!), that the white paper inlay is a biography? I could scan the biography if anyone out there knows Japanese?

The UK release adds a sticker to the shrink-wrap which states:

"Solo project by Graham Massey from 808 State

Skam Recordings"

(missing from the Japanese release, although that could be on the OBI?)
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Postby Jonnycab » 13 Dec 2006 15:32

Ordered a copy from Boomkat two days ago and received the CD today. :) Waiting for some quiet time to have a proper first listen.
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