Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Winter 2014 Update


NEXT BATCH: May 2014

Greetings from the new Compulsion Rites home, Milwaukee, WI.

Many thanks to everyone who has continued to support this label as it grows. With this move I am happy to say that we are gearing up for a very productive 2014 with a number of releases scheduled. Expect more news and details as they become relevant. Now, onward to this batch!

SOLD OUT! Sunken Cheek / Plague Mother split c30 (CR021)- Two sides of claustrophobic atmospheres and heavy electronics. Sunken Cheek might be the most underrated project in the entire country, as “East East Hill” leaves no dispute as to his flawless execution of tension and catharsis. Plague Mother explores the uncomfortable realm of fever dream states with uncomfortable space and decaying static. Together, this split is a soundtrack to a death Midwestern. Edition of 50.

SOLD OUT! Developer c30 (CR022) - Matthew Reis is an innovator with cut-throat precision, and he holds court on side A with almost schizoid intensity, an array of harsh textures zipping across at breakneck speeds, while side B explores a more subtle approach to “harsh musique concrete” with meditative results.  Edition of 50. 

SOLD OUT! Constrain “Default Trade” 2xC10 (CR023) - Thematically building upon his 2013 tape “Travail” (note: track this down if you can, one of the best tapes of last year!) regarding the disgust of daily life and routine, the Los Angeles based Heavy Psych label boss Kevin McEleney (also of Droughter, Life Trap zine) serves up 4 sides of pure harsh noise in frantic cut-up bursts with “Default Trade”. . This double cassette release is house in a 5” reel box and includes 4 double-sided inserts. All artwork done by Kevin, who is one of my personal favorites amongst contemporary xerox manipulators. Edition of 25.

SOLD OUT! Pleasure Island “Chorny Kot” c10 (CR024) - Reflecting upon historical struggle in a former Soviet state that has seen no end to its woes, Pleasure Island uses brooding synths, screeching feedback, and buried vocals to recall tragedy after tragedy over decades of loss and desperation. Archival obsessiveness from this rising star in the American power electronics scene.
SOLD OUT! Breaking The Will “Active Nihilism” c10 (CR025) - The soundtrack to complete breakdown of social order, chaos bouncing between channels with insurrectionary spirit. Stefan Aune wields harsh noise like a seasoned guerrilla with an molotov: scrap metal abuse, static, hiss and buzz, low end rumbling… all are tools at his disposal in this pipe bomb of a recording. Edition of 50.


Single tapes are $6 US/$9 WORLD ppd. Double tape is $12 US/$15 WORLD ppd.

BATCH DEAL: all tapes for $30 US/$45 WORLD.

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distros: contact for prices!


COMING UP NEXT: releases from Dead Body Collection, Plagues, Sisto Rossi, Magia Nuda, Liaisons, Plague Mother, and more!

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