Thursday 2 December 2010

Mantile #016 + #017 + #018

Three new cassette + download releases from Spoils & Relics, Mark Durgan w/S&R and Abysses.

All artwork hand stamped / handmade,
All cassettes pro dubbed (stereo)
All cassette editions are limited to 50 copies.
Downloads (320 kbps) will stay up until they expire.

Cassettes (each) £5.50 (UK) / £6 (Europe) / £6.25 (Rest of the World) all prices include postage,
Or all 3 for £15 (UK) / £16 (Europe) / £17 (Rest of world) all prices include postage.
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Spoils & Relics - 'A.O.N.' (Mantile#016)

*****SOLD OUT*****

Side A - 16.58 mins
Side B - 14.33 mins

This release was created from improvised material recorded on 24 - 26th of September 2010 in Leeds LS6, and composed in Plaistow E15.

No buses No trains Nowhere. Three Shadows in a cage.

This record is dedicated to Rhid Williams.

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Mark Durgan w/Spoils & Relics 'All Mistakes Straightened' (Mantile#017)

Side A - 10.14
Side B - 10.23

On the 3rd of October 2010 Spoils & Relics acquainted themselves (sonically) with Mark Durgan at Chameleon, Nottingham, NG1. This acquaintance took place due to the fact these artists were asked to collaborate at the 'Lowest Form Of Music' festival, in celebration of the LA Free Music Society. They were asked to use material culled from numerous recordings of the LAFMS. This record was composed from what improvised material occurred during that preparatory period.


Abysses - 'First' (Mantile#018)

Artwork by Daniel Ward.

Side 1 - 27.06 mins
Side 2 - 17.57 mins

The debut release from a project featuring Daniel Ward and Johnny Scarr. "Loitering outside supermarkets, emitting high pitched whines that teenagers find irresistible. Cut up voices and skinny guitar recall the bedroom experiments of early ‘80s miscreants like This Heat or The Storm Bugs but that all pervading bass wobble and unhealthy pulse could only have been made by misfits that have been sick on the dance floor, trying to shake the mdma out of their legs. A surprising amount of underhand beauty and melody is exuded from this pair of misanthropic motherfuckers on this cassette. Long may they reign." - Feral Debris

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Saturday 7 August 2010

Twenty-Fifth Module: Spoils & Relics - Not Everyone Thinks Like This C30

since this release is now long sold out it has now been made availble for download:

new cassette release on the cylindrical habitat modules label...

"Subtle yet horrifying c30 of disconcerted, scurrying sounds from this UK crew. Total avant gutter-scraping musique disintegration, completely Michigan style but with a very distinct aesthetic. Never winds up getting harsh, just very unsettling and gives you nothing to hold on to. Scrapes, warbles, weird voices, tape wreckage, everything sounds like it's in the room with you, just covering everything and rusting and molding every surface it touches. Sounds like it was recorded in a sewer or a really bleak attic. One of my favorites from this batch. Damaged, extra fitting cover photography by Caitlin David, taken when we spent a day exploring an abandoned hotel in one of the grimmest corners of Cleveland. Full color with labels. Edition of 65."

Tuesday 13 July 2010

Total Vermin #34: Spoils and Relics - Reconstituted Monowhere (C28)

"Churning tapes, nauseous electronics, unexpected sounds and swampish shifts in focus from the hottest new properties in UK underground noise, following up their split LP on Harbinger Sound." Total Vermin

£2.50 each, plus postage.
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Saturday 1 May 2010

Spoils & Relics - 'Dependent Arising' - Mantile #015 - (C33)

"Sliding through. I saw a man get cut up tonight? weak satellites about nothing deciding everything hiding in the shadows of Dependant Arising. Octoplunder unknow."

all artwork is hand stamped / handmade,
pro dubs
all cassette editions are limited to 50 copies.

Cassettes £5.50 (UK) / £6 (Europe) / £6.25 (Rest of the World) all prices include postage,

please email me before making payment -
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Wednesday 21 April 2010



"The sound of Voice Crack and Morphogenesis being evicted from the toolshed on one side, and Small Cruel Party being unravelled on the other. Two new major U.K. players. Here first !" - Harbinger

£13 U.K. / £15 Europe / £16 World (prices inc. P&P)

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Saturday 2 January 2010

Mantile - #012, #013, #014

Well it's taken a fair while for Mantile to go 'Label' again, and here we are...

all artwork is hand stamped / handmade,
all cassettes dub'd real time, high quality.
all cassette editions are limited to 50 copies.
downloads (320 kbps) will stay up until i see fit.

Cassettes £5.50 (UK) / £6 (Europe) / £6.25 (Rest of the World) all prices include postage,
or all 3 for £15 (UK) / £16 (Europe) / £17 (Rest of world) inc. postage.
please email me before making payment -
payment via paypal or cheque. all payments in british pounds (GBP £).

cheers, johnny.


Burd & Scarr - Mantile #012 (C30)

**********SOLD OUT**********Comprising of a selection of studio sessions recorded throughout December 2008, Mantile #12 presents the culmination of two-years spent by Burd & Scarr playing improvised music together. It is a thought-provoking event in so-called sound art, intermingling and exploring two notions at once separate and related: the constructed soundworld and the latent voice of emotive popular music.

Blade Runner provides an audio-visual life-model from which Burd & Scarr sketch out their own soundworlds. Whilst ‘songs’ in the movie soundtrack remain extradiegetic parcels that support the narrative, compositions on Mantile #12 are an approach towards a more fully-integrated, dynamic and independent soundworld.

As such it is a fascinating inversion of an often-repeated process of using the ‘real’ (environmental sound recordings) as the basis for composition – a process in which we depart from the ‘real’, leaving the world in ever-softer relief.

By starting with an overtly fictional world, it would be tempting to say that Burd & Scarr are in search of the ‘real’ amongst the mythic, future-historical and utopian voices of the movie. Where though will they find it if the world of Blade Runner is not populated by real people or even fixed fictions? Instead, what Burd & Scarr have produced in this recording is a kind of gorgeous sound-map to the world of Blade Runner.

In a French film called Le Concert de Mozart protagonists variously speak of a clarinet accompanied by orchestra: “It tells about someone who is in love, and his grief at not being able to love… It is telling its stories, the clarinet is telling its own stories… These are operas without words, they say what the words don’t say.”

In another vein of sound on Mantile #12, Burd & Scarr have extracted single notes or chords from undisclosed ‘emotive’ popular songs. Isolated from their context, these little envelopes of sentiment are subjected to various forms of manipulation to open up and form the very substance of the composition. It is a kind of forensic approach where the artists cut in closely and present what they have found.

What they found, it seems, is grief and unrequited love. Burd & Scarr’s compositions dissolve the voice of ‘emotive’ popular songs into murmuring and mournful laments. To paraphrase one of the men in the French film, they have become “operas without words, they say what the words don’t say.” - Jonathan P Watts, Norfolk, 2009


Johnny Scarr - (re)muxcuth - Mantile #013 (C20)

**********SOLD OUT***********

So say we buy into the Ballardian idea (though I’m sure he wasn’t the progenitor) of the temporal collective unconscious, the rising out of the night, structures and environments that predate our bones and relate to parts of our biological and social genealogy. Well, certain soundscapes attempt to uncover this forgotten past and strike out in the dark discord through ‘musical’ echolocation and when they hit something, it sends out white reverberations around the structure and the shape of some colossal construction looms out of the pitch-black. Think not to the ear of traditional composition; think to the bat and its sonar capabilities, the mammal creating a mental picture of the surrounding landscape by means of dissonant frequencies. Imagine the bat's ear picking up the skeletons of ancient, long-dismantled structures and you're there.

This particular abnormality has the hum of a colossal factory, a warped relic from the industrial age. Somehow in its phonic recreation, in its looking backwards through time, the events are rewound and flow backwards, the sounds are somehow unmade and become underworldly. They contain that specific horror evoked on looking upon yesterday’s ruins where the rats decay with the framework (B, 8:10) and at night, the ghosts of the machines still boom, hum and generate a cold heat; the haunting splashes of the previous inhabitants walking through the oily puddles tickle the ear (A, 5:00) and quieten to the roar of the siren and the cobwebbed common-room radio. The echoed reverberations of clanging metal send the night birds; the last fragment of life in the factory, madly fluttering and melting into the sky. - Jack Andrew Lenton



Fossils / Spoils & Relics - Split - Mantile #014 (C30)
**********SOLD OUT**********

A side - Fossils - 'Whybrow'

This number was called up from a time before the chicken lizards dance was even conceived. When the telephone was his sole method of communication. He always claimed to be a Mr Whybrow; Always banging on about this rustle and a bustle seeping out of an appartment down st.james. He said it wasn't music. I told him he had to be kidding, and that it'd be a farr off payneful place with no known personel, and instruments, for that kind of tripe. Next you'll be claiming one of your party is named smith! he just screamed back at me "i'm so much higher (brow) than you guys". Whybrow indeed. - Mantile

B Side - Spoils & Relics - 'Shut In Place'

Shut In Place - Overlooks leeds six's current landfill epidemic from a penthouse view. The bins check inn amidst dying lights and begin to empty themselves over the dining table. Foreign objects, twisted spools and infernal devices are gathered and arranged dribbling new recycled fluids that scour and cleanse textured corridors. Waste forms trip left to right down uneven stairs, the fluids seep through the ceiling forming puddles in the empty lobby. New rooms unlocked.. too late to check out. Shut in place. - KP