Sandwell District - WhereNext? (Sounds) Quarterly #1

It was only a year ago that we were all gripped in the industrial four four weavings of Sandwell District’s debut album ‘Feed-Forward’ - it had finally landed some 10 years after the label’s first release. It sold out almost instantly thanks to the appetite of their avid fans and the critical acclaim the work garnered from almost the entire electronic music press - a testament to the quality and idiosyncratic nature of their sound. Wind forward almost exactly 12 months and the story of Sandwell District has taken a turn away from its label incarnation, indicating moves towards a new model for the collective’s creative output . Exactly what is yet to be revealed however the following statement was released on their Tumblr this New Year’s Eve:

“New Values

Beginning the 31st of December 2011, regular audio communications form Sandwell District will cease. All vinyl artifacts have been decommissioned. There is a possiblity of future, albeit irregular, print communications with audio accompaniment. However, details -- and indeed content -- is uncertain at this moment in time. The Sandwell experiment will exist through live actions -- which will continue to expand into new sonic territory -- in addition to audio / print installations as previously witnessed in New York, Los Angeles, Gdansk, Bialystok, Berlin and London.

Stasis is death.
See you on the other side. “

On the same day they published this mix, entitled ‘(Sounds) Quarterly #1’ - a hint at more to be expected this year coming perhaps? Again it is yet to be seen; plus, the announcement thankfully does not mean that there will be no more Sandwell Distrcit, they’ll continue to function in their live entity. In fact we have them returning to our own disco on the Saturday 14th of this month - where they’ll be joined by Ostgut Ton’s Barker & Baumecker and Terry Francis.

DOWNLOAD: WhereNext? (Sounds) Quarterly #1


Black Time - A Boring Day For The Boredom Boys
Cabaret Voltaire - Protection
The Satyrs - Yesterday’s Hero
Eric Random - Fade In
Front - Polaroid
Powell - The Ongoing Significance Of Steel And Flesh
Delia Derbyshire & Barry Bermange - Falling
Stephen Mallinder - Cool Down
Sandra Electronics - Clean Air
Snowy Red - Sinkin’ Down
Karl O’ Connor and Peter Sutton - Paralyzing
Vatican Shadow - CIA Contractor Freed Over Pakistan Killings
Young Hunting - Embers From The Pyre
Malaria! - Kaltes Klares Wasser
The Vivids - Mt Radiant
Ike Yard - Night After Night
The KVB - In to the Night
Regis - Blinding Horses
Sandwell District - Untitled B
John Maus - The Crucifix
Minny Pops - Secret Story
Throbbing Gristle - Exotica
Avrocar - Maiden 39
In Trance 95 - 21st Century European Temptation
Raime - You Will Lift Your Frame Clear
Throbbing Gristle - United
Sandwell District - Untitled A
HTRK - Slo Glo
Aphex Twin - I
Death in June - Crush My Love

Saturday 14th January

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