Compiled by the artists themselves, "And You Will Find Them In The Basement" is a great overview of modern synth wave tracks from the London underground from around 2010 to 2013. This LP contains tracks by Lebanon Hanover, Linea Aspera, Mild Peril, Team Pi$$, Gertrud Stein, Női Kabát, Soft Riot and A Terrible Splendour.
Soft Riot's JJD provided the foreword for this compilation:
"After moving to London from Vancouver in late 2007, there was a period of shock and re-adjustment requirement. When that dust settled I then climbed back in the saddle, on the prowl for signs of places where thinks of interest might be happening — music mainly. I eventually found myself under murky lights in cramped bars and clubs in East London, when Shoreditch was was arguably the height of it’s popularity. Often having to climb or descend down stairs from the main bar, it was in these tucked away spaces that I unearthed a number of nights going on, generally falling into the vague synth, post-punk and “wave” scene — a general grouping of styles I found myself somewhat aligned to.
"The majority of the players on this compilation met after converging in such places. Over the years these rituals took a number of different names: Brave Exhibitions, Reeperbahn, Decasia, The Liberty Snake, Endurance, Deus Ex Machina, Future Brain, Future Obscura and Never Come Back, etc.
"In those places we found ourselves dancing to the same tracks and then striking up conversations over a drink in the cramped outdoor smoking areas. It came to be that we all had similar interests and motives, and at times the ability to finish off one another’s jokes.
"Each of us had our hand in some sort of creative activity or another; music, film, fashion, what have you. As time went this loose group of individuals one by one became more active with the music they had set out to do. As the physical locations of these clubs we frequented migrated from Shoreditch north to even dodgier venues up in Dalston and Stoke Newington, we often found ourselves putting on each others bands and pulling from the same general pool for some hands to spin records in between.
"After a few smoke pit conversations there was a natural motion to go ahead and document some of these electronic sounds blasting out of the decibel-controlled basements of Hackney and Dalston. Inspired by classic compilations such as Flex Your Head and No New York, we felt a compilation of this music was the best way to get “something” out there. A number of meetings in drab pubs started out the process of getting something together, followed by a series of wordy and confusing emails and then ultimately on a more streamlined online forum. The results were passed on to a few outside parties here we are! A 12" LP on Desire Records (an obvious thanks to Jérôme Mestre for that).
"All of the artists on this compilation are based within the general madness that is London but with two exceptions: Gertrud Stein splits her time between London and Germany and although we can admit Lebanon Hanover haven’t lived in London, we gave them an invite, they having worked out of Tyneside for a while before moving to Germany. Besides, they know most of us on this compilation and are considered one of "the gang".
released May 2, 2013
All songs written by the artists involved. Refer to the insert sheet for more information. Sequencing by Jérôme Mestre. Artwork and silkscreens by Jonas Ranson for Blacklist Editions. Typesetting, layout and additional treatments by JJD. Edited by MM Lyle. Manufactured and distributed by Modulor. dsr072lp
Linea Aspera were a London-based electronic band with elements of 80s cold-wave and early electronic body music. Alison Lewis - Voice. Ryan Ambridge - Electronics.
Synthesizer by Christopher J Gilbert. Programmed and performed in the Boiler Room, Caledonian Road, 2012. Originally composed 2004. Alpha Zone is part of the “Unknown Zones” series and will be released on 12” by
Vivod later this year.
Team Pi$$ is Warlord Juzzle & Big Nurvuss. Essex meets Kansas. Nobody wants to be our friend. Low is off the EP “New Year New U” available free of charge at www.misterbuns.net / teampiss.bandcamp.com
Band members: Gertrud Stein, Virtual Video Band.
All songs written, recorded and produced by Női Kabát. I Corrode was self-released on a 2-track cassette in June 2012. It is currently out of print.
Soft Riot is JJD: Voice, synthesizers, samplers, programming, found sounds. Written by Jack Duckworth (JJD). Cinema Eyes is from the album “Fiction Prediction” available spring 2013 on Other Voices Records / Volar Records.
A TERRIBLE SPLENDOUR
"Garçon Dans Le Vent"
A Terrible Splendour are MM Lyle and Martin Block. Garçon Dans Le Vent is from the album “Poseurs” on Desire Records.