The site is pretty boring/basic, but it has all the important info for the label. I’ll be adding a “news” section soon, as well as whatever other relevant info I can think of.
The other news is that, if you check the webpage for 8205-002, there’s now a limited number< of copies of 8205-002 in the US for people looking to buy it here. These copies were shipped to me from the UK at a considerable expense, but the overall shipping cost per copy should be a lot less than if everyone bought it from the UK.
Initially I planned not to do this again this release, but Royalmail prices have been so crazy lately ($15-20 shipping for one record not out of the question), I wanted to give a cheaper option for anyone looking to buy it in the States. So if anyone over here has been waiting to buy this new release but hesitant because of the high postage price, you can now grab one (or two) here.
Please Note: We’re in the middle of a pretty brutal series of snowstorms here in New England, so I can’t promise next-day turnaround. As with last time, I’ll be doing runs every week or two, and will try to let everyone know when their record is in the mail. Also, these copies are for people with shipping addresses in the US only – Canada and elsewhere, it’s still cheaper to send them from the UK. Everyone outside the US can continue to get theirs from Seventh Storey Projects.
Good news: 8205-002, the Exodus + Head Pressure “Dreadkiller” EPs have arrived! According to Simon at Seventh Storey, they’re sounding just like the test press, no colored vinyl funkiness (phew). I’d say more about them, but, being in the States I’m still waiting for my final copies and don’t want to go on about them until I’m hearing them first-hand.
Hey all, been a while since I’ve posted anything about the Dreadkiller EP. I’ve got some good news and bad news.
The good news is: the test presses arrived, and are sounding nice:
Good quality tunes, big solid bass. The two bonus testpress copies have already gone out to the winners of the competition (Phil/DJ Extreme and Ben/Onken). We went ahead and approved the TP 8 days ago.
Unfortunately, the timelines for pressing plants continue to get crazier and crazier. When I first put together this release, we were quoted as 4 weeks for pressing once the TP was approved. I just found out that that has since gone to 8 weeks, since an anticipated drop off in order volume didn’t pan out and, if anything, MORE orders have been coming through. Plus, there was an extra week or two before we received the test press, though we approved and got it back as quickly as possible (over 2-3 days). These delays are unfortunately becoming a hugely common problem with the big plants now, since it’s not like they can simply order more pressing machinery to expand to handle the extra orders (record presses probably haven’t been manufactured in 30+ years).
The short of it is – The EP definitely won’t be ready end of November. I’m hoping it will be ready end of December now (in time for xmas), but it might be as late as first few weeks of January. Especially due to postal craziness around Xmas time, it’s just not clear.
Even though this is becoming an almost unavoidable occurrence these days when dealing with a lot of the big pressing plants out there, it still sucks and we’re not happy about it (I’m guessing all of you who preordered aren’t too pleased either!). With that in mind, I’m discussing with Simon regarding possible further preorder bonuses and incentives we CAN get out to everyone who already placed their order. Just to tide people over till the real release. We will keep everyone updated about that for sure, but in the meantime hold tight and at least know the record is off at the plant, tp has been approved, and it is in line for pressing.
A couple weeks ago during my radio show, someone (Paweł?) asked if there was going to be a blog to the oldskool darkside mix for Halloween this year.
That got me wondering if, rather than just doing a set, I could pull together an entire compilation in time the holiday. I sent out a few emails seeing if anyone was interested, and 12 days later here’s the result: an 11 track free bandcamp compilation featuring a practical “who’s who” of throwback darkside jungle. All unreleased tunes, several written especially for the comp. What’s more, the last track was actually produced in 1993 by a well known jungle producer and two of his friends, but never completed / never released until now – a bonafide piece of long-lost darkside history!
Big thanks to all the artists featured on the comp for contributing tracks. Apologies to any artists I may have missed contacting, or contacted too late for them to find a track… next year!
Finally, massive and large thanks to Macc at Subvert Central Mastering, who, due to the crazy time constraints of the release, managed to master the entire comp in one epic length session less than a day before release.
Just a quick release update: I checked with the plant, and The Exodus & Head Pressure “Dreadkiller” testpress should be arriving for my and Seventh Storey Project’s approval sometime over the next couple weeks… as everyone knows, MPO is heavily backed up but I haven’t heard anything specific about delays to our order yet (fingers crossed!!). In the meantime, today is the last day to preorder The Dreadkiller EP and still be entered to win one of two test presses we’re giving away. A few people have hit me up regarding black vinyl copies of the record – these test presses will be the only black vinyl copies, so if you wanted one of those you might as well preorder to give yourself a chance of getting one. PREORDER HERE.
Just a quick update on 8205-002. We’ve gotten the artwork back and it is looking quite nice!
The art for this release was done by Schmee, who for years ran the website for Planet Mu. Schmee was actually one of the very first people to contact me when I started blogtotheoldskool 6-7 years ago, so I thought it’d be cool if he was down to do the art after all this time. Even though he was doing web design back then, it’s cool to see he can still knock out a wicked record design in practically no time flat 🙂 I’m thinking this design will look nice alongside the green opaque vinyl, at least based on my quick crappy mock-up:
Big thanks to Schmee for doing the art!
As for the record pressing itself: the mastering and cut has been completed, lacquer was received by the pressing agency and it has been sent off to the plant. We’re waiting for test presses now, will update when those happen. For more info about the release, you can Check this article.
Also, thanks to everyone who has grabbed copies so far… quite a large chunk of the press has already sold. For anyone who has’t nabbed it yet, there’s still some preorder copies available via the Seventh Storey Projects site: DJ Exodus + Head Pressure – Dreadkiller EP
After what seems like ages waiting for the right moment to release info, it’s finally time for the next 8205 release info to come to light: DJ Exodus + Head Pressure – The Dreadkiller EP. This release, done in collaboration with 7th Storey Projects, contains four absolutely wicked tracks by DJ Exodus + Head Pressure (of Tearin Vinyl/Skeleton fame), written back in the mid-90s which sadly never saw release on EP until now. The A side features two extremely dark tracks, one which comes across as a rawer and more frantic mix of “fury”, the other which is a bit deeper and an extremely moody jungle tune I’ve gotten several ID request for in mixes. The B side of the EP is in a more laid back style, one ragga tune and one more slow-jam style track, still featuring frantic beatwork to match the A side. All in all there’s something for every jungle fan on this release, whether you prefer moody tracks, upfront ragga tracks, or (like most) are into anything as long as it’s good.
Audio snippets of the 4 tracks on the EP (still premastered):
Both Exodus and Head Pressure (along with Crazy J, who collaborated on two of the tracks on this EP) are well known veterans in the jungle/hardcore scene going back to its very inception. Exodus with Dubkore Records and A BoogieNight’s Night, Head Pressure and Crazy J with The Disco Hustler Sound System. Aside from their collab EP on Tearin’ Vinyl, some of you might recognize Head Pressure from the Narcosis EP, a ridiculously bass heavy 92 small label release which is always a personal favorite tune to draw for 92 sets. For his part, DJ Exodus released several absolutely essential 92 tunes on Skeleton including “A Classic Skank”. As good as those tunes were, I’ve been playing these 4 tracks pretty much since the last 8205 release came out and can comfortably say they stand up to the release ones – it’s beyond me why they never saw release back then!
Since the tunes are so wicked, Seventh Storey and I are pulling out “all the stops” with this release – cut and mastered by a highly respected engineer (Beau Thomas of the classic jungle/dnb group Intense), pressing on quality opaque green vinyl, limited to 250 copies for sale. Anticipated release date is towards the end of November, however preorders before October 26th are entered in a raffle to win one of two test press copies. Given how quickly 8205-001 sold out, I’d definitely recommend a preorder of this as well… I’d like to avoid having to tell friends there’s no copies left this time around!
To celebrate the official release of 8205-001 today, Dave DJ Trax (aka one half of Mixrace) has put together a wicked mix of some of the classic tunes he and Dev wrote together in the 1992-1996 period, including some special re-edits and unreleased versions never before heard. This mix is definitely one to check, moving from Dev + Dave’s early hardcore material into the classic and highly influential Brown and Dangerman tunes / more jungley selections.
The last remaining copies of 8205-001 Mixrace “Dirty Amen / Express Yourself Rmx” are up for sale now on Seventh Story Projects. Only a few left, so if you didn’t preorder I suggest nabbing one ASAP.
Almost all UK/World preorders have shipped – that is, preorders placed through the Seventh Storey projects site. People should start to see their copies soon in the UK, and however long it takes for shipping in other countries. For US orders placed through the Paypal button on my blog, these still need to be delivered to me for remailing. A courier will be sending these US copies to me today, and they can take between 5-10 business days to reach me (eg up to 2 weeks – yikes!). BUT I promise I’ll have these copies in the mail the day after receiving them, and will update everyone in the US when their orders have gone out. If you’re like me hopefully you still think it’s worth it to not have to pay 7-10 pounds just to ship one record over 🙂
As usual, any questions feel free to hit me or Simon up. I hope everyone enjoys the release!