Blank Editions


About

Blank Editions is a small recordings house based in Hackney, London. Set up during the winter of 2011 by designer David Santiago Blanco and publisher Will Shutes, The Blank Editions imprint situates itself within a local community of artists in order to edition recordings and other ephemera that documents and illustrates our immediate landscape.Within The Blank Editions imprint you will find three sub catalogues:

The Solo Series - Limited edition 7's in handmade packaging from local artists who normally play in bands

The Blank Tapes - Mini albums, Extended plays and experimental work from local associates. These editions are released on cassette tape.

The Blank Community - An open ended series to service more official work by local bands and artists.


Our mail-order department will be on annual holiday throughout August.
We will continue to accept mail-orders during this period, however we will not be able to ship out any stock until early September.

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New Releases

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Mind-bending new release from Film Director and Founding Member of The Jesus and Mary Chain, Douglas Hart.

Following on from his sold-out debut 7” which we released in 2013, Douglas Hart returns to Blank Editions with a new 12” EP consisting of 21 minutes of new material.

Written and recorded at Utopia Studios in Primrose Hill between film shoot dates, the new EP utilises a more layered approach than the 7”. Four new instrumentals expand on the sound found on the debut.

Co-produced by Syd Kemp, the release is pressed on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl, and is housed in a 2-tone sleeve alongside 2 stamped envelopes with inserts and a download code.

Starts Shipping on September the 5th 2016.

Douglas Hart 12” package to include

  • Inserts
  • Stamped envelopes
  • Download code
  • Edition of 300
  • 180-gram vinyl

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Robert Herbert McClean

- aka Infinity - is the debut album from experimental writer and audio-visual artist Robert Herbert McClean.

Robert is already an associate of our sister label, Test Centre, who published his debut poetry collection, Pangs!, in 2015.

The 8 eponymous compositions of ∞ cross-reference elements of the last 30 years of electronic music, yet all the while retain a uniqueness all their own.

By turns soft and melancholic, but always vitally melodic, the album produces a hypnotic and elegant momentum that explores a 'pop-orientated' approach with the original “cold wave” atmosphere.

As well as offering the album on its own, we are offering a combination package of both ∞ and Pangs! for a discounted price.

Limited edition cassette package includes:

  • 8 Tracks | 28 Minutes
  • Double sided J card
  • Edition of 100 copies
  • Download code of entire album

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Bruised Skies

We were introduced to Matthew Heywood and his Bruised Skies project through our friend and regular collaborator, Tim Garratt (Moon Zero, The Moriaki Skyway)

'Guide' is layered, visual music that captures a melancholic isolated landscape perfectly like an ocean of sound lapping against the shores of a mysterious fog engulfed island, guiding the listener in and around its coastline, uncluttered and effortless, yet never abrasive or self-indulgent.

It would be very easy to compare ‘Guide’ to a film soundtrack, one that would not be out of place during the most profound moments of Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker or a dreamlike sequence in a David Lynch film. It is beautifully dark, bleak and isolated in its journey throughout. After repeated listens, it becomes startlingly apparent that there is more to Heywood’s work than mere stereotyping.

Available for the first time in physical format and beautifully hand-packaged, ‘Guide’ is subtly realised and unrelentingly breathtaking for its 43 minute duration.

Bruised Skies limited edition cassette package includes

  • 43 Minutes / 10 Tracks on pro dubbed tapes
  • Double sided J card
  • Edition of 50 copies
  • Download code of entire album
  • Stamped and numbered risograph insert
  • Unique one of a kind drawing

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The Purge is the debut album from London composer and multi-instrumentalist, Ben Vince.

This is a pre-order item and starts shipping in early April 2016

The debut album from London composer and multi-instrumentalist, Ben Vince.

We were introduced to Ben Vince and his work through our mutual friends in Housewives who Ben had met at Goldsmiths Art College in London several years ago.

The debut recordings found on The Purge are layered inTenor Saxophone melodies and drone which serve as foundations that constantly evolve, turn and loop.

The entire recording pulses with warmth and soul as jazz-inflected motifs and signatures create a launching pad for experimentation that contain a post-punk familiarity yet a maturity that is not often on display in debut recordings.

Recorded and produced by Ben Vince and mastered by John Linger from Neils Children, The Purge has been applauded by Charles Hayward and label mates, Housewives.

Featuring artwork by Sam Hanner.

The Purge cassette package includes

  • 56 Minutes / 10 Tracks
  • Full Colour J Card
  • Edition Of 66 Copies
  • Download Code Of Entire Album

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Apostille - Virile Strain Transmission
The 8th entry into The Blank Tapes series

Shipping now direct from our store.

Virile Strain Transmission is the new cassette only E.P from our friend Apostille, the recording name for the solo work of Night School instigator Michael Kasparis and follows on from 2015’s debut album ‘Powerless’.

Here is what Michael had to say about the release.

“Virile Strain Transmission was an attempt to erase the contagion of doubt from “apostille’s” psychic apparatus, by magnifying each element. It was also an attempt to pull apart the practices which had become ingrained: once you learn something it becomes a crutch, A means to support yourself in unknown terrain.

I was interested in being in unknown terrain without a crutch, up shit creek paddle-less. Learning tricks of the trade builds up your resistance to change, but eventually doubt breaks the surface, makes you question what you’re doing. Doubts have no mercy. They’re always there, sometimes buried, sometimes a full-blown rash.

Virile Strain Transmission was an attempt to learn by unlearning, to explore all the doubts I had, blow them out of proportion, examine them and be without mercy.

Thanks to Blank Editions for giving me the chance.”

Limited edition of 100 tapes
7 Tracks - 31 Minutes
Natural stock printed j card
Download Code


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Housewives to release debut album ‘Work’ in November.

Following on from the debut 7" we released earlier this year, we are happy to announce that Work, the debut album by Housewives, will be released in November.

Since forming in 2013, Housewives have built up a strong following playing with fierce originality and a constant sense of experimentation that is quickly making them one of the most respected bands on the UK underground scene today.

They have drawn praise from The Quietus, James Endeacott, Thurston Moore and have featured on Tom Ravenscroft's BBC6 music radio show. They are regularly championed by Post-Punk luminary Charles Hayward, who describes their sound as ‘A sort of monochromatic surliness slowly warming up to a barely controlled anger, hypnotic and building from the simplest elements’.

Work was recorded and produced with the help of Alex Townend (Vision Fortune) on a remote farm in the French countryside. Using de-tuned and home-made guitars basic song structures were formed and then added to with recordings made using found objects; machinery, agricultural equipment and construction materials intermingled with field recordings of the surrounding area.

An electric fence from from the surrounding farmer's land prevented a clean signal to the amplifiers resulting in no guitar or bass parts being recorded at the farm. The focus of the recording process was turned towards creating layers of percussive and instrumental parts; drum parts were recorded from the bottom of a disused silage tank (Autarky), church bells recorded from the closest village (Half Step) and the architecture of the farm captured by creating feedback loops from the ambient sound of the surrounding farm buildings (Fig. 1).

These compositions along with the remaining instrumental parts were assembled and finalised in Townend’s South East London studio.

Pre-orders are being accepted now
Starts shipping in November.

Work is released in partnership with Hands In The Dark and Negative Days. Edition of 500 copies.


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TOMAGA to re-release familiar obstacles on vinyl.

After completely selling out of the cassette version earlier this year, we are pleased to present familiar obstacles in vinyl format.

London based duo TOMAGA present 'familiar obstacles', a sprawling assemblage of over thirty compositions that channel the more diverse elements of their multifaceted sound world into a feverishly divergent blend.

If their debut album 'Futura Grotesk' is the wakeful thought form, familiar obstacles is the unconscious interzone, evoking numerous shades of their musical hinterland; the results fusing studio experiment, field recording, and tonal spectrum into something that by turns resembles musique concrete, imaginary soundtrack and library music.

Pre-orders are being accepted now
Starts shipping on or around the 27th October 2015

familiar obstacles is released in partnership with Hands In The Dark and Negative Days. Edition of 600 copies.


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HOUSEWIVES join Blank Editions

We are thrilled to announce that HOUSEWIVES from South East London will release their debut 7" New Dance b/w Time She Stopped through us in June 2015.

Following on from last year’s Faux Discx self-titled cassette-only E.P. Housewives join our new catalogue ‘The Blank Community’ to deliver two tracks of brutalist post-punk.

Opener ‘New Dance’ is 1 minute and 33 seconds of sonic assault that brings to mind the nervous marriage of disco and no-wave pioneered by the New York scene of 135 Grand Street, while Side B’s ‘Time She Stopped’ flaunts a degenerative collapse of all things resembling structure as the volatile dismantling of the record pulses out to a close.

This edition of 300 7” handnumbered copies is presented in a reverseboard cover, includes a collector’s insert which is housed in a stamped envelope and contains a download code.

The aforementioned new sub catalogue, The Blank Community, will run alongside The Solo Series and The Blank Tapes especially for bands and collaborators to issue recordings through Blank Editions.

Housewives vinyl package to include

  • Handnumbered reverseboard card covers Stamped envelope
  • Collector’s insert
  • Limited edition 7"
  • Download code
  • Pre - orders are being accepted at this time
  • Edition of 300 only.

The Solo Series

In 2012 we launched The Solo Series.
A collection of 7” vinyl only records housed in individually made handmade sleeves and editioned in small runs by associates from the local area who contribute or have contributed to some of our favoutite acts.

Charles Boyer - Ducks bw/ You Haven’t Got A Chance 7”

Charles Boyer - Ducks bw/ You Haven’t Got A Chance 7”

001 This was our very first release.
We kicked off The Solo Series back in 2012 with some phenomenal odd pop from Electricity In Our Homes’ own Charles Boyer.

This is the record that eventually formed Charlie's current Repertoire, The Voyeurs.

PRESSING DETAIL

Edition of 200
5 test pressings
200 on black vinyl with black and white printed labels
Matrix reads “Don't shop on Denmark Street" and "All middlemen are bad"
Black card covers with photographs of Charles glued to each side.
Printed yellow folded numbered insert

Released on March the 5th 2012
SOLD OUT

Joseph Coward - Children’s Bones b/w Fat & Ugly 7”

Joseph Coward - Children’s Bones b/w Fat & Ugly 7”

002 Our friend Samir Eskanda, who played in Flats and now in Charlie Boyers full blown band The Voyeurs, presented us with a couple of fresh recordings by Joseph Coward who he was managing. We had seen Joseph play in the past and were blow away at how engaging he was as a performer but also how well written his songs were. We were excited to put these recordings out as a very limited 7".

PRESSING DETAIL

Edition of 100
0 test pressings
100 on black vinyl with black and white printed labels
Blue card covers with black print of a castle
Lyric insert printed on different colored paper
25 X Blue / 25 X Orange / 25 X Purple / 25 X Green Original Photograph

Released on February the 25th 2013
SOLD OUT

Douglas Hart - X Film Plus Ultra b/w Pre-Paradise (Memories Of The Future ) 7”

Douglas Hart - X Film Plus Ultra b/w Pre-Paradise (Memories Of The Future ) 7”

003 Founding member of The Jesus and Mary Chain and award winning music video and film director Douglas Hart joins The Solo Series with two original compositions co - produced with Toby Kidd at Sleepwalker studios, London.

Douglas had shared a studio in Soho with David several years ago were both parties would waste hours talking about records and films, eventually the talk of Douglas contributing a couple of recordings for The Solo Series came up and Toby Kidd was brought in again to co-produce the affair.

PRESSING DETAIL

Edition of 250
5 test pressings
250 on black Vinyl with black on orange printed labels
Grey card covers with xerox print, lettraset rubbed on each individual sleeve creating 250 different uniquely different covers
Orange folded insert with tracing paper outer, stapled and containing Cut off Super 8 Kodak Ektachrome film strip owned and shot by Douglas Hart.

Released on May the 25th 2013
SOLD OUT

Ted Milton / Blurt - Let Them Be bw /Midi Dans Le Midi

Ted Milton / Blurt - Let Them Be bw /Midi Dans Le Midi

004 Ted Milton is known as the primary song writer and creative force behind Blurt. He is also the only remaining original member since their 1979 formation in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

The seven-inch single is the latest release in a long history that includes a series of singles on Factory records and sharing the stage with Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire, and A Certain Ratio.

Following the tradition of previous entries in the ongoing Solo Series, this limited edition single arrives in a card sleeve that is stamped, hand numbered and finished with a special insert that is linked to the video for the A side.

PRESSING DETAIL

Edition of 250
5 test pressings
250 on black Vinyl with black on white printed labels
Yellow card covers with xerox print.
100 Dollar bill

Released on November the 5th 2013

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Thurston Moore - Detonation bw/ Germs Burn

Thurston Moore - Detonation bw/ Germs Burn

005 Founding member of Sonic Youth and Chelsea Light Moving, Thurston Moore joins The Solo Series with two original compositions paying homage to N16 London and international communicatzian actions.

Thurston moved into our neighborhood and attended the launch of the Douglas Hart 7" we did in May of the same year in London, at the event we asked him if he would be interested in contributing to the solo series.

PRESSING DETAIL

Edition of 500
5 test pressings
500 on black vinyl with colour printed labels
Handcut, numbered, stamped and printed card covers
Postcard

Released in February 2014.
SOLD OUT

Yuki Tsujii - I'm Rubbish But I Love You

Yuki Tsujii - I'm Rubbish But I Love You

006 Bo Ningen are an act on regular rotation at our office and we had wanted to work with the members for a while. When our good friend Edgar Smith from Niqab introduced us to guitarist Yuki Tsujii we were delighted to hear that Yuki already had a stock of recordings that were pretty much ready for release.

“I‘m Rubbish But I Love You” was the recording chosen for the 7”, The composition is a piece written and performed by Yuki as a gift to his mother who resides in his homeland of Japan.

The piece was recorded by fellow Bo Ningen member Taigen Kawabe and mixed by both parties.

We were excited to put these recordings out as a very limited 7".

PRESSING DETAIL

Edition of 300
5 test pressings 300 on black vinyl with light brown and black printed labels
300 gsm printed inner sleeve that is stamped and numbered
Printed tracing paper outer sleeve
Collectors' insert
Leaf taken from local parks in Hackney inserted into each record

Released in June 2014

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The Blank Tapes

The Blank Tapes hope to provide an informal space for development and experimentation, creating a platform for our associates to issue audio sessions normally not available to the general public.

The Blank Tapes series are released in Risograph printed j card sleeves in very small numbers making these collectors editions very hard to find after their initial release.

[ ] [ ] - War Room

[ ] [ ] - War Room

TBT002 - 3 Tracks - 15 Minutes
This is a pre-Electricity In Our Homes project from 2006.

These songs were recorded in Bonnie Carr’s lounge at the Chronos Building in Whitechapel, E1 in 2006.

Inspired by some amazing local musicians, like EIOH drummer Paul Linger, Neils Children frontman John Linger and fellow EIOH bandmate Charlie Boyer, these songs represent a raw response to Whitechapel itself and the city's geographical lure.

Available now for the first time in physical form.

POSTPAID PRICES
Cassette Tape
£4.00 UK
£6.25 Europe
£7.00 World

Niqab - Great White Overlord

Niqab - Great White Overlord

TBT003 - 5 Tracks - 28 Minutes
The debut recordings from Hackney-based Niqab.

The songs on side A were written towards the end of last year and recorded by the band in November in Cable Street Studios where they rehearse.

They were mixed in December and the surrounding good will and great advertising may have influenced their glossy commercial sound. The songs are about timeless experiences and feelings: being young and living for today, chip shop dinners, going out and having the best night of your life (and the morning after!) then doing it all again and again and again.

The band reconvened late in February to record the B side. To contrast with the tighter or more conventional song structures on the first side, they jammed freely for an afternoon and then, aided by Logic and a Fostex M80, went back over the material, cutting-up, rearranging and splicing it with field recordings. These include a recording of band members being made redundant in January and a subsequent trip to Marrakech.

POSTPAID PRICES
Cassette Tape
£4.50 UK
£6.75 Europe
£7.50 World

Neils Children - Serial Music Vol 1 C30

Neils Children - Serial Music # 1

TBT001 - 10 Tracks - 22 Minutes
'Serial Music # 1' is the new cassette-only mini album from Neils Children.

This work represents a side of the band never before heard, concentrating on purely instrumental pieces and atmospheric mood music. Recorded live in the band’s studio in Hackney, London, this collection represents a more personal and intimate view of Neils Children.

Influenced by library music and soundtracks, ambient soundscapes and field recordings, ' Serial Music # 1' isn't a follow-up to the group’s 2013 album 'Dimly Lit', rather it runs alongside it. Incorporating the album's atmospheric interludes and improvised sections the music could be, to borrow a cliche, a soundtrack to an unimagined film or the backdrop to a nocturnal journey... Either way, 'Serial Music # 1' offers a glimpse of the band behind the band.

POSTPAID PRICES
Cassette Tape
£4.50 UK
£6.75 Europe
£7.50 World

COP - Title TBA

COP - Title TBA

TBT004 - 6 Tracks - 30 Minutes
The debut recordings from Hackney-based COP

Close of Play/Crime or Punishment/Coven of Pricks formed on August 25, 2012 when Neil Armstrong died. 18 months of relative inactivity later, the band’s first physical release came in the form of a track on Malicious Telecommunications‘ Another Subculture tape to help raise funds for the DIY Space for London project.

One month later COP began practising under its current line-up and played their first show in March 2014 as part of the Challenging Behavior weekend. The next week the band recorded these songs for their first release proper on Blank Editions.

Financed by a redundancy payment COP are about to launch Unwork Records, a label born of the Unwork/Fuck-up Force nights that the band begun in October 2012.

POSTPAID PRICES
Cassette Tape
£4.50 UK
£6.75 Europe
£7.50 World

Thurston Moore - Rosetta

Thurston Moore - Rosetta

TBT005 - 2 Tracks - 15 Minutes
Special commemorative recording honouring comet-chaser Rosetta and its November 2014 landing on 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

Inspired by the comet-chaser Rosetta presently orbiting an epic journey to 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore sings to the spacecraft "you were born to catch her light / and revel in her flight / before she goes too far / to unnamed stars / into deepest solar reaches / past all she has yet to teach us...." with heavenly accompaniment by Hush Arbors on guitar, Samara Lubelski on ethereal violin and Sunburned Hand of the Man's John Moloney on drums.

This original seven minute and twenty second song is a rare treat from this group recorded to honour Sun Ra on the occasion of his Earth-birth centennial.

POSTPAID PRICES
Cassette Tape
£5.00 UK
£7.50 Europe
£8.25 World

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TOMAGA - familiar obstacles

TOMAGA - familiar obstacles

TBT006 - 2 Tracks - 53 Minutes
Our neighbours TOMAGA join us with a 52 minute and 34 second opus which acts as the 6th entry to The Blank Tapes series..

London based duo TOMAGA present 'familiar obstacles', a sprawling assemblage of over thirty compositions that channel the more diverse elements of their multifaceted sound world into a feverishly divergent blend.

If Futura Grotesk is the wakeful thought form, familiar obstacles is the unconscious interzone, evoking numerous shades of their musical hinterland; the results fusing studio experiment, field recording, and tonal spectrum into something that by turns resembles musique concrete, imaginary soundtrack and library music.

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Charcoal Owls - Coventry Campbell

Charcoal Owls - Coventry Campbell

TBT007 - 7 Tracks - 28 Minutes
Charcoal Owls is Russell Walker from Pheromoans / Bomber Jackets / The Lloyd Pack and Tom Scott (Skire Music).

The Coventry Campbell, a kitchen sink homage to the now defunct Coventry Campbell pub, is the duo’s fourth release (preceded by two tapes and one full-length vinyl album, Tin Roof on Night School Records).

The Coventry Campbell employs experimental field recordings, piano improvisations, and mostly acoustic instruments to create an intriguing and minimalistic atmosphere complimentary to Walker’s unique storytelling.

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Apostille - Virile Strain Transmission

Apostille - Virile Strain Transmission

TBT008 - 7 Tracks - 31 Minutes

Virile Strain Transmission is the new cassette only E.P from our friend Apostille, the recording name for the solo work of Night School instigator Michael Kasparis and follows on from 2015’s debut album ‘Powerless’.

“Virile Strain Transmission was an attempt to erase the contagion of doubt from “apostille’s” psychic apparatus, by magnifying each element. It was also an attempt to pull apart the practices which had become ingrained: once you learn something it becomes a crutch, a means to support yourself in unknown terrain.

I was interested in being in unknown terrain without a crutch, up shit creek paddle-less. Learning tricks of the trade builds up your resistance to change, but eventually doubt breaks the surface, makes you you’re doing. Doubts have no mercy. sometimes buried, sometimes a full-blown rash.

Virile Strain Transmission was an attempt to learn by unlearning, to explore all the doubts I out of proportion, examine them and be without mercy

Thanks to Blank Editions for giving me the chance”

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The Blank Community

In 2015 we launched The Blank Community.
A third catalogue that will release more official work by bands and artists.

Housewives - New Dance 7”

Housewives - New Dance 7”

TBC001 - New Dance b/w Time She Stopped

Following on from last year’s Faux Discx self-titled cassette-only E.P, Housewives join our new catalogue ‘The Blank Community’ to deliver two tracks of brutalist post-punk.

Opener ‘New Dance’ is 1 minute and 33 seconds of sonic assault that brings to mind the nervous marriage of disco and no-wave pioneered by the New York scene of 135 Grand Street, while Side B’s ‘Time She Stopped’ flaunts a degenerative collapse of all things resembling structure as the volatile dismantling of the record pulses out to a close.

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TOMAGA - familiar obstacles LP

TOMAGA - familiar obstacles LP

TBC002 - 50 mins

After completely selling out of the cassette version earlier this year, we released familiar obstacles in vinyl format.

London based duo TOMAGA present 'familiar obstacles', a sprawling assemblage of over thirty compositions that channel the more diverse elements of their multifaceted sound world into a feverishly divergent blend.

Released in partnership with Hands In The Dark and Negative Days.

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Housewives - New Dance 7”

Housewives - Work LP

TBC003 - 11 tracks

Work is the debut album by London based Housewives.

Work was recorded and produced with the help of Alex Townend (Vision Fortune) on a remote farm in the French countryside.Using de-tuned and home-made guitars basic song structures were formed and then added to with recordings made using found objects; machinery, agricultural equipment and construction materials intermingled with field recordings of the surrounding area.

Released in partnership with Hands In The Dark and Negative Days.

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Details Comming Soon

TBA - 2016

TBC004 - Details Coming Soon


Contact

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Demo policy

If you have something that you think will fit with Blank Editions Please write to us at the above email.

PLEASE NOTE WE DO NOT ACCEPT UNSOLICITED DEMOS OR LINKS TO RECORDINGS.